Chilly Winter Scenes from Europe and Asia

The winter solstice took place a week ago, and the short days and longer nights have recently brought wintry weather to parts of Europe and China. Ground cover coated with frost, new sleds on fresh snow, soccer matches in snowstorms, and preparations for an upcoming ice festival, all included in this collection of photos from the past week. [19 photos total]

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Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, on December 22, 2014. The 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World will be officially opened on January 5, 2015. (Reuters/Stringer) #
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A deer waits in woodland as the rising sun begins to burn off overnight frost at the National Trust's Dunham Massey Park on December 28, 2014 in Altrincham, United Kingdom. Many parts of the UK have had snowfall and below freezing temperatures overnight causing traffic problems on some roads. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #
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Referee Mark Clattenburg stands in the snow during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, England, on December 26, 2014. (Reuters/Toby Melville) #
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A girl rides her sled as she enjoys the first snowfall in the Parc of Laeken, Brussels, on December 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) #
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Snowflakes gather on a late blossoming rose in Vienna on December 29, 2014. (Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader) #
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A boy stands on top of a heap of snow in the Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in central Moscow on December 25, 2014. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin) #
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Snow covers a picket fence in Kleinmachnow, Germany on December 26, 2014. (Ralf Hirschberger/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers attending a training session in freezing temperatures in Heihe, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on December 24, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images) #
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A rose hip, covered with hoar frost, in Petersdorf, Germany, on December 27, 2014. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Sunlight glints off frost-covered gravestones in a cemetery in Altrincham, England December 28, 2014. (Reuters/Phil Noble) #
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A boy feeds a squirrel in a park during heavy snowfall in downtown Sofia on December 29, 2014. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov) #
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A young family enjoy a brisk early morning walk as overnight frost clings to the fauna and flora at the National Trust's Dunham Massey Park on December 28, 2014 in Altrincham, United Kingdom. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #
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A robin basks in the rising sun as it begins to burn off overnight frost at the National Trust's Dunham Massey Park on December 28, 2014. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #
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A boy enjoys the first snow of the winter as he sleds in Hanau, Germany, on December 27, 2014. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) #
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Slovenia's Robert Kranjec soars during his jump of the first stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Sunday, December 28, 2014. The competition was cancelled because of the bad weather conditions. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) #
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Members of the "Cryophil" winter swimming club walk along the Yenisei River ahead of New Year and Christmas celebrations, with the air temperature at about minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit), outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on December 28, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Moorhens wake up as the rising sun begins to burn off overnight frost at the National Trust's Dunham Massey Park on December 28, 2014 in Altrincham, UK. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #
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A man rides his bike through newly fallen snow in Medvode, Slovenia, on December 28, 2014. According to local authorities, about 50 cm of snow fell overnight causing minor problems in traffic. (Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic) #
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People walk their dogs at sunrise in Knutsford, England, on December 29, 2014. (Reuters/Phil Noble) #

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