Local authorities inaugurate the Christmas lighting in the streets of Vigo, Spain, Nov. 19, 2022. In cities across Europe, officials are wrestling with a choice this Christmas. Dim lighting plans to send a message of energy conservation and solidarity with citizens squeezed by both higher energy costs and inflation or let the lights blaze in a message of defiance after two years of pandemic-suppressed Christmas seasons, creating a mood that retailers hope loosen holiday purses. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar, File)
VERONA, Italy (AP) — Early season merrymakers sipping mulled wine and shopping for holiday decorations packed the Verona Christmas market for its inaugural weekend.