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Photos: Santa sightings around the world

Updated 9:52 AM ET, Tue December 25, 2012
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The cold water of Barcelona's Port Vell doesn't deter this swimmer dressed up as St. Nick from joining in the Copa Nadal swimming race, a traditional holiday event in the Spanish seaport, on Tuesday, December 25. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
A car wash worker in Santa gear washes a vehicle in Amritsar, India, on December 25. NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
A man decked out as Santa Claus slips through the back streets of Hamburg, Germany, on Monday, December 24. Related photos: Magnum Santas CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS/AFP/Getty Images
A Steelers fan in a Santa outfit waves his Terrible Towel during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, December 23, in Pittsburgh. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
Members of a local yoga club perform at a public park wearing Santa Claus costumes in Hanoi, Vietnam, on December 23. HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images
Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik works on a sand sculpture with more than 500 Santa Claus statues on the beach in Puri, India, on Saturday, December 22. STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images
Michael Pless, 62, catches a wave off Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, on Friday, December 21, in California. Pless, who also runs a surfing school, has been dressing up as Santa Claus and taking to the waves in costume since the 1990s, sometimes joined by his wife, Jill, in a Mrs. Claus outfit. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
A militarized police helicopter leaves a Santa Claus atop a school in a shantytown, or favela, of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, December 20. This St. Nick, dressed in the white and blue colors of Peace Police Units, handed out toys among the children in the Brazilian slum. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Two Japanese Santas clean the windows of a Tokyo hotel on December 20. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Santa auditions an alternative species to pull his sleigh at the Marineland park in Antibes, France, on Wednesday, December 19. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Stuttgart fans don Santa hats during a German Cup match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Köln on December 19 in Stuttgart, Germany. Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume poses with a sea lion at the animal exhibition park Marineland, in France, on December 19. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Santa Claus walks out of the front door during a Christmas party hosted for sick children at 10 Downing Street on Monday, December 17, in London. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Santa Claus opens his coat to reveal a Matt Schaub jersey at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, December 16, in Houston, Texas, before the Texas Longhorns played the Indianapolis Colts. Bob Levey/Getty Images
Participants wear Santa costumes as they take part in a Santa Claus-themed race in downtown Milan, Italy, on December 16. TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
A man dressed up as Santa Claus appears at a demonstration in Paris for the legalization of same-sex marriage on December 16. FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
A fan stands out in his Santa Claus attire during an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos on December 16 in Baltimore. Denver won 34-17. Patrick Smith/Getty Images
A girl points out toys to Santa Claus on Saturday, December 15, in a store in Lille, France. PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Costumed Santas crowd into a telephone booth during the Santacon pub crawl near London's Trafalgar Square on December 15. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers in Santa costumes sit on the lion statue at the base of Nelson's Column in London's Trafalgar Square on December 15. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A member of a French anti-fur group wades into the sea during a beach protest to denounce the practice of wearing fur on December 15 in Nice, France. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A man dressed as Santa Claus sees a patient in the pediatric ward of a hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Friday, December 14. JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A man decked out as Santa walks down Geary Street on December 14 in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A man wearing a Santa Claus costume performs in downtown Rome on Thursday, December 13. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/reuters/LANDOV
Police check a man dressed as Santa Claus as he passes through a metal detector at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, December 12, in Washington. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Catholics United hold a press conference with Santa Claus in front of the U.S. Capitol to rebut the GOP's budget effort in the ongoing fiscal cliff argument on December 12 in Washington. Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images
Icelandic philantropist Einar Sveinsson, dressed as Santa Claus, speaks with a patient in the oncology ward during a visit to the Benjamin Bloom National Children's Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Tuesday, December 11. Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images
A man dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus, entertains children at the Ded Moroz residence in Kuzminsky Park in Moscow on Tuesday, December 11. NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images
A man dressed as Santa waits for customers in a wooden house in Rome on December 11. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
A diver dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photograph with children during a promotional event for the "Sardines Feeding Show with Santa Claus" at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, on December 11. KIM HONG-JI/reuters//LANDOV
Costumed participants of the annual "Best Father Frost" contest from different city districts make their way through a courtyard in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday, December 10. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/reuters/LANDOV
A few thousand Santa Clauses ride between Gdansk and Gdynia, Poland, on Sunday, December 9. Santa Clauses rode on scooters, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles between the two Polish cities. EPA/PIOTR WITTMAN POLAND OUT /LANDOV
Participants in the fourth annual Michendorf Santa Run, one wearing a camera on his head, gather shortly before the run on December 9 in Michendorf, Germany. More than 800 people took part in this year's races. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
A woman and her dog in Santa suits prepare for the annual Glasgow Santa Dash on December 9 in Glasgow, Scotland. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Beachgoers carry a man wearing a Santa Claus costume on the Mediterranean coast on Saturday, December 8, in Nice, France. JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images
Takashi Inui of Frankfurt, Germany, celebrates dressed as Santa Claus after the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Werder Bremen on December 8 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Eintracht won 4-1. Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images
A customer holds the door of a shopping mall for a man dressed as Santa Claus on December 8, in Berlin. Adam Berry/Getty Images
Valery Kokoulin, 47, rings a bell on his yacht to mark the end of the sailboat season on Friday, December 7, on the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Temperatures in the Siberian city dipped to minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/Reuters/LANDOV
Kokoulin stands aboard his yacht on December 7. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/reuters/LANDOV
President Barack Obama greets Santa Claus with actors Neil Patrick Harris, Rico Rodriguez and musician Phillip Phillips during the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House on Thursday, December 6, in Washington, D.C. Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images
A diver dressed as a Santa Claus dives with a nurse shark in the Sea Life Aquarium in Munich, Germany, on December 6, which is St. Nicholas Day. PETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images
Around 400 people dressed as Santa Claus arrive by train in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on December 6. BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images
A man dressed as a Santa Claus waves at the port in Hamburg, Germany, on December 6. Daniel Bockwoldt/AFP/Getty Images
People in Santa Claus outfits imitate South Korean rapper Psy's famous "Gangnam Style" dance outside offices in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, December 5. The dance marked the start of a charity mission to hand out gifts to children. KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images
A man dressed as Santa Claus stands at The Paley Center for Media on December 5 in Beverly Hills, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Santa descends on a rope during Christmas Box Launch at Wellington Arch in London's Hyde Park on Tuesday, December 4. Kate Green/Alpha Press/Landov
Santa Claus, aka Tim Connaghan, sits in the audience while a Marine stands guard during a presentation at Ronald Reagan National Airport on Monday, December 3, as part of the Marines' Toys for Tots program. Thousand of donated toys are set to be delivered to families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times /Landov
A spectator dressed as Santa Claus and wearing an Australian green cap watches the South African team walk out onto the field at a cricket match against Australia on December 3. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD/Getty Images
Runners dressed in Father Christmas costumes take part in the annual 5-kilometer Santa Dash in Liverpool, England, on Sunday, December 2. Many runners who refuse to run in red, the color of their football rivals Liverpool FC, wear blue to support the football team Everton FC.

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A fan of the Baylor University Bears dresses up as Santa Claus while the Bears face the Oklahoma State University Cowboys on Saturday, December 1, in Waco, Texas. Cooper Neill/Getty Images
Competitors run in the annual 6-kilometer Santa Run in Battersea Park, London, on December 1. REUTERS /PAUL HACKETT /LANDOV
A man dressed as Santa leaves the the annual meeting of volunteer Santa Clauses and angels on December 1 in Berlin. Studentenwerk Berlin, a student organization at the German capital's technical university, hosts a general meeting for guidelines on participating in this year's events during the festive season. Carsten Koall/Getty Images
Angels and Santa Clauses gather for the annual meeting on December 1 in Berlin. OHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
A man dressed as Santa Claus attends Berlin's meeting of volunteer Santa Clauses and angels on December 1 in Berlin. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Men dressed as Santa Claus carry sacks through the meeting of volunteer Santa Clauses and angels on December 1 in Berlin. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
A volunteer Santa Claus takes a nap during the general meeting outlining guidelines for Father Christmases in Berlin on December 1. REUTERS /TOBIAS SCHWARZ /LANDOV
Volunteers in New York's 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade cross the street on Friday, November 23. Landov
A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume feeds a sunfish during a Christmas show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday, November 21. The show will be held daily until Christmas Day. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Estonian Santa Claus "Santa Aare," from left, Dutch Santa Claus "Santa Holland" and Swedish Santa Claus "Snaretomten" compete in the Kicksled Sack Race during the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare, Sweden, on Saturday, November 17. Santas from around the world gathered to participate in Christmas-themed competitions that weekend. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Santas from various countries compete in the porridge-eating contest during the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare on November 17. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
A Santa Claus representing the indigenous Sami people competes in the reindeer ride event during the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare on November 17. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Japanese Santa Claus "Santa Paradise Yamamoto" hits the ground in the reindeer ride event during the competition in Gallivare on November 17. Related photos: Magnum Santas JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images