Santa Claus around the world

• Santa Claus around the world

Before Christmas on the streets of cities around the world there are people in traditional costumes of Santa Clauses, who communicate with children or participate in festivals and charity events.

Santa Claus around the world

People dressed as Santa Claus and deer, as well as their dog take part in the big race of Santa Claus "Great Nottingham Santa Run" in Nottingham, England, December 2, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

The two-year girl crying in the arms of Santa Claus at the mall "The Viewmont Mall" in Dickson City, Pennsylvania, November 28, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus asks a 4-year-old boy to smile for a photograph at Macy's department store in Seattle, Washington, November 23, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

four-year girl is photographed with Santa Claus on a holiday "Raleigh Winterfest" in Raleigh, NC, December 1, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

A six-year girl smiling, sitting on the hands of Santa Claus at the mall "Westminster Mall" in Westminster, California, December 2, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who arrived by helicopter (in the background), a few minutes ago, are treated to sweets three-year boy, who sits on the shoulders of his mother, before the 14th annual event "Santa Welcome" in Tumwater, staff Washington, December 2, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Clowns take turns taking pictures with Santa Claus on a holiday for children with cancer, in San Antonio, Texas, December 1, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

The people posing for a photo with Santa Claus in "Santa and weapons," the annual event ( "Santa and Machine Guns") in Scottsdale, Arizona, December 2, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus waving to children of all ages during the annual parade in downtown Boise, Idaho, Nov. 24, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus waving to spectators during the 93rd annual parade in honor of Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia, November 22, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

The girl holds on hands her dog at a meeting of pets with Santa Claus at the mall "Mall of Abilene" in Abilene, Texas, November 27, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

The eight-puppy English bulldog welcomes Santa Claus at the 25th annual fotovstreche "Santa ClawsAE" in Fort Worth, Texas, December 1, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus holding his dog during the event "Christmas at the shelter" near Winchester, Virginia, December 8, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

A huge Santa Claus figure decorates the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, December 6, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Fans Baylor University team, some of whom are young people dressed as Santa Claus cheer during a football game against the Oklahoma team in Waco, Texas, Dec. 1, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

A diver dressed as Santa Claus is swimming in an aquarium among sardines "Coex Aquarium" in Seoul, South Korea, December 11, 2012. Christmas - one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, are Christians, about half of its citizens.

Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus plays the saxophone for 10-year-old beluga whale in an aquarium Juneau "Mystic Aquarium" in Mystic, Connecticut, December 2, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

A diver dressed as Santa Claus swims with sea turtle named Speedy aquarium "Sea Life Aquarium" in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany, December 6, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

A man dressed as Santa Claus feeds a killer whale named Valentine in the zoo "Marineland" at Antibes in the south of France, December 11, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

The man in the hat of Santa Claus swims in icy water in the outdoor pool "Parliament Hill" during the sixth annual swim December, organized by the Society of swimmers "Outdoor Swimming Society", in London, UK, December 8, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

A man dressed as Santa Claus rides a bicycle in the neighboring commune Betzenweiler after visiting a kindergarten in Offingene, Germany, December 6, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Approximately four hundred Santa Clauses arrive at the main station in Frankfurt, Germany, December 6, 2012. The event was organized by the railway operator "Deutsche Bahn", to surprise its passengers. Santa handed out sweets and sang the song "Santa Claus is coming to town."

Santa Claus around the world

Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual race "St. Nicholas Run "in Michendorf 45 kilometers west of Berlin, Germany, December 9, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus and angels attend the General Meeting of Santa Clauses in Berlin, December 1, 2012. In the center of the photo you can see the 77-year-old Franck Wiebe, who works with Santa Claus 1977. The organization "Studentenwerk" registered about four hundred Santa Clauses, which can be accessed during the celebration of Christmas.

Santa Claus around the world

Volunteers dressed as Santa Claus performing a dance to the song "Gangnam Style" South Korean rapper Sai on holiday for premature babies in Seoul, South Korea, December 5, 2012.

Santa Claus around the world

Volunteers dressed as Santa Claus ringing bells on 5th Avenue during the 110th annual parade Santa Claus in New York, November 23, 2012. The funds collected go to a festive meal for the poor.

Santa Claus around the world

Volunteers dressed as Santa Claus reflected in a fountain during the 110th annual parade Santa Claus in New York, November 23, 2012. The funds collected go to a festive meal for the poor.

Santa Claus around the world

A man dressed as Santa Claus entertains children in an aquarium casino-hotel "Silverton Hotel-Casino" in Las Vegas, December 9, 2012.