Christmas around the world: in pictures

From surfing in Santa hats, to traditional masses and decorating a 210-foot cake, take a look at how people around the world celebrated Christmas

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Christmas around the world: in pictures

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People around the world marked Christmas on Monday with celebrations ranging from the traditional to the wacky.

While for many, the Christian festival means attending mass, sharing presents and enjoying traditional feasts, for others it is more about surfing in Santa hats or joining friends and family for a dip in an ice cold lake.

Here are some of the best photos from Christmas 2017:

Egyptians look at Santa Claus toys in a Christmas decoration shop, on the eve of Christmas, while the capital is on high-security alert, in Cairo, Egypt December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A statue of the baby Jesus on a bed of bullet shells is seen in a Nativity scene outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A waitress takes a photo of tourists at a restaurant during the Christmas and New Year holiday in Kuta beach, Bali, Indonesia, December 24, 2017. Picture taken December 24. REUTERS/Nyimas Laula

A surfer wearing a Christmas hat rides a wave on his surfboard on Christmas Day at Sydney's Bondi Beach in Australia, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

Worshippers pray inside the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

People in Christmas costumes walk along 6th Avenue before Christmas Eve in New York City, U.S. December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

An elephant dressed in a Santa Claus costume distributes a doll to students during Christmas celebrations at Jirasart school in Ayutthaya, Thailand, December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Pope Francis holds a statuette of baby Jesus during the traditional midnight mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Christmas Eve at the Vatican December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A man decorates a 210 feet-long (64 meters) cake during Christmas celebrations at a consumer fair in Chandigarh, India, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

A dog dressed as Santa Claus takes part in the annual city race in Skopje, Macedonia December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

Members of ice swimming club "Berliner Seehunde" (Berlin Seals) take a dip in the Orankesee lake in Berlin as part of their traditional Christmas ice swimming session, in Berlin, Germany, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke