The streets of Glasgow's city centre were painted red on Sunday with thousands of runners dressed as Santa Claus.
Some 70 Santa Clauses and their helpers Krampus, Perchten and angels gathered in the southern Bavarian town of Murnau in order to parade through town in full regalia to get everybody in the mood for the Christmas season.
Who knew there was such training?
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150 Santas from around the world made early Christmas preparations at their annual meet in Denmark
Flying Santas bring cheer to a Moscow children's hospital
A police officer drove around Lima in Peru on a motorcycle dressed as Santa Claus
The little girl had called NORAD on Christmas Eve to know where Santa was on his gift-delivery round.
Santa Claus has left his hometown Rovaniemi, in Lapland, Finland, and started his journey to bring Christmas cheer to people all around the globe
Santa Claus passes cabin to cabin, visiting passengers as the train chugs along. Santa and his helpers hand out gifts to good girls and boys, while many passengers pose for photos with the train-travelling Old St. Nick
Christmas came early for fish and sharks at an aquarium in Malta this week, when Santa Claus took a dive to hand out treats.
One unidentified donor has trumped all other secret Santa gifts this Christmas after donating bars of gold to not-for-profit organisations in a German seaside town
Drivers in Cambridgeshire, UK, were held up by a festive roadblock on Tuesday — a giant inflatable Santa that had broken free of its moorings.
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Hundreds of Santas, pixies, and elves gathered in amusement park Bakken near Copenhagen on Monday to celebrate the 61st annual World Santa Claus Congress.
Bikini clad santa's hit beaches across the world to celebrate Christmas Day
The North American Aerospace Defense Command's NORAD Santa tracker allows you to see a live map of where Santa is in the world, and how long you have to get to bed.
A Filipino traffic policeman dances in a Santa Claus costume as he directs traffic in Manila
Every year, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Santa Claus and his elves are very busy in the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland.