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December 11, 2012
Santa Claus 2012

A look at Santa Claus around the world and here at home.

(30 images)

Jerry Cowley, aquatic safety manager at the Silverton Hotel-Casino interacts with children as an underwater Santa Claus, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the casino's aquarium in Las Vegas. On weekends during the Christmas season, Cowley dives dressed as Santa into the 117-gallon aquarium tank for 90 minutes to take Christmas present requests from children and pose for photos. AP / Julie Jacobson
Santa helps Jamir Ray, 4, of Astoria, Ore., smile for the camera at a Macy's department store Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Seattle. AP / Elaine Thompson
Braylyn Minton, 1, of Hooks, Texas, cries as his great grandma Mattie Whisenhunt, picks him up off the lap of Santa Claus at the annual Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train in Ashdown, Ark., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The train makes donations to local Salvation Army's at each of its 24 stops. In the past 11 years, $1 million in gift cards have been donated by the organization. Texarkana Gazette / Adam Sacasa
Addie Thomas, 4, poses for a photo with Santa Claus at the Raleigh Winterfest Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in Raleigh, N.C. The opening celebration of Winterfest featured a 42-foot outdoor movie screen, live entertainment, ice skating and the tree lighting by Mayor Nancy McFarlane. The News & Observer / Liz Condo
Rose Morrison, 2, of Scranton, Pa. cries as she sits with Santa Claus for a holiday portrait on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at The Viewmont Mall in Dickson City, Pa. The Scranton Times & Tribune / Butch Comegys
Gabreal Rico, 1, takes a tug at the beard worn by Louis Nix III as the Notre Dame football nose guard plays the part of Santa Claus during Silent Night Silent Auction, an annual fundraiser held by Notre Dame's Pasquerilla East dormitory benefiting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Notre Dame's LaFortune Student Center in South Bend, Ind. South Bend Tribune / James Brosher
Sophia Nerhood, 6, is all smiles as she gets to sit on Santa's lap with her mom Jackie Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Westminster, Calif. The "Caring Santa" at Westminster Mall provided a calm environment for special needs kids before the mall opened to the public. The national event, created by Simon Property Group last year, was the first one in Orange County. The Orange County Register / Mindy Schauer
Minutes after arriving via the departing helicopter in the background as Santa and Mrs. Claus, Chris and Peggy Mott, hand out candy to three-year-old Maddox King as his mother Jocelyn hoists him on her shoulders at the start of the 14th Annual Santa Welcome event sponsored by the Olympic Flight Museum in Tumwater,Wash. on Dec. 2, 2012. The Olympian / Steve Bloom
Clowns take turns posing for photos with Santa Claus at "Flight to North Pole," a holiday event for young cancer patients, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas. AP / Eric Gay
Photographer Gordon Murray, foreground, takes a picture of Ron Ingram, top, and Barbara Ingram, right, as they pose with Santa at the third annual "Santa and Machine Guns" event at the Scottsdale Gun Club Dec. 2, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz. AP / Ross D. Franklin
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus wave to children of all ages as they ride through downtown Boise for the annual Boise Holiday Parade Saturday Nov. 24, 2012. Idaho Statesman / Darin Oswald
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus wave to spectators during the 93rd annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday Nov. 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. AP / Joseph Kaczmarek
People dressed in a Santa Claus and a reindeer costume walk with their dog at the Great Nottingham Santa Run at Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday Dec. 2, 2012. AP / Rui Vieira
Candace Conger, right, holds her dog, King George, as they visit with Santa Claus during the Pet Night With Santa event at the Mall of Abilene on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Abilene, Texas. Abilene-Reporter News / Eric J. Shelton
Beaux Jangles, an eight-week-old English bulldog, greets Santa at PetSmart's 25th Annual Santa ClawsAE photo event Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. AP Images for PetSmart / Richard W. Rodriguez
Santa Steve Stickley holds Edward, a mixed-breed dog, Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 during the Christmas At The Shelter program held at the Fredrick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter outside Winchester, Virginia. The event featured pet photos with Santa and a pet blessing. The Winchester Star / SCOTT MASON
A giant lit Santa Claus is displayed on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. AP / Lionel Cironneau
Baylor fans, including one dressed as Santa Claus, cheer during the first half of an NCAA college football game against the Oklahoma State, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Waco, Texas. AP / LM Otero
Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver feeds to sardines at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, where over half of the population are Christians. AP / Ahn Young-joon
This Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 photo provided by Mystic Aquarium shows Santa playing a saxophone to serenade Juno, a 10-year-old male beluga whale, at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., during the Winter Waterland celebration. Mystic Aquarium / Abigail Pheiffer
Dec. 6, 2012 - Timmendorfer Strand, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany - A diver dressed as Santa swims with the sea turtle Speedy at the Sea Life Aquarium. ZUMA24.com / Jens Buettner
A man dressed in Santa Claus feeds a killer whale (Orcinus orca) named "Valentin", at the animal exhibition park Marineland in Antibes, southern France, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. AP / Lionel Cironneau
Dec. 8, 2012 - London, England,United Kingdom - A swimmer in Santa cap takes to the water at the Outdoor Swimming Society's (OSS) December Dip at Parliament Hill lido. This is the sixth annual Dip, with the water temperature somewhere between 0.1 and 6 degrees. ZUMA24.com / Justin Setterfield
Dec. 6, 2012 - Offingen, Germany - A man dressed as St. Nicholas cycles though the snow to his next engagement in the neighboring village Betzenweiler after a visit to a kindergarten. ZUMA24.com / Thomas Warnack
Dec. 6, 2012 - Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany - Around 400 Santas arrive by an ICE train at the main station. The action was initiated by Deutsche Bahn to surprise its passengers during Christmas. The Santas distributed sweets and sang 'Santa Claus is coming to town'. ZUMA24.com / Boris Roessler
Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus start to run, at the annual St. Nicholas Run, in Michendorf about 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Berlin, Germany, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. AP / Markus Schreiber
Dec. 1, 2012 - Berlin, Germany - Santas and angels attend the Santa Claus general meeting of the University Studentenwerk in Berlin. In the middle is 77-year-old Frank Wiebe who has been working as Santa since 1977. About 400 Santas and angels register at the Studentenwerk to be booked during Christmas. ZUMA24.com / Rainer Jensen
Volunteer workers, dressed in Santa Claus costumes, perform South Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" dance during an event to visit and give Christmas gifts to prematurely born babies in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Lee Jin-man
Volunteers of America Santas ring their bells as they cross a street on Fifth Ave. during their 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade, in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. The donations they raise are used for a holiday food voucher program for needy residents. AP / Richard Drew
Volunteers of America Santas are reflected in a fountain during their 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade, in New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. The donations they raise are used for a holiday food voucher program for needy residents. AP / Richard Drew

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