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December 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Santa Claus around the world — in photos

Santa Claus is showing up everywhere this time of year, running, surfing, diving, motorcycling and sometimes even going to the dogs.

Here’s a look, in pictures, at Santas worldwide.  We’ll keep adding photos of Santa’s travels, so do revisit.

Santa Claus leaves for his annual Christmas journey from the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. (AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA / Laura Haapamäki)

Santa Claus leaves for his annual Christmas journey from the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. (AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA / Laura Haapamäki)

Volunteers take Santa selfies as they deliver gifts to the poor in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Volunteers take Santa selfies as they deliver gifts to the poor in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)”

 

Santa Claus waves to the crowd from his "flying" sleigh drawn by reindeer over Lake Geneva during the Christmas Market in Montreux, Switzerland.  Santa is flying with the aid of a cable above the market and lake.  (EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT)

Santa Claus waves to the crowd from his “flying” sleigh drawn by reindeer over Lake Geneva during the Christmas Market in Montreux, Switzerland. Santa is flying with the aid of a cable above the market and lake. (EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT)

A sand sculpture of Santa Claus and Jesus made by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik with a peace message,  at the  beach in  Puri,  India. ( EPA/STR photo)

A sand sculpture of Santa Claus and Jesus made by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik with a peace message, at the beach in Puri, India. ( EPA/STR photo)

An Oklahoma City Thunder fan dressed as Santa holds a Naughty sign up during a basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oklahoma City -- but Portland won. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams.)

Naughty or nice? An Oklahoma City Thunder fan dressed as a team-colored  Santa holds a sign up during a basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers.  Portland won – not nice for Thunder fans. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams.)

Students dressed as Santa Claus participate in

Students dressed as Santa Claus participate in Christmas celebrations at a school in Jammu, India. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Santa stands outside a jewelry store in the fashion district of Milan, Italy. (AP photo by Luca Bruno)

Santa stands outside a jewelry store in the fashion district of Milan, Italy. (AP photo by Luca Bruno)

Dressed as Santa, members of South Korea's Bukhan San Mountain Rescue team climb on Buckhan mountain near Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by JEON HEON-KYUN, EPA)

Dressed as Santa, members of South Korea’s Bukhan San Mountain Rescue team climb a rock fissure near Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by JEON HEON-KYUN, EPA)

A Palestinian man dressed as Santa Claus walks over the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem. (photo by Dusan Vranic, AP)

A Palestinian man dressed as Santa Claus walks over the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem. (photo by Dusan Vranic, AP)

Britain's Prince Harry wears a Santa Claus hat as he poses for a photo with orphans from the Mants'ase Children's Home during a visit with the charity Sentebale to Lesotho in southern Africa.  (AP Photo / Chris Jackson)

Britain’s Prince Harry wears a Santa Claus hat as he poses for a photo with orphans from the Mants’ase Children’s Home during a visit with the charity Sentebale to Lesotho in southern Africa. (AP Photo / Chris Jackson)

Santa Claus looks through a window at Himmelpfort, Germany. He invited 20 children who had sent him especially beautiful wish lists to have a pre-Christmas party. Already 293,000 wish lists arrived at the Christmas-post-office this year.  (EPA/BERND SETTNIK photo)

Santa Claus looks through a window at Himmelpfort, Germany. He invited 20 children who had sent him especially beautiful wish lists to have a pre-Christmas party. Already 293,000 wish lists arrived at the Christmas-post-office this year. (EPA/BERND SETTNIK photo)

 

 

People dressed as Santa Claus  fill a cafe  in Bay City, Mich., during the Santa Claus for the Cause event. (AP Photo/The Bay City Times, Yfat Yossifor)

People dressed as Santa Claus fill a cafe in Bay City, Mich., during the Santa Claus for the Cause event. (AP Photo/The Bay City Times, Yfat Yossifor)

A man takes a selfie with a scuba Santa as he entertains visitors in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager tank at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. ( EPA/ERIK S. LESSER photo)

A man takes a selfie with a scuba Santa as he entertains visitors in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager tank at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. ( EPA/ERIK S. LESSER photo)

A Palestinian activist dressed in a Santa Claus outfit confronts Israeli soldiers during a protest over Israeli occupation and land confiscation in the West Bank village of Masarah, near Bethlehem.  (EPA/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN photo)

A Palestinian activist dressed in a Santa Claus outfit confronts Israeli soldiers during a protest over Israeli occupation and land confiscation in the West Bank village of Masarah, near Bethlehem. (EPA/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN photo)

 

A Santa Claus puppet rides on the back of a motorcycle in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori )

A Santa Claus puppet rides on the back of a motorcycle in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori )

A dog wears a  Santa Claus hat during a fun run in Athens, Greece.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A dog wears a Santa Claus hat during a fun run in Athens, Greece. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Protesters in St. Louis, including one dressed as Santa, do a die-in to protest police shootings. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Protesters in St. Louis, including one dressed as Santa, do a die-in during a protest against police shootings. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Santa Claus marches with soldiers from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment near Fort Irwin, Calif.   (AP Photo/Desert Dispatch, James Quigg)

Santa Claus marches with soldiers from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment near Fort Irwin, Calif. (AP Photo/Desert Dispatch, James Quigg)

 

A volunteer Santa visits a sick child at a hospital in Guatemala. ((AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A volunteer Santa visits a sick child at a hospital in Guatemala. ((AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

 

Cheerleaders for the Tennessee Titans dressed up as Santas at a Nashville game. (Jeff Haynes/AP.)

Cheerleaders for the Tennessee Titans dressed up as Santas at a Nashville game. (Jeff Haynes/AP.)

 

Santa on the run in Romania during a fundraiser for medical care.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Santa on the run in Romania during a fundraiser for medical care. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A Santa doll is offered for sale on the streets of Brasilia, Brazil. Photo/Eraldo Peres) BSB101

A Santa doll is offered for sale on the streets of Brasilia, Brazil. Photo/Eraldo Peres) BSB101

City bus drivers dressed as Santa get ready to roll in Seoul, South Korea. (EPA/YONHAP)

City bus drivers dressed as Santa get ready to roll in Seoul, South Korea. (EPA/YONHAP)

High-wire performer Falko Traber poses as the "Flying Santa" on his motorcycle shaped like a sleigh above the Christmas Market in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Dec. 11. (AP photo)

High-wire performer Falko Traber poses as the “Flying Santa” on his motorcycle shaped like a sleigh above the Christmas Market in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Dec. 11. (AP photo)

A man from Lapland, dressed as Santa, visits with children at a Seoul, South Korea, department store on Dec. 11 (AP photo)

A man from Lapland, dressed as Santa, visits with children at a Seoul, South Korea, department store on Dec. 11 (AP photo).

A woman in a Santa Claus costume with a funny hat competes in the Santa Run in Michendorf, Germany, on Dec. 7. (AP photo)

A woman in a Santa Claus costume with a funny hat competes in the Santa Run in Michendorf, Germany, on Dec. 7. (AP photo)

A Balinese man dressed as Santa teaches orphan children how to surf in Kuta, Bali. (EPA/Made Nagi photo)

A Balinese man dressed as Santa teaches orphan children how to surf in Kuta, Bali. (EPA/Made Nagi photo)

Pastor Steve Smith from the Anglican Church of the Ascension wears a St. Nicholas costume as he visits refugees in Munich, Germany, on Dec. 5. (EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT )

Pastor Steve Smith from the Anglican Church of the Ascension wears a St. Nicholas costume as he visits refugees in Munich, Germany, on Dec. 5. (EPA/Andreas Gebert photo)

Participants in a Australian charity Santa run gather in front of the landmark Sydney opera house. (EPA / Variety Australia photo)

Participants in an Australian charity Santa run gather in front of the landmark Sydney opera house. (Variety Australia photo)

Santa and Mrs. Claus get off a C130 military transport plane in Shishmaref, Alaska. The Alaska National Guard provided transport for the good Samaritan program Operation Santa, which took gifts and schools supplies to about 300 children in the Inupiat Eskimo community. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Santa and Mrs. Claus get off a military transport plane in Shishmaref, Alaska. The Alaska National Guard provided transport for  Operation Santa, which took gifts and school supplies to children in the Inupiat Eskimo community. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

A woman and her dog get ready for a fundraising Santa run in Athens, Greece. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A woman and her dog get ready for a fundraising Santa run in Athens, Greece. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A diver dressed as Santa swims at an  aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

A diver dressed as Santa swims with the fish  at an aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

after bungee-type jump from a hotel. EPA /Joerg J Carstensen photo)

Santa is suspended  on high after a  bungee-type jump from a Berlin, Germany, hotel. (EPA /Joerg Carstensen photo)

Another underwater Santa -- this one right here at The Seattle Aquarium. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

Another underwater Santa — this one right here at The Seattle Aquarium. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

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