Photo: Santa sightings around the world

Posted on: 8:13 am, December 24, 2012, by , updated on: 08:20am, December 24, 2012

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  • A man decked out as Santa Claus slips through the back streets of Hamburg, Germany, on Monday, December 24. Related photos: Magnum Santas (Photo: CNN)

  • A Steelers fan in a Santa outfit waves his Terrible Towel during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, December 23, in Pittsburgh. (Photo: CNN)

  • Members of a local yoga club perform at a public park wearing Santa Claus costumes in Hanoi, Vietnam, on December 23. (Photo: CNN)

  • Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik works on a sand sculpture with more than 500 Santa Claus statues on the beach in Puri, India, on Saturday, December 22. (Photo: CNN)

  • Michael Pless, 62, catches a wave off Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, on Friday, December 21, in California. Pless, who also runs a surfing school, has been dressing up as Santa Claus and taking to the waves in costume since the 1990s, sometimes joined by his wife, Jill, in a Mrs. Claus outfit. (Photo: CNN)

  • A militarized police helicopter leaves a Santa Claus atop a school in a shantytown, or favela, of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, December 20. This St. Nick, dressed in the white and blue colors of Peace Police Units, handed out toys among the children in the Brazilian slum. (Photo: CNN)

  • Two Japanese Santas clean the windows of a Tokyo hotel on December 20. (Photo: CNN)

  • Santa auditions an alternative species to pull his sleigh at the Marineland park in Antibes, France, on Wednesday, December 19. (Photo: CNN)

  • Stuttgart fans don Santa hats during a German Cup match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Köln on December 19 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume poses with a sea lion at the animal exhibition park Marineland, in France, on December 19. (Photo: CNN)

  • Santa Claus walks out of the front door during a Christmas party hosted for sick children at 10 Downing Street on Monday, December 17, in London. (Photo: CNN)

  • Santa Claus opens his coat to reveal a Matt Schaub jersey at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, December 16, in Houston, Texas, before the Texas Longhorns played the Indianapolis Colts. (Photo: CNN)

  • Participants wear Santa costumes as they take part in a Santa Claus-themed race in downtown Milan, Italy, on December 16. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man dressed up as Santa Claus appears at a demonstration in Paris for the legalization of same-sex marriage on December 16. (Photo: CNN)

  • A fan stands out in his Santa Claus attire during an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos on December 16 in Baltimore. Denver won 34-17. (Photo: CNN)

  • A girl points out toys to Santa Claus on Saturday, December 15, in a store in Lille, France. (Photo: CNN)

  • Costumed Santas crowd into a telephone booth during the Santacon pub crawl near London's Trafalgar Square on December 15. (Photo: CNN)

  • Revelers in Santa costumes sit on the lion statue at the base of Nelson's Column in London's Trafalgar Square on December 15. (Photo: CNN)

  • A member of a French anti-fur group wades into the sea during a beach protest to denounce the practice of wearing fur on December 15 in Nice, France. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man dressed as Santa Claus sees a patient in the pediatric ward of a hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Friday, December 14. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man decked out as Santa walks down Geary Street on December 14 in San Francisco. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man wearing a Santa Claus costume performs in downtown Rome on Thursday, December 13. (Photo: CNN)

  • Police check a man dressed as Santa Claus as he passes through a metal detector at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, December 12, in Washington. (Photo: CNN)

  • Catholics United hold a press conference with Santa Claus in front of the U.S. Capitol to rebut the GOP's budget effort in the ongoing fiscal cliff argument on December 12 in Washington. (Photo: CNN)

  • Icelandic philantropist Einar Sveinsson, dressed as Santa Claus, speaks with a patient in the oncology ward during a visit to the Benjamin Bloom National Children's Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Tuesday, December 11. (Photo)

  • A man dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus, entertains children at the Ded Moroz residence in Kuzminsky Park in Moscow on Tuesday, December 11. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man dressed as Santa waits for customers in a wooden house in Rome on December 11. (Photo: CNN)

  • A diver dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photograph with children during a promotional event for the "Sardines Feeding Show with Santa Claus" at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, on December 11. (Photo: CNN)

  • Costumed participants of the annual "Best Father Frost" contest from different city districts make their way through a courtyard in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday, December 10. (Photo: CNN)

  • A few thousand Santa Clauses ride between Gdansk and Gdynia, Poland, on Sunday, December 9. Santa Clauses rode on scooters, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles between the two Polish cities. (Photo: CNN)

  • Participants in the fourth annual Michendorf Santa Run, one wearing a camera on his head, gather shortly before the run on December 9 in Michendorf, Germany. More than 800 people took part in this year's races. (Photo: CNN)

  • A woman and her dog in Santa suits prepare for the annual Glasgow Santa Dash on December 9 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo: CNN)

  • Beachgoers carry a man wearing a Santa Claus costume on the Mediterranean coast on Saturday, December 8, in Nice, France. (Photo: CNN)

  • Takashi Inui of Frankfurt, Germany, celebrates dressed as Santa Claus after the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Werder Bremen on December 8 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Eintracht won 4-1. (Photo: CNN)

  • A customer holds the door of a shopping mall for a man dressed as Santa Claus on December 8, in Berlin. (Photo: CNN)

  • Valery Kokoulin, 47, rings a bell on his yacht to mark the end of the sailboat season on Friday, December 7, on the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Temperatures in the Siberian city dipped to minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo: CNN)

  • Kokoulin stands aboard his yacht on December 7. (Photo: CNN)

  • President Barack Obama greets Santa Claus with actors Neil Patrick Harris, Rico Rodriguez and musician Phillip Phillips during the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House on Thursday, December 6, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: CNN)

  • A diver dressed as a Santa Claus dives with a nurse shark in the Sea Life Aquarium in Munich, Germany, on December 6, which is St. Nicholas Day. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man dressed as a Santa Claus waves at the port in Hamburg, Germany, on December 6. (Photo: CNN)

  • A fan of the Baylor University Bears dresses up as Santa Claus while the Bears face the Oklahoma State University Cowboys on Saturday, December 1, in Waco, Texas. (Photo: CNN)

  • A man dressed as Santa leaves the the annual meeting of volunteer Santa Clauses and angels on December 1 in Berlin. (Photo: CNN)

  • Volunteers in New York's 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade cross the street on Friday, November 23. (Photo: CNN)

  • Santas from various countries compete in the porridge-eating contest during the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare on November 17. (Photo: CNN)

  • Japanese Santa Claus "Santa Paradise Yamamoto" hits the ground in the reindeer ride event during the competition in Gallivare on November 17. (Photo: CNN

From the Santa Claus Winter Games in Sweden to the Sidewalk Santa Parade in New York City to window washing in Tokyo, Santa has been out in full force this year.

Take a look above and see for yourself.

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