Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

With only six days left until Christmas, Santa Claus appears to be just about everywhere—assisted by armies of Santa's Helpers. Photographers have captured images of people dressed as jolly old Saint Nick in Finland, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Scotland, South Korea, Australia, Greece, Venezuela, India, Germany, China, Italy, Pakistan, the United States, and other countries throughout the world. People everywhere are observing the season of giving not only by donning red and white apparel but by participating in charitable events, passing out gifts, listening to Christmas wishes, and simply having fun. Collected below are recent images of Santa Claus and his many helpers around the world. (Disclaimer: At least one of them may not be the Real Santa Claus.) [31 photos total]

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Santa Claus rides in his sleigh as he prepares for Christmas in the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland, on December 15, 2016. (Pawel Kopczynski / Reuters) #
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People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in a run in Madrid, Spain, on December 17, 2016. (Francisco Seco / AP) #
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Leandro Souza, 28, who lives in the favela da Mare complex, one of the most violent in Rio de Janeiro, dresses as Santa Claus to distribute gifts to the children of the community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 17, 2016. (Fabio Teixeira / AFP / Getty) #
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Leandro Souza dresses as Santa Claus to distribute gifts to the children of the community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 17, 2016. (Fabio Teixeira / AFP / Getty) #
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Guests enjoy dinner at the table "Santa in the sky", lifted by a crane and decorated to match the appearance of a "Santa Sleigh" as part as the Christmas festivities, in Brussels, Belgium, on November 25, 2016. (Yves Herman / Reuters) #
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A couple kiss as they joined over seven thousands of members of the public dressed as Santas make their way up St Vincent Street on December 11, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Santa Dash has been held since 2006 and this year is the 10th anniversary event, in total the event has raised over £100,000 for charities working in and around Glasgow. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty) #
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Luciana Trijjano, 3, opens a present from Santa Claus, as played by Robert Villalon, as her grandmother Ada Atencio looks on at Holtz Children's Hospital on December 6, 2016, in Miami, Florida. (Wilfredo Lee / AP) #
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A diver dressed in a Santa Claus costume performs with sardines during a promotional event for Christmas "Sardines Feeding Show with Santa Claus" at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, on December 17, 2016. (Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters) #
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A dog with a Santa hat waits with its owner to start the annual charity Santa run in Loughborough, England, on December 4, 2016. (Darren Staples / Reuters) #
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People wearing Santa Claus costumes gather to take part in the 2016 Athens Santa Run in Athens, Greece, on December 4, 2016. (Yorgos Karahalis / AP) #
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Skiers dressed as Santa Claus ride the chairlift to participate in the Santa Sunday charity event on December 4, 2016, at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) #
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Santa Leon McBryde (left) of Buchanan, Virginia and Santa Stephen Gillham of Chapel Hill, North Carolina pose at the end of classes from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, on October 29, 2016. (Christinne Muschi / Reuters) #
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A skydiver dressed in a Santa Claus outfit tandem-jumps with a professional skydiver on the way to 155 tandem skydivers setting a new Guinness World Record over eight hours, in the Australian city of Wollongong, on December 17, 2016. (Jason Reed / Reuters) #
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Santa Claus waves during a visit to residents of the slum of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela, on December 11, 2016. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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A vendor wears a Santa Claus mask to attract customers on a roadside in Ahmedabad, India, on December 16, 2016. (Amit Dave / Reuters) #
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A crowd of Santas are reflected in the sunglasses of a man in a Santa costume during the annual SantaCon on December 10, 2016 in London, England. (Chris J Ratcliffe / Getty) #
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Santa Claus, as played by Robert Villalon, gives a young girl a candy cane outside Holtz Children's Hospital on December 6, 2016, in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee / AP) #
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Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa participate in a charity run down a slope at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, on December 4, 2016. (Joel Page / Reuters) #
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People dressed in Santa Claus and Christmas angels costumes use their smartphones before an annual meeting of a university's rent-a-Santa Claus service in Berlin, Germany, on November 26, 2016. (Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters) #
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A group of people wearing Santa Claus hats and swimming suits participate in the 13th charity Great Santa Claus Run in downtown Budapest, Hungary, on December 11, 2016. (Balazs Mohai / MTI via AP) #
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A surfer dressed in a Santa Claus outfit teaches children to surf on Kuta beach on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 19, 2016. The popular resort island, a pocket of Hindu culture in a country with the biggest Muslim population in the world, receives thousands of tourists every year over the Christmas season. (Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty) #
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In this December 14, 2016 photo, kindergarten children wearing Santa Claus costumes gather at backstage during a Christmas event in Beijing. Although Christmas is not traditionally celebrated in China, some private schools welcome the festival with organizing activities for the children and their parents. (Andy Wong, File / Andy Wong / AP) #
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A children attends at the 3rd Santa Claus Run in St. Mark square on December 18, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Awakening / Getty) #
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Runners attend at the 3rd Santa Claus Run in Rialto bridge on December 18, 2016, in Venice, Italy. The Santa Claus run is a non-competitive race involving recreational runners, families, children, practitioners of Nordic Walking and volunteers of AVAPO Venice dressed as Father Christmas. (Awakening / Getty) #
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Ricardo Contreras dressed as Santa Claus visits a sick child at the San Juan de Dios hospital in Guatemala City on December 14, 2016. Contreras is a volunteer who, along with other hospital's workers, gives out Christmas gifts to sick children every year. (Moises Castillo / AP) #
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Pakistani Christian children dressed as Santa Claus participate in a rally in connection with Christmas celebration, in Lahore, Pakistan, on December 17, 2016. Although Pakistani Christians are in the minority, Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate. (K.M. Chaudary / AP) #
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The Empire State Building is seen in the background as revellers take part in the annual SantaCon event in Manhattan, New York, on December 10, 2016. (Jeenah Moon / Reuters) #
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Natalia Escalona, 6, left, and her younger brother, Jeremiah Escalona, sit on Santa's lap inside the Adventure to Santa, a DreamWorks DreamPlace experience at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Georgia, on November 20, 2016. (Branden Camp / AP) #
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Santas take part in the Santacon event in London, England, on December 10, 2016. (Peter Nicholls / Reuters) #
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Santa Claus rides in his sleigh as he prepares for Christmas in the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland, on December 15, 2016. (Pawel Kopczynski / Reuters) #
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Ricardo Contreras dressed as Santa Claus hugs children as he visits the San Juan de Dios hospital in Guatemala City on December 14, 2016. (Moises Castillo / AP) #

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