Santas of the World 2011

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A demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus is arrested by police during clashes with students demanding changes in the public state education system in Santiago. Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is the profiteering in the state education system. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

Nikolai Vasilyev water-skis while dressed as Santa Claus along the Yenisei River outside Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Vasilyev, 58, a teacher at the Krasnoyarsk Aerospace College, built the water skis; they’re made of plastic foam and the oars are designed to propel him forward. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Chimpanzees await Santa’s arrival during “Christmas with the Chimps” at Lion Country Safari Wednesday. The presents, which include stuffed animals, clothes and snacks, are provided and wrapped by ChimpanZoo volunteers. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Hector Chacon, a Guatemalan firefighter dressed as Santa Claus, rappels down the Belize bridge in Guatemala City to give toys to children living in the neighborhoods under the bridge. Guatemalan firefighters have been giving toys to underprivileged cjildren in the city city for 13 years, according to Chacon. (Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

An illuminated Santa Claus towers over the Promenade Des Anglais in Nice, France. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

A worker dressed as Santa Claus has his pants bitten by a crocodile during feeding time inside a cage of a crocodile farm. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

Traffic controller Ramiro Hinojas, wearing a Santa Claus costume, is reflected in a side mirror as he directs motorists along an intersection in Manila. Hinojas entertains motorists by dressing up and performing dance moves of Michael Jackson, to mark the upcoming Christmas season. (Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters)

Soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) attend Christmas celebrations at the ISAF camp in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Two men dressed as Santa Claus use a toilet in Citta’ Sant’Angelo near Pescara, Italy. A group of people dressed up as Santa Claus to attend the “European Meeting of Santa Claus” where they sang Christmas carols and interacted with passers-by to spread the joy of Christmas, according to organizers. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

Jimmy Flynn clicks his heals, left, as he crosses the line at the annual Santa Sightings 5K Fun Run in New Bedford, Massachusetts. (Peter Pereira/Standard Times)

A woman holds an automatic weapon, right, as she poses for a picture with a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Scottsdale Gun Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Joshua Lott/Reuters)

Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver hugs a turtle at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)

250 Santas participate in a fundraising event at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. (Associated Press)

Competitors dressed as Santa take part in the annual 5k Santa Dash in Liverpool, England. (Reuters)

A mannequin dressed as a fisherman in a Santa Claus costume sits on a rocky outcrop in the Irish Sea, fifty miles north of Belfast near the village of Waterfoot, Northern Ireland. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Members of a music band, dressed in Santa Claus costumes, make their way to perform in the eastern Swiss city of St. Gallen. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

A sheep wears a Christmas costume during a promotional event for the upcoming Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea. (Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters)

A white whale wears a Santa Claus hat during a show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, near Tokyo. (Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press)

An American alligator hatchling peers out of a Christmas boot at the Australian Reptile Park near Sydney. (AFP)

A sea lion wearing antlers performs at the Sunshine International Aquarium as the seasonal attraction, which will be held until Christmas Day, in Tokyo, Japan. (AFP)

Participants take part in the Great Edinburgh Santa Run in Princes Street gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Reuters)

Sisters Ireland and Isla Dooley wear festive holiday hats at Wellington Winterfest 2011 Friday night at the Wellington Amphitheatre. “I can’t believe they wore them for longer than a few minutes,” said their mom Michelle. “They don’t like the hats. They don’t keep them on for very long.” Michelle said that they come to Winterfest every year. “Isla’s excited about Christmas,” she said. “I think she likes all the lights. Ireland will probably understand better next year.” (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Dolphins cheerleaders perform at the start of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sun Life stadium in Miami Gardens. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)

A German balloon vendor dressed as a Santa Claus searches in his balloons as he waits for customers at a Christmas market in Berlin. (AP)

A window cleaner dressed as Santa Claus poses for photographers during an event to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday season at a shopping mall in Tokyo. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Chinese winter swimmers wearing Santa Claus costumes play soccer on a frozen lake ahead of Christmas in Shenyang, Liaoning province. (Reuters)

Elephants dressed in Santa Claus costumes perform for students ahead of the Christmas festival at a school in Ayutthaya province, Thailand. (AFP)

Artists dressed as Santa Claus create a Santa Claus sculpture on Puri golden beach, 42 miles from the eastern city of Bhubaneswar, India. (Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)

A child gave fruit to an elephant dressed as Santa Claus on a street in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Friday. (Narong Sangnak/European Pressphoto Agency)

Members of Hanyang technical high school mountaineering club, wearing Santa Claus costumes, reached the summit of Dobong mountain near Seoul Friday. (Jeon Heon-Kyun/European Pressphoto Agency)

Russia’s Grandfather Frost rides in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia on his way from Veliky Ustyug to Moscow to take part in the New Year celebrations. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club take part in a fancy-dress bathing performance on the bank of the Yenisei River as they celebrate the upcoming New Year in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters)

Beach goers wearing Santa hats play in the surf on Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. (AP)

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