Dwayne Ross, right, 8, greets Santa Claus in front of the Fred Jordan Mission on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, where thousands of impoverished inner city boys and girls received new toys.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImesLink
David Santamaria, dressed as Santa Claus, gets into the holiday spirit while riding down Broadway with son David, 5, in tow in downtown Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles TimesLink
A diver wearing Santa Claus clothes feeds rays and fish for a special underwater season show at Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kimimasa Mayama / EPALink
A Palestinian man dressed up as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees along the wall of Jerusalem's Old City, as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man dressed up as Santa Claus hangs from a cableway as he delivers Christmas gifts to visitors in a gondola at a scenic area in Yueyang, central China's Hunan province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty ImagesLink
South Korea's Bukhan San Mountain Rescue Police members wear Santa Claus costumes while rock climbing during an event marking the Christmas holiday season on Buckhan mountain near Seoul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeon Heon-Kyun / EPALink
Malaysian women take a photograph with a backdrop of a colorful fountain at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. Every year as Christmas approaches, shopping malls across Malaysia are decorated with beautiful light displays and offer year-end discounts to lure shoppers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manan Vatsyayana / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Choristers of the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir rehearse for their Christmas carol service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
A child looks at a street artist dressed as little Santa Claus in a cradle in Rome.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Filippo Monteforte / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
An Iranian chador clad woman passes by a Santa Claus shop in Tehran, Iran. There are about 150,000 Christians living in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at homes. As children are attracted by the tradition, many Muslim families have adopted some of the customs and buy presents for the kids and even Christmas trees.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Abedin Taherkenareh / EPALink
A Chinese soldier's eyelashes are covered with frost during physical training in minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit weather in Heihe in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The northeastern Chinese town borders Russia, and is one of the coldest places in China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
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