Volunteers clad in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air as they gather to deliver gifts for the poor in downtown Seoul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Santa Claus waves from his sleigh as he carried over the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Newborn babies are wrapped in red Christmas stockings, continuing a more than 50-year hospital tradition, at Miller Children's and Women's Hospital in Long Beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The TimesLink
Some 27,000 people take part in the annual Christmas carol singing event at the stadium of German second division Bundesliga football club in Berlin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER MEHLIS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A Palestinian girl dressed in a costume with "Santa's princess" joins a Christmas Eve celebration at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majdi Mohammed / Associated PressLink
Christian pilgrims from Nigeria in the 'Grotto' in the Church of the Nativity, accepted by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED AL HASHLAMOUN / EPALink
A Christian girl wearing a Santa Claus outfit lights candles in a section of the Church of the Nativity, accepted by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / EPALink
Members of a Lebanese water ski club wearing Santa suits, one with a national flag, perform in the bay of Jounieh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK BAZ / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
People hold up their money as they try to buy meat from butchers at the annual Christmas Eve auction at Smithfield Market in central London.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A worker in Santa Claus costume cleans windows outside a shopping mall along Tokyo's waterfront.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A child walks past a three-dimensional painting entitled "Santa's Christmas Gift," presented by the interactive art museum "Art in Island" in Manila, as another child poses for a photo. The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia and has one of the longest Christmas seasons in the world, lasting from Dec. 16 to Jan. 6.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Children dressed as angels take part in a Mass on Christmas Eve at the South Cathedral the official Catholic church in Beijing. Estimates for the number of Christians in China range from the conservative official figure of 23 million to as many as 100 million by independent scholars, raising the possibility that Christians may rival in size the 85 million members of the ruling Communist Party.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ng Han Guan / Associated PressLink
A displaced Christian boy wearing a Santa Claus costume walks during a celebration at a school that was turned into a shelter a day before the Christmas holiday in Baghdad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hadi Mizban / Associated PressLink
Pakistani Christians gather in an alley of a Christian neighborhood decorated with festive lights for Christmas in Islamabad, Pakistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
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