Jolly old St. Nick's appearance may vary from nation to nation, but around the world, his message is universal: Peace on earth, good will to men. Band-ing together Dressed in Santa Claus costumes, members of a music band make their way to perform in the eastern Swiss city of St. Gallen on Nov. 27.
Actor David Warren, who has been playing Santa for the past 10 years, holds dubious 7-month-old Olivia Ruch at Santa's Grotto in Selfridges department store in London on Dec. 7.
Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver feeds sardines at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 7.
Filipino traffic enforcer Ramiro Hinojas, wearing a Santa Claus costume, directs motorists on a street in Pasay city, south of Manila, on Dec. 6.
A man dressed as Father Christmas carries crates with letters addressed to Santa Claus at a special Christmas post office in the village of Himmelpfort, north of Berlin, on Nov. 10. Organizers expect to receive some 280,000 letters and wish lists from children writing in 17 languages.
Part-time Santas pose together in an employment office in Rostock, eastern Germany, on Dec. 7.
Santa Claus pops into the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 7. (The jolly old elf's position on tax policy is unknown.)
About 200 volunteer workers dressed in Santa Claus outfits form heart shapes as they launch an event to visit and give Christmas gifts to prematurely born babies in Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 6.
Some of the 250 Santas participating in a fundraising event take a run at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, on Dec. 4. Each Santa had to wear a full red Santa costume, complete with beard, and donate at least $10 to the Bethel Rotary Club's annual drive to provide gifts for the area's needy children.
Competitors take part in the annual Santa Dash in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 4. Thousands of entrants run through the streets of the city dressed as Santa Claus.
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on Dec. 2.
Security guards in Santa Claus costumes perform martial arts as they pose for photographers during a promotional event for the upcoming Christmas holiday season at Coex shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 1.
Holding a bell, Santa waves from the roof of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 28. Santa will greet children inside the shopping center until Christmas Eve.
A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume stands on the field before the start of a soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, on Nov. 27.
Santa Claus trainees learn how to speak and walk like a "real" Santa at the "Santa Claus academy" in Tokyo on Nov. 27.
People dressed in Santa costumes warm up before the start of a charity race in Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 27. More than 2,000 people ran to raise money for a children's charity.
A man dressed as Santa Claus talks to a little boy at the Christmas market at the foot of the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, on Nov. 26. His sign translates roughly to: "So that all children get Christmas gifts."
Volunteers of America Sidewalk Santas march in the 109th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade through midtown Manhattan on Nov. 25.
Bicycle designer Dieter "Didi" Senft wears a Santa costume as he presents a ridable and lit-up candle arch in Storkow, Germany, on Nov. 24. Senft has built unusual bicycles for years and has also set world records.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus wave to spectators during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 24.
A Santa Claus greets young spectators during the unveiling of Lord & Taylor's Christmas windows at Lord & on Nov. 14 in New York City.