Lifestyle & Belief

Santa Claus Gone Wild: Before Christmas, Saint Nick Lets Loose

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A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume feeds a beluga, or white whale, during a Christmas show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, on December 17, 2009.

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Yoshikazu Tsuno

Before Christmas, Santa Clauses are kicking it up a notch and going a little wild. From skydiving to swimming with whales to mass Santa runs, Santa fever is on. We take a look at Jolly Saint Nick going to the extremes.

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    A man dressed in a large Santa Claus suit takes part in the Great Edinburgh Santa Run with other participants on December 11, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around a thousand people took part in the annual fundraising event, with all money raised being donated to the charity 'When You Wish Upon a Star'.

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    Jeff J Mitchell

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    A bungee jumper dressed as Santa Claus leaps from a platform above Kuta beach, Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 2, 2011.

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    Sonny Tumbelaka

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    A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume feeds a beluga, or white whale, during a Christmas show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, on December 17, 2009.

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    Yoshikazu Tsuno

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    A South Korean diver wearing a Santa Claus outfit swims in a tank during an event at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul on December 7, 2011. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in South Korea with Christians forming over half the population.

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    Jung Yeon-Je

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    Workers in Santa Claus and reindeer costumes clean windows outside of a 31-metre-high building at the Odaiba shopping mall on Tokyo's waterfront on December 23, 2010.

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    Kazuhiro Nogi

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    Santa feeds Smiley the penguin as they help open Harrods Christmas World during a photocall on August 4, 2009 in London, England.

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    Chris Jackson

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    Penguins dressed in Santa Claus costumes parade during a promotional event at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, on November 16, 2010.

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    Jung Yeon-Je

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    Santa Claus waves in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, 23 December 2005.

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    Martti Kainulainen

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    A man dressed up as a zombie Santa Claus takes part in a "Zombie Walk" at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City on November 26, 2011.

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    Alfredo Estrella

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    Runners wearing Santa Claus bonnets and bathing suits take part in the 'Santa Claus Run' held every year in Budapest on December 11, 2011.

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    Attila Kisbenedek

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    German cycling fan Didi Senft, also known as El Diablo, jumps in the air with a Christmas tree in a forest near Chorin eastern Germany on December 4, 2008.

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    Michael Urban

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the residence of Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, in the town of Veliky Ustyug, in the Vologda region, about 300 miles north of Moscow, early 07 January 2008.

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    Misha Japardisze

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    South Korean trainers and Orang-utans, dressed in Santa Claus outfits, hand out a christmas gifts to children during their Christmas performance on December 21, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea.

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    Chung Sung-Jun

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    Skydivers in Santa Claus costumes dive in formation over Sydney to launch the new festive experiences range by an Australian online experience company, at Picton on December 17, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

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    Brendon Thorne

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    South Korean postmen wearing Santa Claus outfits ride motorbikes to deliver Christmas gifts to poor people for their charity campaign in Seoul on December 21, 2009.

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    Jung Yeon-Je

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    Four white Belugas display Santa hats during a new Christmas show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, 18 November 2006.

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    Yoshikazu Tsuno

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    A runners dressed as Father Christmas uses a toilet before the start of the Santa fun run on December 04, 2005 in Newtown, Powys, Wales. The run, which started in 2001 with just a handful of entrants, raises money for the local Newton and District Dial a Ride.

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    Matt Cardy

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    Elephants dressed in Santa Claus costumes perform for children at a school in Ayutthaya province northern Bangkok, 21 December 2007.

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    Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

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    Professional Santa Clause performers gather for an annual Santa School on November 13, 2007 in London. The yearly school is run by 'The Ministry of Fun' a supplier of Santa for events and parties.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Santa Claus' swing on a swingset while participating in the 2004 Santacon December 11, 2004 in New York City. The annual event occurs worldwide with hundreds of Santas in New York wandering through the city's bars, subways and tourist sites.

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    Mario Tama

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    A man dressed as Santa Claus and his seaside donkey Dino pose for photographs outside a snow-covered Harrods before taking guests on tour of Christmas World on the third floor of the Knightsbridge store, on August 9, 2005 in London, England.

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    Chris Jackson

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    A demonstrator in a Santa Claus costume gestures during a protest by Palestinians and foreign peace activists against Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah on December 25, 2009.

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    Abbas Momani

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    Competitors take part in the annual Santa Dash in Liverpool, north-west England on December 4, 2011. The five kilometer race sees thousands of entrants run through the streets of the city centre dressed as Santa Claus.

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    Paul Ellis

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    An elderly Chinese man wearing a Santa hat swims in the icy water of a frozen river in Shenyang, northeastern China's Liaoning province on December 20, 2010.

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    STR

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    A man dressed as Santa Claus water skis on the Potomac River at the National Harbor in Prince George's County, Maryland, near Washington, DC, on December 24, 2009. Joined by flying elves, Frosty the Snowman in a dinghy and kneeboarding reindeer, Santa celebrates his 24th anniversary of water-skiing in the Washington area on Christmas Eve.

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    Saul Loeb

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    A US soldier dressed as Santa Claus arrives with a helicopter at the Hammer base in southern Baghdad on Christmas eve, 24 December 2007.

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    Ali Al-Saadi