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  • Breakfast with Santa
    Santa Claus is appearing more and more often as Christmas nears. Here are images of the jolly old elf - in many, many iterations - from venues around the globe. Here, Allison Hewitt, 6, of West Bend, Wis., thinks as she ask Santa Claus what she would like for Christmas during the Kettle Moraine EAA 1158 Breakfast with Santa at the West Bend Airport on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.

    Remember, Santa and many of his helpers also showed up in Sacramento on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the annual downtown Santa Parade.
    John Ehlke | AP
  • Santa Claws In-Store Photo Event
    Ellie, the yellow Labrador Retriever, gets cozy with Santa at a Dallas PetSmart on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. This is the 27th year that PetSmart has held the Santa Claws Photo Event, which raises money for animal welfare groups.
    Richard W. Rodriguez | AP Images for PetSmart
  • France Santa Clauss Run
    Runners, dressed as Santa Claus, take part in the 37th "Christmas Corrida Race" in the streets of Issy Les Moulineaux, on the western outskirts of Paris, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
    Francois Mori | AP
  • Santa Claws In-Store Photo Event
    Pets of all shapes and sizes dress in their festive holiday apparel to visit with Santa at a Dallas PetSmart on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Last year the PetSmart Santa Claws Photo Event raised $770,225 for more than 2,300 animal welfare groups.
    Richard W. Rodriguez | AP Images for PetSmart
  • France Christmas
    A giant model of Santa Claus is displayed on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Several Christmas decorations are displayed downtown of Nice city.
    Lionel Cironneau | AP
  • Santa Claws In-Store Photo Event
    Eddie is introduced to Santa at a Dallas PetSmart on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 during PetSmart's Santa Claws Photo Event. Last year the event raised $770,225 for more than 2,300 animal welfare groups.
    Richard W. Rodriguez | AP Images for PetSmart
  • US NEWS BLACK-SANTA 3 LA
    Suryiah Proverbs, 7, talks with Santa, a.k.a. Langston Patterson, 77, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, on December 7, 2013. Patterson has been Santa at the Plaza since 2004. "I just don't want him to think that all greatness comes from a different race," said Logan's godmother, Arlene Graves, 45. "There are Santa Clauses his color doing good work, too."
    Jay L. Clendenin | MCT
  • Santa Claws In-Store Photo Event
    Maggie and Dobie belong on the nice list during a visit with Santa at a Dallas PetSmart on Saturday, Dec, 14, 2013. Now in its 27th year, the Santa Claws Photo Event raises money for animal welfare groups.
    Richard W. Rodriguez | AP Images for PetSmart
  • France Santa Clauss Run
    Runners, dressed as Santa Claus, and one dressed as Superwoman, take part in the 37th "Christmas Corrida Race" in the streets of Issy Les Moulineaux, on the western outskirts of Paris, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
    Francois Mori | AP
  • France Santa Clauss Run
    Runners, dressed as Santa Claus, and one in a mask, take part in the 37th "Christmas Corrida Race" in the streets of Issy Les Moulineaux, on the western outskirts of Paris, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
    Francois Mori | AP
  • France Christmas
    A man dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photographer in the Mediterranean sea at at Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Temperature of the water was 16 degrees Celcius (60 Fahrenheit).
    Lionel Cironneau | AP
  • France Christmas
    A man dressed as Santa Claus poses for photographers as people bathe during the traditional Christmas bathe on the Mediterranean sea at at Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Temperature of the water was 16 degrees Celcius (60 Fahrenheit).
    Lionel Cironneau | AP
  • France Christmas
    A man dressed as Santa Claus poses for photographers as people bathe during the traditional Christmas bathe on the Mediterranean sea at at Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Temperature of the water was 16 degrees Celcius (60 Fahrenheit).
    Lionel Cironneau | AP
  • Santacon
    Santacon participants lineup outside a lower eastside bar on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in New York. Thousands of red-suited revelers spread out through the city's bars and snowy streets amid criticism that the event has become too rowdy.
    Bebeto Matthews | AP
  • Santacon
    Santacon participants wait outside a lower eastside bar filled to capacity on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in New York. Thousands of red-suited revelers spread out through the city's bars and snowy streets amid criticism that the event has become too rowdy.
    Bebeto Matthews | AP
  • Santacon
    Santacon participants wait outside a lower eastside bar filled to capacity on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in New York. Thousands of red-suited revelers spread out through the city's bars and snowy streets amid criticism that the event has become too rowdy.
    Bebeto Matthews | AP
  • Santa Comes to Twin Falls
    Bobbi Jo Evans holds Swayzee Evans as she greets Santa Claus Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls.
    Drew Nash | AP
  • Christmas in Centennial
    Five-year-old Jack Robertson watches Santa make his way around the table Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at the Trading Post in Centennial, Wyo during the Breakfast with Santa event for Christmas in Centennial.
    JEREMY MARTIN | AP
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Jayden Choy, 7, of Fredonia hands over his Christmas list to Santa Claus during the Kettle Moraine EAA 1158 Breakfast with Santa at the West Bend, Wis., Airport on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Santa was unable to leave by his helicopter due to increase of snow.
    John Ehlke | AP
  • Spain Santa Run
    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run under fake snow, during a marathon in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Around 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus and his elves have run a “mini-marathon” through the streets of Madrid to promote festive cheer as the country tries to emerge from a two-year recession. While grown-ups dressed in red costumes with wispy white beards, children donned green elf outfits to run the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) course through the city center. The race was organized Saturday by one of Spain’s leading department stores and it contributed 1 euro ($1.34) for each entrant to a charity that buys Christmas presents for deprived children around the world.
    Andres Kudacki | AP
  • Spain Santa Run
    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run under fake snow during a “mini-marathon” in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Around 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus and his elves have run a “mini-marathon” through the streets of Madrid to promote festive cheer as the country tries to emerge from a two-year recession. While grown-ups dressed in red costumes with wispy white beards, children donned green elf outfits to run the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) course through the city center. The race was organized Saturday by one of Spain’s leading department stores and it contributed 1 euro ($1.34) for each entrant to a charity that buys Christmas presents for deprived children around the world.
    Andres Kudacki | AP
  • APTOPIX Spain Santa Run
    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run during a Marathon in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Around 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus and his elves have run a “mini-marathon” through the streets of Madrid to promote festive cheer as the country tries to emerge from a two-year recession. While grown-ups dressed in red costumes with wispy white beards, children donned green elf outfits to run the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) course through the city center. The race was organized Saturday by one of Spain’s leading department stores and it contributed 1 euro ($1.34) for each entrant to a charity that buys Christmas presents for deprived children around the world.
    Andres Kudacki | AP
  • Spain Santa Run
    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus take a picture during a Marathon in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Around 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus and his elves have run a “mini-marathon” through the streets of Madrid to promote festive cheer as the country tries to emerge from a two-year recession. While grown-ups dressed in red costumes with wispy white beards, children donned green elf outfits to run the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) course through the city center. The race was organized Saturday by one of Spain’s leading department stores and it contributed 1 euro ($1.34) for each entrant to a charity that buys Christmas presents for deprived children around the world.
    Andres Kudacki | AP
  • Spain Santa Run
    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus warm up before a "mini-marathon" in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Around 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus and his elves have run a “mini-marathon” through the streets of Madrid to promote festive cheer as the country tries to emerge from a two-year recession. While grown-ups dressed in red costumes with wispy white beards, children donned green elf outfits to run the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) course through the city center. The race was organized Saturday by one of Spain’s leading department stores and it contributed 1 euro ($1.34) for each entrant to a charity that buys Christmas presents for deprived children around the world.
    Andres Kudacki | AP
  • Spain Santa Run
    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run during a "mini-marathon" in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Around 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus and his elves have run a “mini-marathon” through the streets of Madrid to promote festive cheer as the country tries to emerge from a two-year recession. While grown-ups dressed in red costumes with wispy white beards, children donned green elf outfits to run the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) course through the city center. The race was organized Saturday by one of Spain’s leading department stores and it contributed 1 euro ($1.34) for each entrant to a charity that buys Christmas presents for deprived children around the world.
    Andres Kudacki | AP
  • Spain Santa Run
    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run during a "mini-marathon" in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Around 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus and his elves have run a “mini-marathon” through the streets of Madrid to promote festive cheer as the country tries to emerge from a two-year recession. While grown-ups dressed in red costumes with wispy white beards, children donned green elf outfits to run the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 miles) course through the city center. The race was organized Saturday by one of Spain’s leading department stores and it contributed 1 euro ($1.34) for each entrant to a charity that buys Christmas presents for deprived children around the world.
    Andres Kudacki | AP
  • France Fur Demonstration
    Activists dressed in Santa Claus costumes from the group Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade demonstrate holding signs on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
    Lionel Cironneau | AP
  • France Christmas
    People walk under the giant model of Santa Claus displayed on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Several Christmas decorations are displayed downtown of Nice city.
    Lionel Cironneau | AP
  • Philippines Typhoon Fun Run
    Hundreds of participants, some wearing Santa hats, do a warm up exercise prior to joining a 10-Kilometer fun run to raise funds for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The country is embarking on a massive rehabilitation of Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces in central Philippines following the super typhoon Haiyan that left a wide swath of destruction.
    Bullit Marquez | AP
  • Philippines Typhoon Fun Run
    Hundreds of participants, some wearing Santa hats, join the 10-Kilometer fun run to raise funds for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The country is embarking on a massive rehabilitation of Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces in central Philippines following the super typhoon Haiyan that left a wide swath of destruction.
    Bullit Marquez | AP
  • Philippines Typhoon Fun Run
    Hundreds of participants, some wearing Santa hats, join the 10-Kilometer fun run to raise funds for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The country is embarking on a massive rehabilitation of Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces in central Philippines following the super typhoon Haiyan that left a wide swath of destruction and killed thousands of people.
    Bullit Marquez | AP
  • Philippines Typhoon Fun Run
    Hundreds of participants, some wearing Santa hats, join the 10-Kilometer fun run to raise funds for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The country is embarking on a massive rehabilitation of Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces in central Philippines following the super typhoon Haiyan that left a wide swath of destruction.
    Bullit Marquez | AP
  • US NEWS BLACK-SANTA 2 LA
    Tracy Price, right, shares a laugh with Santa, a.k.a. Langston Patterson, 77, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles on December 7, 2013. "This is fantastic for our culture and for our community," Tracy Price, 52, said.
    Jay L. Clendenin | MCT
  • US NEWS BLACK-SANTA 1 LA
    Jahleel Logan, 3, poses with Santa, a.k.a. Langston Patterson, 77, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, in Los Angeles on December 7, 2013. Patterson has been Santa at the Plaza since 2004. "I just don't want him to think that all greatness comes from a different race," said Logan's godmother, Arlene Graves, 45. "There are Santa Clauses his color doing good work, too."
    Jay L. Clendenin | MCT
  • Rob Ford
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford walks by a giant statue of Santa as he leaves city hall in Toronto, Friday Dec. 13, 2013.
    Mark Blinch | AP
  • APTOPIX France Christmas
    A man looks at the statue "Santa Claus tourist in the USA" on display, in Menton, southeastern France, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. America is the theme for Christmas decorations in Menton this year.
    Lionel Cironneau | AP
Santa Claus is appearing more and more often as Christmas nears. Here are images of the jolly old elf - in many, many iterations - from venues around the globe.
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