Look, Ma, no reindeer

(Above) "Santas" riding on paddle boards for a fund-raiser off the beach in Barcelona on Sunday. (Above left) South Korean Ssenggom rock-climbing club members in the old familiar red suit scaling a rock face at a Christmas event on Saturday on Dobong
"Santas" riding on paddle boards for a fund-raiser off the beach in Barcelona on Sunday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
(Above) "Santas" riding on paddle boards for a fund-raiser off the beach in Barcelona on Sunday. (Above left) South Korean Ssenggom rock-climbing club members in the old familiar red suit scaling a rock face at a Christmas event on Saturday on Dobong
South Korean Ssenggom rock-climbing club members in the old familiar red suit scaling a rock face at a Christmas event on Saturday on Dobong mountain near Seoul, South Korea.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Ho, ho, ho and this biker was off on a charity ride on Sunday to deliver gifts to children in hospitals in Marseille, France.
Ho, ho, ho and this biker was off on a charity ride on Sunday to deliver gifts to children in hospitals in Marseille, France.PHOTO: REUTERS
It is the season for celebrating - on land or under water - as this diver explored the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Selce, Croatia, on Saturday.
It is the season for celebrating - on land or under water - as this diver explored the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Selce, Croatia, on Saturday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Gliding in with good tidings on the Amazon, Mr Claudionor Jose de Deus helped to deliver toys to poor children in Manaus, Brazil, on Saturday.
Gliding in with good tidings on the Amazon, Mr Claudionor Jose de Deus helped to deliver toys to poor children in Manaus, Brazil, on Saturday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Christmas is just two days away and Santa Claus is coming to town in all sorts of ways around the world. Here's a look at some of his more novel appearances.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline 'Look, Ma, no reindeer'. Print Edition | Subscribe