Santas Around the World

See Santa's -- and his doppelgangers' -- amazing adventures around the globe. We found him water skiing in Virginia, swimming with dolphins in Japan and competing in the annual Winter Games in Sweden.

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The bedazzled Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City is draped with 5 miles of LED lights and topped with a sparkling Swarovski crystal star. 960 1280

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Revisit classic Christmas scenes while exploring the Enchanted Garden of Lights in Chattanooga, TN. 960 1280

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Baltimore recreates its very own 'Miracle on 34th Street' as neighbors decorate their homes in the quirky Hampden neighborhood. 960 1280

It may be a lot warmer than the North Pole, but Newport Beach has no shortage of holiday spirit during the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. 960 1280

Mark and Kathy Hyatt celebrate the holidays with an outrageous display of holiday lights decorating their home in Fort Lauderdale, known as the Hyatt House. 960 1280

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Johnson City, TX, is alight with holiday spirit, and in the center of the festivities is the Blanco County Courthouse draped with 100,000 twinkling lights. 960 1280

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Residents throughout Brooklyn's neighborhoods take their holiday décor seriously, illustrated by this Bay Ridge home complete with an oversized Santa and wooden soldiers. 960 1280

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Even the Grinch would have a hard time avoiding the contagious holiday spirit in Dyker Heights, an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. 960 1280

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Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, always puts on a spectacular show, especially during the holiday season. 960 1280

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Neighbors are used to the holiday hoopla at Dick Norton's home in Burbank, CA, including a merry-go-round and train station. 960 1280

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Celebrate Christmas underground on a 30-minute drive along the 17-mile lighted pathway deep under the Earth at Louisville MEGA Cavern. 960 1280

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Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland brings a Christmas light spectacle to cities around the country, including Nashville, TN, with a light show set to favorite holiday tunes. 960 1280

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Christmas in Salzburg, Austria
Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

The squares and streets of Salzburg, Austria, come alive with the sound of Christmas music during the festive holiday season. In Cathedral and Residence squares, you’ll find stalls, shops and street performers. 960 1280

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Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

The musical town of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, celebrates the Christmas season with plenty of music and carols amid the festive holiday shopping. 960 1280

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Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne Christmas Market

With 7 separate Christmas markets, the Cologne Christmas Market, nestled amid the town's landmark cathedral and Old Town Hall, attracts 2 million visitors annually. 960 1280

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Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne Christmas Market

The Cologne Christmas Market showcases 160 wooden stalls, helmed by merchants selling wares such as classic holiday ornaments, wooden decorations and children's toys, as well as plenty of snacks and warm, spiced wine. 960 1280

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Prague's Old Town Square

Prague's Old Town Square

Prague's Old Town Square is home to the city’s annual Christmas market, complete with an illuminated tree -- the centerpiece of plenty of holiday cheer that runs from late November through the first days of the New Year. 960 1280

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Prague Christmas

Prague Christmas

Prague's wooden stalls bring Bohemian crystal, wooden toys and tasty food to the masses, plus the chance to pet a few live animals like these hungry llamas. 960 1280

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Dresden's Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt

Dresden's Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt

Dresden's Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt, has been a holiday tradition since 1434, making it Germany's oldest Christmas fair. Check out market’s centerpiece attraction -- the world's tallest Christmas candle pyramid, more than 45 feet tall. 960 1280

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Dresden's Christmas market

Dresden's Christmas market

You’ll find shopping galore at Dresden's Christmas market, with holiday decorations, toys and unique handicrafts in the city's historic district. 960 1280

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Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt is a grand affair that beckons nearly 2 million visitors annually from around the world, many of them children ready to enjoy the festival rides and tasty snacks. 960 1280

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Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt takes place in the city’s Main Market Square. As one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany, the event features some 180 booths selling Christmas goods such as mulled wine, spicy gingerbread and roast sausages. 960 1280

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Copenhagen Christmas at Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen Christmas at Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen hosts a Christmas market with a twist at the city's famous Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world. 960 1280
Christmas in Tivoli

Christmas in Tivoli

For a small fee, Christmas in Tivoli offers the classic market experience, combined with amusement park rides like swings and carousels, as well as live entertainment. 960 1280

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