With only a few days left until Christmas, lighted displays, colorful markets, and Santa's helpers are out in force. From Europe to the Americas and Asia, gathered here as an early gift to you, is a collection of holiday cheer and light wrapped up in 30 photographs.
Six-month-old Cleo Matheson kisses actor John Field, dressed as Santa Claus, at a Christmas grotto at a dental practice in north London, Britain, on December 12, 2015. Field, 66, a former teacher turned actor, has taken on the role of Santa for the past 12 years. “I'm playing a part but it is one of the most truthful parts I can play,” he says.
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People snap photos in front of a giant, illuminated Christmas tree two days before Christmas Eve on December 22, 2015, in Berlin, Germany.
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Choristers from the Salisbury Cathedral Choir practice ahead of the services that will be held in the cathedral marking Christmas Eve on December 21, 2015 in Salisbury, England. Christmas has been celebrated in the cathedral for over 750 years since it was dedicated in 1258.
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Children at a migrant shelter stand in line to receive presents from a volunteer dressed as Santa Claus on December 14, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Germany is expected to see the arrival of one million conflict-fleeing migrants by the end of the year, more than four times the total for all of the previous year.
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From left, Dylan, Ashley, and Kaylen drag their family's freshly cut tree at the Snickers Gap Christmas Tree Farm in Round Hill, Virginia, on December 6, 2015. Snickers Gap is a 35 year-old family owned operation that currently has 36,000 Christmas trees planted on forty acres in rural Virginia outside of Washington.
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A member of the Langland Board Surfers group takes part in a Surfing Santa competition at Langland Bay in Gower, Wales, on December 19, 2015.
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Visitors pose for a photograph during the Enchanted Christmas event at the Forestry Commission's National Arboretum in Westonbirt, Tetbury, England, on November 25, 2015.
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People dressed as Santa Claus row boats on Venice's Grand Canal, in northern Italy, on December 20, 2015.
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People walk along a street decorated with festive illumination lights, part of the New Year and Christmas holidays celebration, in central Moscow, Russia, on December 21, 2015.
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Timmy McGovern, dressed as Santa Claus, walks along the beach passing out candy canes and posing for pictures with beach goers on December 21, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Workers carry a giant Christmas decoration through a street decorated for Christmas and New Year holidays, in downtown Skopje, Macedonia, on December 21, 2015.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus gestures as he arrives in a helicopter in the garden of the presidential palace in Abidjan. Ivory Coast, on December 19, 2015, to distribute gifts to 3,000 children during a Christmas event organized by the Children of Africa Foundation.
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A ballerina performs near a Christmas tree at a gathering of volunteer student Santas and angels on November 28, 2015, in Berlin, Germany. The Studentenwerk Berlin, a student organization at the city's technical university (Technische Universitaet Berlin), sends out between 400 and 500 students and alumni dressed as Santas every year to visit company parties in December and families on Christmas Eve.
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Shoppers walk among Christmas lights at a shopping mall two days before Christmas Eve on December 22, 2015, in Berlin, Germany.
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Thousands of runners dressed in Santa Claus outfits compete in the annual Carrera de Papa Noel (Santa Claus Run), in Madrid, Spain, on December 12, 2015.
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An employee works in the distribution center of the online retailer Amazon during a guided press tour prior to the upcoming Christmas business in Leipzig, Germany, on November 19, 2015.
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Traffic enforcer Ramiro Hinojas wears a Santa Claus costume while directing traffic flow at a busy intersection in Pasay, Manila, on December 12, 2015.
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Brussels' Grand Place is illuminated during a light show as part as “Winter Wonders” festivities, including a Christmas market and other events in central Brussels, Belgium, on November 27, 2015.
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Nikolai Vasilyev, 62, dressed as Father Frost, Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, water-skis along the Yenisei River outside Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on December 10, 2015. Vasilyev, a teacher of the Krasnoyarsk Aerospace Academy, constructed the self-made water skis to travel on the water surface. The skis are made of plastic foam and the sticks are designed to propel him forward.
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Camila, 19, and her son Joao Pablo, 2, both of whom are homeless and living underneath a bridge, pose next to a Christmas tree in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 18, 2015.
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A Christmas tree is pictured at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 15, 2015.
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Colorful lights outline the doorway of the Roman Catholic Church, as Filipinos attend the first of nine dawn masses signaling the official start of the Christmas season in suburban Manila on December 16, 2015.
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A Father Christmas (Santa Claus) figure dangles from a satellite dish fixed on a high rise building in Berlin on December 15, 2015.
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A man takes picture of a Christmas Tree that was set in front of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, on December 10, 2015.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus speaks with a woman and a baby treated at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Guatemala City, on December 16, 2015. The hospital organizes the event annually where Santa Claus distributes gifts to children receiving medical attention.
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Holiday lights shine on the 83rd Rockefeller Center Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in the Manhattan borough of New York on December 2, 2015.
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An orangutan named “Pacquiao” dressed in a Santa Claus costume reacts as he joins an “Animal Christmas Party” at the Malabon Zoo in suburban Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines, on December 21, 2015.
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The christmas market is packed with thousands of people in Frankfurt, Germany, on December 12, 2015.
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A man dressed as a Santa Claus takes part in the traditional Christmas bath during an unusually warm winter day in Nice, France, on December 20, 2015.
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Israeli-Arab Issa Kassissieh wears a Santa Claus costume as he rides a camel and poses for the media during an annual Christmas tree distribution by the Jerusalem municipality on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, on December 21, 2015.