The festive spirit started with special midnight masses held in churches, the pealing of church bells and the singing of carols.
When youngsters of a family unit of the Thevakkal parish of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Ernakulam declined to don Santa's clothes, a migrant worker from West Bengal stepped in to fill the 'job'.
With pomp and circumstance he stuck a decorated Christmas tree in the salty bottom, struck a pose for cameras, and then enjoyed an effortless float in the Dead Sea's famous, saline-rich waters.
In the Portuguese language, Pappanji means grandfather. This year, the Pappanji would be dressed in chic suit and blazers and would be more than 40 feet tall.
NORAD said that the ISS was travelling at 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometres) an hour, 250 miles above Earth -- providing "a great vantage point to spot Santa on his annual journey around the world."
Lapland in northern Finland is referred to as the home of Santa Claus and it remains covered with snow during this season.
In a video released by Star Sports, Kohli was seen in the Santa get-up -- all plump in red suit and a protruding belly with white beard and brows -- meeting the children at the shelter home.
Travelling around 400 km in five days, the Santa visits places of worship, schools, colleges, convents and homes for the elderly.
Maveli was so worried that he could not visit his former kingdom during a flood-hit Onam that he jumped on the invitation of Santa.
The former US president met with patients and their families acting as a 'stand-in' for Santa, handing out presents to children.