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Santa Claus around the globe: Offbeat St. Nicks

What's Santa doing in an aquarium and on a zipline? Odd places around the world where St. Nick turns up

Santa Claus in some parts of the world -- where he may be known as Sinter Klass, St. Nick, Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Kris Kringle and a whole bunch of other names -- goes diving or rides motorcycles. It's enough to put a mall Santa to shame.

At the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise outside Tokyo, Santa isn't making a list or checking it twice. He's diving into an aquarium to bring enormous sunfish some Christmas treats -- and lure some visitors to take a look.

Ditto for Santa divers at aquariums in Singapore and Malaysia.

In Moscow and Madrid, hundreds of runners in Santa outfits took to the streets to raise money for charity during the holiday season. And a sea of motorcycle Santas buzzed the Piazza Venezia in Rome.

One of the most unusual: German bicycle designer Dieter "Didi" Senft dressed as Santa to showcase his wheel-powered replica of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate. The moving mobile has about 6,000 LED lights, according to media reports.

Check out offbeat Santas around the world in the photo gallery.

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