The festive season is celebrated in some very different ways around the globe – from penguins in Seoul wearing Father Christmas outfits to a caged Santa in the Czech Republic.

The demonstrations don't stop for Christmas in Ukraine. Pro-European integration protesters warm themselves near a stove and a Christmas tree during a rally in Independence square in Kiev.
Pro-European integration protesters warm themselves near a stove and a Christmas tree during a rally in Independence square in Kiev Reuters
A Korean-style Christmas. Penguins wear Santa Claus costumes during an event for Christmas at an amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul.
A Korean-style Christmas. Penguins wear Santa Claus costumes during an event for Christmas at an amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul. Reuters
The Ice Maiden Cometh. Sculptor Jonathan Bouchard of Canada poses near a sculpture at the ice bar of the Brussels Ice Magic Festival. Some 20 artists from all over the world made sculptures out of 420 tonnes of ice depicting characters from comic strips.
The Ice Maiden Cometh. Sculptor Jonathan Bouchard of Canada poses near a sculpture at the ice bar of the Brussels Ice Magic Festival. Some 20 artists from all over the world made sculptures out of 420 tonnes of ice depicting characters from comic strips. The festival carries on until 9 February 9, 2014. Reuters
Creepy and disturbing but strangely festive. A fan of the Morphsuit at the annual SantaCon event in San Francisco.
Creepy and disturbing but strangely festive. A fan of the Morphsuit at the annual SantaCon event in San Francisco. Reuters
Hardy holiday revellers don't let the freezing conditions stop their fun at the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, swimming at the beach at Coney Island in New York.
Hardy holiday revellers don't let the freezing conditions stop their fun at the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, swimming at the beach at Coney Island in New York. Reuters
This Father Christmas has an unfair weight advantage at this impromptu Xmas wrestling match during the SantaCon event in San Francisco.
This Father Christmas has an unfair weight advantage at this impromptu Xmas wrestling match during the SantaCon event in San Francisco. Reuters
Even Santa needs some alone time. A member of the
Even Santa needs some alone time. A member of the "Skipper" yacht club dressed as Santa Claus, sails his trimaran during heavy snowfall at an air temperature of above minus 8 degrees Celsius on the Yenisei River, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Reuters
A man dressed as Santa Claus poses in a cage during a performance at Prague Zoo. The traditional belief in the Czech Republic is that the Baby Jesus, Jezisek, brought children gifts. The zoo held a performance to deride the increasingly popular
A man dressed as Santa Claus poses in a cage during a performance at Prague Zoo. The traditional belief in the Czech Republic is that the Baby Jesus, Jezisek, brought children gifts. The zoo held a performance to deride the increasingly popular "American" image of the red-robed jolly Santa. Reuters