Look through our archives at past holiday seasons

By Jenny Hammerton

As people start to wind down for the holiday season, we take a look at some of the weird, wonderful and occasionally wacky things that happen across the globe.

This time of year is a favourite for exploring the AP Archive and seeing how the season is marked in different countries. Here are some of the best clips:

1. In 2010, 12 penguins dressed as Santa Claus and Rudolph the reindeer waddled around an amusement park in the South Korean city of Yongin in a special pre-Christmas treat for local children:

2. In 1973, Skylab 3 Commander Gerald Carr read a Christmas message from space, sending best wishes to all and love to his family:

3. In 2005, for the 10th year running, divers swam in a shark filled tank at Madrid Zoo to prepare the annual nativity scene for visitors. The scene includes figures of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as well as the three kings, shepherds and a guiding star:

4. In 2007, a young sculptor in Lithuania carved a Christmas scene from cheese for a public exhibition:

5. In 2014, in a small village 250 kilometres south of Sarajevo, farmer Ivica Maric turned his house into a festive wonderland with the help of over 15,000 Christmas lights:

6. In 2013, the world’s largest floating Christmas tree was lit up in Rio de Janeiro, decorated with more than three million light bulbs:

7. In 2013, a group of students from a prestigious Peruvian culinary academy opened a Christmas exhibition made entirely of potatoes:

8. In 2004, more than 20 dogs were let loose at a country club in Taiwan for a special Christmas canine party:

9. In 2007, a hotel in Bangkok unveiled a unique Christmas tree to celebrate the festive season made of 19,888 golf balls:

10. In 2008, the German city of Dresden celebrated the start of the Christmas season by parading a giant stollen through the streets of the baroque old town:

Jenny Hammerton

Jenny is an account manager based in London with The Associated Press.

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