If the kids weren’t impressed with Santa’s grotto down your local shopping centre, Skyscanner suggests five ever-so-slightly strange ways to see the big old bloke with the white beard.
1. Scuba diving Santa, Osaka, Japan
Although Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, many people celebrate the occasion. Every year, for six weeks, five times a day at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Santa goes scuba diving. See him swim with whale sharks, give presents to dolphins and play the Japanese version of paper-scissors-stone with onlookers. Seriously. Find cheap flights to Osaka
2. Chocolate Santa, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Pennsylvania, USA
At the very American (and rather surreal) theme park, Hershey’s Chocolate World, meet Hershey’s version of Santa. Surprisingly enough, it’s a chocolate bar, which (who?), with its creepy, goggle-eyed resemblance to Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo from South Park, is more likely to give the kids nightmares than what they want for Christmas. Find cheap flights to Philadelphia
3. Running Santas, Edinburgh and Nottingham, UK
The big man needs to get in training for getting up and down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve. See hundreds of Santas put through their paces in the Great Santa Run, held in Edinburgh and Nottingham in aid of the Wish Upon A Star charity that takes sick children to meet the real Santa Claus in Lapland. Find cheap flights to Edinburgh and Nottingham
4. MC Santa, Somerset, England
The small town of Wells in Somerset doesn’t have a traditional association with Christmas. Or at least, it didn’t before resident Paul Toole transformed his humble bungalow into a festive wonderland to rival Lapland. Visitors can admire illuminated penguins and polar bears, and see Santa conduct the music that accompanies the jaw-dropping display. Find cheap flights to Bristol
5. Flying Santa, online
A unique way of seeing Santa is online, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD has been tracking Santa’s night-before-Christmas flight for over 50 years, ever since a child from Colorado rang the wrong number for a department store’s ‘Santa hotline’ and the US government aerospace agency kindly played along.