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skydiving santa in riviera nayaritWhat’s December without Santa, or if you really get into the Christmas spirit, without many Santas. We like the cherry-nosed toy deliverer best in his red velvet suit, but we understand that sometimes other togs work better for him. Here are six Santas we think might be worth traveling to see. They’ll be fun both with kids who are young enough to be true believers and those old enough to know better.

Here are six unique Santas.

Skydiving Santa

At the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, Father Christmas drops in on hotel’s beach on Christmas morning.  After the Skydive on Las Cuevas Beach Santa and his elves hand out gifts and kids get to whack piñatas for more treats.

When: In 2016, he lands on Christmas morning.

santa dons a wetsuit at the newport aquariumScuba Santa

Is Christmas better down where it’s wetter? In a watery wonderland at the 
Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY
 the man in red trades his fur for a wetsuit. He waves to young fans through the glass and checks his list for naughty jellyfish and nice anemone.

When: In 2016 he swims from early November 25 through December 31.

Santa rides the L train iN Chicago in DecmberSubway Santa

Each year the Chicago Transit authority decks out select L trains as Holiday Trains with lights, decorations and Elves. Santa leads the train along it’s route, picking up routine passengers and delivers baskets of food to community organizations.

When: The trains run on various routes between November 19 and December 23. Look for a candy cane on your CTA Train tracker app to find the holiday trains.

Read more about Chicago.

Surfin’ Santa

Surfin’ Santa dons board shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, and catches a wave into the Seaport Village in San Diego to poss for photos with kids and his giant surfboard (top).

When: In 2016 look for him to hang 10 again on November 26.

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250 skiing Santas Sunday River in Maine.Skiing Santas 

Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Me creates a snowy spectacle every year by offering free lift tickets to 250 guests who arrive in red suits and beards. Be careful who you bump on the ski lift line, you could wind up on the naughty list.

When: In 2016 they hit the slopes on December 4.

helicopter santaHelicopter Santa

At Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA Santa ditches his reindeer gang for a helicopter. He flies in for photos, carols and more.

When: In 2016 he’ll buzz by on November 26.

Would you travel to see any of these Clauses? What’s the best St. Nick you’ve ever seen?

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  1. December 11, 2014 at 3:16 am — Reply

    What a neat idea! I’d love to see Parachute Santas. I’ve lived in San Diego for many years and didn’t know about Surfin’ Santa. We may need to try and catch him next year. Thanks!

  2. December 6, 2014 at 12:58 am — Reply

    The skiing Santas are my favorite. I like that practically anyone can participate as long as they’re one of the first to show up in a Santa suit. I wonder if they often max out.

  3. December 4, 2014 at 10:37 pm — Reply

    lots and lots of Santas! cool! Have a lovely December lead up to Christmas. I am joining you on Travel Photo Thursday.

  4. December 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    Love surfin’ Santa!

  5. December 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm — Reply

    Nice to see that Santa is so versatile! Love Surfin Santa.

    Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  6. December 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    Cute photos…

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