Unlike Santa Clauses in Australia with their cotton wool facial hair, the jolly red fellows in Santiago’s main square of Plaza de Armas grow their own beards. Being the middle of summer, it is hot work for these joyous folks who distribute their Christmas cheer. The poor reindeer look like they have seen better days…

To all my readers, compliments of the season to you all and best wishes for a healthy and fun-filled 2010.



19 Responses to Photo of the Week – Santa Claus (Santiago, Chile)

  • Jason Heilpern says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  • Shannon says:

    Happy Holidays to you! Here's hoping we all have safe and prosperous travels full of many memories and new friendships. Mwah!

  • RennyBA's Terella says:

    How interesting! From you last visit on my Santa in Norway post (thanks for your comment!), this was quite a different and very exotic to a Norwegian :-)

  • Melanie says:

    Happy holidays to you, too, Mark! Thanks for sharing the world with me in 2009…and please keep it coming!

  • Fida says:

    Suffer for a good cause ;-)
    Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2010!

  • Mark H says:

    @jason: Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you too.

    @shannon: Best wishes for Christmas and happy abnd safe travels for 2010

    @rennyBA: I am sure that Norway is very different to the southern hemisphere at Xmas time.

    @melanie: Happy Xmas to you too

    @fida: Indeed. Compliments of the season to you too and best wishes for 2010.

  • Derek Falk, Falk Custom Adventures says:

    Those poor reindeer need water. They look dehydrated and confused.


  • Johan Donald says:

    Merry Christmas and fun filled holidays.
    Sydney Tourism

  • Heather on her travels says:

    I agree Mark – those reindeer look rather bored or have they had too much Christmas Spirit?

  • Sherry Ott says:

    I love a real beard…even though it does look hot! Happy Holidays Mark! Enjoy the holidays down under!

  • flipnomad says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too…

    wishing you more travels for 2010!


  • GMG says:

    Hi Mark! Amazing picture! It always troubles me to see Santa in Summer… ;)

    Blogtrotter misses you at the British Museum! Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

  • Anil says:

    Didn't think about it until you mentioned it – that Santa has got to be quite warm in his suit.

  • BarbaraW says:

    I never really thought about the fact that in the southern hemisphere, Christmas falls in the middle of summer. Funny image, Santa in a hot, red suit, sitting in the sweltering summer sun. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Mark!

  • Lori says:

    Happy Holidays to you too and a 2010 to remember!

  • seminyak bali says:

    Happy holidays everybody…Hope next year we can do better that today :)

  • Donna Hull says:

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you, Mark. Hope 2010 is filled with travel that will result in terrific writing opportunities for you.

  • Mark H says:

    @derek: They look really bored to me.

    @johan: Best wishes to you too.

    @heather: Very bored indeed.

    @sherry: Thank you. I like the idea of a real beard – at least they put a bit of planning into being Santa.

    @flipnomad: Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you too.

  • Mark H says:

    @GMG: Santa survives Australia each year despite the heat…

    @anil, @BarbaraW: Some Santas look seriously heat distressed in their outfits though most are in air-conditioned shopping centres.

    @lori: Best wishes for 2010 to you.

    @donna: Best wishes for a fantastic 2010.

    @seminyak bali: Best wishes for 2010 to your group

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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