Santa Claus is coming to town!

SEETIES Santa Claus or simply Santa – also known as Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas (Babbo Natale in Italian, Père Noël in french, Papá Noel in spanish, Papai Noel in portuguese, etc.) – has been photographed in many cities around the world (especially in New York with the Volunteers of America). Here our selection from the Magnum Photos‘ archive. 🎅🏽 But first you start scrolling through this curious photo gallery, let’s put some music and let us wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 🎄 #SeeCity & Love, CCTeam

* “Santa Claus is coming to town is a Christmas song written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie. It was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934 and it became an instant hit. It was then re-proposed by many artists, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé. So… You better watch out!


Santa in the World!

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LONDON, 1986. Father Christmas in a car. – by Chris Steele-Perkins

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NEW YORK City, 1990. Santa Claus consulting map in subway. – by Erich Hartmann

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 New York, 1976. The subway. – by Richard Kalvar

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1993. – by Richard Kalvar

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NEW YORK, 1976. Bleecker Street subway stop. Santa Claus waiting for train. – by Richard Kalvar

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Alaska-Mexico highway. The home of Santa Claus. – by Marc Riboud

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PHNOM PENH (Cambodia), 26/12/2012. Demonstrator with a Santa Claus beard and supporters from the Boeung Kak Lake and the Borei Keila communities demonstrating during the trial of Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. – by John Vink

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TOKYO (Japan), 1983. Colonel Sanders (Kentucky fried chicken) dressed as Santa Claus. – by Richard Kalvar

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ATHENS, 1980. Street stall at Christmas time. – by Chris Steele-Perkins

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CAN THO (Vietnam), 2007. A seller sets up his stall in the street offering balloons of all kinds including Father Christmas dolls while his wife and baby chat with a friend. – by Ian Berry

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CHICAGO, lllinios, 1986. Santa Claus on a city beach in July. – by Thomas Hoepker

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 ROMA, 2000. Musicians dressed as Santa Claus. – by Leonard Freed

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NEW YORK City, 1977. Santa blowing horn. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1976. The Men’s shelter, Bowery. From the series, “Volunteers of America”. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1954. Salvador Dalí, Spanish Surrealist painter. Signature chez Doubleday. – by Philippe Halsman

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NEW YORK, 1961. School for Santas. – by Dennis Stock

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NEW YORK City, 1955. – by Elliot Erwitt

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NEW YORK City, 1976. Fifth Avenue. From the series, “Volunteers of America”. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1976. Fifth Avenue. From the series, “Volunteers of America”. – by Susan Meiselas

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LONDON, 2002. Harrods, Santas Grotto. – by Martin Parr

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1961. Men of the Volunteers of America gather in front of their service center before the Christmas season. – by Dennis Stock

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West BERLIN, 1989. Santas pose for a group photo by the Berlin Wall. – by Bruno Barbey

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SHANGHAI (China), 1995. Publicité pour un fast-food dans le quartier de la vieille ville. – by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

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NEW YORK City, 1977. From the series, “Volunteers of America.” – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1977. A homeless man who dresses as Santa Claus during the holiday season to make money. After Christmas many of these Bowery Santas were sent to a former women’s prison in upstate New York to detox. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, Manhattan, Central Park, 1982. – by Raymond Depardon

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NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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NEW YORK City, 1968. Santa drinking. – by Bruce Gilden

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NEW YORK City, 1968. Santa leaving bar. – by Bruce Gilden

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BETHLEHEM, 1987. Israeli patrol soldier passing New Year and Christmas decorations. – by Chris Steele-Perkins

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 NEW YORK City, 1977. – by Susan Meiselas

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LOS ANGELES, 1991. Sunset Boulevard. – by Steve McCurry

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