Santa with dolphins

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Santa Claus makes a stop at French aquarium

A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume sits in a swing above a water tank on Dec. 19 as three dolphins leap into the air at the animal exhibition park Marineland in Antibes, France.

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Penguins dressed in holiday outfits

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Santa's helpers from the South Pole

African penguins and an aquarium keeper dressed in Christmas-themed costumes walk around the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium on Dec. 19 in Yokohama, Tokyo.

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Orangutans eat healthy treats from a holiday basket

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Christmas in Rio

Tanga, a Sumatran orangutan, wears a stylish straw basket as a hat on Dec. 18 while enjoying a Christmas gift basket of fruit with a fellow orangutan at the Rio Zoo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Santa shakes hands with a seal

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Pinnipeds meet Kris Kringle

A man dressed as Santa Claus shakes the flipper of a sea lion on Dec. 19 at Marineland in Antibes, France.

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

Animals celebrate the holidays with healthy treats, silly costumes [Photos]
Santa Claus hangs with a dolphin pod, orangutans nosh on a holiday fruit basket and penguins strut their stuff in a holiday parade.