At this time of year, Father Christmas has his work cut out to keep up with all the appearances talking to children and hearing their Christmas wishes in toy shop grottoes and shopping malls around the world, so it's no wonder if sometimes he asks someone to stand in for him. But there's one place where you can be sure of seeing Santa, and that's at his official residence, the Santa Claus village just outside the Finnish city of Rovaniemi. Throughout the year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to meet him here in Finland's northernmost province of Lapland
Forget the snow; it's sun, sand and surf for Paris Hilton this Christmas.
The 29-year-old socialite is spending the festive break on a Hawaiian holiday with her family, including sister Nicky.
And in the run-up to December 25 she has been making the most of Maui's beautiful coastline, soaking up the sun on the golden beaches and splashing around in the surf.
But Paris and Nicky are not just spending Christmas with parents Kathy and Rick. Their respective partners, Cy Waits and David Katzenberg have also been invited along on the Hilton holiday.
It's an important milestone for Las Vegas club promoter
Of course, Aspen regulars like Elle Macpherson and Goldie Hawn are experts when it comes to the best places to shop and looking piste-perfect on skis.
For newcomer Zoe Saldana, a New York girl through and through, the going at the chic Colorado resort was rather trickier.
Luckily, the 32-year-old Avatar star had her fiancée businessman Keith Britton to give her hand when she came a cropper on the nursery slopes.
The couple, who announced their engagement in June after ten years together, had started their day full of smiles and ready for action.
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