Christmas is coming! Hundreds of gleaming lights, light installations, traditional food, ice sculptures create wonderfull festive mood.
The crew of HMS Protector, a Royal Navy ice patrol ship, who stopped for an early Christmas lunch on an Antarctic ice floe, are njoying a spot of festive cheer.
Although the ship will be at sea on Wednesday - leaving no time for Christmas fun - Captain Rhett Hatcher allowed his crew time off for a roast turkey dinner in a real-life winter wonderland and a game of football.
Captain Hatcher said: 'Spending Christmas in the coldest, windiest and driest place on earth comes with a number of challenges but it is a truly unique privilege.'
Closer to home, a group of intrepid French pastry chefs attempted to break the record for world's longest Christmas log in the northern French commune of Ham in the French Picardie region.
Equally tasty were the offerings of traders at the Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park, who enjoyed a bumper day as shoppers ventured out in search of the perfect present.
The temporary, festive theme park runs for over six weeks and features an ice rink, several large rides and numerous food and gift stalls.
A warmly wrapped up couple inspect the colourful penny sweets on display at one large stand at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland
Further north, Bradford residents were enjoying the 18 Christmas-themed ice sculptures which were installed at City Park, Bradford, by artist Jamie Wardley earlier this month.
Among them are characters from Wardley's own story, The Children of the Snow and the Boy with the Little Idea, and a life-sized sleigh complete with elves.
In Country Durham, the Beamish Open Air Museum got a festive makeover, complete with lights for its collection of vintage trams and buses.
A working steam carousel turned under the cover of darkness, while Santa Claus answered children's wishes in his fireside grotto.
A woman making a Christmas cake at the Beamish museum. The fruitcake's origins date back centuries to when dried fruit and spices were a delicacy
The attractions included an original steam carousel and a working early 1900s tram at the Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham
An Edwardian musical duo played traditional folk songs on the cobbles of the replica town at the Beamish museum in County Durham
Mike Addis and Catherine Weightman spent 10 weeks making a 10ft gingerbread house out of 125,000 Lego bricks at their home in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
But perhaps most spectacular of all were the light images that appeared on the side of St Mary's cathedral in Sydney.
Entitled Lights of Christmas, the light show includes projections of stunningly detailed biblical scenes, a portrait of Mary and baby Jesus and a gorgeous starry night.