Christmas: The weird and wonderful ways the world is celebrating

Christmas: The weird and wonderful ways the world is celebrating

Christmas: The weird and wonderful ways the world is celebrating

Updated 25 December 2016, 22:55 AEDT

Bathing in watermelon skins, a zip-lining Santa, and building a tree from empty shells in Syria — these pictures capture the creative and wonderful ways the world is marking Christmas.

Bathing in watermelon skins, a zip-lining Santa, and building a tree from empty shells in Syria — these are creative and wonderful ways people around the world are marking Christmas.

Taking a bath in watermelon skins in a Chinese hot spring

Snowy Christmas in Canada

Making a Christmas tree from empty shells in Syria

Riding a merry-go-round in Pakistan

Palestinian bagpipes in Bethlehem

Having a chilly Christmas dip in Paris

Gathering around the tree in wartorn Homs

Attending church in Gaza

Christmas shopping in Pakistan

Skiing as Santa and his reindeer in America

Donating toys to needy children in Mexico

Dropping presents for tourists in China

Braving the Christmas cold in Russia

Gathering around an epic Christmas tree in Sri Lanka

Kissing a statue of Jesus in Rome

Greeting children as Father Frost in Belarus