Drunk Santas and elves have taken to the streets as Christmas celebrations get underway two weeks before the big day.

Hundreds of revelers dressed as Santa took part in the Otley Run, an iconic costume pub crawl in Leeds.

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Students took to the streets at Otley RunCredit: nb press ltd

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They visited 17 pubs dressed as Santa Claus. Photo credit: nb press ltd

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But one student came as Buzz Lightyear instead. Photo credit: nb press ltd

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The pub crawl is a rite of passage for studentsImage credit: nb press ltd

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Revelers got caught in the rain. Photo credit: nb press ltd

The pub crawl, a rite of passage for first-year students at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds, includes 17 stops.

Snaps showed students braving the wet weather in Santa and elf costumes – although one appeared as Buzz Lightyear instead.

Meanwhile in London, department store Santas gathered for the SantaCon pub crawl.

SantaCon is considered “London’s largest annual gathering for Lapland fundraising staff.”

This year hundreds of Santas walked from Southbank to Tower Bridge before crossing the Thames and ending up in Trafalgar Square.

Santas of all ages posed for snaps in front of landmarks such as the London Eye.

One wore an inflatable costume that made it appear as if they were being carried around by a green alien.

One organizer wrote on SantaCon’s website: “Santacon is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious and nonsensical Christmas parade traditionally held on a Saturday in London each December.”

“There is no particular reason to dress up in Santa Claus costumes, walk around, give presents, sing songs, have strangers sit on our laps and decide who is naughty or nice.”

“But it’s a lot of fun, so Santa does it anyway!”

It happens after King Charles meets Santa Claus – who assures him that he is on the good list.

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London hosted the SantaCon ShindigCredit: Alamy

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Santa Claus superfans from all over the UK gathered. Photo credit: Tom Bowles

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A Santa Claus posed in front of the London EyeCredit: Alamy

Source : www.thesun.co.uk

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