DECEMBER 11: Pedestrians brave bitter cold weather in the “Windy City” of Chicago, Il., suffering under a nationwide cold snap.
Tourists snap pictures on a cold day in Times Square, New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city is on track to draw 54.3 million tourists in 2013.
Dense fog envelopes the skyscrapers at Canary Wharf in London, England.
The boys of the Winchester Cathedral Choir enjoy a session skating on the cathedral’s sink.
A monument of Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov gathers snow during a major winter storm in Stavropol.
A protester in Kiev, Ukraine, carries a bag of snow that will fortify a barricade blocking access to Independence Square as thousands of citizens continue to protest moves by the country’s president to strengthen economic and political ties to Russia.
Ukrainian police clash with pro-European Union protesters during a crackdown on the week-long occupation of Independence Square in Kiev.
A squirrel helps himself to some peanuts at a miniature Christmas tree in Toronto, Canada.
A staff member dressed as Santa Claus hugs a zebra shark inside a giant tank at the Sunshine International Acquarium in Tokyo, Japan.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testies before the House Health Subcommittee on the progress of the launch of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and the federal Healthcare.gov insurance exchange.
DECEMBER 10: Snow blows around the statues at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a massive cold front made its way to the East Coast.
A man holds a sign during a public memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Thousands of South Africans were joined by hundreds of dignitaries and world leaders, who gathered to celebrate Mandela’s legacy.
A pro-European Union activist gives glowers to riot police in Kiev, Ukraine, during ongoing protests over moves by the Ukranian government to increase ties to Russia.
Disabled men in Hyderabad, Pakistan, burn their wheelchairs during a protest over implementation of the Disabled Employment and Rehabilitation Ordinance, passed in 1981.
Attendees at the Nobel Prize Banquet takes their seats at city hall in Stockholm, Sweden.
Students from the School of Communication and Art at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil perform a skit titled "Blind Ones," a protest against consumerism.
Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson poses with Army personnel at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan during a stop on the Chairman’s annual USO holiday tour.
A man speaks to a French soldier during a disarmament operation in the Combattant neighborhood in Bangui, Central African Republic. French troops began disarming fighters the previous day in an attempt to stem a rising tide of sectarian violence.
Syrian government security forces conduct a field training exercise.
Siberian tigers play at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic.
DECEMBER 9: Young choir members at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, rehearse for upcoming Advent services. The ceremony draws nearly two million visitors each year.
Some of the 900 participating runners make ready at the Michendorf Santa Run in Michendorf, Germany.
A man playing Father Christmas gets a nervous reception at the Hinomoto nursery school in Tokyo, Japan.
A South Korean driver clad in a Santa Claus costume swims with sardines at the Coez Acquarium in Seoul. Some 30% of South Koreans are Christian.
A line of Santa-suited runners queues up for a port-a-potty during an annual 5K run in Brighton, England. Runners were provided with free Santa suits to participate.
A line of Volkswagen Kombi minuses stands at an exhibition in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, celebrating the last minibus to come off the assembly line. Brazil was the last country to manufacture the iconic German vehicle.
Employees of German postal carrier Deutsche Post watch as a quadcopter drone arrives carrying a small package in Bonn, Germany. The company is testing deliveries for a local pharmacy to determine the viability of using drones.
A young girl lights a candle in honor of former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his home in Johannesburg. World leaders are gathering in South Africa to pay their respects.
DECEMBER 6: President Barack Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and First Lady Michelle attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The Obamas were joined on stage by actress Jane Lynch (at left).
Soccer-themed decorations adorn a Christmas tree in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.
Artist Jacques Couturier’s installation of Pierrot Le Feu shines in the night during the opening of the Festival of Lights in Lyon, France.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (top center) joins other well wishers during a birthday celebration for King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok.
A woman wearing a traditional folk costume watches a ceremony for the Olympic torch relay in Novosibirsk, Russia.
Newly-graduated Afghan midwives attend a ceremony at the Governor’s House in Jalalabad after completing a two-and-a-half year program.
A man dressed in traditional Ukranian Cossack clothes smokes in a phone booth while another makes a call during a rally in support of European Union immigration for Ukraine.
College students wear masks during a performance to raise awareness of air pollution in Xian, China.
An image of former South African President Nelson Mandela is projected onto the façade of town hall in Paris, France. News of Mandela’s death at age 95 spread across the world.
DECEMBER 5: Royal Thai guards at Klai Kangwon Palace march during a parade celebrating the 86th birthday of King Bhumobil Adulyadej.
Dancers with the China Disabled Peoples Performing Art Troup perform at the National Theater of Opera and Ballet of Albania in Triana.
A giant Christmas ball lights up the night in Nice, France.
A makeup artist prepares a performer dressed as Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas) in the Sinterklaascentrale in Soest, Netherlands. The Sinterklaas feast is celebrated each year on December 5.
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is lit in New York City, N.Y.
Utility cranes owned by Israel Electric create an interpretation of a Menorah in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Attendees enjoy the show at the Kobe Luminarie in Kobe, Japan. The annual event commemorates the victims of the Hanshin Awaji earthquake in 1995.
DECEMBER 4: Vice President Joe Biden meets with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Biden’s trip coincided with growing diplomatic tensions over China’s newly-declared air zone.
Activists dressed as polar bear protest against the Russian state petroleum company Gazprom in Geneva, Switzerland.
The official ball the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup is unveiled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ball is named “Brazuca.”
New members of the Militarized Police train at Police City in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A French soldier handles ammunition at the Bessengue railway station in Douala, Cameroon, during a deployment to halt spiraling violence in the Central African Republic.
Lance Corporal Watchman V, a Stafordshire bull terrier mascot with the Staffordshire Regiment, stands outside Lichfield Cathedral during the funeral service of Warrant Officer Ian Fisher, Third Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords), in Lichfield, England.
An Indian Navy band performs during Naval Day celebrations in Mumbai, India.
A therapy dog gets a welcome scratch at San Francisco International Airport. Airport officials and the San Francisco SPCA have teamed up to provide therapy dogs to help calm stressed travelers during the busy holiday season.
Scuba diver Henric Carlstrom encounters a blue humphead maori wrasse near the Great Barrier Reef.
Painted ostrich eggs for sale in Cape Town, South Africa, include an image of President Nelson Mandela.
DECEMBER 3: Wax representations of (from left) Usain Bolt, Albert Einstein, Kate Winslet, Richard Branson, and Boris Johnson spread some holiday cheer at Madame Tussauds in London, England.
Members of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capitol lead a camel and donkey in a live Nativity procession on Capitol Hill.
French ballet dancer Nolwenn Daniel performs during a dress rehearsal of Sleeping Beauty at the Opera Bastille in Paris, France.
A Naga tribesman in traditional attire shouts during a performance at the Hronbill festival in Kosama, India.
A new recruit participates in a paramilitary police drill in Hohnot, Mongolia.
Diver Vincent Canabal carefully approaches a tiger shark in the waters off of Grand Bahama.
A protestor with the Youth Movement of Indonesia Caravan wears a Guy Fawkes mask to a street demonstration ahead of the ninth World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Denpasar, Bali.
A protester gets up close with riot police during a rally outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. The protests grew from President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to abandon an integration pact with the European Union in favor of closer economic ties to Russia.
Riot police form a cordon against demonstrators in Alexandra, Egypt, during a protest over new laws restricting the rights of minority groups.
Anti-government protesters wave flags in front of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. Tensions were diffused after days of violent clashes when the protesters were allowed to enter the buildings briefly.
A member of the Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association shouts slogans while locked in a police vehicle after being detained during an anti-government protest in Srinagar, India.
DECEMBER 2: A crowd dressed as Santa Claus waits at Osaka Castle for the start of the 5th annual Osaka Great Santas Run in Osaka, Japan. Proceeds from the event were destined for children hospitalized over the holidays.
A team of Santas visits the Skywalk at Sydney Tower in Sydney, Australia.
Singer Billy Ray Cyrus hams it up with Santa Claus at the 82nd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles.
Shoppers mingle with holiday-themed performers during the Christmas by the River event at the Central at Clarke Quay in Singapore.
Mother Christmas reads to children at the Lapland UK exhibit in Ascot, England.
Rolf Vogt stands in front of his house in Buecken, Germany, which he has decorated with more than 450,000 Christmas lights.
Fireworks blaze during the lightning ceremony of the 85-meter-tall floating Christmas tree on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A time-lapse photo inside Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England, shows the trails of candles held by participants in the “Darkness to Light” advent procession.
The Grand Canyon is filled with fog in a rare “temperature inversion” event as seen in this image posted by the National Park Service.
NOVEMBER 28: President Barack Obama officially pardons Popcorn the turkey at a White House ceremony, accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia and National Turkey Federation chairman John Burkel (at left).
A giant balloon of Sonic the Hedgehog makes its way down Sixth Avenue in New York City during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Amazon.com employees prepare for the annual Cyber Monday rush of online holiday purchases at the company’s massive distribution warehouse in Peterborough, England. In 2012 the facility processed 3.5 million item orders on Cyber Monday.
A massive Christmas tree towers in an atrium at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France.
Children take in the lights of a giant Christmas tree outside the Ion Orchard shopping mall in Singapore.
General John M. Paxton speaks to Marines with Combat Logistics Regimment Two at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Paxton and other headquarters staff visited Marines throughout the region on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Workers conduct cleaning and maintenance on the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building in the business district of Singapore.
A lioness at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, England, takes a bite out of a visitor’s car mirror.
NOVEMBER 27: An impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un poses for a photograph with a customer in Hong Kong, China.
Thanksgiving holiday travelers wait at the Amtrak terminal at Pennsylvania Station in New York City.
A turkey looks out of its enclosure at the Seven Acres Farm in North Reading, Mass., where some 1,500 fowl will be sold for Thanksgiving meals.
A woman endures a late fall downpour in Times Square in New York City.
Students walk under a flag during a rally in support of EU integration in Kiev, Ukraine.
A special lighting scheme celebrating the Christmas festival bathes the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England.
South Korean children pause to enjoy a light snow in Seoul.
Soldiers of the First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, march through Balham, England, during a homecoming ceremony after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
A boy holds his baby brother in one of the makeshift house set up for the thousands of refugees struggling to recover from Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines.
Andy Scott’s “Kelpies” — at 30 meters the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures — tower over two horses outside Falkirk, Scotland.
A condominium manager in Braintree, Mass., uses her dog to demonstrate how to obtain a DNA sample that will be used to identify the animals who poop in the community's public places — and their owners.
NOVEMBER 26: Turkeys wait in a barn at the Willie Bird Turkey Farm in Sonoma, Calif.
Press photographers snap pictures of two full-grown Broad Breasted White turkeys — destined to be presented to the White House for Thanksgiving — in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama talks with motion-capture actors during a tour of the DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale, Calif.
Children admire a group of king penguins at Zoo Zürich in Zürich, Germany.
The feathered hat of an Italian bersagliere is blown by strong winds as he stands at attention outside a meeting between Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Trieste, Italy.
Paramilitary policemen embrace each other during a farewell ceremony in Taiyuan, China.
Protesters shout during a rally protesting a planned State Secrets Act held in front of the parliament building in Tokyo, Japan.
Two rabbis supervise the construction of a menorah in front of the Brandenburg Gate in preparations for Hanukkah celebrations in Berlin, Germany.
Twelve KC-10 Extender and six C-17 Globemaster III of the Air Force 305th Air Mobility Wing conduct an “Elephant Walk” — a nose-to-tail taxi formation — during a training exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. (Photo: Wayne Russell)