Lucky for some: Irish tourists enjoy a summery Christmas Day on Sydney's Bondi Beach in Australia.
In his traditional Christmas blessing to pilgrims in Rome, Pope Benedict calls for renewed efforts to bring peace to the Middle East and Africa.
In Bethlehem, a Palestinian police officer stands guard on a roof top overlooking the Church of the Nativity - the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Inside the Church of the Nativity, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, celebrates Christmas Mass.
Celebrations have been taking place across the globe. American soldiers at a military base in Kabul enjoy a white Christmas.
In India, a giant sand sculpture of Santa has been created by students and artists on a beach in Puri.
A Roman Catholic priest blesses candles during prayers on Christmas Eve near Busay village in the eastern Philippines.