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Christmas Regatta on Venice’s Grand Canal

Visitors to Venice in Italy were treated to a rare site, as crews of Santas took part in the Christmas Regatta on the city’s Grand Canal. Rowers dressed as the festive figure participated in the fourth edition of the annual event, organised by University of Ca Foscari.

Christmas Regatta on Venice’s Grand Canal
A close up of rowers dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in the Christmas Regatta on the Grand Canal on December 21, 2013 in Venice, Italy. The Christmas Regatta now in it's 4th year is an event organised by University of Ca Foscari. (Getty Images)
Christmas Regatta on Venice’s Grand Canal
A rower dressed in a Santa costume takes part in the Christmas Regatta on the Grand Canal on December 21, 2013 in Venice, Italy. The Christmas Regatta now in it's 4th year is an event organised by University of Ca Foscari. (Getty Images)
Christmas Regatta on Venice’s Grand Canal
A rower dressed in a Santa Claus costume navigates between a Waterbus and a Police boat while taking part in the Christmas Regatta on the Grand Canal on December 21, 2013 in Venice, Italy. The Christmas Regatta now in it's 4th year is an event organised by University of Ca Foscari. (Getty Images)
Christmas Regatta on Venice’s Grand Canal
A close up of rowers dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in the Christmas Regatta on the Grand Canal on December 21, 2013 in Venice, Italy. The Christmas Regatta now in it's 4th year is an event organised by University of Ca Foscari. (Getty Images)
Christmas Regatta on Venice’s Grand Canal
Rowers dressed as Santa take part in the Christmas Regatta on the Grand Canal on December 21, 2013 in Venice, Italy. The Christmas Regatta now in it's 4th year is an event organised by University of Ca Foscari. (Getty Images)
Christmas Regatta on Venice’s Grand Canal
Rowers dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in the Christmas Regatta on the Grand Canal on December 21, 2013 in Venice, Italy. The Christmas Regatta now in it's 4th year is an event organised by University of Ca Foscari. (Getty Images)