As many as 8000 runners dressed as Santa Claus took part in the annual five-kilometer Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England, on Sunday.

The Liverpool Santa Dash 2011 reportedly created a world record for having the maximum number of participants ever.

A Santa Claus themed fun-run was also organized for various charities at Greenwich Park in London that saw thousands participating in the festive fervor.

Check out the pictures of the Santa Dash in Liverpool and the fun-run below: