An Andean Christmas

A Peruvian police officer dressed as Santa Claus arrives on a motorcycle during Christmas celebrations on the outskirts of Lima. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

By : Janine Costa | on 4:16 PM December 16, 2015
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

The community of Huaycán on the outskirts of Lima is home to migrant settlers from all across Peru. Here, a police officer dressed as Santa Claus arrives on a motorcycle during Christmas celebrations on Tuesday. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) The community of Huaycán on the outskirts of Lima is home to migrant settlers from all across Peru. Here, a police officer dressed as Santa Claus arrives on a motorcycle during Christmas celebrations on Tuesday. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

Said police officer hands out presents to the local children, who are mostly from poor families. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) Said police officer hands out presents to the local children, who are mostly from poor families. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

A woman with a child on her back accepts a Christmas present. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) A woman with a child on her back accepts a Christmas present. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

The kids are starting to get more animated about the presents. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) The kids are starting to get more animated about the presents. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

Police officers with masks take a break during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) Police officers with masks take a break during the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

An officer gives a piece of paneton, a traditional Christmas cake, to a girl. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) An officer gives a piece of paneton, a traditional Christmas cake, to a girl. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

The kids play with their presents. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) The kids play with their presents. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

This Tigre thing has come up in several photos now, and I’m starting to wonder what it is. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) This Tigre thing has come up in several photos now, and I’m starting to wonder what it is. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

Is it the toy car? Is that what the Tigre thing is? (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) Is it the toy car? Is that what the Tigre thing is? (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

A mother and daughter leave after the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) A mother and daughter leave after the celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

And lo, hot chocolate was served at the festivities. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) And lo, hot chocolate was served at the festivities. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

Two wiseguys bearing gifts. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa) Two wiseguys bearing gifts. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)


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