Legend has it that Santa Claus makes his annual tour of the world giving gifts to well-behaved children in a one-horse open sleigh, but in the Bulgarian capital on Saturday a posse of motorcycle enthusiasts dressed in the festive figure's iconic red and white suit opted instead for the classic Vespa moped.

The Bulgarian Vespa Club meeting in Sofia even decorated their bikes with festive wreaths, lights and reindeer mascots.

Much of Europe's cities and towns are decked out in festive decorations with just ten days to go until Christmas Day.