Swimming Santa brings Dead Sea to life

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS SAYING:"Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas from the Dead Sea. I wish you health and safety with this crazy situation."

A floating Santa in the Dead Sea

brought with him a Christmas tree

Location: Ein Bokek, Israel

He rode a paddle boat off shore

where salt has piled up

It was part of a campaign by Israel's Ministry of Tourism

to bring some Christmas cheer to the Holy Land