Shot of Santa Claus on the Beach Lands Orange County Register a Nice Newseum Mention

The Orange County Register got a little extra Christmas gift yesterday from Washington D.C.’s Newseum. The following handiwork of reporter Karen Kelso and photographer Leonard Ortiz received via Facebook the institution’s stamp as “Best Christmas front page:”

The photo was taken on December 20 at Huntington Beach, with a GMA crew apparently crashing the scene. Doing the holiday honors above are The Kringle Group head honcho (and Hollywood Christmas parade St. Nick) Tim Connaghan and a two-year-old reindeer named Tundra. (The surfer in the background is a great SoCal touch.)

Kelso and co. were able to track down California Reindeer Rentals via Google. The price to rent two reindeer for two hours (seven-month-old Christmas wound up not being used) came to $1400.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.