With flurries of snow falling across parts of Britain, the freezing wintry conditions have provided some picturesque scenes.
Christians across the world have been marking Epiphany, with worshippers plunging into icy waters and parades being held in Poland and elsewhere.
Zookeepers have begun the task of counting up how many animals live at London Zoo. The yearly stocktaking duty sees staff at ZSL London work through all the herds and packs and flocks from tigers to penguins to jellyfish.
Thousands of people gathered to watch the New Year’s Day parade through London.
People across the UK have taken the plunge for a bracing new year swim. From Scotland to Scarborough, here are some snapshots of the shivery participants.
Much of the Christian world is celebrating Christmas, with services held across the planet to mark the birth of Jesus. The tradition is celebrated by Orthodox Churches in January.
Members of the royal family traditionally exchange gifts at dinner on Christmas Eve, before attending a church service at St Mary Magdalene on the royal estate in Sandringham on Christmas Day.
Crowds have gathered at Stonehenge in Wiltshire to watch the sun rise after the longest night of the year.
Christmas has come early for some of the animals who live at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. The attraction near Dunstable has given tigers, monkeys and penguins some festive treats a week before Christmas Day.
It was an icy start to the weekend as parts of the UK prepared to face blizzards, heavy snow and freezing rain. While amber warnings have been issued for parts of Scotland and the north of England and Midlands, many areas awoke to a frosty Friday.