It's the holiday season. And while many are excited to find out what Santa brought them on Christmas Day, there are others who want to give back to their communities — and that includes some of our favorite celebrities.

From helping out at the local soup kitchen with City Harvest like Nick Cannon to grabbing a hammer and some nails to build with Habitat for Humanity like Mario Lopez, stars across the globe have opted to go the selfless route over the years, rolling up their sleeves and bringing holiday cheer to many who have gone through hard times.

Some celebs, like Taylor Swift and Britney Spears, have also made giving back a year-round activity — doing everything from surprise hospital visits to taking trips to developing countries to meet and teach children all over the world.

Check out celebrities showing off their charitable side above.