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Santa Claus World Championship

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Watching and cheering 32 Santa Claus' as they climb chimneys and race on Santa scooters in the annual Santa Claus World Championship in Samnaun, Switzerland will prove that you’re that you are never too old to believe in Santa. Join the November games and fun as you watch the jury grade the teams on their creativity, skill, charm, athletics, and speed. Watch the Santa parade as the Santa teams present themselves in 30 seconds while the jury votes on the uniqueness of the team.

Who ever thought they would actually see Santa climb a chimney; well here we have several Santa's climbing up a five meter high chimney with a bag full of gifts. Watch the teams ride on wooden Capricorns on a special trail and watch as they create a gingerbread houses within ten minutes. Another competition is the donkey trekking, where the team packs a bag of gifts and places it around a donkey's neck and walks on a trail while they deliver gifts. Santas then run a relay on scooters and race as they ride sleds down the hill and climb back up again. The last competition is the Santa show where the teams have two minutes to present anything they want, but it has to follow the main championship rule, "With all activities throughout the Santa Claus World Championship (including Santa Parade with costumes and Santa Show), the symbol meaning of Santa Claus has to be respected."

Go Santa.

Written by  Sari Schutrum-Boward.

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