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54th World Congress of Santa Claus

posted by SantaTim On April - 28 - 2011 114 COMMENTS

54 years . . . . . 150 International Santas . . . . . . 10 Santas from the U.S. . . . . July in Copenhagen

Can you guess what this is about?  Well let me explain.

On July 18-20, about 150 Santas from around the World, plus Mrs. Claus and elves, will attend the 54th Annual World Santa Claus Congress just outside of Copenhagen at the Bakken Amusement Park.   Click here to view the photo gallery: http://www.worldsantaclauscongress.com/gallery.html

And this year, one of the largest groups to ever attend from outside of Denmark, will be a group of ten Santas from the United States.   While at the Congress they will meet and network with Santas from all over the world, plus attend workshops, appear in parades ( both in Bakken and downtown Copenhagen), and join in some fun and games.  It is here that Santas from around the world have the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences and to network. 

The World Santa Claus Congress has taken place in the Dyrehavsbakken amusement park (usually shortened to Bakken) north of Copenhagen in Denmark since 1957.  Every summer, Bakken is invaded by Santas from around the world who gather to spread good Christmas cheer, have fun and socialize with their peers.  The Congress also provides a chance to promote the Santa Claus trade and show how Christmas cheer is done in different parts of the world.

Created in the middle of the last century by Professor Tribini, Bakken’s legendary entertainer, who did not believe that Christmas should only happen once a year, the World Santa Claus Congress is both a professional forum and social meeting place for real Santas from all around the world.

And as the Santas are usually very busy in December, the professor created ‘Christmas in July’ – an event which now attracts hundreds of Santas and both female and male Christmas pixies and elves.  And many thousands of spectators.

Over the three days of the Congress, Santas will have a few social events, attend special holiday themed shows at Bakken, star in a special ‘Santa Parade’ through Downtown Copenhagen, and meet with thousands of families and visitors to Bakken and Copenhagen.

The World Santa Claus Congress at Bakken includes a Santa parade on the streets of Bakken, Christmas competitions for both Santas and the public, a large Christmas gala show, ‘Honorary Santa of the Year’, dancing around the Christmas tree and lots of Christmas games and Yuletide fun.

On all three days, the Santas can be found on the streets of Bakken to give the public plenty of opportunity to say hello to Santa.

During the Congress there will also be a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen so that the Santas can experience Wonderful Copenhagen. This tour includes the Christmas Parade on Strøget, Copenhagen’s main pedestrian street.  And there is also time for Santa’s annual saltwater footbath at the famous “Mermaid Statue” in Copenhagen’s Harbor.

A ‘Santa Workshop’ is also organized on one of the evenings – a couple of hours in which the Santas can exchange professional experiences with colleagues from other countries.

The World Santa Claus Congress has many traditions and one of them is various competitions and activities for the Santas. The Santa World Championships are held on an obstacle course on Bakken.

Anyone working professionally as Santa Claus or a Christmas pixie or elf is eligible to register for the World Santa Claus Congress. Spouses and children of Santas and Christmas pixies and elves can also participate as long as they meet the criteria for participation (please see the ‘Expectations’ section). Persons under the age of 18 cannot participate unaccompanied.

Other than the cost of the Santa’s room at the Marriott (breakfast included) and one dinner on Monday night, the hosts at Bakken are handling all transportation, admissions and the rest of the meals for the three days . . . . as long as the Santa or participant is in holiday attire. 

Civilians cannot participate in the World Santa Claus Congress parades and shows, but they are welcome to participate in the dinner held on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Spouses and other guest in ‘street clothes’ have to pay a fee to attend the evening dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday ($40 each).

If you are interest in attending this year or in a future year,  visit their web site at:  http://www.worldsantaclauscongress.com/whatis_eng.html

And if you are interested in joining our group on the Santa Cruise in Scandinavia, prior to the Congress, visit our special pages at School4Santas:   http://www.realsantas.com/iusc.htm#Europeancruise

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