Santas are gathering in Switzerland in hopes of becoming world champions and 5 other Santa-related events

By Audrey Farnsworth
November 21, 2018, 10:38:56 AM EST

It’s that time of year again, when Santa enthusiasts from all over the world will travel to the Samnaun Ski Resort in Switzerland, dress up like Santa Claus, and compete to be the best team of Santas in the annual and beloved Santa World Championships, or “ClauWau,” as it is officially called. This year, the event is taking place on November 24, and as always, honors the opening of the winter ski season at Samnaun in the most hilarious way possible.

Quite simply, the goal of the event is to search for the best team of four Santas and crown them the prestigious title of “Santa Claus World Champions.” This event has been taking place annually since the year 2000–that’s 18 years of Santas racing each other to climb up makeshift chimneys, cruising down snowy hills on snowmobiles while picking up presents on the ground with a long stick, and running up a snowy hill in skis. Or, more simply put: the greatest thing you could ever imagine.


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If you think you deserve the title of Santa Claus World Champion, there’s still time to register for the event via the Samnaun Ski Resort’s website (and check out last year’s rankings). If you don’t wish to compete for the title, but still wish to travel to Switzerland to watch a bunch of Santas all get into one large Santa hat together and run across the snow (actual past event), you’re more than welcome to attend the event as a spectator.

If you can’t make it to Switzerland by November 24, don’t fret! Here are several other Santa-related events happening around the world that may be by you.

Surfing Santa Competition 2018When: November 17-18, 2018

Where: Dana Point, CA

Santa surely goes surfing at plenty of events in Southern California, but this particular tradition, held annually by The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguelat Salt Creek Beach, is special. The Surfing Santa Competitionraises money for Surfers Healing, a group that helps better the wellbeing of people living with autism by teaching them how to surf. The competitors will don Santa suits and surf for a good cause the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Breckenridge’s Race of the SantasWhen: December 8, 2018

Where: Breckenridge, Colorado

The Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santasis a yearly event held during the first week of December, transforming the town into a holiday wonderland. Santas race down Main Street, there’s a holiday dog parade, and the town is lit up with lights that sparkle throughout the streets. You still have time to registerfor the race, and there’s plenty of lodging offers availablefor Breckenridge’s winter events.

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