It was a gathering of over 150 Santas from around the world, wearing their colourful heavy suits and full beards to mark the 61st World Santa Claus Congress.
This year’s event which kicked on Monday July 23, was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, with many of the delegates coming from Japan and US, parading the streets of Copenhagen to the delight of locals.
It was a three-day event during which the Santas visited the Little Mermaid statue during a parade and went head to head in the Santa Obstacle Course World Championships.
“Normally us Santas work alone,” said Santa Ian Tom, 67, from Scotland, who is attending his sixth congress this year.
“This is like a big family. But a family you get on with.”
Another participant, Santa Douglas, 60, from Washington D.C., who was attending his 12th convention, said it was the international feel of the event that keeps luring him back.
“It’s interesting how when meeting others their culture starts to rub off on you and yours on them. For example, a lot of the Santa suits now are not the traditional gray Danish one. They’ve gone more American, which in a way is a shame.”