- Title: Santas take the plunge at annual Christmas-in-July conference
- Date: 25th July 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF SANTAS AND CHILDREN SINGING AS THEY WALK AROUND A PERSON DRESSED AS A CHRISTMAS TREE SANTAS SINGING "WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS"
- Embargoed: 8th August 2017 13:34
- Keywords: Santa congress summer Santas swimming Christmas preparations Denmark Copenhagen
- Location: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
- City: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
- Country: Denmark
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0046R7UQFT
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- Story Text:It's summertime in Denmark but Santas from around the world are already planning for the festive season, with more than 150 gathering in Copenhagen to share some early Christmas cheer.
The annual World Santa Claus Congress, now in its 60th year, has drawn attendees from a dozen countries, most sporting traditional red coats and white beards despite the warmer-than-winter weather.
The three-day event, always held at the Bakken amusement park, will see the Santas parade in the streets of the Danish capital, bathe in the sea and enjoy a herring tasting. Some will also take to the runway at a fashion show.
Christmas is celebrated on different days in different countries, with Advent and other traditions extending the festive season through most of December and January.
Another hot topic at this year's congress is the color of the Christmas tree, said Santa Elizabeth from Denmark.
"This year we are deciding whether the tree is to be purple, red or green... Green is my favorite color," she said.
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