Saturday: In Switzerland, teams of Santas compete
For quirky slope-side entertainment, spend Saturday in the ski resort of Samnaun, Switzerland, where ClauWau, the world championship of Santa Clauses, takes place. In the wacky games, a maximum of 32, four-person teams dressed as Santa battle it out in a series of tasks worthy of a true Santa. Watch them gather presents, ski through hay bales and climb chimneys. A Santa parade lets a jury award the team with the most authentic and original costumes.
Games begin at 11 a.m. on the Alp Trida and continue until just four semi-finalist teams remain. The remaining few battle it out from 8 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. DJ Ötzi performs a free open-air concert at 10 p.m.
Samnaun is part of the Silvretta Arena ski area that extends into neighboring Austria. While watching the games are free, there is an entrance fee for the ski area. Adult day tickets cost 47 euros. The cost for visitors ages 8 to 16 is 27 euros. Those ages 7 and younger ski for free in the company of an adult. Prices are reduced for those staying in Samnaun. For details, see www.tinyurl.com/c54hs2p (German only) or call (+41) (0) 81-861-88-30. English is spoken.