Hundreds of Santa look-alikes gather in Denmark for fitness and fun


Hundreds of Santas congregated for fun and fitness at the World Santa Claus Congress in Klampenborg, Denmark. (FRANDSEN FINN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
July 25, 2012

We all know there’s only one Santa Claus, but you might be doubting that if you were in Denmark this week.

That’s because hundreds of Santa look-alikes were in the Euro­pean country for the 55th annual World Santa Claus Congress. A bunch of Santa’s elves and other helpers from all over the world gathered at an amusement park.

If Santa seems slimmer this holiday season, it may be because there was even a Zumba exercise class. Zumba is a fitness dance done to Latin music. The Santas did it with hula hoops around their waists!

“It was a sweaty experience . . . but now I’m hooked. I think I will be doing some more Zumba,” chuckled Douglas Gowin, a 57-year-old Santa’s helper from Washington.


Two men dressed as Santa Claus rest on a bench during a visit by the participants of the annual World Santa Claus Congress to the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark. (TORKIL ADSERSEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Of course, there were also some more serious activities, aimed at getting Santa ready for his round-the-world-in-one-night journey. Those included an obstacle course in which Santa had to go down a chimney and climb an ice mountain.


A man dressed as Santa Claus speaks with a man holding a reindeer on a leash during a visit by the participants of the annual World Santa Claus Congress to the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark. (TORKIL ADSERSEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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