Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

Braving Europe’s heat wave, more than 150 Santas from around the world donned their heavy Santa suits at their annual conference in Denmark.

As the 61st World Santa Claus Congress kicked off in Copenhagen, many of the delegates — from countries as far away as Japan and the United States — took a dip in the sea, to the amusement of local bathers.

The three-day event will see the Santas visit the famed Little Mermaid statue during a parade and go head-to-head in the Santa Obstacle Course World Championships. (Reuters)

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<p>Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a refreshing bath at Bellevue Beach north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a refreshing bath at Bellevue Beach north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People dressed as Santa Claus wave as they take part in a canal tour that is part of the annual World Santa Claus congress on July 23, 2018 in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

People dressed as Santa Claus wave as they take part in a canal tour that is part of the annual World Santa Claus congress on July 23, 2018 in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man dressed as Santa Claus records on his cellphone as he takes part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A man dressed as Santa Claus records on his cellphone as he takes part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>People dressed as Santa Claus wave from a canal boat, as they take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

People dressed as Santa Claus wave from a canal boat, as they take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A person dressed as Santa Claus’ helper takes part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A person dressed as Santa Claus’ helper takes part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters)

<p>Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a ride on a rollercoaster at the Bakken amusement park in Klampenborg north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a ride on a rollercoaster at the Bakken amusement park in Klampenborg north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man helps another man in a wheelchair as they are dressed as Santa Claus during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A man helps another man in a wheelchair as they are dressed as Santa Claus during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>People dressed as Santa Claus and elves take part in a street parade that is part of the annual World Santa Claus congress on July 23, 2018 in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

People dressed as Santa Claus and elves take part in a street parade that is part of the annual World Santa Claus congress on July 23, 2018 in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a refreshing bath at Bellevue Beach north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a refreshing bath at Bellevue Beach north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a refreshing bath at Bellevue Beach in Klampenborg north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

Actors dressed as Santa Claus take a refreshing bath at Bellevue Beach in Klampenborg north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2018, as they take part in the World Santa Congress, an annual two-day event held every summer in Copenhagen. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People dressed as Santa Claus, meet at the Little Mermaid statue, as they take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

People dressed as Santa Claus, meet at the Little Mermaid statue, as they take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A man dressed as Santa Claus smokes a cigarette before a gathering for the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A man dressed as Santa Claus smokes a cigarette before a gathering for the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A person dressed as a Christmas tree rests during a canal boat cruise during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A person dressed as a Christmas tree rests during a canal boat cruise during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A person takes photos of people dressed as Santa Claus as they meet at the Little Mermaid statue while they take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A person takes photos of people dressed as Santa Claus as they meet at the Little Mermaid statue while they take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A child dressed as an elf walks along the waterfront during an event in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A child dressed as an elf walks along the waterfront during an event in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>People dressed as Santa Claus take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

People dressed as Santa Claus take part in the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters)

<p>People dressed as Santa Claus rest while on a bus trip between events during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

People dressed as Santa Claus rest while on a bus trip between events during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through the streets between events for the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through the streets between events for the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A person dressed as Santa Claus uses a restroom during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
Santas in the sun and sea – World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen

A person dressed as Santa Claus uses a restroom during the World Santa Claus Congress, an annual event held every summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

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