The World Santa Claus Congress is a yearly event held near Copenhagen, Denmark each July, bringing together people from all over the world who portray Santa Claus for fun and/or profit. The event allows participants and spectators to see differences in portrayals of Santa from around the world, and allows the Santas to exchange information and socialize with others who play the part.
The event is hosted by Dyrehavsbakken (referred to as Bakken by most locals), an amusement park located just north of Copenhagen in Klampenborg. Participation in the Congress is free for the Santas, though travel and lodging are the Santas’ responsibility.
The first World Santa Claus Congress took place in 1957.
CBS News offers a gallery of photos from the 2012 World Santa Claus Congress here.