It’s not that we don’t like Christmas, it’s just when the carols start in early November we start getting a bit… sarcastic. So — with the exception of our first choice — here are some Santa-free events to fill your December.

Beat up on Santa!

Küssnacht, Switzerland: December 5.

You heard that right! Join in the annual Chasing the Claus in Küssnacht, Switzerland where St Nick is ‘chased’ through the streets in a parade of cow bells and horns. It’s enough to put people on his naughty list!

This Santa would be pretty easy to catch.
This Santa would be pretty easy to catch.

Fête des Lumières (The Festival of Lights)

Lyon, France: December 6-9.
The Festival of Lights (Fêtes des Lumières in French) was born in disaster as inclement weather cancelled the inauguration of a tower sculpture and then the festival of the Immiculate Conception. The Lyonnaise lit up their homes with candles instead, and now the festival of lights… It looks a little like this:


Nassau, Bahamas: December 26 and January 1.

A street parade that celebrates the Bahamas and gives everyone a chance to get out and party, it is a mass of energy, colour and partying. The biggest events are held in the capital, Nassau, but you’ll find Junkanoo celebrations all over the country.

The Nassau New Year’s Parade starts at 2am (AM!) and finishes around 8am with prizes given out for the best floats and costumes. Tickets to the stadium finish are in high demand and usually priced between $10 and $50.


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What are you up to in December? Doing something better than this? Tell us in the comments, and make us all jealous.

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