Thursday, December 25, 2008

Father Christmas in a Canoe

For one of the more stranger events of over the Christmas period, Babbo Natale in a canoe has got to be a sight worth seeing. Over the last 25 years the “Canoe Club” of Citta di Castello in Umbria has staged this popular spectacle on water to the assembled crowds.

As evening approaches on Christmas Day, members of the club, dressed as Santa Clause paddle down the River Tiber towards the Porta San Florido. All of their canoes are illuminated, the banks of the river are lit with bonfires, candles and fireworks and a nativity scene is suspended over the water. On arriving at the Ponte sulla Tevere, the Santas distribute their presents to the eagerly awaiting children.

Queens speech at 3pm, Father Christmas in a canoe at 5pm and then home to a James Bond film. Now that’s Christmas!