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26 November 2021

ClauWau - World Championship of Santa Clauses

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The "Best of ClauWau" will take place as part of the "Winter Opening 2021". Be there and compete with the best Santa Clauses from all over the world.

"Best of ClauWau"

Winter-Opening 2021

On 26 November, the Winter Opening 2021 will start with the "Best of ClauWau", where the ClauWau teams of the past 20 years can once again demonstrate their skills in the best ClauWau disciplines. We will crown the 20th ClauWau World Champion Team. 

The ClauWau was first held in November 2001 and since then has taken place annually at the start of the season in the Silvretta Ski Arena Samnaun/Ischgl, this year for the 20th and last time as the "Best of ClauWau": The Father Christmases compete again in teams of four in the 5 best disciplines of the last 20 years.

The successor format of the ClauWau, the Smugglers' Trophy, will start its first round on Saturday, 27 November. We encourage you to participate in this new, playful format. Participation is subject to compulsory certification (3G rule).

Prize money World Champion

World Champion Amount Samnaun voucher in CHF*
1st place 2000
2nd Platz 1000
3rd Platz 500
4th Platz 250
*The prize money is paid out exclusively in Samnaun vouchers, valid at over 180 points of sale -

Prize money special classifications

Special ratings Amount Samnaun voucher in CHF*
The most beautiful costume 250
The Team of Hearts 250
The unlucky Santa Claus 250
* The prize money is paid out exclusively in Samnaun vouchers, valid at over 180 points of sale -
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Registration. Be part of the «Best of ClauWau»

Here you can register for the «Smuggler Trophy» and the «Best of ClauWau». We look forward to your participation!

To the registration
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The rules of the game and the disciplines. How the Best of ClauWau works

We are very happy about your participation! For a smooth process and lots of fun, there are the disciplines and a few small rules to follow.

To the disciplines and rules

Disciplines 2021

Santa's ClauWau
Santa's ClauWau

What would Father Christmas be without his hat? The teams slip under the XXL caps, because before things really get going, the Father Christmases first have to collect all the presents. But wouldn't this be too easy without a lot of effort?

Santa's kreative Reise
Santa's creative journey

Even Father Christmases have to be creative when travelling from time to time. This year, our teams are not only challenged artistically, but also have to prove their geographical knowledge.

Santa's Downhill
Santa's Downhill

To ensure timely delivery of the gifts, presents have to be transported quickly. But the teams have to cope with different transport equipment. And as if that wasn't hard enough, there are also one or two challenges with the package size.

Santa's Ralley
Santa's Rallye

With the large number of presents, fast transport is crucial. That's why the Father Christmases in Samnaun rely on sustainable transport with environmentally friendly e-snowmobiles.

Santa's Chimney Challenge
Santa's Chimney Challenge

Traditionally, the Father Christmases deliver the presents down the chimney. The Father Christmases have to show how skilful they are at this task with their coordination skills. That's why this discipline is also part of the "Best of ClauWau".


16.00 to 19.00 Best of ClauWau* Musellahang, Samnaun Dorf
afterwards Award ceremony Concert Stage Samnaun Village
afterwards Closing party Concert Stage Samnaun Village
* Depending on snow conditions, the Best of ClauWau will alternatively take place at Alp Trida from 14.00.

Video from ClauWau 2019

Santa Clauses are happy about the cheese fondue
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The History

Review and rankings of the last years

The World Championship of Santa Clauses has a long tradition in Samnaun. We look back.

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