Ditching the traditional chimney, Santa Claus in Berlin scales a high-rise tower to deliver presents.
BERLIN, GERMANY (DECEMBER 18, 2016) (REUTERS) – Santa Claus made a surprise early appearance on Sunday (December 18) with an unconventional entrance at a Berlin cafe.
After a sack of presents dropped from his sleigh, Santa made a pit-stop at the Kollhoff Tower on Potsdamer Platz to retrieve it – delighting the children in the viewing station cafe inside.
Rather than coming down the chimney as usual, he faced a dizzying climb from the top of the tower, some 100 metres up, down to the Panoramapunkt cafe on the 24th floor – with only a rickety rope ladder to help him.
The children watched in excitement as he greeted them through the windows before making his way inside to distribute presents.
“He climbed through here, then he was at the door, he opened it and came in. Then we showed him the sack (that he dropped and the children found) – he has two sacks. And then he gave us presents as a thank you,” said Konstantin, who received a beach ball, a ninja and a cuddly reindeer.
Lucky German children normally receive two rounds of presents around Christmas time. Small gifts like oranges and chocolate are left by St. Nicholas in shoes placed outside the front door on December 6, while the “Christkind” (Christ-child) delivers presents on December 24.