Jingle All The Way — Counting Down The 50 Quirkiest Christmas Traditions

Jon & Caroline Cole | Ink-Stained Hearts
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14 min readDec 16, 2023

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’Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to celebrate than by exploring the wonderfully quirky Christmas traditions that make each country’s festivities unique? From the icy landscapes of Scandinavia to the vibrant markets of South America, a festive obsession with KFC, and what goes on in Lapland, let’s unwrap the joyful, eccentric, and to us seemingly bizarre customs that spread cheer around the world.

50. United States: Run, Santa, Run!

For those who prefer sneakers over sleighs, the Santa Run phenomenon has become a festive fitness tradition. Thousands of Kris Kringles don their red suits, white beards, and running shoes for charity races across North America. It’s a sight to behold — jolly St. Nicks sprinting through city streets, spreading holiday cheer while breaking a sweat.

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash
Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash

49. Philippines: Giant Lantern Festival

The Philippines brighten up the season with the Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga. Locally known as “Ligligan Parul”, this event showcases massive, intricately designed lanterns that illuminate the night…

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Jon & Caroline Cole | Ink-Stained Hearts
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Writers | Vloggers Passionate about words, music, sports, and discovering places. Lovers of books, vinyl, and geeky stuff. Curious about life.