Who brings the Christmas gifts in different European countries?

December 21, 2017 11:49 am

Santa Claus, Father Christmas or good ol’ St. Nick, English-speakers have many names for the festive figure who brings presents to the children of the world, but what is the case when you move across Europe?

Naturally, different names are used in different languages, but as well as this alternative traditions and cultures in various European countries mean that Father Christmas isn’t the one bringing the gifts at Christmas time. So if it’s not Santa, then who are the generous gift-givers around Europe?

Check out this map to find out which festive figures will be bringing presents to European countries this Christmas:

Gift Bringers map


We hope you enjoyed this post. For more information you can go to jakubmarian.com and see more about these different festive figures.

We hope you have a fantastic festive season. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


  • jakubmarian.com, ‘Christmas gift-bringers of Europe’. Available here [accessed 20/12/17].


Written by Liam Kennedy – Schuman Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament. Graduate of Journalism with a Language (French) at Dublin Institute of Technology. Completed a Masters in Translation Studies at University College Cork.

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