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Arosa launches activities for dark winter days

The public will chase Santa Claus and his companions in order to get rid of evil spirits Keystone Archive

Arosa offers a variety of entertainments at this time of year, including "Klausjagen" or the pursuit of St Nicholas on December 5.

The event, aimed at chasing away evil spirits, is one of the most popular pre-Christmas traditions in Switzerland.

A procession of light and bells follows St Nicholas and his three companions through the town. The three, known as “Schmutzli” (schmutz = dirt), have their faces black, and carry rods in case they need to dish out punishment to naughty children.

Usually, however, they are more compassionate, handing out fruit and nuts.

Humour Festival

Those not interested in Klausjagen can visit Arosa’s tenth Humour Festival, from December 7-16. Guest stars from eight countries include Germany’s Michael Mittermeier, as well as Switzerland’s Ursus and Nadeschkin.

Several comedians will be appearing for the first time in Switzerland, among them Austria’s Alf Poier, as well as Germany’s Sissi Perlinger and Willy Astor.

The alpine resort also boasts a world premiere with the Swiss production “Stage TV”, which consists of performances with new and classic elements, such as acrobatics and juggling.

“Besides showing traditional forms of comedy, Arosa’s Humour Festival also offers innovation,” said Martin Vincenz, head of the festival.

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