1 Giant Lantern Festival
The Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festival held in December (Saturday before Christmas Eve) in the City of San Fernando in the Philippines. The festival features a competition of giant lanterns and attracts spectators from all over the country and across the globe. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines".
2 Gävle Goat, Sweden
Each year since 1966, a 13-metre-tall Yule Goat has been built in the center of Gävle’s Castle Square for the Advent, but this Swedish Christmas tradition has unwittingly led to another “tradition” of sorts – people trying to burn it down. Since 1966 the Goat has been successfully burned down 29 times – the most recent destruction was in 2016.
3 Krampus, Austria
Austrian children live in fear of Krampus - Santa's terrifying evil companion who's said to whip naughty children with branches. Krampus was created as a counterpart to kindly St. Nicholas, who rewarded children with sweets. In the first week of December, young men dress up as the Krampus (especially on the eve of St. Nicholas Day) frightening children with clattering chains and bells.
4 Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner, Japan
Every year on christmas day, KFC Japan experiences it's busiest day of the year. Thanks to the successful “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign in 1974, Japanese families eat at KFC on Christmas Day.
5 Hide yo Brooms, Norway
Probably one of the most bizarre traditions in Norway during Christmas. Norwegians hide their brooms in the safest place in the house. It’s a tradition that dates back centuries to when people believed that witches and evil spirits came out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on.