Abseiling Santas bring festive cheer to children at hospitals

The red troop of Santas, members of the Italian alpine rescue, rappelled down the pediatric ward at Policlinico Umberto I hospital to the delight of children, families and staff watching through the windows and from the ground.

After completing three abseils from a chimney and from the roof of the pediatric ward, the Santas went inside the hospital to deliver presents to children.

Separately, in Slovenia, climbers dressed as Santa Claus abseiled down the outside of a Ljubljana children's hospital and actors rehearsed a Nativity play in a cave on Wednesday (December 22) as Slovenia prepares for Christmas.

The abseiling Santas, from a local cave rescue association, waved and danced for patients and staff as they hung from their ropes.

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