World’s largest Santa on display in Águeda

World’s largest Santa on display in Águeda

The Portuguese town of Águeda is home to the world’s largest Santa Claus since 2016.

Located on the right bank of the Águeda River, the impressive structure is 21-metres tall – about the size of a seven-storey building – and is brought to life by around 250,000 LED light bulbs.

It boasts the official record of the largest Santa Claus in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records and has become a tourist attraction for the small town in the district of Aveiro, attracting fellow Portuguese from other places but also visitors from all over the world.

This year, the town is also displaying what it is calling the “smallest Santa in the world”, which you need a microscope to see, created by artist Willard Wiggan.
Águeda’s Christmas programme also features an “ecological ice rink”, a Christmas market, concerts and street entertainment.

The full programme can be found online at