Program 228a: European Christmas Prep 2

Release Date: 12-17-2011


Rick is introduced to Santa's European relatives including Baba Noël, Grandfather Frost, Saint Nicholas, Krampus, and even Sammi Claus and Schwartzley. Also friends from Madrid, Rome, London and Lisbon discuss their cities' traditions for the Christmas season, and Rick learns how the holidays are celebrated in Bulgaria, the Swiss Alps, Austria and the Low Countries.


  • Federico Garcia Barroso, tour guide based in Madrid, Spain
  • Susanna Peruccini, tour guide based in Rome, Italy
  • Tom Hooper and Gillian Chadwick, certified guides based in London
  • Cristina Duarte, tour guide based in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Lyuba Boyanin, proprietor of LyubaTours in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Call-out to Olle Eggiman, schoolteacher in Gimmewald, Switzerland
  • Call-out to Gabi Koch, at her family-owned Hotel Maximilian in Reutte, Austria
  • Ferdi Menghi and Nina Dierckx, European tour guides raised in Belgium

Related Links

  • Rick Steves' "European Christmas" TV special airs on public TV stations this time of year.