World's Largest Ice Santa Melting In China

Santa Claus is melting in one of China's coldest cities. Each year Harbin hosts a world-renowned ice festival. This year's show features an 80-foot ice sculpture of the jolly old elf. But a warm spell threatens giant Santa — he's slick and dangerous. Chinese officials still hope Santa will attract thousands and lift spirits — one said "when people feel happier, they will want to spend more."

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Santa Claus is melting in China's coldest city. The International Snow and Ice Festival in Harbin features a huge ice sculpture of the jolly old elf 80 feet high. But a warm spell threatens giant Santa; he's slick and dangerous. Chinese officials still hope Santa will attract thousands and lift spirits. One said, when people feel happier, they will want to spend more. It's Morning Edition.

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