Your children probably know all about it, the one and only Santa lives in Finland in his own village, surrounded by welcoming elves.  

The Village’s history

Santa’s village is located in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in Finland, situated at the Northern Arctic Circle.  The Village appeared in 1991 in the first episode of BBC’s documentary series « Pole to Pole », presented by Michael Palin. Since then, it is the most visited attraction in Finland, attracting each year thousands of visitors coming mainly from the UK, Germany, Russia, France, Ireland, China and Japan.

Activities

There are many souvenir shops as well as Santa’s main Post Office. There’s plenty of activity at Santa’s Post Office all year round. All mail addressed to Santa arrive here. Approximately 700 000 deliveries arrive each year from over 150 different countries! Santa’s own greetings are also posted here with Santa Claus’s Post Office‘s special postmark to children all over the world. Santa can be met on any day of the year at the Santa Claus office where you can take pictures with him.

The Christmas house in the village hosts a unique Christmas theme exhibition. It covers today’s Christmas customs as well as century old Finish and foreign Christmas traditions.

Santa’s Park includes:

- Santa’s Office
- Gigantic Snow Globe
- Elves’ Post Office
- Toy Factory Shopping Area
- Secrets of the Toy Factory
- SantaPark Dance Show 3 times a day
- Magic Sleigh Ride
- Elf Workshop and Calligraphy School
- Angry Birds Activity Area
- Elf School
- Entrance to Ice Gallery, Ice Bar and meeting with the Ice Princess
- Undercrossing of the Arctic Circle
- Personalized video greeting
- Gingerbread Bakery

Many tour operators offer travel packages for this perfect winter destination, including reindeers sleigh ride.

Learn more about the village and booking prices on their website : http://www.santaclausvillage.info/

Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village

Photo : Santa Claus's Main Office, Tarja Mitrovic, http://flic.kr/p/bFeTRo, (CC BY 2.0)

Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village

Photo :  Santa Claus Village, Tarja Mitrovic, http://flic.kr/p/bFeTo7, (CC BY 2.0)

Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village

Photo : Santa Claus's Village: Christmas Market, Tarja Mitrovic, http://flic.kr/p/bU9MbZ, (CC BY 2.0)