5 reasons to visit Santa Claus Village in Lapland

Did you know Santa Claus has a village in Rovaniemi in Lapland that you can visit just before Christmas? Here are 5 reasons you should visit
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Travelling to the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi


Yes it is true, there is a Santa Claus Village that is located in Rovaniemi, Finland which is known as the official hometown of Santa Claus. In fact it is very well known around the world that the Santa Claus village has been located in Lapland in Northern Finland for centuries. 

It is possible to visit this location any time of the year no matter the season, but taking a holiday to the Arctic Circle during Christmas is a unique travel experience that is enchanting and a touch magical. 

Going on a tour to the Santa Claus Village ha to be one of the ultimate bucket list family holiday destinations of any location around the world, especially if you have young kids. Can you imagine the look on their faces when they realise they are visiting Santa Claus?

Here are some reasons to visit the Santa Claus Village

Santa elves and husky pups Rovaniemi

You can visit the heart of the Arctic Circle and arrive at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. It is a holiday location that offers an enchanting and unparalleled Christmas experience that captivates visitors of all ages. 

This magical destination is not just a theme park but a symbol of the timeless spirit of Christmas, where fantasy meets reality. At the Santa Claus Village, the allure begins with the promise of meeting Santa Claus himself, an iconic figure who has inspired generations with his generosity and joy. 

Children and adults alike are welcomed into Santa’s Office, where the opportunity to share their Christmas wishes and capture memories with the jolly old man in red becomes a treasured highlight. 

After an iconic meeting with Santa, the village is adorned with festive decorations, twinkling lights, and an air of joyous anticipation that transforms the snowy landscape into a winter wonderland. Visitors are treated to a variety of unique experiences, such as husky and reindeer sleigh rides, which offer an authentic taste of Arctic traditions. 

The village’s post office, where letters to Santa are received from around the world, adds an element of global camaraderie, reminding visitors of the universal nature of the Christmas spirit. Additionally, the chance to witness the breathtaking Northern Lights illuminates the night sky with ethereal beauty, making every moment spent in Rovaniemi feel extraordinary. 

The village also boasts a range of cosy accommodations, delightful restaurants serving traditional Finnish cuisine, and charming shops filled with artisanal crafts and souvenirs, ensuring that every aspect of the visit is memorable and immersive. 

A visit to the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi during Christmas transcends a simple holiday getaway; it is an invitation to step into a storybook where the magic of the festive season comes to life in the most authentic and heartwarming way.


1. Santa Claus's Office

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The Santa Claus Office is located inside the main building of the Village for visitors to take photographs and chat with Santa Claus. However, Santa Claus does have “office hours” and he may not be in the office all the time even when the Village is open. 

You can meet Santa Claus every day of the year at the Santa Claus Village. Meeting Santa is a unique experience, no matter what time of year you visit. Santa has a gift sack that is always filled with good cheer, warmth, and friendship. 

He will tell fairy tales and stories with everyone quite welcome no matter their age, adult or children. It is possible every day of the year at Santa Claus Office. Everybody is welcome to visit this atmospheric place and enjoy a private chat with Santa.

Entrance is free of charge. Santa Claus Office is situated right at the Arctic Circle, next to the main square of Santa Claus Village.

2. Santa Claus Main Post Office

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Yes, Santa Claus does have his own post office where visitors can read letters sent to Santa. Writers can also request a letter be mailed to them from Santa before Christmas. The office is an official Finnish post office that is fully operational.

It has a cozy atmosphere that invites you to sit down and write your greetings from the Arctic Circle to your friends all over the world. The cheerful elves will post your greetings for you, whether it’s Christmas or the middle of summer, all letters that are sent will be stamped with the special Arctic Circle postmark.


3. The Arctic Circle

Santa and Reindeer Rovaniemi

The Arctic Circle cuts right through the heart of the Santa Claus Village. Its a white line denoting the Arctic Circle (at its position in 1865) that is painted across the village area.  The Santa Claus Village in Lapland is a popular place to cross the Arctic Circle and you can even get a certificate confirming the feat.

Visitors officially enter the Arctic area when they cross the line. The line is a trendy spot to take photos, the Arctic Circle is actually 700 meters to the north, just south of the Rovaniemi airport. It marks the southernmost latitude where the sun can stay continuously below or above the horizon for 24 hours – these phenomena are known as the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Polar Night “Kaamos” in the winter.

4. Northern Lights

While you visit the Santa Claus village it is also possible to see the Northern Lights: also known as Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights are observed during 150 nights in a year with the season on the Arctic Circle beginning late August until early April. The best time to see the Northern Lights is autumn (September and early October) and mid-spring (mainly March.) 

Statistically, Northern Lights are most visible around the autumn and spring equinoxes. Naturally, the Northern Lights appear regularly in the sky throughout winter. 

The Arctic Garden and the top of Ounasvaara fell are the best destinations to witness Northern Lights. The phenomenon is caused by electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with air molecules in Earth’s atmosphere and deflected by Earth’s magnetic field. This process results in the emission of colourful light, visible at night. Green is the most common colour in this process, while red, pink, violet, yellow, and even blue may be observable too.

According to an old legend, the Northern Lights are created when a fox running through the fells of Lapland sheds sparks from its tail into the northern sky, colouring the streaks of light across the sky. The appearance of the Northern Lights at Arctic Circle latitudes requires a clear sky, suitable space weather, and of course a bit of luck.

From the Santa Claus Village there are a choice of Northern Lights safaris through the nearby nature of the Rovaniemi area. With the help of competent guides, you’ll hunt the Northern Lights in the best possible conditions.

We can help you book the best safari companies and other service providers to take you to places where there is little artificial light and the views to the North are picturesque. The guides will also tell you stories about the Northern Lights and assist with photographing the auroras.


5. Lapland's Nature

You can visit the Santa Claus village any time of the year as every season is different in Rovaniemi. In this Arctic nature wonderland, you can breathe in the silence of snow-covered forests, experience the magic of the midnight sun in summer, and admire the famously colourful autumnal hues of “Ruska” in Lapland. 

There aren’t many daylight hours during the darkness of the winter, while in the summer the sun stays above the horizon all night long due to the location.

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Santa’s Forest was established in the early 2000s, and hundreds of spruce trees of varying age grow there. Planting spruces was originally a Japanese idea.

The nature trail at Santa’s Forest begins at the northwestern edge of Santa Claus Village. During the hike, you will walk along a marked nature trail through mires, marshes, backwoods and dry moorland.


What other activities are there in Lapland?

There are so many different things you can do if you go for a holiday to Lapland and they include;

  • Visiting the sauna bathing experience at the SnowHotel
  • Staying in the Glass Resort with their see through walls and ceilings or stay in a Glass Igloo in Rovaniemi
  • Ride on the Bearhill husky adventure and visit a farm
  • Go to the Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park which has a range of safari programmes with fun activities driving vehicles through the snow
  • Try the range of activities at Parpalandia which include husky sledding, driving a snowmobile, seeing the Northern Lights, explore the Arctic nature, or relax in a traditional Finnish sauna
so these are just some initial ideas, there so many other things you can see and do in Lapland.


What tours are for sale to visit the Santa Claus village?

Santa Claus at Santa Claus Office in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Fortunately there are lots of choices when it comes to tour packages to visit the Santa Claus Village and they are available at different times during the year.

We are a travel agent in Sydney, Australia that sells a choice of tours and holiday packages to visit the village and the surrounding Lapland area. We can create a holiday trip for a couple, a family or a small group travelling together.

Our travel agency can customise your itinerary, arrange land or sea travel as well as different activities or experiences. See a few of the options below.

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Lapland 5 Day Santa Clause Village Tour

Celebrate Christmas in a magical setting, staying at the Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos located in pristine nature outside of Rovaniemi city centre. Your accommodation includes stays in the beautiful Glass Igloos

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Iceland 5 Day Northern Lights Christmas Tour

This is an escorted tour program taking you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate Christmas in a casual and Icelandic way. Explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route.


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