What makes a Christmas story truly alive and magical?
Santa, of course. Father Christmas, perhaps the most famous character on the planet, understands the power of his international influence and the responsibility it entails.
In this article we share 5 useful notes about Father Christmas Village for parents and their children:
1. The magical land of Santa Claus and his elves
Welcome to the magical land of Santa Claus and his elves! This family trip features an exploration of the rosy-cheeked man himself, his home, his workshop and even a chance to see him in person!
Visit his home in Lapland (in Finland), Father Christmas' village. This is a must-visit destination, where you'll learn about the customs and traditions of the area.
Your journey begins with a two-hour transfer from Rovaniemi Airport to Levi or directly to Father Christmas' office in Korvatunturi, where you will receive your personal Arctic Circle crossing diploma, an exclusive souvenir for all visitors to Lapland.
Afterwards, you will visit the Father Christmas Post Office, where thousands of children write letters every year. Yes, it's possible for adults too!
You can have your picture taken with real reindeer. Finally, you will visit a special time travel device, Santa's Magic Clock, which shows what is happening around the world at the moment!
2. Santa's Village in Rovaniemi: How did it all start?
In 1950, Eleanor Roosevelt visited Rovaniemi and asked to be shown around the Arctic Circle. Soon after, officials built a hut eight kilometres north of Rovaniemi, which still stands today.
The delightful village became known as Father Christmas' Village, which became one of the most popular attractions in Lapland.
It includes over 50 shops and restaurants. Leisure activities such as husky or reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobile tours and ice and snow building tours can be booked through the Scandinavian Travel Group.
You can also stay overnight in an igloo hotel or club hotel, the options are endless!
3. Where is Santa's hometown?
Santa's home is located on the mysterious Mount Korvatunturi ('Ear Sopa') in Finnish Lapland. As the exact location of the house is a mystery to which few are privy, Santa decided to open an office in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in 1985. Rovaniemi received the status of Father Christmas' official hometown in 2010.
4. How to get to Father Christmas in Rovaniemi?
Father Christmas Village is open daily all year round, even during the winter. It's very easy to get to, by taking local bus number 8 or the Santa Claus Bus which departs from downtown Rovaniemi every hour. You can also take a taxi, car or walk there if you prefer.
If you want to be one of the first people to see Father Christmas when you arrive in Rovaniemi, then check out detailed information about his opening hours, so you know for sure when you can visit him.
If you want to see Father Christmas as soon as you land in Rovaniemi, you'll be pleased to know that it's only three kilometres from the airport to his office. Check out detailed information about Father Christmas' opening hours, so you know for sure when you can visit him.
5. Are you travelling to Santa Claus Village with children?
And are you looking for comfort, no queues and more certainty about visiting Santa? Then take advantage of a unique offer from Scandinavian Travel Group: the Santa Claus Tour in Rovaniemi!
The Santa Claus Tour in Rovaniemi is a special tour created for families with children. In this tour, you will meet the biggest attraction of Kittilä Santaland: Santa Claus! You will also visit the Official Santa Claus Post Office, where you can send your Christmas wishes.
First our guide will give you a short presentation of the Village. You will learn a little about its history, which began with the first famous visitor in 1950. You will cross the official Arctic Circle line on your way to the front door of Father Christmas' office and receive your personal diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle.
To meet Santa at his office, you'll have to follow the Magic Trail. Meeting Father Christmas is a dream for most visitors to Lapland, and in high season there can be a long queue to his office, but on our tour we will use a pre-booked slot, which can short en the waiting time.
Finally, you'll have a meeting with Santa, Lapland's biggest attraction, you'll also visit the official post office of Father Christmas, who receives thousands of letters from children and adults all over the world.
Here you can send a postcard to your friends and family with an official Father Christmas Post stamp and order a letter from Santa to your loved ones for next Christmas. Here we will have some free time, you can visit the many souvenir shops and cafes.
What this tour includes:
Regular admission to Santa Claus' office
Personalised Polar Circle Crossing Diploma.
6. Rovaniemi, or the Arctic Circle
Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Father Christmas. This is also where the Arctic Circle is located. You can visit the town's most famous resident any day of the year. In addition to the famous Father Christmas theme park, Rovaniemi has stunning lakes and forests, a ski resort and restaurants serving many delicious local specialities.
More than 500,000 people from all over the world visit Santa's village on the Arctic Circle every year. Visit Santa's house in Rovaniemi!
Experience the magic of the Christmas season by visiting the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. This unique attraction offers visitors a themed Christmas adventure that promises to bring a smile to the faces of both young and old! The perfect place for children of all ages to experience the magic of Christmas. A magical family park with fun ridesand attractions, a large choice of restaurants, cafés and shops.
7. The perfect family holiday in Rovaniemi, Lapland!
Experience the magical world of Christmas and Father Christmas on this exciting trip. You'll be amazed at the sights and sounds as you visit Santa's Post Office, the Christmas Tree Farm and experience the magic of meeting Father Christmas himself. Visit his home in Lapland (in Finland), Father Christmas' village. This is a must-visit place, where you will learn about the customs and traditions of the area.
Don't be afraid of being too late for the fun: family tours to Father Christmas in Lapland are exciting at any time of year, well, our children's routes in Lapland will show you what to show your child in this magical corner of our planet!
This article contains photos used with permission from ©Visit Rovaniemi.