Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village
Updated: Jul 4
Father Christmas Village is a fairy tale town located in Rovaniemi, Finland. Santa's fairy tale village was built in 1953 and has become one of the main tourist attractions in Lapland. Father Christmas Village attracts over 600,000 visitors every year thanks to its spectacular fairy tale like Christmas design and many winter activities that make you feel like you are in the heart of the North Pole!
The village offers visitors many Christmas attractions, such as: Santa's Main Post Office, Santa's Toy Factory, Elf's House and much more! In this article, we will tell you all you need to know before visiting Father Christmas's Village: opening hours, how to get there and what else you can see during your visit to Rovaniemi in Lapland!
1. Father Christmas Village is located in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle
Father Christmas Village is a town built in Finland where winter lasts for nine months. The aim of the village is to make Christmas magical for all who visit it. Its main attraction is Father Christmas himself, his helpers elves and reindeer. But there's much more: from restaurants with local northern food to galleries and shops with Christmas souvenirs.
Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and therefore a popular tourist destination. If you decide to visit Santa for Christmas, we recommend you buy your ticket online as soon as possible to avoid waiting in line for hours: Scandinavian Travel Group customers do, and are among the first to go!
Father Christmas Village is a large attraction with many themed areas:
Santa's Cabin (where you can meet Santa)
Santa's Post Office (with mail sent by children from all over the world)
Santa's Toy Factory (with lots of colourful toys).
2. Santa's Cabin in Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village
Father Christmas Cabin is a large log cabin located in the center of Father Christmas Village. This is where you can meet Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves. They will greet you with warm smiles and handshakes and will take your picture with them outside for free!
There's also a zoo where you can feed reindeer and other animals. The village is decorated with Christmas lights, which can make for fabulous multicolored snow all night long.
Santa's Cabin opening hours
The hut is open daily from 9am to 5pm and during Christmas and New Year's Eve. On special days such as Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve or Easter, you can find our elves at the Santa’s Main Post Office, and they will gladly help you with your letters to Father Christmas.
3. Santa's Main Post Office in Rovaniemi
Santa's Main Post Office is located in the center of Santa's Village (in Rovaniemi), next to the main entrance. The Christmas Post Office has been open since 1999, and it's a great place to send letters or parcels to Father Christmas.
The interior is decorated with Christmas lights and all sorts of toys and presents. The staff work hard all year long to make sure your parcel gets to Father Christmas on time! If you want to send something special for Christmas to your loved ones, then don't forget about this post office! They're looking forward to your letter!
4. Santa's Toy Factory
In the heart of Father Christmas Village is the Toy Factory, where you can see how Santa's elves make toys for Christmas presents. You can also see them making toys for their own children who live in small cottages nearby. It's an interesting place to visit, even if your family doesn't celebrate Christmas!
Santa's Toy Factory opening hours
The Toy Factory opens at 9:00am and closes at 5:00pm, daily from November 20 to January 24 (Thanksgiving is closed).
5. The official hometown of Father Christmas in Finland
You are in Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Father Christmas. He has lived here for a long time and still visits his old friends every year. This is a great place to learn about Father Christmas and how he became the patron saint of Christmas!
6. More than 600,000 visitors from all over the world come to Rovaniemi every year
More than 600,000 visitors come to Santa's Village each year. It is a popular holiday destination for families with children and adults alike. In fact, Father Christmas Village is Finland's most visited tourist attraction and is home to Father Christmas himself and real elves! Visitors come from all over the world to visit this festive village full of Christmas spirit and magic.
7. Here you will find the real Father Christmas!
Welcome to the Father Christmas Village in Finland! Here you'll find the real Father Christmas! For a magical experience, visit Father Christmas Village in Rovaniemi. It's definitely worth the trip. Here you will find the true spirit of Christmas! You'll have fun and see things you can't see anywhere else in the world!
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This article contains photos used with permission from @STG & ©Visit Rovaniemi.