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Santa Claus Village

  • Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, Finland

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 23 April, 2024

Not to be confused with SantaPark, the nearby ‘village’ just down the road is also home to a (smaller) Santa grotto and post office. It is, however, more of an activity centre.

You can sign up for the usual mix of winter activities: reindeer and husky sleigh rides, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, swimming in ice holes, and so on – so plenty for older kids, not just the youngsters. There’s a reindeer farm and husky farm close by. In winter months, Snowman World – an icy playground within the village – has ice slides and ice skating.

For parents, Santa Claus Village hosts stores selling three of Finland’s top design brands – Iittala, Arabia and Marimekko. There’s even an ice restaurant and ice bar for parental escapism.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The village is a 25-minute bus ride from downtown Rovaniemi. A shuttle bus runs every hour. You can also grab a taxi (8km).

You don’t need to book in advance to get in or to see Santa – just turn up.

When to do it

It’s open all year round, seven days a week – and yes, you can meet Santa every day. The Christmas season officially opens with a ceremony in late November.