In this city it’s christmas all year round

Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus lives in Santa Claus Village in Finland. In the small photo above left, he is going through the wish lists Photo: Getty Images

By Louisa Wittek | 22. December 2017, 12:12 p.m

In the Finnish city of Rovaniemi, even in summer you feel like a child just before Christmas. Everywhere it shines and elves do their work. Rovaniemi is home to Santa Claus, who you can visit here all year round. Especially when there is snow, and there is a lot of it near the Arctic Circle in winter, the result is a uniquely wintry-Christmas atmosphere.

There are many theories about where Santa actually lives. Some people believe that he lives at the North Pole, while others are sure that he is in Greenland. But everyone agrees on one thing: Santa Claus must live in a very very cold place. Plausible, considering his reindeer probably wouldn’t be so happy in the Caribbean.

Finally, however, it was decided at some point where the home of the world’s best-known Santa Claus was to be found. Like in The World" According to the Finnish radio host Markus Rautio, Santa Claus lives in Lapland as early as 1927. Actually, at Korvatunturi, a Finnish mountain on the border with Russia. Through the mountain, which is shaped like a giant ear, Santa Claus can hear what the children want for Christmas.

Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus Village has a Christmas spirit all year round
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A Christmas village for Santa Claus

This is probably how the idea to build a Christmas village in Finland came about. The Korvatunturi area, however, was too remote for tourists from Finland and around the world to come see Santa and his home. So it happened that Santa Claus spontaneously moved to the vicinity of Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, where he still lives today.

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Santa Claus Village, as it’s officially known, is especially appealing to children, but for adults, too, the Christmas village offers a chance to feel a little younger again and be enchanted by the wintry atmosphere. Colorful lights shine, the whole area is covered with thick snow in winter and everywhere you can watch the Christmas elves at work.

Santa Claus Village

Santa listens intently to the wishes of the children
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Wishes for Santa Claus

In Santa’s office, visitors can whisper their wishes into Santa’s ear and take a photo with him, while the elves are hard at work in the post office, stamping every letter that is posted here with Santa’s popular postmark. Of course, around the village there are also sleigh rides with reindeer, because what would Santa Claus be without his four-legged helpers?

In this city it's christmas all year round

Christmas elves take care of the mail
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Besides all the Christmas attractions, there is one more highlight: the drawn polar circle, which is a popular photo motif for tourists. In the meantime, however, this is actually more than a hundred meters north of the drawn line, since the inclination of the earth, and thus the position of the Arctic Circle, is constantly changing.

Santa Claus Village

The Arctic Circle now runs more than 100 meters north of the marker, but photos are still popular here
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Ice sculpture park and elf school

Not far from Santa Claus Village, only three minutes away by car, lies Santa Park. In addition to a small stage show, you can admire ice sculptures, learn about the secrets of the Christmas elves in the elf school, learn from Mrs. Claus decorate baked gingerbread and explore the gift factory with a small train.

Santa Claus Village

In Santa Park you can see ice sculptures
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The Christmas-themed park is built into a mountain, allowing you to cross the Arctic Circle underground in Santa Park. „ There are a thousand different ways to cross the Arctic Circle above ground, but there’s only one place in the whole world where you can cross it underground." , you can read on the Santa Park website.

In this city it's christmas all year round

In Rovaniemi there are of course also some opportunities to ride a reindeer sleigh
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Does Santa exist?

For children in particular, Rovaniemi offers an experience they will remember for a long time, and adults can also be transported back to the happy naivety of their childhood, remembering the well-known words of American columnist Francis P. Church, who in 1897 answered young Virginia’s question "Is there a Santa Claus??“ replied:

„Virginia, your little friends are not right. You are tinged with the skepticism of a skeptical age. They believe only what they see: They believe that there cannot be what they cannot grasp with their little minds. All human spirit is small, Virginia, whether it belongs to an adult or a child. In space he loses himself like a tiny insect. Such ant savvy is not enough to grasp and comprehend the whole truth. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.“

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