If you have young children, no doubt that ’tis that time of year when you’ve been asked if you could wrangle a visit to Santa. No, not to the nearest department store “Santa’s Grotto”, but to the REAL home of Saint Nick, in the North Pole.
If you wondered if it really did exsist, you can now tell your kids that yes, it does, and yes its is in the North Pole!! I dont mean the so-called Santa’s Villages in Ontario, New Hampshire or worse, California. The closest thing to the real Santa’s Village is in Rovienemi, Finnish Lapland, deep in the Arctic Circle.
The Santa Claus Village is a magical holiday for all the family where the kids can not only meet the man himself, and see the elves in action, but the village has these interesting attractions as well:
Café & Restaurant Aurora
Christmas House / Napapiirin lahja
Hassu Hirvi (Funny Elk)
Kiehtatuote Souvenir shop
Lappituote (Lapland Products)
Lauri-Tuotteet Oy (Lauri Products)
Marttiinin Puukko (Marttiini Knife Shop)
Pelera Tmi (Pelera Souvenir shop)
Santa Claus’ Office
Santa Claus’ Main Post Office
Souvenir shop Heinäkenkä
Taiga-Koru Oy (Taiga Jewelry Shop)
And lastly, here is the real story of Santa(according to the Finns):
Santa Claus lives in Lapland, in the north of Finland. You can meet him any day of the year in Rovaniemi, in Santa Claus’ Village on the Arctic Circle.
Santa’s secret getaway is in the East of Lapland, on the Korvatunturi Fell, where he was first spotted in the 1920’s. The secluded area of Korvatunturi, impossible to reach by anyone else, is situated on the border between Finland and Russia. Mrs. Claus lives there, and so do the elves that prepare the gifts. The Korvatunturi Fell is 483 metres high, and is the shape of an ear. With the unique shape of the fell, Santa can listen to all the children around the world.
As early as in the 1950’s Santa would often enjoy visiting the Arctic Circle near the town of Rovaniemi, not only on Christmas but all throughout the year, to visit both children and child-like. By 1985, his visits had become so regular that he founded his own village there. Today, his village includes Santa Claus’ Office and Santa Claus’ Main Post Office as well as the reindeer park nearby.
Santa Claus comes to the Santa Claus Village every day of the year to listen to children’s wishes and to talk to people from all over the world.
[tags]Christmas, Santa Claus, Santa’s Village, Finnish Lapland, [/tags]