VISIT SANTA CLAUS IN FINLAND
Santa Claus does exist - at least in the Finnish city of Rovaniemi. Live out the storybook Christmas straight out of your childhood fantasies in Santa’s official hometown tucked away in the north of Finland. The city’s main draw is its titular Santa Claus Village, where Santa’s main office is located (yes, the man works during the other 364 days of the year). Children and adults alike can personally hand their letters and wishes to the multi-lingual Santa, but for those that can’t the Village operates its very own post office, which receives over half a million letters from around the world every year. It’s an actual, functioning post office as well, allowing visitors to send postcards back home affixed with a special arctic circle postmark that certifies its provenance.
Sleep in a real igloo at the nearby Snowman World, which also houses a bar made entirely out of ice, right down to its drinking glasses. A trip to Santa’s Village wouldn’t be complete without saying hello to his loyal reindeer. There’s an adorable reindeer farm full of the gentle creatures in the village which offers frequent sleigh rides through the snow, though visitors are reminded that flying reindeer are strictly reserved for Santa himself - presumably because it takes “centuries of expert driving skills”, as Rovaniemi’s official tourist site cheekily notes.
Live out a storybook Christmas at Rovaniemi