World Travel Magazine - - Inspire Me Christmas With A Twist -

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

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