High spirits, warm hearts and a magical atmosphere – discover the magic and peace of Christmas in the Santa Claus Village all year round.

Many people book a trip to Santa Claus Village to meet the real Santa Claus in the flesh, perhaps for the first time in their lives. According to Finnish tradition, Santa Claus comes to the village on Christmas Eve to take a short break on his long journey, sing Christmas carols with children and drink a glass of glögi before giving out presents and getting back on his way – he is happy to meet visitors who come to see him! Surprise your kids by organising a trip to Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, in the Arctic Circle.

Santa Claus has lived on Korvatunturi Fell in Finnish Lapland for thousands of years, but about a hundred years ago, the world began learning about the fell and its red-bonneted residents. Curious explorers began searching the area to find the land of Christmas, but they were always frustrated – after all, Korvatunturi Fell is the world's most secret and magical place.

To protect the privacy of his home, Santa Claus set up a workshop village in Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle around 50 years ago. Old whitebeard is there all year round to greet visitors! Enjoy the magic of Christmas in any season, do some Christmas shopping and visit Santa Claus' Main Post Office. If you have not yet sent Santa Claus a letter, you can write it while you are here.

Santa Claus’ Office, where Santa Claus is available all year round, is also in Santa Claus’ workshop village. Tell Santa Claus in person what you would like for Christmas and ask anything that is on your mind. After this, enjoy a delicious meal and Christmas treats at a restaurant.

Christmas House, located in Santa Claus’ workshop village, enables you to get to know old Finnish Christmas customs and the most important Christmas traditions from other parts of the world.

Christmas time and winter are naturally the busiest times of year at Santa Claus’ workshop village. Cheap holidays in Santa Claus Village are easiest to arrange in the summer, when you can also enjoy the midnight sun in Lapland and the magic of Christmas at the same time.

Top hotels in Santa Claus Village

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Santa Claus Holiday Village
Santa Claus Holiday Village
3 out of 5
Tähtikuja 2, Rovaniemi
£287
per night
3 Dec-4 Dec

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from SantaPark and within 6 miles (10 km) of Lappia House and Lordi's Square. Ounasvaara and University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (218 reviews)

"Was very excited to be in the Santa Claus village! The atmosphere was very nice with Christmas lightings! The village is very big and need to walk from lobby to the cottage with the luggage on the snow, which was a bit clumsy. But the cottage itself was nice and spacious. Mini kitchen and sauna was ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Santa Claus Holiday Village
Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle
Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle
4 out of 5
Joulumaankuja 8, Rovaniemi
£369
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from SantaPark and within 6 miles (10 km) of Lappia House and Arktikum. Lordi's Square and Ounasvaara ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)

"This was definitely a dream come true place! We did see the aurora from the room by looking up the sky through the glass roof! The glass roof has heating system to melt the top snow away to see the sky clearly. But water will drip down to the lower glasses outside so it might block some view in the ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle
Nova Skyland Hotel
Nova Skyland Hotel
4 out of 5
Tähtikuja 6, Rovaniemi
£234
per night
22 Nov-23 Nov

Situated in Rovaniemi, this villa is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from SantaPark, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lappia House and Lordi's Square. Ounasvaara and Arktikum are ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)

"10 of 10 of this property..sure will back next year.."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

Nova Skyland Hotel

Popular things to do in Santa Claus Village

Arktikum
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Arktikum

4/5(6 reviews)

Immerse yourself in one of the planet’s most treacherous environments and discover how humans and animals have adapted to make it their home.

Lordi's Square
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Lordi's Square

4/5(7 reviews)

Go on a heavy metal pilgrimage by visiting this square, which is dedicated to Finland’s most famous hard rockers. Dine and shop while you’re here.

Ounasvaara
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Ounasvaara

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Hit the slopes in Rovaniemi with a visit to Ounasvaara. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle and Lappish Buffet
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Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle and Lappish Buffet

£91

Feel the festive atmosphere in the Arctic city of Santa Claus! You will be taken to the most festive, popular destination in Finnish Lapland, located in the Arctic Circle 15 km north of Rovaniemi city center. The place gives you a jolly cheerful feeling of Christmas all year round.

Best Of Lapland:Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Aurora hunting
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Best Of Lapland:Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Aurora hunting

£114

The greatest time to see the Northern Lights is between October and April. You need fair skies, pitch black nights and some luck to see the dancing lights in the sky. To make the entire experience extraordinary we will take you a traditional Finnish sauna on a private Arctic lake.

Northern Lights Sledge Ride Pulled by Snowmobile
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Northern Lights Sledge Ride Pulled by Snowmobile

£56

The northern lights Snowmobile Sledge adventure run from Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, and offers an exciting chase for the northern lights! U will be taken into different areas by sledge to look for the Polar Lights! Our guides-drivers will make sure to find the best locations to view the Northern Lights in their full grace.

Vaattunki Hiking in Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi
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Vaattunki Hiking in Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi

£64

A guided few kilometer hiking tour in beautiful scenery of Vaattunki nature trails! Experience the beauty and tranquility of the Lappish nature on an easy or moderate hiking in Vaattunki nature hiking trails, located 20 km from Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunting in Arctic Circle
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Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunting in Arctic Circle

£51

Join us in the search for the spectacular phenomenon of nature! After pickup at your accommodation, the tour Northern lights adventures will start from Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, and offers an exciting chase for the northern lights in different places.

Rovaniemi photography tour
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Rovaniemi photography tour

£57

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, Jatkankynttilasilta, Rovaniemi 96200 Finland Search for the perfect angle for capturing the bridge and the cityscape in the background.