Santa Claus Village

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Santa Claus Village
Arctic circle santa village.jpg
Santa Claus' office
LocationRovaniemi, Finland
Coordinates66°32′36″N 25°50′51″E / 66.54333°N 25.84750°E / 66.54333; 25.84750Coordinates: 66°32′36″N 25°50′51″E / 66.54333°N 25.84750°E / 66.54333; 25.84750

Santa Claus Village (Finnish: Joulupukin Pajakylä) is an amusement park in Rovaniemi in the Lapland region of Finland. It was opened in 1985.[1]

Location and transportation[edit]

Santa Claus Village is located about 8 kilometres (5 mi) northeast of Rovaniemi and about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Rovaniemi Airport.

The first original home of Santa Claus was Korvatunturi. In 1985, Rovaniemi was declared as an official hometown of Santa Claus.[2][3]


The Arctic circle line
  • Arctic Circle: The Arctic Circle ostensibly cuts right through Santa Claus Village. A white line denoting the Arctic Circle (at its position in 1865) is painted across the park. Visitors officially enter the Arctic area when they cross the line. The line is a very popular photo spot for visitors. The Arctic Circle is actually 700 meters to the north, just south of the Rovaniemi airport.)
  • Santa's House of Snowmobiles: A museum about the history and evolution of snowmobiles in the Arctic areas.
  • Santa Claus's Office: A Santa Claus's Office is located inside the main building of the Village, for visitors to take photographs and chat with Santa Claus. However, there is an "office hour" for Santa Claus and he may not be in the office all the time even when the Village is open.
  • Northern Lights: also known as Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights are observed on around 150 nights in a year from mid-August till early April. The Arctic Garden and the top of Ounasvaara fell are the best destinations to witness Northern Lights. According to science, it is caused by electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with air molecules in Earth's atmosphere, and deflected by Earth's magnetic field. This process results in emission of colourful light, visible at night. Green is the most common colour in this process, while red, pink, violet, yellow, and even blue may be observable too.[4]


The Santa Claus Park that is connected to the Santa Claus Village was in 2007 awarded by Topworld International and placed as the second best Travel Adventure in Finland. Since 2008, it still holds second position after Topworld invited travellers to vote for their own Top 10 list over adventures.


  1. ^ "Santa Claus' Village" (in Swedish). Uppslagsverket Finland. Retrieved 22 July 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas in Rovaniemi - Visit Rovaniemi". Visit Rovaniemi. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ Shah, Shikha. "Revealed: Santa Claus' s 'official hometown' is Lapland capital Rovaniemi". The Economic Times. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Experience the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, in Rovaniemi - Visit Rovaniemi". Visit Rovaniemi. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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