Entrance to Santa Park in December 2010
|Opened||28 November 1998|
The park is designed to emulate the cavern residence of Santa Claus on the Arctic circle. Popular culture often depicts Santa Claus (or joulupukki in Finnish) coming from Lapland. Therefore, tourists come every year to Rovaniemi to meet Santa Claus.
History and the business concept
SantaPark was opened on 28 November 1998 as an amusement park. The concept was created by Santaworld Ltd. (UK) and the cost of construction was 6.7 million Euros. The ownership consisted of Finnish companies such as Finnair, MTV, Sampo, Lasten Päivän Säätiö, Posti. Ministry of Trade and Industry was also involved. As an amusement park Santa Park did not reach its economical goals. Renewal of the concept was attempted in 2002 with a new ownership structure where the municipality of Rovaniemi was involved. The new concept featured Santa Claus, Christmas and Lappish culture and nature. On 24 March 2009 ownership was transferred to Santa's Holding Ltd. where the majority is held by Mr. Ilkka Länkinen and Mrs. Katja Ikäheimo-Länkinen.
The attractions of SantaPark include
- Christmas Magic Show
- Santa's Office
- Post Office
- Mrs. Gingerbread Bakery
- Magic Train
- Elf School
- Elf Workshop
- Post Office
- Ice Gallery
- Undercrossing of the Arctic Circle
Toy Factory Shopping Area and Kota Hut Cafe also serve customers.
The structure is located in a huge man-made cavern inside bedrock where visitors descend via a large portal.
Location and transportation
SantaPark can be easily reached by car along the national highway 4. It is located about 9 km northeast of Rovaniemi and about 2 km from Rovaniemi Airport. Frequent flight to Rovaniemi are offered throughout the year to Rovaniemi from Helsinki and other cities. The majority of international tourist switch their plane in Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Also in the Christmas time there are many charter flights from Sweden, UK and other countries that fly directly to Rovaniemi. Also there is Ryanair flights to Tampere which also has regular connection to Rovaniemi. There is also a regular bus and train connection with all major cities in Finland. Local transportation is provided by Santa's Express (bus line number 8) from the centre of Rovaniemi to SantaPark and Santa Claus Village. The bus trip to SantaPark takes about 15 minutes.
Notes and references
- "Santa Claus' Village". Uppslagsverket Finland. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- "Santa Park myytiin yrittäjäpariskunnalle = Santa Park was sold to entrepreneur couple", YLE news