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Santa Claus' Hometown Is As Magical As You Imagined It Would Be

Santa Claus' Hometown Is As Magical As You Imagined It Would Be | Finland | Scoop.it

This is Rovaniemi. It's the capital of Lapland, the northernmost province of Finland. It was practically destroyed by the Nazi army in 1944, and so was essentially rebuilt by famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

Oh, and did we mention, that it happens to be Santa Claus' official earthly residence?

The town has not only Santa's office (where he opens mail, obviously) but also a Santa Park, which is open November 23 through January 11 and official post office.

Need a holiday spirit (albeit a bit early)? Join us for a little Santa fun time.

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Welcome to the most Christmassy places on the planet

Welcome to the most Christmassy places on the planet | Finland | Scoop.it
If your Christmas is too often one of tacky decorations, over-cooked turkey and bitter family feuds, now may be the time to put the baubles back in the attic and plan yourself a yuletide getaway.
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If meeting Santa is on your Christmas to-do-list then a trip to Rovaniemi in Finland is a must. The village in Lapland, located just north of the Arctic Circle, has become known as the Christmas HQ -- where kids and adults can make gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus or enroll in Elf School.

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Santa Claus Village attracts record number of visitors

Santa Claus Village attracts record number of visitors | Finland | Scoop.it
A record number of visitors have attended the Santa Claus Village at Rovaniemi
on the Arctic Circle this year. The number of visitors is expected to top
the 330,000 mark for the first time.
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First snow arrived in Santa Claus' Village at the Arctic Circle in Lapland Finland Rovaniemi

Santatelevision Travel video: First snow arrived in Santa Claus' Village at the Arctic Circle in Lapland Finland Rovaniemi - Finnish Lapland tourism video - ...
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Proof that Santa Claus exists

Proof that Santa Claus exists | Finland | Scoop.it
DEEP in the Arctic Circle the locals in the capital of Lapland cheer on Father Christmas’s favourite team, FC Santa Claus
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CAN you name Father Christmas’s favourite football team?

Snow joke. It’s an easy shout in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, where locals could be forgiven for singing “There’s only two Santa Claus...”

FC Santa Claus is a football club based in the Finnish city tucked inside the Arctic Circle.

This is also where all the letters to Saint Nick from the children of the world are delivered at this time of year.

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Happening now - Arktikum

Happening now - Arktikum | Finland | Scoop.it
Explore northern lights in Arktikum in Rovaniemi!

UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
See Lapland in all her seasons. With glorious images of nature, the multivision show Under the Northern Lights is presented at the Arktikum every day, at no extra charge. Kimmo Kuure http://www.arcticlight.fi

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Dreaming of You Rovaniemi - The Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi is the Official Hometown of Santa Claus and it is situated at the northern Arctic Circle, in Lapland, Finland. Rovaniemi is a place where reality and fairytales meet on the border of the Arctic. Every season in Rovaniemi is an unforgettable experience: the never-ending summertime sunshine, the twilight period leading up to Christmas, and the springtime snowscapes glistening like fields of diamonds. Christmas in Rovaniemi is everlasting. Santa Claus is the friend of the world's children -- and friends are always welcome. Visit Santa any day you please and experience Christmas in the middle of summer. Surrounded by wintry, dusky forests, the Arctic Circle is a lifetime experience for visitors young and old. This is precisely why half a million people travel to meet Santa Claus every year.
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Travel To Rovaniemi and The Artic Circle

Travel To Rovaniemi and The Artic Circle | Finland | Scoop.it
Rovaniemi a perfest family destination close to the Artic Circle and offering fabulous nature,Rovaniemi sights and sites of interest.View the Northern Lights and for children Santa Claus Land gives...
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