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Finland Santa Claus Village reports usual influx of visitors

Santa Claus VillageSanta Claus Village theme park in Finland has reported the usual large influx of tourists ahead of the festive season. Santa Claus’s de facto home typically welcomes 300,000 visitors over the Christmas holiday season and local media sources say this figure will easily be reached this year.

Santa Claus Village is situated close to the capital of Finland’s Lapland region, the town of Rovaniemi. For many visitors from distant locales, a trip to see Santa Claus is the dream of a lifetime and they don’t balk at paying top dollar for quintessential Santa experiences.

A photo with Santa kicks in at €30 (£26.50), no personal cameras or selfies permitted, while a ride of just 400-metres in a reindeer-pulled sleigh costs €18 (£16). A sleigh ride for children is slightly cheaper and only costs €14 (£12.50). Even average temperatures of -13°C rarely prove a major deterrent.

The queues to greet Santa and get a photo guaranteed to remain a treasured memento are always long. Joulupukki, as Santa is known here, greets one and all with a genial bonhomie and does not seem to be fazed when waiting youngsters question if he is the real deal.

Christmas shopping is another draw of Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village. Santa themed souvenirs galore and unique articles with the made in Lapland logo never wane in popularity. Other reasons to visit Rovaniemi and Lapland are the chance of stepping across a demarcated Arctic Circle and, at this time of year, the Northern Lights and winter sports.



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