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Visit Santa in his official Arctic home

Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle... the jolly chap in the fur-trimmed red suit has many names. But he has an official residence and you can visit him there throughout the year.

At this time of year, Father Christmas has his work cut out to keep up with all the appearances talking to children and hearing their Christmas wishes in toy shop grottoes and shopping malls around the world, so it's no wonder if sometimes he asks someone to stand in for him. But there's one place where you can be sure of seeing Santa, and that's at his official residence, the Santa Claus village just outside the Finnish city of Rovaniemi. Throughout the year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to meet him here in Finland's northernmost province of Lapland where he has his office and where the elves are busy in the workshops making and mending toys. You can send a letter to Santa, or send a Christmas letter to anyone anywhere in the world from the Santa Claus main post office with its staff of Postal Elves. The Arctic Circle runs righ through the theme park which includes sleigh rides, workshops where kids can learn to bake gingerbread men, and lots of fun activities and exhibitions for all the family.

Santa Claus village, Finland
Santa Claus village has its own post office staffed by a team of friendly Postal Elves 

Santa Claus village, Finland
Even the motorbikes go on skis up in the snowy north of Finland 

Santa Claus village, Finland
In Rovaniem, Lapland, the northermost province of Finland, Santa and his elves make their home 

Santa Claus village, Finland
Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle... the jolly chap in the fur-trimmed red suit has many names 

Santa Claus village, Finland
The Santa Claus Village is dedicated to the magical world of Father Christmas 

Santa Claus village, Finland
The reindeer - also known as caribou - is native to the Arctic and Subarctic, making it the perfect animal to help Santa 

Santa Claus village, Finland
There's fun for all the family when you visit Santa in his Lapland home 

Santa Claus village, Finland
The elves keep busy making and mending toys for children all over the world 

Santa Claus village, Finland
The Arctic Circle passes right through Santa Claus Village 

Santa Claus village, Finland
This gallery of ice sculptures is just one of the fun things to discover at the theme park 

Santa Claus village, Finland
Here in the far north, where the average temperature is around freezing point, there's a world of magic and wonder 

Santa Claus village, Finland
The theme park includes the chance to take a ride in a dog sled drawn by huskies 

Santa Claus village, Finland
And of course there are reindeer sleigh rides available, too! 

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