INSIDE: Looking to visit Santa in Lapland? THIS is where you go to meet Santa in the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.
If you are planning a trip to see Santa in Lapland, head to the Santa Claus Holiday Village, 8km from the city of Rovaniemi.
THIS is the centre of the action.
The epicentre of all things SANTA, and Christmas, and hopefully SNOW!
There are a few important things you need to know when you plan to MEET Santa in Lapland.
Interested? Read on.
Disclosure: We toured the Main Office of Santa accompanied by Anne Saahkari, Media representative from Visit Rovaniemi, who gifted us the Digital Downloads of our Santa Photos. Thank you Anne. However all opinions are our own.
- 1 Want to Meet Santa in Lapland?
- 2 Entrance of the Main Office of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi
- 3 Santa Claus Office Desk
- 4 Next up, Santa Photos in Lapland
- 5 Santa Claus Main Office Shop in Lapland
- 6 The Inside Scoop: A Trip to see MAIN OFFICE Santa in Lapland
- 7 Toadstool Rating: Main Office of Santa in Lapland
- 8 Day trips to see Santa in Lapland
- 9 Lapland Day Trip 2020
- 10 Planning Holidays to see Santa in Lapland 2020 for Christmas?
- 11 Looking for MORE THINGS TO DO IN ROVANIEMI Lapland with kids?
Want to Meet Santa in Lapland?
The Official SANTA in the village (and in the whole of Rovaniemi) is the one who spends his days at the MAIN OFFICE, or Joulupukka.
This is the building pictured above, with the distinctive roof top.
Look for the sign on the door that says “SANTA IS HERE”.
You’ll also spot two red GNOMES outside, guarding the door.
Note, that the MAIN OFFICE, and the Santa Main POST OFFICE are different things – in two separate buildings but only about 50 metres apart.
Santa in Lapland is in the MAIN OFFICE, as described above.
There is NO Santa in the Post Office.
There, we cleared that up.
Secondly, there is more than one Santa in the Santa Village, plus at least two other Santa’s you may come across in your adventures and tours around Rovaniemi.
Click here for a detailed overview, so you can plan your Lapland itinerary to manage this challenge, and keep the magic of a visit to the REAL Santa alive and well.
Now, for details of what to expect when you head into the SANTA CLAUS MAIN OFFICE.
Take a peek.
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Entrance of the Main Office of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi
Head in through the doors and you’ll find the entrance to Joulupukki Santa Claus.
The happy helpers at the door will guide you to the beginning of the pathway that will lead you to Santa himself.
Hot tip: Go early, and beat the crowds coming in from Rovaniemi hotels, and on Santa day tour buses.
Or if you are staying in the Santa Claus Village Cottages or Suites, pop in for a visit and photo with Santa AFTER the day trip to Lapland crowds dissipate, after 4pm.
This is the best way to visit Santa in Lapland.
During the busy Christmas season, the Santa Office is open from 9am to 7pm.
Santa Claus Office Desk
Take your time as you wander along the corridor to Santa.
See Santa’s OFFICIAL working desk.
This is where he makes all his notes about who is on his Nice List.
Don’t miss a thing on your visit to Santa in Lapland.
Baby Reindeer Day Care
Look out for the peepholes around the place.
You might even see Baby Reindeer in Day Care!
Santa’s Photo Wall with Famous Visitors to Lapland
This is a picture of Santa with LORDI, a very famous Finnish death metal band.
Strange things do happen.
Spot the Spice Girls!
Yes, they are on the wall too, along with well known politicians, Finnish TV stars, and sports people.
Next up, Santa Photos in Lapland
We stripped off our Snow Suits to capture our 2019 Santa Photo in our specially-chosen Santa Jumpers.
(These quirky ones are from the London Museum of Transport store.)
This is the BEST Santa Photo we’ve ever had, and we can’t wait to add it to the prime spot on our Santa Photo fridge gallery.
(Our fridge at home features our Santa photos from 2009 when Ned was 1 up to 2018, so we see them daily!)
A professional photographer Elf takes a photo of every guest of Santa Claus. However there is no obligation to buy photos (unless you love them, of course!)
Price of Main Office Santa Claus Photographs & Digital Downloads
- Downloadable photographs and video start from 45,00 Euro (max. 5 people)
- Photograph A4 size costs 32,00 Euro.
Santa Claus Main Office Shop in Lapland
When you’ve said goodbye to Santa for the final time, head into the shop to find beautiful Lapland souvenirs and gifts for family and friends.
Lots of the Finnish souvenirs and gifts here are unique, and/or handmade. You won’t find these Santa souvenirs anywhere else in the Santa Village.
Here’s a sneak peek.
Finnish Santa Chocolate & Tea
Husky Dog Soft Toys
Stuffed Toys from the Santa Claus Office Collection
MORE Stuffed Teddies, Rabbits & Unicorns
Handmade Felted Dolls & Animals
Decorative brownies felted by hand.
Designed by Atelje Hannetar. 42,00 euro
Felted Reindeer – 39,00 Euro
Christmas Gnomes and Christmas Ornaments
Santa & Elf Ornaments
More Santa and Christmas Tree Ornaments
Santa Fridge Magnets
Santa Village Sweaters
Novelty Christmas Booties for Babies and Toddlers
Cute Socks for Kids & Toddlers
Christmas Socks for Adults too!
Hot tip: As you exit the shop, look for the staircase to your left.
There’s a second floor, called Santa’s Secret attic, full of more cute Christmas gifts from Lapland.
The Inside Scoop: A Trip to see MAIN OFFICE Santa in Lapland
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in euro unless otherwise stated
Santa Claus Office address: Joulumaantie 1, 96930, Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa Claus Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Claus Office website: Click here
Entry Fees to Santa Claus Main Office: FREE ENTRANCE always (Purchase of photos optional.)
Opening hours of Santa Claus Office: Open every day of the year.
- 1st December until 6th January: 9am to 7pm (Christmas season)
- 7th January to 31st May: 10am to 5pm
- 1st June to 26th August: 9am to 6pm (Summer season)
- 27th August to 30th November: 10am to 5pm
Toadstool Rating: Main Office of Santa in Lapland
The professional photo with Santa was top notch. The shop is unique too.
Day trips to see Santa in Lapland
Planning a 1 night trip to Lapland?
Please stop for a minute and reconsider.
If you are coming to Lapland, and travelling all that way, one night in this magical place is not enough.
The same goes for a Lapland day trip.
However, we understand that for some families, a Lapland day trip is better than nothing!
(And it is.)
Think of it as a taste-test.
Then start saving to come back for longer.
You can book a day trip to Santa in Lapland from the UK with a number of companies.
Unfortunately, we are unable to help you choose the best Lapland day trip company without having experienced it ourselves.
(We were on a self-arranged itinerary staying four days in Lapland.)
Lapland Day Trip 2020
But start your research with the package deal companies listed below:
- Santas Lapland
- Santa Claus Trips
- Santa Holidays
- Magic of Lapland (.net)
If you have the time, and will book a longer stay, take a look below.
Planning Holidays to see Santa in Lapland 2020 for Christmas?
Starting to plan your Lapland 2020 holiday?
It’s a LOT to think about to squeeze ALL of the amazing Lapland activities into your itinerary, so you don’t miss a thing.
Want some help?
Take a look at our guide to 2020 Lapland vacations: EVERYTHING you need to know about a LAPLAND 2020 HOLIDAY
This is ALL the information we wish we’d had at our fingertips before we visited.
It will help you to decide what’s worth the money, and what’s not.
We also share information on the best tours, and don’t-miss activities.
Plus HOW to get to Santa Claus Village, and whether you should catch the Santa Express train from Helsinki, or plane.
And, of course, what to wear in Lapland in Winter.
Do let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to know!
We’ll do our best to help you plan your best Christmas Holiday ever.
Take a look here: EVERYTHING you need to know about a LAPLAND 2020 HOLIDAY
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