Rovaniemi to Open Christmas Season in Santa Claus Village

The Official Hometown of Santa Claus begins countdown to Christmas on Saturday

The Christmas season will officially be declared open in Santa Claus Village, only 9 km north from Rovaniemi (Finland) this Saturday at 4 pm. The festivities offer Santa Claus a brief break in the busy run-up to Christmas, and he and the crowd will be entertained with song and dance performances.

We’re expecting a joyous opening to the Christmas season. We’re hoping that both locals and foreign visitors show up in numbers to contribute to a fun and international get-together, says event producer Hannu Friman.

Mulled Wine and Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas opening in Rovaniemi, Lapland (Finland)

Christmas opening in Rovaniemi, Lapland (Finland) – Picture by Visit Rovaniemi.

The event will be hosted both in English and in Finnish. Performers include local kindergarten kids, local professional dance theatre Rimpparemmi and singer Olavi Angervo. Preceding the actual event, Rovaniemi mayor Esko Lotvonen hands a donation to Unicef on behalf of the city.

The first one thousand to arrive will be served free mulled wine and gingerbread cookies. The event goes on for around 30 minutes, after which a Christmas-themed disco takes over.

Have a look of the video from the last year Christmas Opening

If you are in Rovaniemi this weekend, this is defenitely the event not to be missed!

How to get to Santa Claus Village by bus

You can reach easily Santa Claus Village by public transportation. Just jump into the bus number 8 and it will take you from Rovaniemi center to Santa Claus Village. The bus stop is right in front of Lapland Safaris office, very close to most of the hotels in Rovaniemi.

Bus stop to Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi center

You’ll find one bus stop for the bus number 8 in front of Lapland Safaris Office, very close to most of the hotels at Rovaniemi

Check from this link the schedule bus_8_winter_2014-2015_rovaniemi_santa_claus_village.

Still wontering where the bus stop is? Check the map… we don’t want you to miss this event if you are in Rovaniemi this weekend!It is in the corner of Aallonkatu with Koskikatu :)

Author: Julián Amorrich

A Spanish happily living in Lapland for the last 14 years. Passionate about Finland and her nature. Working in tourism, at Lapland Safaris, running on the forest no matter the weather, writing at and

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