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Rovaniemi Christmas Market – Finland

Toivotamme teille hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta

Home of Santa Claus

The Grand Opening of the Christmas season in Rovaniemi

Santa Claus’s top secret toy workshop is located in Korvatunturi (Ear Mountain) along a route which is not very accessible. In order to be able to meet people, in the 1950s Santa started to receive his guests in the capital town of Lapland, Rovaniemi.

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of Santa Claus, his very own office has been built for him at the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle, where he can be met on every day of the year. Later on, an entire Santa Claus Village grew on the Arctic Circle with its elves and boutiques, located just a five-minute drive from Rovaniemi’s international airport.

Santa Claus and the Arctic Circle has, for instance, its own Post Office that receives over 700,000 letters from children each year writing to Santa, Santa’s Home Cavern, Santa Park, and the Command Centre at Joulukka in the depths of the forest.

Rovaniemi is, now, the home-town of Santa Claus and it is Christmassy all year round. The highlight of the year is though at the end of November, when the Christmas season is opened officially by the most famous citizen of Rovaniemi. Many elves,
citizens and tourists take also part in the festivity.

The traditional Grand Christmas Opening reminds us about the most important sides of Christmas. The wait for Christmas will officially commence in Rovaniemi on November 9th 2019 when the home-town of Santa Claus celebrates its traditional Grand Christmas Opening at the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle.

Rovaniemi’s most famous inhabitant invites the townspeople and visitors looking for the magic of Christmas to join the festivities of the Grand Christmas Opening that starts on 10th November at 4 p.m. at the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle. The Programme for the Grand Opening tells a story of the most important sides of Christmas, peacefulness and caring. In the rush to Christmas, often the important things in life, such as hugging, are forgotten. The programme culminates with the opening address given by Santa Claus.


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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