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Welcome to Rovaniemi

The Official Hometown of Santa Claus®

Santa Claus has lived in Finnish Lapland longer than even he himself can remember. His original home is on Korvatunturi Fell, where many of Christmas’ greatest secrets still lie hidden.

Hundreds of years ago, a good friend of Santa, known as Uncle Markus, accidentally revealed the whereabouts of Santa's home and curious searchers began to follow his trail. Of course, they failed to find the home of Santa Claus, which is one of the world's closest guarded secrets.

However, Santa didn't want to disappoint his friends. Accordingly, half a century later, he welcomed them for the first time to Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle. He could not have chosen a better place. As well as being the home of Santa's magical world, the Arctic Circle also acts as a gateway to a slower-paced, enchanted time.

As the number of guests grew year by year, Santa finally made a historic promise Rovaniemi would become his official hometown; a meeting place for all friends of Christmas, and Santa himself would be available to meet them on every day of the year!

Hundreds of millions of people around the world dream of meeting the real Santa Claus at Christmas. We, the people of Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus, bid you a warm welcome to returning the visit of the world's most merry fellow!

Meet Santa and Experience the Wonders of Christmas

Christmas sights in Rovaniemi - the Official Hometown of Santa Claus

In Rovaniemi, Christmas atmosphere can be experienced every day of the year.

See all christmas-related experiences Rovaniemi has to offer - browse attractions and see where you'd like to step into the magical world of Santa and his elves.

Visit Rovaniemi - the Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi - the hometown of Santa Claus in Lapland, Finland

Besides scores of christmassy attractions and experiences, there's a lot more to see and do in Rovaniemi.

Why not start planning your trip straight away?

Santa's Favourite Christmas Songs

Santa Claus' favourite Christmas songs

Sit back in a nice position and let Santa's favourite tunes create a relaxed, christmassy mood.

Head to Santa's Spotify playlist via the link below.

Share your experience

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Andrew Murney, Erin Murney & Tracey Marshall


Kitchen Hero Donal Skehan and Santa met each other in early December 2013.


Meeting the big fella today at Santa Claus HQ in @VisitRovaniemi! Last chance for me to put in a good word for Christmas? Anyone been good?


We visited Santa Claus office and our son liked the whole experience. Highlight was meeting Santa, of course.


The Opening of Christmas Season 2013 in Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle


Christmas season was officially opened today by Santa Claus in #Rovaniemi #Lapland @OurFinland @thisisFINLAND

Meeting Santa in June 2012

Friends from Alanya met and talked with Santa in June 2012 in Santa Claus Office. It was nice and peaceful moment, as old friends met each other.