Meet Santa Claus in Lapland

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Credits: Juho Kuva

All about Santa

With Father Christmas preparing for the season, we spoke with one of his elves to learn more about Santa Claus, or joulupukki, as he’s called in Finland.

Since Santa is a mysterious fellow, you might want to ask him your questions in person. Travel directly to his home in Lapland, northern Finland, where you can see him for yourself any day of the year!

Understandably you might feel starstruck meeting someone world-famous, but Santa is a very kind soul and is delighted to meet you just as you are. 

Who is Santa Claus?

Haven’t had a visit from Santa? You must have been naughty!

Only kidding, of course. To Finns, Santa is a jolly fellow and an ambassador of goodwill from Lapland, Finland. In your country, he may or may not be an important part of the Christmas holiday.



Credits: Juho Kuva

How old is Santa Claus? When was Santa born?

Santa is easily side-tracked. When asked, he began counting on his fingers before digressing into a discussion about Finnish Christmas traditions, old and new.

Is Santa from the North Pole?

Don’t be silly – he’s from Lapland, Finland! But he has flown over the North Pole many times, and he says it’s awfully cold.

Credits: Juho Kuva

Where can I meet Santa?

Santa Claus hails from Finland’s mysterious Korvatunturi (“Ear Fell”) in Lapland. But you can meet him in Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa, on any day of the year.

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi

Can I send Santa a letter? What’s his address?

Santa Claus’s personal post office has received thousands upon thousands of letters from children in 199 countries. But because he’s magical, he reads them all! You can send a letter to Santa using this address: Santa Claus, Santa Claus’s Main Post Office, 96930 Napapiiri, Finland.

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi

Does Santa really have reindeer?

He sure does. There’s actually a song about one of them! If you’re interested in seeing reindeer in person, here’s some advice. You might even spot Rudolph!

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi

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