Christmas is around the corner! In Finland Christmas is an important holiday that is spent with family and relatives.  Santa Claus is getting very busy at this time of the year, he and his elves are reading the Christmas wish lists from kids around the world and making preparations for their world tour taking place December 24 and 25. 

Do you know where Santa Claus lives?

Santa Claus, the one and only, lives in Finland of course! His home is in Rovaniemi, which is a city in the mysterious Arctic Circle in Lapland. Arctic Circle is the area where you can see Aurora Borealis and see reindeers. Santa Claus’s home in Rovaniemi is open to  public, it can be visited all year around - you can enjoy a private chat with him and the enchanted atmosphere. his office is probably the most exciting place in the world for children. It’s where Santa carefully listens to children’s wishes and may even entertain children with a Christmas song or two, since he is a good singer.

Visit-finland-SantaClausePhoto by Visit Finland / Jani Kärppä (Flatlight Films)

Do you know what is Santa Claus’ official job?

Santa’s annual mission is to deliver happiness around the world with the help of his team of furry reindeer friends :). His year is spent on planning how to bring lots and lots of joy to all kids and adults around the world!

Visit-finland-SantaClausePhoto by Visit Finland

Who is helping Santa?

Elves are very close helpers of Santa Claus, who help him with all the Christmas preparations, remind children to be good and make sure Santa Claus takes regular breaks to drink his hot chocolate. Santa’s reindeer are also very important; they have a big job to take presents around the world during Christmas. Mrs Claus has been one of Santa’s closest helpers for already a few centuries, she is often busy cooking rice porridge to all elves and Santa Claus himself!

Visit-finlandPhoto by Visit Finland

Aarikka-tonttuPhoto by Aarikka

Cover Photo by Visit Finland

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Inkeri Mentzoni
I am Inkeri Mentzoni, the founder of Kidemaa. I am a working mother of 8 year old son and we live in Helsinki.
I lived 15 years in the United States of America, but I returned to Finland four years ago in order to provide Finnish childhood to my son. I love working and I am grateful that the Finnish lifestyle allows me to pursue my professional goals and be an active mom at the same time. My favourite part of Helsinki: the fact that you can walk almost everywhere and nature is always around you.