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Santa Claus Village

Rovaniemi, Finland
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Rovaniemi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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Ojai, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

if you like touristy Christmas shops and stores, this is THE place! Not a great place to eat, but fun for a young family to spend an hour or so, and meet Santa of course.

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Toluca Lake, CA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

If you really want to shop this is the place where you can find almost everything souvenier related. You can take the local bus, number 8 I think, from the rail station instead of a tour. Ask your hotel the hours so you don't have a long wait. You can also take a reindeer ride through the forest as well... More

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Arad
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125 reviews 125 reviews
52 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Much of Rovaniemi's allure comes from the link they developed over the years to Santa Claus and "his" village. I found it much more of a tourist trap, with mostly souvenir shops and other activities fit for the tourists. I've been there, but I really don't find it a must.

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London
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This was the worst part of our Lapland experience. There is little to do here and you have to pay for everything, I mean you're not even allowed to take a picture of the reindeer without paying! Luckily we only came here for a couple of hours to pass some time after another activity but if we had come here... More

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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Spent some hours in this X mas village with lots of shops which sell all the same stuff. Only thing which is nice is the postoffice where you can send your X mas cards with a special stamp. You can choose it to be send in december so the card will arrive from the Nordpole to your loved ones.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Where can you find reindeer, almost any Finnish souvenir you could dream of, a bar made out of ice, and of course the multilingual Santa Claus all in the same place? None other than Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. If you're a fan of the Christmas season, then look no further than this charming and festive village for your... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Except for crossing the Arctic Circle, there is nothing special in this village, as it is mostly comprised of souvenir shops. There is one small attraction that walks you through some exhibits related to Santa, and ends with a face-to-face meeting with Santa; and then they offer you photos and videos of the encounter (for over-priced charge).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This place has a lot of attractive activities for every one (we've tried dog's and deer's ride, slides), but exact "Santa" part is too commercial - it destroys the felling of celebration.

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Beersheba, Israel
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We visited the Santa Claus Village and we liked it. It's nice to walk around, we took a trip on the reindeer which was nice and less expenssive than taking this trip with one of the travel agencies in Rovaniemi. We didn't have kids but still we enjoyed the ice slides , and you can also send a postcard home... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

If you have kids..it's a must !! obviously it's made for tourists but there's actually not much to do. Everyone loves seeing the 'real' Santa Claus but paying 25 euros for a photo is a massive rip off ! Being able to send postcards home for Xmas time is a good idea. You can also get your passport stamped for... More

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