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Santa Claus Village

Rovaniemi, Finland
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Ranked #3 of 21 attractions in Rovaniemi
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was travelling around Lapland, and the Santa's Village was absolutely a place not to miss. Christmas's magic period. Fantastic for children and adults Stop there, the reindeer will bring you around :-)

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
50 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas but even so, this place was still a bit of a let down. It's a complex of souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes, with Santa's workshop in the middle. Visiting in June we didn't have to queue for very long before we saw the big man himself - Santa was just as you'd expect... More

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Los Angeles, California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
28 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Don't expect anything educational or entertaining about the history and legend of Santa Claus: the village is nothing more than a bunch of shops selling overpriced Christmas-themed merchandise. In the summer, the atmosphere is completely lacking and Christmas carols sound out of place. The only slightly interesting thing is the Arctic Circle line, which runs through the village and where... More

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St. John's, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

So exciting!! Just like being a child again. You must go and meet Santa. Just walking through the entrance to get to him is a magical experience. It costs nothing to meet him but you can purchase pictures and videos of your experience. Four intelligent adults and we all agreed that it was one of the highlights of our trip!... More

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place hasn't changed in 14 years since my Honeymoon back in 1999. The Santa Post Office is a "must visit" place to have your postcards stamped and delivered from Santa's Post Office @ the Arctic Circle. Every souvenir was overpriced pretty much like everything else in Rovaniemi but the Chrismassy feel was something you cannot get elsewhere. There was... More

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fairfield ct
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A somewhat tacky Christmas shopping village that probably appeals to Scandinavians who don't have many destinations to take the kids to. If you want to do some shopping for gifts to bring home, you are much better off looking for something at one of the terrific malls at the various rest stops en route from Capnord to Helsinki.

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Wollongong, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Pathetic rip off . It was free to see Santa who was hidden behind a screen and who then asked, through his 2 metre elf, for 39.5 euros to have photo taken with him. Basically a tourist trap

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Bourne, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We go to Finland to visit family, not as tourists, but from time to time, you have to do one or two tourist things. As they go, this one is fine. Best part of it is that you don't have to spend any money unless you want to. Even the visit with Santa is free. What you will have to... More

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Nashville
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

After paying 40 euros for the video and pictures of the visit, when we got home (USA) we are unable to download. The web address they gave does not work - or exist.

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Lulutheoneandonly
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

-Very unique (there's only one Santa Clause and he lives here :) -Very colourful, bright and festive -Arctic circle runs across here -Mostly shops: Iittala (Finnish glass and ceramics), taigakoru (traditional Finnish jewelry), souvenir shops, post office, some very neat souvenirs are available -The post office is interesting, letters from around the world, wish lists, decorations, postcards etc. -All kinds... More

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