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Ranked #9 of 72 things to do in Rovaniemi
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Owner description: Come and enjoy the Christmas of Your dreams in Santa Park!Santa Park is an exciting fantasy world built inside a series of underground caves, and is filled with the warm atmosphere of Christmas. The elves are doing their chores and the aroma of the gingerbread cookies fills the air. Santa Park offers a wide variety of sights and activities for the whole family!Please have a look at our website for our opening times before arriving!
Reviewed January 1, 2013

I wouldn't go there again!!! Except for the ice sculptures and a small train ride there is nothing to see and do if you don't have children except for taking a photo with Santa (it costs 27 euros but Santa lets you take one with your camera too ) The admission is very expensive...30 euros for adults and 24 for children...

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Lots to do and see here,elves do a show,( gangnam style) there's a train ride ,elf school ,decorating biscuits you can go in a room to see ice sculptures there's a post office to send letters from ! It's the only place in the world that u can under cross the arctic circle!!

Thank Sally B
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Firstly, shame on the dodgy reviewer below from Edinburgh. Santa is very much real and our four year old loved meeting him a few times here.

We were amazed that after our arrival after midday to find the place so quiet the week before Christmas. You can get off and off as many rides as you want with little or no queue. Seems the Thomas Cook/Thomson hordes arrive in the morning, so I would recommend coming later in the day if you're doing it as part of a self-built tour like us. We took full advantage of this and spent two whole days at the place (same ticket). Frustratingly, the bus service (No. 8) can be random at getting here from the railway station and there's no reliable link if you want to visit Santa Village after coming here. We had to pay €12 to get a taxi from Santa Village to come here. I'm amazed there isn't some sort of regular tourist shuttle between the two places, which are really the only places to visit in Rovaniemi to be honest.

The sub-zero temperatures are not a problem, unlike Santa Village. It's all indoor. You walk down into an underground cavern and then can put your coats, etc into a large cloakroom. You can spend a fair few hours here but really if you don't have kids, you can do the whole thing in 1-2 hours.

Highlights were meeting Father Christmas (didn't pay the extra to keep the photo), going on the Magic Sleigh Ride (sort of Christmas It's A Small World) and the Angry Birds play area was fantastic.

Elf School and the Gingerbread Kitchen were very well done. The only slightly annoying aspects of the place were lack of free Wifi, charging extra for a Gingerbread cookie (first one needs to be free?) and the Elf School diploma. We paid about €82 for the three of us (it's a 2-day ticket) which should include everything apart from refreshments. Hate paying extra!!

Also loved the ice sculptures and being shown round by the Ice Princess and areas where you could write a hand-written letter to Father Christmas.

By the second day, we brought all our own food in from the supermarket and saved a small fortune for lunch. We only bought coffees here and didn't buy their hot food. Seemed a bit on the pricey side.

2  Thank CockneyBrum
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SantaPark, Guest Relations Manager at SantaPark, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Hi CockneyBrum,

What a long review you wrote, many many thanks! We really appreciate all feedback so that we can improve our services according to that!

You are right- a good idea would be to give us a call or an email so we can plan your arrival date together whether you wish to spend a more quiet afternoon or if you like it busy and buzzying, we will let you know!

The transportation link between SantaPark and Santa Claus Village has always been a slight problem as the bus no.8 has a very long route as also the locals want to use it for their way to work. However, we are working on it again and we admit we need to put more emphases to the transportation options.

Actually, we have a free wifi that is covering the whole of the cavern. Could it be that on the moment when you tried your device was unable to connect or perhaps there was a slight failure on that exact minute?

Oh, and we totally agree with you: Santa is real!

With sunny regards from Lapland,
Elfiina Elf, Santa's Professional Little Helper

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We did a two hour run through on our way to the airport, and were glad to have stopped by. There was no one there so we got to experience as much as we could easily. Santa was a delight! He was so talkative, and since there was no one else there, we got to talk with him for a long time. He was happy for us to take our own photos and was very attentive to my daughter who asked many questions. The elves were delightful and made the experience more exciting and personalized. My daughter wants to go back again to see what we missed out on! We had visited many of the other attractions beforehand, so this wasn't as special as the others, but still worth the visit. The ticket is good for two days also.

Thank Ashaboo
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Despite us being Adults and our daughter a Teenager we still had fun. We visited the Elf School and earned a Diploma(5 Euros each), visited the Ice Cave, met the Ice Princess (who's a couple of thousand years old) and saw all its ice sculptures; paid 5 Euros each for Diplomas stating that we'd gone "under" the Arctic Circle. Had a go at the calligraphy and watched the stage show; sadly we were too old to play in the Angry Birds playground. Decorated our large ginger bread (5 Euros each) heart shaped biscuits. Plenty to do . . . .

Thank Robyn E
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