In Search of Santa Claus…and somewhere warm to spend Christmas

It’s that time of the year again…you have probably come across Santa in your local mall; you may even have paid for your children to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas (Hopefully, nothing too expensive)

But of course, you should head for Lapland, the remote region in the north of Finland, close to the Russian border, if you really want to see an authentic Santa. Since 1985, Santa has had his own village here and can be found at home every day of the year – with the exception of Christmas Eve. (If you want to see where Santa is on Christmas Eve, you can track his progress)

In addition to the Great Man himself, Santa’s Village also boasts an exhibition on Christmas traditions around the world, as well as the chance to stand on the nearby Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle is also a great place to experience the northern lights during the winter, or the midnight sun during the summer.

Tours are popular from the UK to Santa’s Village — apparently it’s possible to fly there, visit Santa and fly back home, all in the same day. There’s even an international airport at Rovaniemi, a couple of miles from the village, from which you can fly even further north to Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.

However, if you want to spend the holidays somewhere a little bit warmer, you could always head to the aptly named Christmas Island. This tropical island is a territory of Australia and is a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean — it’s actually closer to Java than Australia. It isn’t particularly easy to get to — you have to fly from Perth or Singapore although once you get there, there’s quite a lot to see and do including snorkeling, bird watching, hiking and shopping.

Anyway, happy holidays to all the readers of this blog!

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  1. Anita says:

    This was very interesting and unique. I enjoyed reading it . Well written.

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