An Unforgettable Family Christmas
Christmas is a time for families to make new memories together, yet it is usually over in the blink of an eye. This is where Finland steps in with a winter wonderland that is so enchanting that even Santa Claus calls it home.
Whether visiting the north or south, your family will always treasure their trip to Finland: Remember the time mum drove a snowmobile? What about that sleigh ride and dad falling over on ice-skates? And how can we ever forget meeting Santa…
Santa’s magic and secrets
Only elves know the exact location of Santa’s toy factory, but the man in red isn’t one for hiding away. Santa Claus Village, located on and under the Arctic Circle, offers visitors more festive fun than they can shake a candy cane at.
You can study at Elf School, bake with Mrs Claus and then head underground for an unforgettable meeting with Santa.
Joulukka, also the Arctic Circle, is home to the Christmas Command Centre. It’s described as one of Santa’s best kept secrets and is a bustling hive of elf activity. Be warned: Only good children are allowed in!
Complete the Santa experience by taking your family on a magical sleigh ride, courtesy of Rudolph’s many reindeer cousins. As you swoosh through the snow, gaining speed, you might wonder if you really are going to take off into the night sky.
FROM Snowmen and ice castles…
If you have only ever built an elf-sized snowman, prepare to be impressed by the awesome snow castles and villages in Kemi and Lainio. However, the fun really lies in the fast ice slides that will leave children impatiently waiting for their parents to have ‘just one more go’.
Keep sliding by grabbing skis, a snowboard or a sledge, and feel the icy wind on your face as you whizz down the slope time and time again. Don’t forget to build the biggest snowman of your life, so pack a large carrot for the nose.
…TO CITY SKATING and winter markets
Snow-covered cities in the south, such as Helsinki and Turku, offer different Christmas experiences for visitors, such as ice-skating in the heart of the city and winter markets that lure you in with their mouth-watering aromas.
For many Finns Christmas is the time to slow down and spend time with family. It is the season when the different generations get together and recall old traditions.