At the end of each year, people all over the world look forward to Christmas (also known as Christmas, Noel – the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the founder of Christianity. But in fact, many people who do not share the same religion, especially children, are also looking forward to this day, because they believe or want to believe that on Christmas, there will be Santa Claus giving gifts.
According to legend, Santa Claus resides in the North Pole. On the night of December 24 every year, Santa Claus with a round belly and a white beard will wear a red suit and ride a reindeer to go from house to house, dropping gifts for good children through the chimney.
The theory of Santa Claus handed down for many years has become a belief and a sweet expectation for children every year-end. Many children even write letters to Santa and ask their parents to send them to the North Pole. But actually, Santa Claus is not exactly a legend, or at least since 1985.
Specifically, since 1985, the city government of Rovaniemi (Finland) has decided to open an official office for Santa to be able to receive and reply to letters. This village is also open to visitors and business. This year 2010, the village of Rovaniemi (Finland) was officially recognized as the hometown of Santa Claus. So what can you discover when you come here?
The residents of Rovaniemi have built many places similar to the legend of Santa Claus such as: Christmas house, Santa’s post office, snow castle… In the village, in addition to the “real” Santa, there are also about 500 dwarves “help”.
If you wonder why so many dwarves are needed, on average, about 700,000 letters from children from all over the world arrive at the office. Post office dwarves will have to sort mail by country and reply to each one. To date, the office has received letters from 198 countries around the world. In particular, the post office in the village also has a special mark of the Arctic Circle region. Postmark with Santa Claus and reindeer. You can also send letters home to relatives and friends from this post office.
The village is full of entertainment spots for both children and adults. You can learn how to ride at the “Arctic Snow Motorcycle Park” to get around town. Snow covers this village for 6 months, so the motorbikes will be specially designed to be able to run on the snow.
That is not the end, the Christmas gallery also welcomes a lot of visitors. Here you can learn about Finnish Christmas traditions. At Santa Park, you can visit the school of goblins, gingerbread factory, etc.
Besides, you can visit the restaurant and bar “Snowman World” – from the building to the items in the bar are made from ice. The food here is all regional specialties.
Exciting skiing experience
Due to the snowfall for 6 months, the village of Santa Claus is covered with thick and white layers of snow. If you come here during Christmas, you will have the opportunity to ski in cars pulled by arctic dogs or reindeer. There are many competitions about reindeer racing here, the biggest one taking place in March and December. More interestingly, visitors will be informed that only Santa can control flying reindeer, because it needs “practice over centuries”.
Finally, after having fun in the village, visitors can also sit by the fireplace to write warm Christmas wishes to their friends. Here, Santa’s office also provides certificates verifying you have met the “real” Santa so you can show off to your friends.