Santa Claus gives his much-awaited speech in the annual Christmas opening in his official hometown Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland 18th November. This year you can join the festivities directly from your own sofa!
The organizers are sure that the weekend's winter-opening celebrations will see about a 20 per cent rise in tourists taking part this year than in any of the previous ones.
Alvar Aalto was a famous Finnish architect who designed several buildings in Rovaniemi. By joining in the project Rovaniemi will see a significant rise in domestic tourists, believes the local tourism board Visit Rovaniemi.
When Amisha Mishra from India arrived to Rovaniemi, she was astonished to hear herself breathing. "This was something I have never experienced before.”
A recent study measured the air qualities at two different points of the city and found it good, if not excellent.
The park invites people outdoors and offers a variety of sport equipment in the centre of Rovaniemi, next to the football stadium.