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Santa Claus opens the official Christmas season – watch it live directly from Lapland

11/14/2017 10:00 AM

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!


Christmas opening festivities traditionally start the Christmas season in Finland. Held in Santa's official hometown Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle, the celebration gathers people around the world to live the magic of Christmas.

The festivities start with a Christmas carol concert. Jingle bells jingle and elves gambol around when it's time for the beloved Santa Claus to step on stage and hold his annual speech. Elves have whispered that this year Santa would speak about the meaning of goodwill. The speech and warm atmosphere will surely get everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

As Santa cannot fly everyone to Lapland to celebrate this special time of the year with him, he has arranged a possibility to take part in the festivities online. A live broadcast from Arctic Circle starts at 3.30pm Finnish time on the Visit Rovaniemi Facebook-site (www.facebook.com/VisitRovaniemi.fi) and Livestream on http://visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live.

The Grand Opening of Christmas Season 2017
Sat 18th November 2017 at 16.00 in Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland
Join the event on spot ot watch live on www.facebook.com/VisitRovaniemi.fi or www.visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live.

Christmas opening launches an all-time winter season in Finnish Lapland

Rovaniemi enjoys exceptional popularity as a winter destination due to its fascinating nature and magical atmosphere. Even more people get to experience it this year, thanks to frequent charter flights and direct flights from London.

The provision of accommodation services in Rovaniemi is increasingly attractive due to the launch of new resorts such as Snowman World Glass Resort, Nova Skyland Hotel and Panorama Design Huts as well as Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle and Santa Claus Holiday Village extensions. You can also find more and more exciting things to do, as new ways to enjoy Aurora borealis and nature watching tours have been added to the list of activities. A truly breathtaking innovation is a cruise on a world's biggest travel icebreaker on the Swedish side of the border.

The beloved Santa Claus can be visited every day of the year in Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi.

For more details:
Sanna Kärkkäinen, CEO
Visit Rovaniemi
tel. +358 40 576 3414

Kaisa Heiskari, marketing designer
Visit Rovaniemi
tel. +358 400 479 954