A few kilometres outside Rovaniemi, a year-round “Santa Claus Village” was opened in 1985. This is where Santa Claus lives and receives around 500,000 visitors from around the world every year. One month before Christmas, he declares the Christmas season opened in a special ceremony held in Rovaniemi. If you send a letter or postcard with sufficient postage to “Santa Claus’ Main Post Office, Tähtikuja 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland”, you will receive a standardised reply letter with an Arctic Circle postmark stamp not available anywhere else.
Their eyes shining with joy, thousands of children around the world are currently writing their Christmas wish lists. But where do they send their letters? In Germany and many other countries, special Christmas post offices have been set up, but you can also send your letter directly to Santa Claus – this is not a fairy tale! The city of Rovaniemi in the Lapland region of northern Finland is the self-proclaimed Official Hometown of Santa Claus – but the title is based on more than merely clever marketing.