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Santa Park: A Christmas Theme Park in Lapland, Finland

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Santa Park: A Christmas Theme Park in Lapland, Finland

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Santa Park Christmas Theme Park Lapland Finland

In a cavern deep under the ground is the famed Santa Park, themed amusement park located in Rovaniemi, Finland.  The theme park is directly next to Santa Claus Village, a village filled with accommodations, a husky park, reindeer restaurants and more. 

Santa Park Christmas Theme Park Lapland Finland
Santa Park Christmas Theme Park Lapland Finland

Santa Park is a great way to spend the day indoors, especially during the icy Finish winter when you have spent all your other days outdoors and your fingers and toes have turned to icicles. Then you know it’s time to head inside.  Santa Park is the perfect place. Here is what awaits you at Santa Park:Elf School

Ice Gallery and Ice Bar

The Elf Show

Santa Post Office

Magic Train

Santa at Santa’s Cabin

Elf Workshop

Mrs. Gingerbread’s Bakery

Arctic Circle Crossing

Angry Birds Playground

Where Is Santa Park Located?

Santa Park Arctic World is located 8 km from the center of Rovaniemi, and can easily be reached by the Santa Express Bus.

The park is directly on top of the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland.  You can literally cross over into the Arctic and back again, numerous times.  There is even a special sign made inside the park and when you cross it makes a magical noise to alert you that you have indeed crossed over.

Santa Park is also a 5 minute taxi ride from Santa Claus Village, which is a popular destination filled with accommodations, reindeer, a husky park, restaurants, Santa’s Post Office and many other fun activities.

Santa Park Theme Park-Rovaniemi, Finland Entrance
Santa Park Theme Park-Rovaniemi, Finland Entrance

What To Do In Santa Park?

So much to do, so little time.  No really, there is a lot to do, and it can be done in a day if you go early.  If you like to explore and take you time doing things with kiddos, two days is plenty.

Here are all the different areas in the theme park:

Elf School

Elf School at Santa Park-Rovaniemi, Finland-2
Elf School at Santa Park-Rovaniemi, Finland-2

Elf School is a special school run by elves that invite you inside for an educational course on how to become an elf.  A super fun activity for the whole family, the elves tell jokes, teach visitors what it takes to become an elf, and show elf magic.  The inside of the elf school is divided into a thin narrow room where you are first told about what to expect. After, the Elves take you through a secret tunnel that leads to the main room 

The room is spacious with hundreds of seats available on cushions, wooden type bleachers along the back, benches and sitting room on the beautiful floors as well.  There is an incredibly large world map along the wall, which has brass plated continents and lights all over the world that light up, depicting where Santa will go to next.

Elf School-Seating-Santa Park
Elf School-Seating-Santa Park


The Elf School lasts approximately 20 minutes, and as you leave the room, the Elves hand out an Elf certificate showing you have successfully graduated from Elf School.

Elf Show

One of the highlights of the theme park, the Elf Show is a fascinating show where elves show off tricks, jumps, acrobatics, and even ballet.  The shows run several times a day at different times on the main stage next to the main buffet area.  There is sign next to the stage telling you when the next show will be.

Elf Show at Santa Park- Rovaniemi, Finland
Elf Show at Santa Park- Rovaniemi, Finland

After the show, the elves and ballerina come off the stage to take pictures with visitors so be sure to get in line with your camera.

Insider Tip:  get lunch about 45 minutes before the elf show and you’ll be able to score seats near the front, eat and the elf show will start right after you’re done eating. 

Santa Post Office

The Santa Post Office is a fun place where the Elves are in there and you can explore all the little gadgets of the post office.  There are some movable objects in there and it’s a very detailed place that can be explored easily.    

Santa's Post Office-Santa Park, Lapland, Finland
Santa’s Post Office-Santa Park, Lapland, Finland

There is also an area where you can sit down and draft a letter to Santa. 

Santa Post Office-Santa Park Arctic World
Santa Post Office-Santa Park Arctic World. Drafting a letter to Santa.

The post office is a bit small, so if it is crowded when you try to visit, choose a time where it may be less busy such as right before closing, or during one of the Elf shows.

Magic Train

Magic Sleigh Ride- Santa Park, Lapland, Finland
Magic Sleigh Ride- Santa Park, Lapland, Finland

Since this is a ride, this is one of the things that kids look forward to the most.  Since we had stayed the whole day at Santa Park, there was no line when we went on the magic train, so we rode it at least twice.  The train takes you through different Christmas scenes with beautiful decorations throughout.

Magic Train Ride- Santa Park
Magic Train Ride- Santa Park

The maximum per sleigh is 2 adults and 2 children.  The last train ride may be up to an hour before the park closes so be sure you get this in when you get a chance.

Elf Workshop

The Elf workshop is a fun place to sit down at wooden tables and do a few special activities.  This area actually stretches out across two areas where there is an inside area and an open area right next to it.  Some of the activities that were available was making elves, drawings and paintings as well.  

Santa Craft Areas-Santa Park
Santa Craft Areas-Santa Park

Next to the elf workshop were several arts and crafts tables where kids could sit down and make Christmas themed ornaments and projects using a variety of supplied provided by the park.  An elf was always around to help create pieces. 

Crafting at Santa Park Arctic World-2
Crafting at Santa Park Arctic World

Inside the Elf Workshop, you can also find hundreds of art pieces decorating the walls, typically in red and white colors.  The workshop love to show off the artwork of its visitors so you can always create an extra piece, sign it and leave it with the elves.

Elf Workshop-Facebook Wall
Elf Workshop-Facebook Wall

Santa’s Cabin

Near the back of the park, right next to the train and Elf Workshop is the small cabin where you wait in line to meet Santa himself.  He is inside, and the line starts outside. The wait times were minimal near the end of the day.  

Santa at Santa Hut- Santa Park Theme Park
Santa at Santa Hut- Santa Park Theme Park

Once inside you can use your own camera to take as many photos as you like.  No one is hurrying you to continue (or at least not when we went). Be sure to ask Santa anything and everything and he will gladly answer all your questions.

Mrs. Gingerbread’s Bakery

Nestled in a small room, is the fabulous Mrs. Gingerbread’s Bakery.  You know immediately when you walk in that 1) you will definitely have fun and 2) you will be eating something yummy.  The bakery invites visitors to sit down at a table, purchase a gingerbread cookie and use icing and sprinkles to make it the most decorative, sugary cookie you can imagine.  

Mrs. Gingerbread Bakery-Santa Park
Mrs. Gingerbread Bakery-Santa Park

Kids love putting on mountains of icing and dropping sprinkles all over until something sticks.   You simply go in, find a seat and get to work. There is no set time limit so you can stay as long as you would like.  

Mrs. Gingerbread Bakery-Santa Park Arctic World
Mrs. Gingerbread Bakery Fireplace-Santa Park Arctic World

You can also purchase hot beverages and additional goodies at the cash register to make the stay even more pleasant.  There is a faux fireplace in the room that really makes the room seem extra cozy.

Ice Gallery

After you walk down the long lighted underground tunnel, you can make a right turn past the post office and it leads you to the Ice Gallery, a wonderfully decorated gallery with spectacular ice sculptures.  

Ice Sculptures-Santa Park Theme Park
Ice Sculptures-Santa Park Theme Park

Outside of the gallery are dozens of white thin snowsuits (more like a long warm parka with a furry hood) that you can put on to go inside.  It is cold inside. A variety of sculptures are all around the ice gallery and you can sit (on seats not made of ice) to take pictures. 

Ice Bar-Actual Bar-Santa Park Theme Park
Ice Bar-Santa Park Theme Park

 A bar along the wall also makes special drinks for kids and adults including a non-alcoholic princess drink for kids.  The drinks are served from ice glasses and are great fun to drink from. Be sure to bundle up, it’s a nifty -10 degrees celsius inside!

Arctic Circle Crossing

As the only place in the world where you can cross the Arctic Circle underground, there is an arch that says “Arctic Circle.” 

Arctic Crossing at Santa Park-Lapland, Finland
Arctic Crossing at Santa Park-Lapland, Finland

Every time you walk under it there is a whoosh of air and a noise is made as well, welcoming you into the Arctic. It’s great fun for kids to run through time and time again.

Angry Birds Playground

Above the cafe and restaurant, next to the elf show stage, you can climb up into the Angry Birds playground. Though small, it is a good space for kids to get their energy out and jump onto a very poofy foam mat, or use the giant angry birds to play with.

Kota Cafe

There is a cafe located in the middle of the park, with the stage for the elf show right in front.  The cafe is surrounded by seating on all sides. For the lunch buffet, there is a large variety of freshly made warm Finnish food. 

Kota Cafe-Santa Park Arctic World
Kota Cafe-Santa Park Arctic World

This was some of the best Finnish food we had during our entire trip. There is plenty for kids to choose from too, and you will be surprised at how delicious a lot of the food is.  And, because it’s a buffet, you can go back for seconds 😉

Tips for Santa Park Theme Park

  • You can purchase tickets in advance via the Santa Park website: santaparkarcticworld.com.  If you are purchasing tickets for a busier time, email or call in advance and see if there are any large groups coming to ensure that it won’t be super crowded.  
  • Santa Park tickets are good for two consecutive days, so you can always schedule to go one or both days.
  • Bring your camera! You can take photos with Santa on your own cameras and devices!
  • It is warm inside, and there is a storage area for coats.  The park will also store your luggage, strollers and other equipment for you at no extra charge.  Be sure to inquire about this at the ticket booth inside.
  • The park is stroller friendly.  Almost all the areas area accessible by stroller or wheelchair.  And there are baby changing facilities at the park. Thanks Santa!

When Is Santa Park Open And How Much Does Santa Park Cost?

OPENING TIMES

2019/2020 Winter Season:
 9 November- 30 November 2019 – – – – -> Open Daily: 10:00-17:00
1 December 2019- 5 January 2020 – – – – ->Open Daily: 10:00-18:00
24 December – – – – -> Open 10:00-16:00
6 January- 11 January 2020 – – – – ->Open Daily: 10:00-17:00
11 January – – – – ->Open 10:00-15:00

TICKET PRICES:

Purchased tickets are VALID FOR 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS

  • 9 November- 30 November 2019
    •  34.00 € adult; 28.00 € / child (3-12 years old) 
  • 1 December 2019- 21 December 2019
    • 35.00 € adult; 29.00 € / child (3-12 years old) 
  • 22 December- 11 January 2020  
    • 36.00 € / adult; 30.00 € / child (3-12 years old) 

Entrance ticket with lunch (highly recommended, buffet lunch is phenomenal)

  • 9 November- 30 November 2019 
    • 51.00 € / adult; 40.00 € / child (3-12 years old) 
  • 1 December 2019- 21 December 2019
    • 52.00 € / adult; 41.00 € / child (3-12 years old) 
  • 22 December- 11 January 2020  
    • 53.00 € / adult; 42.00 € / child (3-12 years old)

Which Accommodations Are Closest To Santa Park?

The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is right next door to Santa Park and walkable.  We visited this hotel and it is super nice.  

Santa Claus Holiday Village is where we stayed, and there is a road connecting Santa Claus Holiday Village and Santa Park. 

Santa Claus Holiday Village- Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa Claus Holiday Village- Rovaniemi, Finland

Since it’s only about a mile away from one another, you can hop a taxi over from one location or the other or walk.

Are There Any Forest Experiences Around?

Yes!  Santa Claus Secret Forest in Joulakka is a destination where you can do a private or small group forest escape.  There is a meet with Santa Claus and you are taken care of by Elves and take part in a variety of holiday activities.  It is about 20 km from Rovabiemi but a highly recommended experience. Bookings must be made well in advance.

What Do I Wear to The Arctic?

No worries!  We have you covered.  Our comprehensive guide to winter clothing in extreme temperatures shows exactly what we recommend everyone in the family wears.  From babies (we took a 9 month old) to adults. We cover every topic.


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Visit Santa Park in Lapland, Finland!  Located in an underground cavern, this Christmas theme park has elves, Santa, a magical train, an Elf School and more!
Santa Park Christmas Theme Park Lapland Finland
Visit Santa Park in Lapland, Finland!  Located in an underground cavern, this Christmas theme park has elves, Santa, a magical train, an Elf School and more!
Santa Park Christmas Theme Park Lapland Finland

Looking For More Information On Lapland?

Check out our Lapland with Kids guide which shows everything we did when we went to Lapland.  We are also compiling a review of Santa Claus Village as well as our experience dog sledding and ice fishing on a frozen lake.

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