Finland’s Rovaniemi rated among top global Christmas destinations

International magazines Reader’s Digest, Tatler and Forbes enthuse about Rovaniemi’s arctic charm as the home of Santa Claus.

For a storybook Christmas, Rovaniemi is hard to beat when the city becomes a winter wonderland, according to Reader’s Digest, ranking the capital of Finnish Lapland the fourth best destination after New York, Montreal and London. “Blanketed with crisp, white snow and illuminated by the spectacular northern lights glowing overhead, this magical place is home to Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus.” The magazine says that the opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer, huskies and elves at the Santa Claus Village will bring holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

The Asian edition of Tatler ranks Rovaniemi as the third best Christmas travel destination, suggesting that “instead of queuing for hours at a shopping mall to meet Santa Claus, travel with your children to the big man’s home patch of Lapland, deep inside the Arctic Circle. There’s no end of frosty family fun to be had in the Finnish wilderness with reindeer and husky sleighs ferrying visitors to Santa Park, where children can have some face time with Father Christmas before exploring the fascinating series of underground caves.”

Forbes put Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village and Santa Park sixth on its list of international Christmas destinations. According to Sanna Kortelainen, director of Rovaniemi’s Tourist Board, international media visits to the city have increased by a fifth compared to last year.

Sources: Reader’s Digest, Tatler, Forbes