Santa Claus Holiday Village is a place full of magic, and for us, really comes into its own in winter when snow begins to fall. When we first brought the girls to meet Santa Claus in December 2016, we immediately fell in love with all that is Finnish Lapland. On that occasion, our stay was a brief Christmas encounter with a one night/two day winter break, staying at Santa Claus Holiday Village; in one of the spacious Classic Cottages. Our 2019 winter trip initially had us staying at Ruka and Rovaniemi, with just a day trip planned for Santa Claus Holiday Village. But when Inga and Marco (owners) kindly offered us the opportunity to try out the new Santa Claus Holiday Village Holiday Suites, as an early 2020 Christmas present; we were more than thrilled to accept.
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LOCATION – Santa Claus Holiday Village, Rovaniemi
Santa Claus Holiday Village is right in the heart of the action in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. If you fly direct into Santa Claus Official Airport, Rovaniemi there’s no need for a car as free airport transfers are available if you are staying at Santa Claus Holiday Village. Beside Santa Claus Holiday Village is Santa Claus Village (different entities, different owners) where you can have a truly magical experience.
- Santa Claus Holiday Village – 3.5km from Rovaniemi Airport (5 mins by free airport transfer)
- Santa Claus Village – 1 minute walk (reindeer, husky, snowman world, sledding, snowmobiles etc)
- Rovaniemi Train Station for the overnight Santa Claus Polar Express – 8km (9 mins by taxi)
- Rovaniemi Town Centre – 9km (10 mins by taxi)
On your door step, in one convenient location, you have everything needed for a magical winter holiday; reindeer sleigh rides, husky sled rides, snowmobiling, Santa’s Post Office, Snowman World, Moomin Snowcastle and of course, the Arctic Circle crossing; plus a whole lot more. All activities can be booked through Santa Claus Holiday Village. And, if you’re really lucky, you may even get to see the Northern Lights dance flirtatiously above your Santa Claus Holiday Village Holiday Suite.
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ARRIVAL, CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT
Santa Claus Holiday Village Reception is situated in the beautiful new building directly in front of you as you drive into the Santa Claus Holiday Village compound. A magnificent building with fine Finnish architecture and beautiful Lappish furnishings within. The reindeer hides on the walls were personally sourced by Inga from her own family’s reindeer farm. When we arrived the Reception area was exceptionally quiet…one can imagine that it would be very busy during peak season. The wonderfully structured building is large enough to accommodate busy periods with 4 check in desks to ensure a smooth check in process. Opposite the Reception is the Safari Booking desks for booking your excursions. There’s also the splendid 3 Elves Restaurant and bar, new for 2019.
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PROPERTY – Santa Claus Holiday Village Holiday Suites
Each Santa Claus Holiday Village Holiday Suites building (that’s a mouthful) houses eight Holiday Suites; four to a floor. Access to the building is gained with your contactless room key. A small flight of stairs takes you to the upper level and there’s also a spacious lift to enable easy access to wheelchair users.
Holiday Suite Entrance/Porch
Hanging space for your outdoor clothes and a small bench seat to sit at whilst you remove your snow boots.
Open Plan Lounge
In the lounge a comfy easy-fold sofa bed, tow luxury armchairs and a coffee table. A small square dining table with three chairs. TV and WiFi throughout.
Just off from the lounge is the small but adequately fitted kitchen. Of course there’s the usual
refrigerator, stove, coffee maker, electric kettle, microwave and kitchen utensils for four persons. We
were on our holidays so didn’t frequent this area too much (if you get what I mean…restaurant and takeaways).
Large double bed with bedside cabinets and lamps. Large spacious wardrobe with plenty of coat hangers
and hanging space.
Stunning and very large bathroom with superb lighting. A spacious shower area and of course,
as with all Finnish properties, a Scandinavian Sauna. For the ladies, a powerful hairdryer and all important hair
straighteners. Snow + Moist Air = Mummy looks like Leo Sayer on a bad day…not a pleasant sight!
Outside, entry through a large sliding door (one in the bedroom, one in the lounge); is a more than ample sized balcony.
FULL OF CHARACTER AND CHARM
It is very clear to see that Inga and Marco have put a lot of time, energy, effort and love into the development of the Santa Claus Holiday Village Holiday Suites. The Holiday Suites are of exceptional quality and have more of a hotel feel but with the added benefits of being an individual apartment. The high ceilings and large windows give the room extra depth and allow light to flood in. Finnish furnishings, coverings and wall art finish (or should that be Finnish?) the Holiday Suites off to perfection. Take our word for it, the Holiday Suites at Santa Claus Holiday Village are truly stunning.
WOULD WE GO BACK?
Tricky question…would we go back? You can bet your bottom dollar we would! In fact, we’ve already booked to return to Rovaniemi in 2020. Spacious and decorated with beautiful Finnish accents, the Santa Claus Holiday Village Holiday Suites are of exceptional quality. Perfect for families or those wishing to stay in hotel quality apartments.
With a very special THANK YOU to:
- Inga and Marco – for your warmth in a cold climate, your generosity and kindness, but most of all, for your friendship. See you in 2020, dinner is on us.
We are eternally grateful to you for allowing The Callaghan Posse to stay in your new Holiday Suites.
LILY-BELLE SAYS (10)
Santa Claus Holiday Village is my favourite place to go in Winter. It was really nice seeing Inga and Marco again and I hope we go back time and time again. In 2016 there was snow on the floor but none fell when we were there, this time there’s was lots and lots of snow falling. I’ve honestly never seen snow as deep in my life.
MATILDA SAYS (4)
The snow was soooooo deep and I loved sledding down the big pile of snow with Lily-Belle.
Date of visit: 8th March – 10th March 2019 (3 days / 2 nights)
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