Christmas is officially three weeks away. If anyone needs some Christmas cheer, there’s no better place to get it than to plan a trip to see Santa Claus! While those of us in the U.S. believe that Santa Claus lives in the North Pole, those around the world have their own beliefs as to where jolly St. Nick lives. It’s no surprise, however, that one thing’s for sure – there’s overwhelming consensus that Santa lives somewhere north. And cold. Check out these four places where you can meet Santa Claus and his helpers in their home town.
1. Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska
True to the U.S. holiday spirit, the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, is full of Christmas themed knick-knacks, the world’s largest Santa, and even real reindeer.
2. Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland
If you can make it out to Finland’s Lapland region, Santa Claus Village takes the Santa spirit to another level. You can meet Santa in his office, hang with his reindeer, and meet the elves. There’s also ice sculptures, decked out Christmas decor, and an exhibition on Christmas traditions around the world.
3. Tregaarden’s Christmas house, Drøbak, Norway
While the Fins believe that Santa lives in Finland, the Norwegians believe that Santa resides in Drobak, Norway. The Christmas House in Drobak celebrates Christmas year round and sells Christmas decor. There’s also a tiny open air market in the market square surrounded by wooden houses on tiny streets.
4. Santa World Tomteland, Mora, Sweden
For a longer visit to Santa, check out Santa World in Sweden, an amusement park set in 27 acres in the woods and framed by mountains. Guests can visit Santa’s house, look for trolls and elves, check out Santa’s post office, see moose, reindeer, and goats, and learn about Santa’s secrets.