Inside the village of Santa Claus, where Christmas happens every day - admission is free, there's an elf academy, and flights around the UK cost £50.

In Finland, there's a village that serves as the official hometown of Santa Claus.

The Santa Claus Village, located in Rovaniemi in northern Finland, is festive year-round but truly comes alive in November and December.

While the village is open year-round, the best time to visit is winter when the holiday attractions are in full swing.

The Santa Claus Village offers themed attractions, reindeer, huskies, and even the opportunity to meet the big man himself.

One of the main highlights of the village is the Santa Claus Office, where visitors can meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, as well as pose for photographs.

Another attraction in the village is the post office, where half a million letters are sent to Santa Claus each year.

This is also a functioning post office, meaning tourists can send postcards, letters, and packages to friends and family with an official Arctic Circle postmark.

There's also an Elf Academy where young visitors can learn what it takes to become one of Santa's helpers.

Upon completing the Elf Academy, Santa's new recruits receive a special certificate.

And the Arctic Circle runs right through the festive village, meaning visitors can cross the Arctic Circle.

Visitors can also visit Santa's reindeer at the Elf Farm.

There, guests can meet animals like reindeer, alpacas, ponies, goats, sheep, rabbits, donkeys, and birds.

Other activities include snowmobile rides, reindeer sleigh rides, husky safaris, and Christmas safaris.

There are several shops and souvenir stores as well as several restaurants where visitors can enjoy local delicacies, often cooked over an open fire.

Visitors can also order drinks at the village's own ice bar.

Events and experiences should be booked in advance online, especially during the winter months when the village is most bustling.

Do your research: Santa Claus Village is home to over 40 Christmas companies, each with different operating hours and booking requirements.

While the village is open year-round, the best time to visit is in winter when the holiday attractions are running.

Ryanair operates direct flights from London Stansted Airport to Rovaniemi Airport in Finland.

The flight from London to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours and 20 minutes, with prices starting from £50 for a one-way ticket in November.

To get to the Santa Claus Village by car from Rovaniemi Airport, it takes about seven minutes.

Santa Claus Village offers several accommodation options, including a snow hotel, glass igloos, and other cottages and villas.

Santa Claus Village has received positive reviews on Tripadvisor, earning a 4/5-star rating based on over 4,000 reviews.

One person wrote, "The highlight for me, aside from meeting Santa, was the walk in the forest with the reindeer and visiting the husky park."

Another added, "We had a wonderful time with our twin granddaughters – it was truly magical."

And a third commented, "We crossed the Arctic Circle, met Santa Claus, and went sledding. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience."