Christmas fans can enjoy the ultimate festive holiday by spending the night in Santa's Cabin while helping out with the huge backlog of children’s letters at his Official Post Office, to sort everyone into the naughty and nice lists.
As part of the package, kids will become fully fledged elves for the day and participate in lots of fun, festive tasks like emptying mailboxes and helping the elves to stamp the post with the special Arctic Circle postmark before it goes to Santa Claus.
They’ll also learn about the day-to-day workings of the Post Office. The Post Office is, of course, set in the winter wonderland of Rovaniemi, Finland and it gets around 30,000 letters daily!
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The benefit for your hard work is that guests get to stay in Santa’s cabin for free thanks to Airbnb. After you’ve finished a long day of elf work guests will be treated to traditional Finnish meals, a snowmobile activity, a trip to see the northern lights and – the most Finnish experience of all – a traditional sauna.
Santa Claus’ Cabin, where you’ll spend the night, is close by to the Post office and has been decked out with a Yuletide makeover. Your free room will be covered in traditional Lapland decorations, a wardrobe of elf-wear for you to try on and all the accessories you could ever expect from a cozy elven bolthole in the Arctic circle.
Now, there are some rules for guests that you’ll have to follow if you manage to stay. You must ask Santa nicely before getting any snaps with him! Plus, you have to take your shoes off inside the cabin – you’ll be sorry if you trample snow into the handwoven Lapland rugs.
You are allowed to roast chestnuts on the open fire rest assured, but you should always dress appropriately. A felt hat with a jingling bell paired with a freshly ironed tunic is the preferred attire in the Santa Claus Village.
Katja, Chief Elf of Santa Claus’ Main Post Office and Airbnb Host said: "The elves have been working around the clock to transform Santa Claus’ Cabin into a winter wonderland. We want this to be a magical and immersive experience for a family in search of the ultimate yuletide experience. Not only will guests get to sleep in Santa Claus’ Cabin, they’ll also get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the world’s official Santa Claus’ Post Office during our liveliest time of the year."
As part of the Airbnb stay, to bring awareness to children with special needs, Airbnb will make a one-time donation to Special Children's Omaiset ELO, a peer support association aimed at Lappish children and young people with special needs and their loved ones. The guest who books the stay must be over 18 and have a verified profile with lots of positive reviews.
Those hoping to stay in Santa Claus’ Cabin should note that this stay’s rules require following applicable local rules and guidelines for COVID-19, as well as Airbnb’s COVID-19 Safety Practices, which may include wearing a mask and practicing social distancing when required by local laws or guidelines. On-site staff will also comply with local rules and guidelines, and will abide by our five-step enhanced cleaning process.
The exclusive stay in Finland will be available for three nights from 18-21 December 2023.2 Guests can request to book this stay on Monday December 11 at 12pm EET at airbnb.com/santa. Guests will receive complimentary return flights to Rovaniemi from London Heathrow Airport via Finnair – thanks to Visit Finland. The stay is suitable for up to two adults and two children, and will be free of charge, with breakfast and dinner included.
If you don't manage to bag the stay don't worry. Airbnb has launched its Arctic Category, a new filter that makes it easy to discover igloos, cabins and more, in the Arctic Circle.
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