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Journeys of Discovery: Meeting Santa Claus in Finnish Lapland

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland--the land of reindeer, husky dogs and snowmobiles where he meets up with Santa Claus. Wilmer arrived at Santa Park on the outskirts of Rovaniemi to witness Santa’s arrival to prepare for Christmas. Santa pulled up behind the wheel of a vintage Lincoln Continental. More than a 1,000 little people gleefully cheered and clapped as Santa gave a short “queen” wave and slipped into his headquarters.The kids, all dressed in red snow suits, topped with petite red and white elf hats, gathered in the village square patiently awaiting Santa’s Christmastime speech of welcome from his balcony. Come along and join Tom at Santa Park for a most memorable interview with Santa Claus.

                                                Santa Park is closed for the 2020-2021 season.

This show was originally broadcast 22 years ago, December 15, 1998 and is reposted as a “best-of-the-best” podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery’s 31st  anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts featured on KCBX and NPR One." target="_blank">Click here to watch the finnish Lapland Santa Claus Youtube

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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