Deep inside the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Father Christmas spends the year listening to the wishes of children from all over the world and preparing to grant their Christmas wishes - if they've been good, mind you.

Non-elves can meet Father Christmas

For a few short weeks in December, when the sun barely rises above the horizon, Father Christmas leaves his mountain home because of the mid-winter cold and spends time in some of the local villages. This is the only time of year when it is possible for non-elves to meet him, and adventurous children can travel from far and wide to do so, accompanied by their parents.

Once you have made the journey to the frozen north, you are issued with special thermal clothing to keep you snug and warm, and staying in amazing glass topped igloos. Then families have the chance to visit Father Christmas's residence, where the great man himself receives visitors while elves serve hot drinks and ginger biscuits. Near Father Christmas's house there is a large reindeer pen, where you can see some of his reindeers and even drive a reindeer-drawn sledge.

Otherwise engaged on Christmas Eve

We know there are some fairly dubious imposters out there, but this is the real deal, and all done in the best possible taste, so bear it in mind for this time next year. But make sure it's not on Christmas Eve, of course, because Father Christmas will be off around the world on the busiest night of his year. Have a Happy Christmas in Lapland!!!