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Santa Metsa Village in 2019 | HANNO
December 21, 2019 @ 10:00 - December 22, 2019 @ 15:00Free
Santa Metsa Village – Metsa village in Hanno will have a very special guest for their one year anniversary. Santa Claus – the real one from Lapland – is coming to Metsa on November 9th 2019 . Moomin Valley only opened this spring, but Metsa Village was the first part of the larger theme park to open on November 9th 2918.
Santa Claus as we all know is from Finland, formerly known as Lapland, so it only fitting that Finland’s most famous icon should be present at the anniversary bash on November 9th. He will also visit on Saturday December 21st and Sunday December 22nd.
Santa at Metsa Village
There will be three meet and greets with Santa Claus at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. You can get a photo with him for free, but you need to have your own camera with you. Each time he meets about 70 families.
You need to have a participation ticket to meet with Santa at one of these scheduled times. They give the tickets out from an hour before each scheduled meet and greet. The tickets are distributed in the Ukio area, which is just past Metsa Market in front of the lake – the “You are here” area in the photo above. Currently there is a small Christmas tree at the spot:
The Santa meet and greet is just one of the Christmas events Metsa have on during their “Metsa Village Christmas” celebration from November 1st to December 25th. We visited the Christmas town on November 1st:
Santa Metsa Village Access
(Map in grey details box at the bottom of the post)
Metsa Village is only about 10 minutes in the car to / from Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. Parking is normally very expensive, but from November 1st to March 31st 2020 parking is free on weekdays. The upper cap on parking costs on weekends has been reduced to 1,500 yen from 3,000 yen for this period. But if you spend more than 5,000 yen in Metsa the fee is waived.
By train you can access Metsa Village from either Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station or from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. Unfortunately, both are quite a walk to the resort, taking at least 35 minutes on foot. However, you can take a bus from both on weekends and from Hanno station on weekdays. The village is about a 12 minute walk from the bus stop.
Official Website (click on image):
Another Finnish themed location where you can visit Santa in the Kanto plain:
First published in November 2018 and republished in October 2019. All information was accurate, to the best of my knowledge at the time of publishing. Please do always check the official website or ring the venue closer to the date you plan to go for any updates, changes or cancellations.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.