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The Real Santa from Finland, formerly Lapland, visiting Mallage | KUKI

December 17, 2016 @ 11:00 - 17:00

Last year we had the pleasure of meeting “the real Santa from Finland, formerly Lapland” as Mallage Shobu Mall advertise him. The queue for the photo spot was way too long, so we didn’t actually get a photo with him, but I can confirm that he is indeed the real deal. People queued for hours for this rare chance to meet Santa in Saitama.

Apart from the opportunity to meet Santa, the mall has a gorgeous tree that is at least 3 metres tall. Santa sits in front of the tree where you can get your photo taken with him. You need to have your own camera. Last year, they also had some ponies dressed up as Santa and reindeer.  They also had some sales and special events running in the various shops.


This year Santa is visiting on the 17th. They have increased the number of sessions to three and they will be at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm in the “Taki no Court” area on the 1st floor (European ground floor). You can start queuing from 10 am when the mall opens. They say it is limited to the first 100 families, but last year they definitely didn’t stick to that. However, just in case, good to arrive early to avoid disappointment!

**Please note there will be cases when the time suddenly changes or the event is cancelled. Please check the official website ( in the details area below) before departing your house.

If you are looking for somewhere to visit Santa in Tokyo, here is a list of 33 places Santa will visit in Tokyo this Christmas 2016.

Click here for the 2016 round-up for Santa locations in Chiba.

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December 17, 2016
11:00 - 17:00
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Mallage Shobu
〒346-0195 Saitama-ken, Kuki-shi, 菖蒲町菖蒲6005−1 Japan + Google Map

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