SingaporeExclusive: Santa talks to Travel Weekly Asia ahead of his Singapore visit.

Better watch out, better not cry, Santa’s coming to town

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You better watch out - Santa is heading for Singapore.
You better watch out - Santa is heading for Singapore.

Will you leave Rudolph and the other reindeer behind? Who will be taking care of them? 

SC: The reindeers are back home resting for their big day. Ms Claus and the elves are looking after them back at ear-mountain.

Santa, presumably you won’t be arriving in Singapore on a sleigh? How will you travel? 

SC: I like to meet people when travelling, so usually my travel designer elf helps book my plane tickets. I fly by Finnair and that gets me places faster – especially since we take the fastest Northern route! 

Will you leave Rudolph and the other reindeer behind? Who will be taking care of them? 

SC: The reindeers are back home resting for their big day. Ms Claus and the elves are looking after them back at ear-mountain. 

Ear mountain? 

SC: The ear-mountain, also known as ‘Korvatunturi’ is where I live. It’s hidden away and only few people know about it. I live there with my elves and helpers, but then decided to expand and have a village where visitors from all around the world could come to visit me and witness the ‘Northern way of life’, hence the present location of my Santa Claus Village is in Rovaniemi, at the Arctic Circle.

How will you cope with the weather in Singapore, compared to Finland at this time of year? 

SC: I’m not sure yet how I will cope with the weather at this time of the year. I won’t wear my big coat – that’s for sure! 

You have a busy itinerary. Tell us about it? 

SC: Yes, Finnair has kindly pulled out all stops and planned an exciting itinerary. This year, I’ve got the chance to join the Finnish Embassy celebrating Independence Day, gather with the kids playing football at the Finnish Football Fiesta, and also meet children at the KKH children wards, supported by the Make a Wish Foundation.

These things are great, as always my main purpose for visiting different countries is to bring joy and happiness to the locals. I’m also planning to make a show at the Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival at Millenia Walk on December 7 and 8; I reckon it will feel just like home! 

What’s the Finnair Football Fiesta all about? 

SC: It’s actually a community football event with the kids at GEMS World Academy. It’s so important for kids to play around. Football is really a social game for children and by playing together they have the chance to meet new friends and have fun. 

Will you have time to explore Singapore?

SC: I’m very excited to see what Singapore is like – and they say Gardens by the Bay is really nice. I’ll have to make a trip there.


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