Christmas is back at Santa Claus’ home in Finnish Lapland as hotels and theme parks report huge uptick in tourists, but will Omicron spoil the fun?

Workers at Santa Claus Village, a holiday theme park on the edge of the Arctic Circle, chip away at a frozen dome, using chisels to put the final touches on an ice restaurant-hotel filled with sculptures of snowmen, penguins and huskies.The Christmas season is in full swing in Finnish Lapland, where venue operators happily report that visitors have returned in numbers approaching pre-pandemic levels. Tourists from elsewhere in Finland and abroad come to revel in the festive spirit at the…

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