Santa Claus sets off from the Arctic Circle on annual Christmas journey

"Let's make this Christmas happy and unforgettable for everybody."

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Santa Claus set off from the Arctic Circle — in this case, Rovaniemi, Finland, one of several places across the Arctic with a Christmas tourism focus.

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“I have heard some very worrying news about the well-being and coping of children and young people around the globe. Now, it is time to turn these worries into plenty of goodwill,” Santa said, in a Christmas address.

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“Let’s give time to children and young people and do something together. Let’s make this Christmas happy and unforgettable for everybody. Christmas is about a heart of hope.”