Hiroo Town is a town full of natural beauty located at the southern end of Tokachi. In 1984, Hiroo was the first town outside of Santa's hometown of Oslo, Norway to be certified officially as "Santa Land."
The center of Santa Land, where the global message of "Peace and Love" is on display, is located in Omaruyama Forest Park. This area features many attractions including Santa's Bell, Santa Rooms, and Santa's House all lit with the magical colors of a Christmas lights. Santa Land is open from the end of October until December 31st.
The park location prevents light pollution adding a feeling of magic to the illuminated event. As soon as you enter Santa Land you'll feel the change in the air as you move from a bustling city to a Christmas wonderland.
▲ About 150,000 LED lights are used to light Santa Land. Omaruyama Park is also recognized as the "Holy Land of Lovers."
▲ These Christmas goods and exhibits are all found in Santa's House.
In Hiroo Santa Land, as is tradition in Norway's Santa Land, visitors can participate in sending Santa mail, as well as getting messages from Santa himself! It's also lovely to be able to send Christmas cards to those important to you, filled with well wishes from Hokkaido. For those in Japan that want to send some mail to Santa, the deadline is December 10th, so if you're interested be sure to check the homepage link below!
▲ Santa Mail illustrated by Hisashi Nagata. (One letter with postage - 500 Yen.)
※ This photo is from the 2008 Santa Land.
Every year Hiroo Santa Land also provides the giant Christmas tree found in Sapporo Factory, located in Sapporo City. This year's tree, located in Sapporo Factory's atrium, is a Sakhalin fir which stands at 15 meters and is beautifully decorated. The tree is lit everyday until December 25th from 4:00 to 10:00.
▲ The 15 meter tall Sakhalin fir in Sapporo Factory. The lights turn on at 4:00 every day, and every hour there is a music and light show!