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Thanks to modern technology, we're now able to track Santa’s exact route around the world as he delivers presents on Christmas Eve. So this year, the industrious elves at Love Home Swap have carefully mapped-out Santa’s around-the-world route and identified the most convenient ho-ho-holiday homes for him to visit on his annual circuit. And just to be sure, they’ve also created a checklist of the most Santa-friendly features to ensure he has a great stopover when he swings by.


Where Santa will be visiting:

Vanatu, South Pacific

Where he’ll be visiting: Pavilion style home on the beach

Vanatu, South Pacific


Queenstown, New Zealand

Where he’ll be visiting: Alpine home in the Otago mountains

Queenstown, New Zealand


Sydney, Australia

Where he’ll be visiting: Architect designed bush retreat

Bali, Indonesia

Where he’ll be visiting: Luxury villa with pool in Ubud



Where he’ll be visiting: Spacious family home with pool in Bukit Timah


Chiang Mai, Thailand

Where he’ll be visiting: Luxury Lakeside villa with extensive grounds

Chiang Mai, Thailand


Western Cape, South Africa

Where he’ll be visiting: Stunning home on the canals on Thesen Island

South Africa


Nairobi, Kenya

Where he’ll be visiting: Spacious home in a leafy green compound


Lazio, Italy

Where he’ll be visiting: Stunning villa with pool just 35 minutes from Rome

Lazio, Italy


Linz, Austria

Where he’ll be visiting: Alpine home in Salzkammergut


Chamonix, France

Where he’ll be visiting : Luxury chalet in the mountains

Chamonix, France


South Downs, England

Where he’ll be visiting: Cosy cottage with panoramic countryside views


Loch Lomond, Scotland

Where he’ll be visiting: 500 year old castle in Aberfoyle

Loch Lomond


British Columbia, Canada

Where he’ll be visiting: This roomy duplex with ocean views on Victoria Island

British Columbia



Quebec, Canada

Where he’ll be visiting: This cosy apartment just minutes from the slopes in Tremblant  

Quebec, Canada


Utah, United States

Where he’ll be visiting: This large home in ski and golf park in Kamas


Colorado, United States

Where he’ll be visiting: Modern stylish home in the Colorado Mountains

Colorado, United States


North Carolina, United States

Where he’ll be visiting: Charming, historic log cabin in Macon County


Jalisco, Mexico

Where he’ll be visiting: Palatial state overlooking the Chapala Mountains



Santiago, Chile

Where he’ll be visiting: Cosy family home in Chicureo



If you’re thinking about home swapping this Christmas (or even staying with relatives!) make sure your home is Santa-ready by following these simple rules:


Make sure there's a big, clean chimney – Santa visits more than a billion homes,* so it’s important to make sure the chimney is as clear as possible so he'll have no trouble getting in and out. Don't have a chimney? No problem, simply put your stockings in a prominent place to help Santa identify who is home!

Provide him with a parking space – Santa’s sleigh has nine reindeer, and it’s filled to the brim with gifts. A big roof ensures Santa has somewhere to park while delivering his presents, or alternatively a driveway or garden is ideal. Don’t have either of these? Don't stress! Santa is very accommodating, so on-street parking will do just fine.

Light up your windows – Windows provide the perfect opportunity to string up some lights around the home. In addition to being a fun Christmas tradition, lights will help guide Santa’s sleigh at night, and ensure he can see your house when he arrives. As a bonus, you can leave signs in the windows to let him know you’re there.

Leave some treats – Santa, Rudolph, Comet and the rest of the crew will appreciate the chance to recharge their batteries, so make sure there's plenty of fridge space to store snacks for them. After all, travelling more than 25 million miles** in one night is bound to work up an appetite.

Light a candle or two – We all know that Santa loves the North Pole, so make your holiday home smell like his home by lighting a fern or gingerbread-scented candle, and pop it on the mantlepiece.

Don’t forget Mrs. Claus – As a thank you to Mrs. Claus for her support in making sure children all over the world get their presents, help the kids draw her a picture or make an ornament that Santa can take home with him!



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