It seems that even Santa is not immune from the dreaded management review and, just five days before Christmas, the management is outsourcing his elves.
The dead hand of cost-cutting has been felt at Santa Park, in Lapland, northern Finland, which welcomes tens of thousands of tourists each year. But it has struggled to justify its number of full-time staff as it is open only from November to January and briefly in the summer.
Wille Rajala, the Park's managing director, said: "We used to have 120 people on a monthly salary, which was ridiculous. Now we are down to three full-timers."
Santa Park, which is 520 miles north of Helsinki, opened five years ago but has debts of £315,000.Reuse content