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Portable North Pole 2

Portable North Pole is a “magical” online platform that lets you stay in touch with Santa. You can ask him to send your friends and loved ones Merry Christmas video messages and Xmas puzzles.

Created by the good folks at Montreal’s UGroupMedia, PNP is a fantastic and amusing way to stay connected during the holiday season. Because Santa has a such global appeal, even here in Japan, UGroupMedia has asked First Step Japan to help with market research.

First Step Japan is currently asking Japanese women between 15 yrs old and 45 yrs old to try out the app and let us know what they think.

Please help us help Santa by first downloading the Portable North Pole app now on iOS or Android.



After you have created your PNP profile, click on “create video” and select the basic video message. Enter a few details about the person to whom you will be sending the message. Check the video below for a sample of what yours could look like! Once you have downloaded the app and created a video, please do not forget to tell us what you think!

Fill out the following survey at

Once you have created an account with PNP, you will receive a voucher for a free video message to use once the Japanese version of the application is released in Japan in the fall 2015.

Thank you from Santa!


  • Yui Hattori says:

    Thank you, it was an interesting game.
    The certification between the parents and the children was new to me, I thought it can be used in other children’s game.
    One point was that I could not understand how to use the calender in the children’s room.(because of the random line up of numbers)

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