The venue for this trip is Rovaniemi’s Santa Park, where Santa and his elves spend their days getting ready for Christmas. The huge underground grotto is made up of fairy-lit walkways, colourful workshops and festive shopping stalls, so there’s lots to explore.
Children can enrol in Elf School, where they’ll learn elf words. They can decorate cookies in Mrs Claus’ kitchen, and take a short train ride through the elves’ headquarters. Another attraction is the Ice Gallery, where the Ice Princess tells tales about the frozen sculptures. The real highlight, though, is meeting Santa in person. Little ones will get a present from him, and you can have a family photo taken.
When you’re ready to play in the snow, you’ll be given all the necessary clothing before taking a short walk through the forest to the outdoor activity area. Then, you’re free to take advantage of everything from husky sleigh rides to snowmobile driving. You’ll meet Santa’s reindeer, and you can warm up with a hot berry juice around an open fire.
Finally, lunch is served in a pretty open-plan restaurant at the heart of the grotto. Time it right and you can watch the elves put on a show while you eat. For a full rundown of what’s in store, take a look at the itinerary. It’s worth noting, the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace, and you can do the activities in whatever order you like.
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The magic begins as soon as you touch down. You’ll be greeted by Santa’s elves and whisked off to Rovaniemi’s Santa Park, where you’ll be given your own Lappish passport as a souvenir.
Rovaniemi's Santa Park is where Santa and his elves spend their days making toys and getting ready for Christmas. The huge underground grotto is made up of fairy-lit walkways, colourful workshops and festive shopping stalls, so there's a lot to explore.
Hop onboard Santa Park’s train and discover what happens behind the scenes in Santa’s toy factory. The journey will show you what the elves get up to during the different seasons of the year.
Find out what it takes to qualify as one of Santa’s elves at Elf School. If you make the grade, you’ll earn the right to graduate and get a special certificate.
Pop in to Mrs Claus’ bakery and help one of Santa’s elves put the finishing touches to a batch of freshly-baked gingerbread.
You can send a postcard to anywhere in the world from Santa Park’s Post Office for a local fee. Better still, it’ll get its own Santa stamp on it.
Reindeer and husky sleigh rides, snowmobiling, sledging and mini skidoo rides - with tasters of each you’ll never know how many ways there are to play in the snow until you visit Lapland. And we’ll make sure you can squeeze in as many activities as possible by wrapping you up in a cosy snow suit so you stay warm.
Experience Lappish culture from a bygone era as a local shares age-old stories and legends about the region. You'll find them in the outdoor area of the park, in a traditional Lappish tent.
No trip to Lapland is complete without meeting Santa, and now's your chance to do just that. To really impress the big fella, ask the elves how to greet him in Finnish.
When your day at Santa Park is over, Santa’s elves will take you back to the airport, ready for your flight home.
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