Meet Father Christmas in his Lapland home with SNO
Most department stores have grottos where kids can talk to Santa and you could trek all the way to the North Pole but we all know that the real deal lives in Lapland... Few festive moments are as magical as meeting the man himself and just a short time spent in this merry fellow’s company is enough to convince anyone to believe in Father Christmas!
We’ve listed the different ways you can meet Santa in Lapland below to give you a feel of what’s in store. To make the whole process as smooth as possible, we can usually book a meeting with Santa as part of your holiday - check our individual holiday pages or speak to us for the most up to date itineraries.
Kids will love spending some personal time with Santa in his very own secret log cabin, hidden deep into the Lapland forest. Usually little ones each receive a gift to make the visit even more special. Meet his huskies and reindeer before going on magical sleigh rides through the snowy scenery – grownups sometimes get the chance to take to the reins! Enjoy an authentic lunch, topped off with a traditional, fresh hot berry juice. Meeting Santa won’t be the only unforgettable experience as there are usually all kinds of winter activities that everyone will love, including tobogganing, ice-fishing, snow hockey and the Finnish tradition of kick-sledding – a kind of snow-scooter that you have to try before you go!
Visit one of Santa’s very own workshops where you can join in all kinds of games with the elves before having a private family meeting with the big man himself. Later, treat the kids to a special Christmas meal with Santa and his reindeer, where they can not only enjoy a traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings but also meet Father Christmas again. Usually little ones will receive a small present and a certificate that can be a framed memory for years to come. With the option of booking reindeer, husky and snowmobile rides, there’s no excuse for not fully exploring the Lapland scenery.
Head out to Santa’s secret cottage where you’re usually met by his trusty elves. Then it’s time to enjoy some games and activities in the snow before warming up with a hot drink in a cosy, traditional hut. With a personal invite into Santa’s very own cottage, you can chat to the great man himself, find out all about his day to day work and how Rudolph and the elves are getting on. After some tasty snacks and drinks and learning a traditional Finnish Christmas song, every child usually receives a special gift. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities for photos with Santa to capture the moment. To top it off, a snowmobile safari and husky sleigh ride through the Narnia-like surroundings will only add to the winter wonderland feeling.
Even if your resort doesn’t have its own Santa experiences, there’s never one far away in Santa’s homeland! Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village (welcoming over 70,000 people in December alone) employs some of the most knowledgeable elves to guide you about the post office, where you can take a peek at the mail room and see just how many children write to Santa over the year. Often you can have a private meeting with Santa in his study and have a photo taken to remember the occasion. In recent years, they’ve had reindeer outside which you can say hello to and perhaps even go for a ride in your own sleigh – elf and safety says you’ll have to stick to the ground though! While lots of Santa meetings are only available in the festive season, the village is open all year.
Rovaniemi’s Santa Park is absolutely buzzing in the festive season and if you’re not visiting Santa as part of your holiday – or if you’ve already had your one to one meeting and fancy some more festive magic - this is a fabulous place for a day trip. Visitors have the chance to share their Christmas wishes with Santa in his personal office and even graduate from Elf School after learning all of the elves’ special secrets! Little ones can ride a magical sleigh through the Elves’ Toy Factory and it’s always worth taking a picture at the only underground crossing of the Arctic Circle in the world. You can usually learn from Mrs. Claus herself how to make her famous gingerbread men - kids will love decorating them (that’s if they can resist eating them!) while grownups enjoy a tasty mulled wine.