Christmas in July?

“It’s never too early to think about planning a Christmas treat”

particularly if you haven’t managed to book a family holiday over the summer months…

  • Christmas in July?

    It’s never too early to think about planning a Christmas treat, particularly if you haven’t managed to book a family holiday over the summer months, so why not consider a day trip to Lapland for December 2014? All the family will have a magical time as you meet the real Santa in his Lapland Secret Grotto. From playing in the snow, to outdoor taster rides such as gentle reindeer rides to speedy husky rides and even snowmobiling, here’s what you can expect when you take a Santa’s Secret Grotto Day Tripwith Falcon.

    Day trip to the North PoleElf play

    If you want to have a memorable big day out – possibly the biggest day out you’ll ever have – join Falcon’s day trip to Rovaniemi in the North Pole. You’ll board the early morning flight and enjoy your breakfast on board. The kids will be kept busy with colouring books and Santa hats while the staff will get the carol singing going to keep your spirits up and the mood firmly set on Christmas.

    The friendly elves will pick you up from the airport and bring you on a coach to SantaPark where you’ll get your own Lappish passport, to be used as a pass for all the activities throughout the day.

    Santa’s elves will be waiting for you on arrival, as will all your thermal gear to keep you cosy and warm for your outdoor activities. Make sure to buy a souvenir photo with the big man himself when you visit him in his office – that’s one to stick on the mantelpiece for years to come.

    SantaPark in Lapland

    family with Santa

    After attending Elf School and lodging your Christmas wishes with Santa you can explore the rest of SantaPark. Kids will love the special train that takes you to see the toys lined up ready to be delivered, all set against a backdrop of snowy scenery. All age groups can enjoy decorating cookies in Mrs Claus’ bakery and you can visit the Ice Queen’s Ice Bar and photograph her ice sculptures too – it’s below freezing inside. Adults will definitely enjoy the warming offerings at the bar here, and possibly need one or two visits to keep them going!

    Winter Woodland

    Get wrapped up from head to toe to keep warm in the Winter Woodland, as you follow a path through all the snowy activities imaginable.

    After getting the lowdown on elf life you’ll dash through the snow on a short and speedy husky-drawn sleigh. Enjoy the rural forests and striking landscapes with other unique outdoor taster rides including a gentle reindeer ride or have a go on the snowmobiles, or the kids will love the mini skidoos.

    When you’ve finished, Old Man Reindeer will be there to greet you and take you through the Arctic Circle crossing ceremony – a definite highlight of any trip.

    You might want to take some time out with the kids to calm down by creating snow angels after all that excitement. When you’re done, gather around the campfire and sip some warm berry juice to thaw your fingers.

    Santa’s Post OfficeLittle girl posting letter to santa

    At Santa’s Post Office the kids can write home to tell their friends all about their magical day trip and their favourite activities. All letters posted will be stamped with the Arctic Circle stamp, and feature a Finnish stamp too. You can even post letters for next year too!

    Coming home

    Reindeer pulling sledge

    After a busy day in Lapland, Santa’s elves will take you on coaches back to the airport and you’ll board your flight back home. Hopefully the kids will fall asleep, dreaming of Santa, and you can flick back through your photos of an unforgettable day with the legendary Mr Claus in Lapland.

    Day trips from Dublin start from €629 per adult and €549 per child.

    Or from Belfast Int. from £479 per adult and £429 per child.

    What would you and kids ask Santa for this Christmas if you went to Lapland? Tell us about it in the comments.

Author: Charlotte Brenner