Santa's News

Santa

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Ho, Ho, Ho!

Well hello everybody! I am sorry that I haven’t spoken to you in so long, I have been very very busy…after all, it is only…

I have some very important jobs here in Lapland which I am completing ready for the big night:

  • Reading all of your letters to me and checking presents
  • Reindeer in Lapland

  • Re-checking my naughty and nice list!
  • Feeding up Rudolph and all of my other Reindeer so they have lots of energy
  • Checking that all of my Elves are working hard…
  • Santa's Lapland elves are a cheeky bunch!
    …although they are particularly quick workers, my elves do sometimes get distracted by michievous ideas – especially Nokki!

  • Putting my sleigh through it’s MOT
  • Making sure all of my Hotels are ready for you to visit me
  • Helping Mrs Claus with our special Christmas cooking…

In the 4 weeks before Christmas, Mrs Claus and I will be giving you our favourite recipes along with instructions so that you can make them at home!

We are going to be steeping a fruity, spiced children friendly Mulled Wine, baking some deliciously unusual peppery Lebkuchen, rolling out the pastry for my favourite – Mince Pies, and finally serving up some scrumptious Brussel Sprouts. Even if you think you don’t like sprouts, Mrs Claus’s recipe will have you asking for seconds!
 
 

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Psst, Nokki here again!

I am so excited about seeing everyone! We’ve got some great deals available – some of our flights now only have 5 spaces!

Many of our offers have over £1000 savings! To see all deals click here!

Mrs Claus

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Hello everybody, it is so wonderful to finally have a chance to speak to you all, and only 34 sleeps until Christmas!

I have been so busy with my baking. Although Santa certainly likes his cake, the trickiest cakes are for the Elves, like our friend Nokki, they are so fiddly when they are so small!

As you might imagine, although we are always busy here in Lapland, November is particularly busy for us.
All of the Elves are working even harder than usual to finish off all of your presents, Rudolph and the other reindeer are completing their final test flights, and Santa has just finished his first check through of the ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ list check, ready for the second check over the next month.

All of this flurry of activity means that everyone needs even more feeding! Nothing makes me happier than putting smiles on faces and filling hungry stomachs with my cooking!

In the coming weeks before Christmas I will even be sharing some of my magical recipies with you..so check back soon!
Oh no, I think I can smell burning, Santa will be upset! Must be off..speak soon!


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Hannes the Husky

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I LOVE RUNNING!

Hi, my name is Hannes and I love running and jumping and pulling and mushing, which is basically the same as running, and cuddling and panting and rolling…and RUNNING!

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I bet that you can definitely guess what my favourite activity is… and even better I get to run whilst pulling you around my magical snowy home on a sled.

On your Search for Santa day, you will be able to have a go on one of these amazing sled rides. Children have the most important job on the husky sled ride.
My friends and I will be pulling you along whilst you have the best ride – snuggled up under a blanket on the sled.
To keep us running, you must shout ‘Mush, Mush!’ – the louder you shout, the faster we will run! Whilst you are spurring us on to keep running, the grown ups can take a turn at driving the sled itself. Have a look at this video of my friends and I and see if you can spot me!

Not only does everyone get to go on one of these husky sled rides, but it is even possible to book another excursion – Husky Heaven. This is a full 2 hour trip with plenty of time to meet and stroke my friends and I, as well as a full 30 minute sled ride – I will be tired!

Of course..there are lots of other activities in Lapland that you can do – I know Rudolph told you all about the Reindeer Sleigh Rides the other day, and I will be telling you all about the others very soon, but for now, I am going…………RUNNING!!!

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Psst, Nokki here!

Fancy getting out to Lapland to join Hannes and of course Santa?

If you are a family of 4, we have 3 day breaks with prices from £449 per person!!

For larger families, there are savings of up to £955 for a family of 6!

For full details and to see all offers, click here!

Introducing Nokki…

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Hi!

My name is Nokki (well Nokkela, but pleeeaaaase don’t call me that – only Mrs Claus calls me Nokkela when I’m being cheeky) and I am the only Elf in Lapland.

Well that may not quite be true, but I am definitely the best (and the naughtiest)!

Santa's Lapland elves are a cheeky bunch!Apart from, only very very occasionally being a little mischievous, I am good with numbers. I used to love maths at elf school and I now help Santa with all of his adding up – I think that all of the numbers get muddled up in his beard, but don’t tell him I said that.

One of the best things about my job is that I get to put together all of the deals that make it even better value for you to come and see me. I suppose you can visit Santa too, but most importantly, me!

As you can imagine, with all of my adding up and taking away of lots and lots of numbers, along with my role helping all of the children and their parents, I don’t have much free time. Usually, I spend this playing little jokes and having as much fun as possible, but I promise that whenever I can, I will let you know all of the very best offers for your Lapland Holiday.

This week, we have some great Santa Trip options, whether you have a big family or you and just Mum or Dad would like to come..

 

If you are a family of 4*…

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03/12/2014, Santa’s Magic, 3 days Departing Manchester, Santa’s Hotel Holiday Club, Type A bedroom

 £1,599, saving you £918 - that’s less than £400pp!

Book Now!

 

Or if it’s just 1 adult and 1 child*…

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01/12/2014, Santa’s Magic, 3 days Departing Manchester, Santa’s Hotel Holiday Club, Type A bedroom

£1299 Total!

This one is only available over the phone…
01483 791945

If neither of these offers are right for you, don’t worry! I have been very busy with Santa, and have lots of lots of offers Here

It was super to meet you, but I must run off as I am going to join my friends at the Igloo Fantasia… but I will tell you more about that next time..!

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Shhhh…Nokki’s Secret Deal!

There is now free airport parking for new bookings from Bristol on 23rd December, as well as a free family snowmobile ride!

Rudolph’s Favourite Activites

Rudolph smallI am so excited…
Christmas is nearly here!

In between all of my flying training sessions ready for the big night, Santa has said that I can come and tell you all about the amazing fun that you can have with me and my friends here in Lapland!

Whilst a very long time ago, I wasn’t able to join in the games, since Santa had me guide the sleigh with my red nose I try and have as much fun as I can, and make sure that everybody visiting can do the same.

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Although my Reindeer friends and I pull Santa’s sleigh, we would be much too tired to fly everybody around the world, which is why you will be coming to see us on an aeroplane. Don’t worry though, as soon as you arrive into the airport, me or one of my friends will be waiting to say hello! There may even be some Elves too – keep a special eye out for my friend Nokki!

I have to say that MY favourite part is when you get to feed me (or of course my friends) my favourite Reindeer treats! I do realise though, that although I think they are delicious, you prefer to eat a different type of dinner. Having seen (and smelt!) some of the food that the Hotels make, I would definitely go for the half board options, or for one of Santa’s Christmas Cabins. The best part of this is that you will then have a special Christmas gala dinner. This includes crackers, Christmas songs to join in singing and of course, a very tasty Christmas meal!

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For me, the most exciting day, is the Adventure Day, when you have the chance of coming on a magical Reindeer Sleigh Ride. I can’t promise we will fly up in the air as Santa does, as all of the Reindeer (including me) have to save some of our energy to ensure we can deliver all of your presents! Reindeer Sleigh Snuggling under warm blankets whilst I show you around my magical home, I know that you will love your ride.
Once we have finished our explore around, I would love for you to meet me face to face. I love to be petted, and hope that you will take a photo with me to remember my friends & I  when you are home.

Aside from your adventure with me (which is of course my favourite), there are many other activities that you can try during the day. Adults can enjoy an amazing ride driving a snowmobile, whilst the children are towed in a special sled. You can even go in the evening and have a chance of seeing the beautiful Northern Lights!
If anyone can see themselves as a future winter Olympian, there is even a toboggan run, or a chance to try skiing. Personally, I find skiing far to difficult, 4 legs are far too many to control!
There is of course another amazing journey you can take on a sled…but I will let my friend Hannes tell you all about that another time.

I can hear Santa coming to give me my tea so I best go for now.. I do hope that I can tell you more about my days up in Lapland soon – hopefully you can tell me all about you when we meet!

 

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MEET MY TEAM

Autumn is truly here and Christmas is just around the corner.  I am getting busier and busier preparing for the festive holiday.  Luckily I have an amazing team mixed with reindeers, elves, huskies and my wife, Mrs. Claus, that support me along the way.  This year I have decided to introduce you to some of the key members of my team that will help me to deliver important festive messages to you online.  Not only do they help me with my busy schedule, but they will also be able to help you with all the different queries you may have along the way.  So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – I present to you some of my amazing jolly staff members!

meet the team

Nokkela the Elf

Nokkela (or Nokki as we call her) is a fabulous young Elf. Nokki is my clever Elf assistant and she has many talents. She is really good at maths and helps me balance my books! Nokki is a talented storyteller and delights in telling everyone about my daily adventures and experiences.  Nokkela actually means clever in Finnish so her name certainly suits her.

Hannes the Husky

Hannes is my fantastic husky dog! He is a very active dog and he loves anything sporty and outdoorsy, and oh boy is he good at it. He’s in charge of all the fantastic excursions we have here in Saariselkä.  He loves talking about adventures and sports, and is never shy to give some expert advice when it comes to things he’s passionate about.

Mrs Claus

Mrs Claus is my amazing wife and best friend.  She makes sure the whole team is properly fed and looked after; something that is vital when working as hard as us. Not only is she a fantastic cook, she amazes us every time with her fabulous baking! She loves passing on all her secrets and great skills such as cooking, baking and making Christmas decorations.

Rudolf

Rudolf and his red nose may not need a huge introduction, as I believe most of you know who he is. Because he is so playful, he is in charge of all the games, parties and fun events that we do here in Saariselkä.  He loves sharing my secrets with all of the guests and will always get involved with the  fabulous Christmas parties and games.

Want to know more? Nooki, Hannes, Mrs Claus, Rudolf and I will be sharing all our secrets and enthusiasm with you right here, in the blog! So keep checking in for the latest updates from the team!

Would you like to come and visit me and my team in Saariselkä? Call us now on 01483 791 945 or book online right here

Children Go for Free!

Christmas is just around the corner and here in Lapland we’re getting incredibly busy. The temperature has started to drop and sometimes in the mornings the frost lays like a blanket over the grounds, it’s so pretty. I have had hundreds of children visiting me throughout the years and it’s a real privilege to have met so many different families. This year I have decided that I want more children to be able to come and visit me, so I asked my friends in the UK for help. They have decided that the first child in each family (2-5 years old) can travel for free on specific dates to make it more feasible to come and visit me. For example, if you fly from Manchester on the 15th December, the first child in each family between 2 – 5 years old will travel for free!

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For all dates where this amazing offer will be available please see below for the full list. If you do decide to come and visit me on these dates please call my friends in the UK on 01483 791 945.

I cannot wait to meet you all in Lapland this winter!

Best wishes,

Santa

1st Dec – MANCHESTER

2nd Dec – LEEDS BRADFORD

3rd Dec – MANCHESTER

8th Dec – MANCHESTER

9th Dec – LONDON GATWICK & EAST MIDLANDS 

10th Dec – MANCHESTER

15th Dec – MANCHESTER

 

Terms and Conditions Apply. Subject to availability.

Experience the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) are truly a magical experience you may get to witness when visiting me in Lapland. The whole sky lights up in a spectacular colourful dance and leaves everyone around it breathless. Although I have lived in Lapland my whole life, every time the sky lights up, it fills me with such joy. I love seeing all of you visiting me to experience the Northern Lights!  I wanted to share with you some Northern Light experiences from my friends in the UK, so I decided to call them and ask about what made it so special for them. If you have experienced the Northern Lights I would love to hear from you! Message us on facebook or tweet us @SantasLapland.

Studio Jouni Törmänen, revontulet, Pokka, Kittilä, 9.2002

I had finished my dinner and decided that I wanted to explore the less civilized parts of the town as I had heard that it would give me a higher chance to spot the lights. I had almost given up seeing the lights when all of the sudden dancing clouds covered the sky. I started to take a few photos and it wasn’t until the next day when looking back at my photos I saw all the different colours that had covered the sky. The whole experience was very surreal and left me thinking how incredible nature is and how much there is to see and experience! – Louise  

Studio Jouni Törmänen, revontulet, Rovaniemi, 10.2003

I saw the lights in Saariselkä at the top of the Fell. It was very cold, around – 25 degrees and we had taken the mini buss up to the top. It was late at night and the whole sky was being lit up in green, pink and purple colours dancing above our heads. We just stood there for ages watching the light show, truly feeling at one with nature. It was so exciting and magical! – Cat

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I was in Saariselkä at the Arctic Circle Centre and our day with Santa had come to an end. We were heading back to the coach that would take us back to the hotel when one of the snow rangers shouted at us to come down to the frozen lake. When we came down to the lake we could see The Northern Lights dancing across the sky. We all stood around the lake experiencing the magical lights filling up the sky. It’s an unbelievable feeling to experience and it made me feel like I was standing in fairy dust! – Christie

Studio Jouni Törmänen, revontulet, Pokka, Kittilä, 10.2001

It was late at night and all of the sudden I looked out at my window and I saw the whole sky being lit up. I ran outside and just stood there and enjoyed every second of it. The whole sky was moving in bright green colours and I felt like I was part of the movie; Snowman the Movie. It made me feel incredible blissful and lucky to experience this incredible phenomenon. – Dusty

To book your own Santa’s Lapland Adventure call us now on 01483 791 945 or book online right here!

New Opening Hours

Santa's Lapland team of helpers
Santa’s Lapland Team of Helpers

I really hope your family can come and visit me this December so I am delighted to say my cheeky helpers in England are keeping my phone lines open longer than ever to make that dream come true.

From the 1st Sept till the end of March 2015 you can reach my team:-

08:30- 20:00 Monday – Friday
09:00-16:00 Saturday
10:00 – 16:00 Sunday

Whilst they want to be able to answer your queries at a time that suits you, as humans (not elves you see!) they need to rest occasionally, but don’t forget my own personal website never sleeps and is always open for information and live online bookings.

What’s Santa doing now?

Santa and his naughty elves

In my humble opinion, Christmas is the best time of year – all the pine trees in Saariselkä are blanketed with snow, the elves are hard at work in the toy workshop and Mrs Claus is busy helping me with my preparations for the Big Day. But have you ever wondered what I get up to when December’s been and gone?

This year, I’ve got a new webpage right here on the Santa’s Lapland site to keep all my friends around the world posted on what I’ve been doing, all the way up to Christmas. I bet you didn’t know that being Santa’s a full-time job, 365 days of the year!

Of course, it’s seven months to go until I do my most important job on the 24th December but I’m no slacker – if I’m not interviewing elves for a prestigious job in my workshop, I’m grooming the reindeer or making sure my hot chocolate recipe is just right for all the visitors I get over Christmas.

Still, even Santa needs his days off! Like many of the locals here in Lapland, I enjoy lots of outdoor activities like golf and barbecues in the summer when the sun doesn’t set ‘til late (or not at all in June!) I like a holiday as much as everyone else and this year, Mrs Claus and I are dreaming of somewhere with lots of tropical beaches…

Once autumn comes around, I’ll be getting ready for Christmas again – phew!

So if you want to find out what it’s like being Santa for the rest of the year, don’t forget to drop in at my new page. Or maybe you have some suggestions for where we should go on holiday this year, or a new hobby I should try? Tweet me @SantasLapland to share your ideas!

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My Special Lapland Check-List

Items to check
What I offer
What some other companies offer
Meeting Santa Guaranteed Private Family Meeting In a large group
Reindeer sleigh ride 7-10 minute ride in the snowy woods A 2-minute 'taster' ride
Husky sled-ride 15-minute ride driving yourselves 2-minutes around a small loop
Snowmobile sleigh-ride Included for everybody Not included
My Elves and Igloo Fantasia Fun and Games with my Elves in my Igloo Not included
My Artistic Igloo Admire my Elves ice sculptures and enjoy a drink Not included
The resort The magical, natural spirit of Lapland Commercialised and busy
Places to stay The best hotels and Christmas cabins Business hotels
Resort helpers My own helpers and Rangers Limited help or just agents
Child reductions FREE places and low low prices Small, token reductions
Airport Transfers Short 25-minute coach-ride Up to 3 hours in some cases!

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