Santa's News

Wish you were here!

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Rudolph’s been on holiday! The cheeky little reindeer has left the hard work to everyone else while he’s been sunning himself abroad…I suppose he does deserve a break! Thanks for the postcard…

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Hello from the gang!

An update from Santa –

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Hi everyone,

After allowing myself a short rest at the end of last year, I’ve been busy designing amazing news toys with the help of Mrs. Claus and the elves. It’s one of my favourite things to do and now I’m already looking forward to next Christmas! I’ve also been checking we’re on track preparing this magical place for welcoming you all at the end of the year. We may have plenty of time, but I know how quickly Christmas creeps up on us all!


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My Elves
When they’re not being mischievous – my elves are actually very helpful. They’ve been trying out some of my new inventions and have been keeping the area spic and span. And I’ve been able to give Mrs. Claus a break by setting them to work – she’s the one who has to keep them in-line when I’m away! They are easily distracted though and are constantly giggling! Not that I mind – it’s great hearing so much laughter.


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My Reindeer
Like me, my reindeer needed a long rest after the enormous adventure of Christmas Eve night. Now they are almost back to pull strength and have been helping the elves with some of the more manual tasks around Lapland – like pulling the collected firewood to the house. However…Rudolph has been shirking his responsibilities…to see what I mean, click here!


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Mrs. Claus
The lovely Mrs Claus is my rock. Her support is unwavering and she’s really looked after me since I returned after Christmas. I have been very pleased to try the new recipes she’s been trying too. Cinnamon and apple pie quadruple-chocolate cookies!!

We can’t wait to welcome more guests here – it’s the best time of year! Meanwhile, we’re keeping busty to all visitors will have the time of their lives while they’re here.

See you soon,
Love, Santa x

Games, Games, Games!

We’ve discovered some brilliant games and activities to get you going, and they’re not just for Christmas!

Shake it up! Make a snow globe featuring your favourite character
Use strong glue to attach a plastic toy to the inside of a jar lid, then add baby oil and glitter for a homemade snow globe.

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Photo by Kindra Clineff

Fab feeder! This one’s for the birds – make a feeder for your garden
Hollow out an orange and fill it with seeds to feed your feathered friends.

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Photo by Heather Weston

Skittles! Decorate empty plastic bottles for your own bowling alley
Decorate plastic bottles and fill a quarter of each bottle with sand – this will ensure they stay standing, before you knock them down. Use a beach-ball or a football.

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Photo courtesy of Goodtoknow.com

Treasure Hunt! Be the first to find a list of hidden objects
Fun for summer days in the garden – hide treats and small gifts and give the children clues so they can find them

Marshmallow grabber! How many can you pick up with chopsticks?
Put a pile of marshmallows in the middle of the table and give yourself a minute to pick up as many as you can – one by one. Make them mini-marshmallows to make it more of a challenge

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Photo courtesy of ActivityBucket.com

Magic pictures! Draw with a white crayon…then reveal your creation

Such a simple idea, but so effective! Grab some white paper and draw your picture with a white crayon. Then paint over it with watercolour paint and your drawing will appear like magic!

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Photo courtesy of FactoryDirectCraft.com

What are your favourite games or activities? Let us know if the comments section below…

Santa & Mrs Claus Cook…

                    Children’s Mulled Wine

mrs-claus-blog Hello everyboody! Here we are in December already. We are certainly very busy up here in Lapland, – especially Santa, who has a whole list of jobs (as well as, of course names)!
As Santa is so busy, I like to spend my time in the kitchen making him delicious treats that he can enjoy when he take his boots off after a hard day’s work.
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I thought in the upcoming weeks I would share our favourite recipes with you. Not only can you cook along with the video that I have made, I have even included the recipe for you – click on the image on the right to download this!

This week, a great winter warmer, Mulled Wine, but this one can even be enjoyed by children… See if you can spot Santa!
 

Santa & I would love to see videos and pictures of you making and enjoying your Mulled Wine. Send us your’s on our Facebook, or tweet us @SantasLapland

Dont forget…only…



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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!

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mrs-claus-blog 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! HUSKYSAF 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…

Elf no back 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*…

Hotel-Holiday-Club 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*…

HolidayClub_Bed 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. Sami & Reindeer 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
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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 A magical sleigh ride in the snowy woods A short '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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