Guide: Visiting Santa in Lapland



Here are our tips for an unforgettable

holiday to Lapland for the whole family!

Bringing your family to Lapland is truly amazing experience, in the run up to Christmas. A once in a lifetime experience, that will stay in the hearts & minds of your children forever. Planning a trip to Lapland, especially around the busy festive season, can be stressful, that’s why we’ve put together a guide for you, to plan your perfect family getaway! From pricing & packaging, to what to pack, to a day-to-day itinerary, we have you covered for your magical Lapland Holiday!


Before you go


Firstly, you’ll have to decide which package you want to get. We have 4 different packages, to suit every family, from 4-day trips to 1-day adventure trips! Each package runs on a different itinerary; however, most activities are the same on each one.

For more details about our packages & pricing, check out our Lapland Holidays.

Once you have decided which package you want to choose, it’s time to start packing! Luckily, with all our packages thermal snowsuits & boots are included for each family member. However, we do recommend packing some extra items such as thermal gloves, ski socks & a warm hat! Plus, things such as a refillable water bottle & snacks! We have made out a printable list for you to use as a check list when packing!

Once that is all done & dusted, all you’ll have to worry about is how to tell/surprise the kids with this once in a life time holiday to meet Santa!


Your Trip


Your adventure begins, with an early morning flight to Lapland. Although it is an early start, you’ll soon be filled with energy & excited as your kids see ‘North Pole’ flash up on the departures list! While waiting at the check-in desk & at the gate, the kids will be entertained by ‘Santa’s Helpers’ who will hand out goodie bags filled with colouring books, selection boxes & reindeer ears. Once on the plane, the fun really begins, with every person on-board (including flight attendants & the pilot) getting involved in the festive fun! Singalongs are blasted through the intercom, learning dances is the aisles & snow spotting all the way through the 3-hour flight, only breaking for food! This child-focus flight will completely set the tone for the rest of your holiday!

Once you have landed in Rovaniemi aka the official home of Santa Claus, you’ll be brought to get suited & booted for the adventure filled days! You’ll check into your cosy accommodation & from there the fun begins! 


Snowmobiling- Race into the depths of the Lapland Forests on snowmobiles while the kids pile into sleighs pulled by Santa’s helpers!

Snow Activities- During your free time you’ll have plenty of time to experience snow, like something out of a storybook. Make sure to grab a toboggan & slide down all the hills & inclines you can find!

Husky & Reindeer Safaris- Get the chance to meet Santa’s reindeer & his brave team of huskies! Each family will be guided through the gleaming snow by Santa’s furry friends to Santa’s magical grotto!

Santa’s Grotto- The most eagerly awaited part of any Lapland holiday! With the help of Santa’s elves, reindeer & huskies, head into the frosty forest to search for Santa’s cosy grotto. See where spends his days checking his naughty & nice list, before you head in to meet the man himself! Each family will get a private meeting with Santa & each child will leave with a present!

Elf School- Head into the enchanting world of being an elf as the kids enrol into elf school! Here, they will learn the importance of being an elf, decorate some gingerbread in the elf bakery, take a tour of where the elves live & listen to them tell funny stories! You’ll also get to help in the toy factory!

Visit the Snow Village-  Take a trip to the magical snow village, where each year 20 million kilos of snow & 350,000 kils of ice are used to create a beautiful Snow Village that amazes visitors every year! The Snow Village consists of a Snow Hotel filled with rooms built of snow, an Ice bar & restaurant, some ice slide & beautiful corridors full of glorious artwork to explore!

Visit Santa’s Village- Time for some souvenir shopping to bring home a taste of Lapland! You’ll also get to visit the famous Arctic Circle Post Office, where you can send letters & postcards with Santa’s official stamps. You’ll also receive a certificate to say that you & your family crossed the Arctic Circle, signed by Santa himself!




Depending on which package you choose, your hotel for your Lapland Holiday will vary. However, all accommodation is warm & cosy and will ensure it will be the perfect resting spot after all your activities. The hotel choices are:

• 3* Hotel Rantasipi Pohjanhovi

• 3* Chalet Hotel Rovaniemi

• 3* Lapland Hotel Akashotelli

Check out our Lapland page for more information about the accommodation we have to offer!

Our packages also include the meals during your Lapland Holiday! Breakfast & dinner is served buffet style with all your kids favourites on offer! On the last day of your Lapland Holiday you’ll enjoy a Festive Dinner where Santa himself will make an appearance, for you & your family to meet him again!



Now it's your turn to experience the magic!

A holiday to Lapland is a trip the whole family will never forget. Our Lapland Holidays expert, Noelle, says it is ‘a winter wonderland that everyone has to visit at least once in a life time’. So, start planning the dream family holiday today!

Here are some guides to help you to organising your dream Lapland Holiday to visit Santa!



Senior Travel Consultant at J Barter Travel

She has surprised her son with the best Christmas present ever, a trip to Lapland.

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