For a trip that’s truly magical, head to Lapland and meet Santa himself

As awkward questions go, “Is Santa Claus real?” is up there with some of the worst.

When my seven-year-old son Elliott blurts it out on the packed flight en route to Rovaniemi in Finland – aka the great man’s hometown himself – I find myself fluttering around trying to do some damage control.

Ellie, husband Mark and children Molly and Elliott were able to go skiing and meet Santa in Lapland

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Ellie, husband Mark and children Molly and Elliott were able to go skiing and meet Santa in Lapland
Pyhä Luxury Cottages are elegant but ideal for families

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Pyhä Luxury Cottages are elegant but ideal for families

With at least one of my children on the verge of becoming a Santa Claus cynic, this is likely to be the last year that a trip to Lapland would feel truly out of this world for both Elliott and his sister Molly, four.

There’s a lot to experience, but Canterbury Travel’s 3-night Magical Interlude tour includes flights, transfers, activities, full board, snowsuits and boots in a complete package that’s perfect for stressed-out parents looking to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip. in-a-lifetime journey.

Once in Finland, there is a 90-minute bus transfer, but we’ll be entertained by our tour guide, Tasha, who will teach us the words and actions of the insanely catchy elf song – which we’ll sing about 284 times over the course of our journey.

The song features each of Santa’s helpers – Snowy Bowy, Wendy Wood, Tricky Dicky, Noisy Nod and Speedy Sam – who we’ll meet over the next few days to give us clues as to his whereabouts while we try snow activities on the way.

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After a stop for sturdy snowsuits and boots, we arrive at the ski village of Pyhä at the foot of a huge slope, 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Thick with snow, log cabins with light shining out of the windows are scattered among pine trees, like a scene from a Christmas card.

Pyhä Luxury Cottages are elegant but ideal for families, with a small kitchen, floor-to-ceiling, glass-paneled room with wood-burning stove, and dimly-lit bathroom with sauna.

The heated porch is perfect for drying clothes and there is a sled to transport the kids which is a great touch.

After settling in, we go to the Huttuhippu restaurant, five minutes away, where we have breakfast and a three-course meal every evening.

I have to try the reindeer fillet with venison sauce and rowanberry brulee with salted caramel ice cream.

Kids also brave the sautéed reindeer, served with mashed potatoes and cranberry jam, and it’s a surprise hit.

The next morning we have the task of finding Santa Claus. In December daylight is only noticeable between 10am and 2pm which is a bit of a shock.

Each Pyha Luxury Cottage has a floor to ceiling, glass paneled room with a wood burning stove

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Each Pyha Luxury Cottage has a floor to ceiling, glass paneled room with a wood burning stove
Full board is included in Canterbury Travel's 3-day Magical Interlude tour

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Full board is included in Canterbury Travel’s 3-day Magical Interlude tour

A bus transfer takes us to a snowy, rustic cabin for some games with the elves, which the kids love.

Next up is Santa’s Post Office.

We “nearly missed” the man himself, but stumbled upon his helper, Snowy Bowy.

Before our trip, each child was asked to write a letter to Santa Claus.

In the most magical experience, an elf working at the post office suddenly finds Elliott’s under a stack of mail.

He becomes speechless. Next up is a husky safari.

Looks like reindeer

Over hot berry juice next to a wood fire, we learn all about the dogs and get to pet one particularly friendly one before taking the reins.

In Santa's own post office, the elves will help you find your letter to Santa Claus

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In Santa’s own post office, the elves will help you find your letter to Santa Claus
A husky safari through the dark, snowy forest at sunset is exhilarating

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A husky safari through the dark, snowy forest at sunset is exhilarating

Zooming through the dark, snowy forest at sunset is exhilarating.

I have to say I doubt my sled skills as I hold on with all my might, but the huskies handle it.

We then visit a nearby reindeer farm to feed the deer and learn about traditional Sami culture – the people who have cared for the animals for hundreds of years.

At the end of the day we enjoy a wonderful reindeer sleigh ride through the forest.

The next morning we join us for a brilliant game of snow tobogganing followed by a tug-of-war.

After a warming lunch of meatballs and porridge at a log cabin restaurant in Luosto, we make our way into the middle of the forest for the main event.

Sitting on a snowmobile sled and climbing a pine-lined, snow-covered path is simply enchanting.

We see a huge wooden house and are greeted by the elves.

Then we meet Mrs. Claus, who leads us to a magic door.

You can imagine what’s next! Elliott’s face as he looks at Santa will always be remembered.

And of course he has the letters from Molly and Elliott that they had written him a few weeks earlier asking for the present Santa is now holding in his hands!

MEET SANTA CLAUS

(Don’t tell the kids, but parents must bring the gift in gift wrapping, and the powers that be will make sure Santa gets it in time for your visit to the house.)

After a one-on-one chat with Santa, guests aged 15+ can ride a snowmobile up and down a snowy hill – terrifying for me, exciting for my husband Mark!

The kids can even join in the fun and try mini Ski-Doos. Back in the cabin, a hot chocolate is the perfect way to end the day.

With wide eyes, the children tell the story of meeting Santa Claus.

The next morning we are presented with certificates for finding Santa and a CD of elf songs (I wasn’t sure whether to be grateful or tired for this special gift!).

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During the bus transfer back, after three nights of searching for Santa Claus, I can breathe a sigh of relief: Elliott returns as a full member of the “I believe” club.

job done.

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Adventures in Lapland for a family of four start from £4,099 for two nights with Canterbury Travel (Canterburytravel.com).

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