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Christmas in Rovaniemi

Christmas is a special time in Lapland, especially in Rovaniemi, known worldwide as the official hometown of Santa Claus. The Christmas season starts here in November when festive holiday cheer begins to take over. If you want to learn more about how Christmas is celebrated in Lapland and how you can join in the fun at Apukka Resort, this article is perfect for you!

Find Santa Claus In Rovaniemi At Apukka Resort

Some people believe Santa Claus lives in the North Pole, others know that he can be found at Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle. But did you know that he has a very special secret hut near Apukka Resort? It’s true; it’s a place filled with Christmas spirit, and only the Elves know the pathway there. But what magical things can you expect to discover there?

Meet our elves on our Reindeer Ride to Santa through the MAgical Forest tour at Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

First, an elf greets you at Apukka Resort, ready to take you on an enchanting journey through the snow-covered scenery. Take your seat in a cozy sleigh and let Santa’s reindeer transport you to your festive destination. As you draw closer to the secret hut, you might catch a glimpse of red between the trees as the mischievous elves of Apukka sneak a peek at their new friends!

Following the sleigh ride, warm drinks and delicious cookies await you. While you anticipate your audience with Santa, the jolly elves will keep you entertained, teaching you the ways of the elves. When the moment arrives to meet the great giver of gifts, he might have a little surprise for you too!

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Santa Claus at Apukka Resort Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Spend Christmas Holiday At Apukka Resort

Escape the Christmas fuss and rush by heading to Apukka Resort for the perfect Christmas vacation. We've created holiday packages tailored to every need to ensure you can have the Christmas holiday of your dreams.

Santa’s Trainee Reindeer at Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

Now then, dear friend, we’ll let you in on a well-kept secret. We have reindeer at Apukka Resort, carefully chosen elite Father Christmas trainees. Each year, Santa Claus, together with his trusted companion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, chooses a new group of promising young reindeer to enter the training program called “the Enchanted Reindeer of the Christmas Sky.” Reindeer with the best grades pass the program and receive the great honor of pulling Santa’s sleigh across the world on Christmas. It is an honor that any reindeer dreams of.

The reindeer that live at Apukka are still at the beginning of their training program, but according to Santa’s words, they have great potential to follow in Rudolph’s footsteps. Just imagine, one day, these very reindeer may be flying above you in the night skies at Christmas time, helping Santa Claus deliver gifts to all the children of the world. A magical thought, isn’t it? Join our reindeer for their adventures (on land, as the flying practice only comes later in their training) as they practice for this important task that awaits them in the Christmases to come!

Restaurant Aitta

Christmas Food with a Hint of Magic

Surely you know that Santa loves his cookies with milk, but he’s not the only one who appreciates tasty food at Christmas time. In Finland, we cherish the delicious dishes prepared for this special holiday. Delicious aromas and pure joy fill the air as the dinner table is set with the most authentic Lappish Christmas dishes. Some of the recipes we use are a gift from Mrs. Claus and the Baking Department of the Elves. We are proud to guarantee that there is always a hint of magic in the food served at Restaurant Aitta. Who knows, maybe Santa himself will stop by for a visit at Apukka Resort on Christmas Day. After all, we all know that Santa Claus can’t resist good food!

What Would Christmas Be Without a Christmas Sauna?

In Finland, one of the most cherished Christmas traditions is the Christmas sauna. During the holiday season, things can get a bit hectic, but the sauna is the one place where you can truly relax. At Apukka, you can experience this beloved Finnish tradition by booking a unique sauna experience. We offer options for everyone, and you can even combine your sauna experience with a relaxing hot jacuzzi or an invigorating cold plunge! After booking one of our sauna tours, you’ll understand why sauna and Christmas go hand in hand.

Fun for the Whole Family

Christmas is all about spending quality time with family. While quality time at home might involve singing carols and exchanging gifts, at Apukka, there are plenty of activities that seem to be plucked straight from a Christmas postcard! For instance, you can hop aboard our Snowtrain carriage and journey into the wilderness to explore the silent night under the stars. You can also take your family snowmobiling or ice fishing, creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones that everyone will cherish for a lifetime.