Christmas and New Year in Lapland

Discover the festive spirit in the Arctic Circle

Through this blog, you’ve had a chance to take a sneak peek into daily lives here in Lapland, the history of the region, and the peculiar manners of the Finns. However, we just recently realized that there is one important aspect that we’ve never told you about in the blog. We are, of course, talking about the most magical time of the year: Christmas and New Year’s! Let’s find out together what it is like to celebrate these two hugely important holidays in Lapland.

Think you know Santa Claus? While some still believe Father Christmas hails from the North Pole, everyone here knows that Lapland is Santa’s true home. Skeptical? Let’s dive in and examine the facts! Firstly, there are no reindeer in the North Pole. We checked. We double-checked. We even peered into the North Pole with Google Earth and saw not a single trace of reindeer, caribou, Rangifer tarandus, or whatever name you want to use. There were no reindeer in the North Pole!

Contrastingly, Lapland is brimming with reindeer, boasting a population surpassing that of people! This abundance provides Santa with a pool of candidates for his esteemed Magic Sleigh School for Gifted Reindeer, where the headmaster is none other than Rudolph. While Rudolph’s iconic red nose is renowned for guiding the way on Christmas Eve, during training sessions, you might catch it blushing every now and then—perhaps a sign that the students need a gentle nudge to focus on the lessons!

These are just a glimpse of the Christmas magic awaiting in Lapland. To discover more, we suggest exploring Apukka’s Christmas-themed holiday packages available on this page—just scroll down for a festive array. Yet, Christmas is just one facet of the celebratory season; New Year’s festivities contribute significantly to the enchantment. In Lapland, the New Year’s Eve fireworks aren’t the sole lightshow to behold. Weather permitting and under the right conditions, people have the opportunity to witness the captivating dance of the Northern Lights across the night skies.

At Apukka, New Year’s is a celebration of embracing the Arctic’s natural beauty. Whether you’re hopping on a snowmobile or testing your luck with ice fishing on the frozen lake, it’s a fantastic way to revel in the outdoors. In a world consumed by constant haste, deadlines, and daily pressures, even the festive season can often transform into a source of stress. Discover the joy of arriving at Apukka Resort, where relaxation and excitement seamlessly intertwine, where harmony is discovered in nature, and a festive spirit envelops the surroundings. We can’t wait for you to join us!

P.S. If your child still insists that Santa lives in the North Pole, you can gently share with them that Santa has many offices around the globe, and Lapland happens to be the easiest one to access!

About Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

Discover the wonders of Finnish Lapland at Apukka Resort, your ultimate destination for an unforgettable holiday. Our range of activities caters to all seasons, complemented by unique accommodation options such as glass igloos for your stay. Explore Lappish favorites like Aurora tours, reindeer rides, and snowmobile safaris, alongside various other nature-based experiences. Indulge in delectable cuisine crafted from the finest Arctic ingredients. Conveniently situated just a short drive from Rovaniemi city and the airport, Apukka Resort serves as your gateway to Lapland’s magic.


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