Magic Search for Father Christmas

4 nights luxury breaks in Kuusamo

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Experience a husky safari and a wonderful reindeer-pulled sleigh ride. Travel in a snowmobile-pulled sled and help the elves deliver food for the local birds and rabbits, then sit down for a traditional Lappish meal in a beautiful hidden restaurant. Discover Santa’s campfire where he’s left your invitation to meet him the next day at his secret lakeside house. An elf will take you there where Mr and Mrs Claus are waiting for you. There’s indoor and outdoor fun and games and stories by the fire. Help Mrs Claus with some baking, she’ll have make everyone a delicious lunch and Father Christmas will teach everyone his favourite song. Spend a total of around 5 hours at Father Christmas’s house enjoying this wonderfully genuine and unhurried day.


Operator's Opinion

There's a huge Santa industry in Finnish Lapland, with charter flights flying in from all over for rushed day trips. In my opinion, many of them are over-commercialised, hurried and far too stressful for families. Here's our antidote: a marvellously magical four-night trip in the beautiful snow-topped fells of Lapland, meeting huskies and reindeer and a relaxed day in Father Christmas’s house, meeting the man himself, baking biscuits and enjoying the festive cheer!

Day 1

Flights, Arrivals And Introduction

You will be welcomed at the airport by a driver before being transferred directly to your accommodation in Kuusamo which is only a short drive away.

Depending on your arrival time, you will either be served a welcome meal at the hotel, or you will receive a welcome basket with sandwiches, fruit, snacks and drinks in your cottage.

Included Meals:  Dinner

Day 2


Husky And Reindeer Safari, Snow Sculptures, Snowmobile-Pulled Sled Ride & Traditional Lappish Dinner

Your holiday gets off to a fabulous start today as you encounter some of Lapland’s most well-known residents - huskies and reindeer.


The huskies will greet you with eager anticipation but they’ll soon calm down once you are sitting comfortably in the sled and they are leading you on this short but memorable husky safari (approximately 5km and takes around 30 minutes). This is a lovely experience for the family and is always one of the highlights of the trip. You will also have plenty time for cuddles and photographs with the huskies afterwards. Adults will drive the sleds with the chance to swap drivers during the safari.

Next, you will meet the reindeer, the most magical of Christmas creatures and, of course, Father Christmas’s most important animals. Wrapped up warmly under blankets, you will sit in the sleigh and enjoy a wonderful reindeer-pulled sleigh ride. Your ride will be short (approximately 300-400 metres) but you’ll have the chance to go around again if you wish to do so.

Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant and back at the hotel you will have time to relax and take advantage of the pool facilities.

This afternoon, at approximately 4:30 pm, you will be picked up by your guide and taken on a magical journey deep into the wilderness where you will enjoy an evening of fun and games and traditional Lappish food. The journey will take around 45 minutes, driving through snow-laden forests and past beautiful rolling fells while your guide will provide entertainment for the children along the way.

Upon arrival, your guide will take you for a spot of snow sculpting, so that each family can get creative before you head off on a very important mission. The elves need your help in providing the forest animals with some Christmas dinner, so you will travel in a snowmobile-pulled sled into the forest and deliver some seeds and nuts for the local birds and some carrots for the rabbits.

After you’ve enjoyed your time in the forest, you will sit down for a cosy, traditional Lappish meal in a beautiful hidden restaurant. You will then be transferred back to the hotel, arriving at approximately 9:15 pm.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

Snowshoe Search For Father Christmas & Tradional Lappish Dinner

After breakfast, your guide will take you out for some fun and games in the snow with toboggans, kick sledges and snowshoes.

Your guide will be able to tell if Father Christmas has passed this way recently so you will head off on your snowshoes to see if he’s still around. You will look for signs of him and his campfire but as he will be getting ready to deliver all of his presents, he is unlikely to be spotted today. 

Father Christmas will have left some cookies and juice to enjoy around his fire though and he will be sure to have issued an invitation for everyone to meet him tomorrow and have lunch at his secret house. How very exciting!

You will have the afternoon free to relax or maybe enjoy the hotel’s pool or soft play area. Later on this evening, at approximately 6 pm, you will be taken to another wilderness lodge where you will enjoy a fantastic traditional meal in the most magical of settings: a classic winter experience! You will return to the hotel around 9pm.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

A Meeting With Father Christmas

Today is the main event and absolute highlight of the trip for both children and adults alike.

An elf will come to the hotel to collect you so you can all go to Father Christmas’s beautiful lakeside house where Mr and Mrs Claus are waiting to welcome you to their home.

There will be fun and games for everybody young and old along with stories by the fire. You’ll then head out onto the slope next to the house and down to the frozen lake. This is the perfect place for a sledging race – watch out for those elves, they are pretty speedy!

Mrs Claus will have made everyone a delicious lunch and Father Christmas will teach everyone his favourite song. You’ll also help Mrs Claus with some baking and you’ll make greetings cards for friends back home which Father Christmas will sign. You will spend a total of around five hours at Father Christmas' house enjoying this wonderfully genuine and unhurried day, creating memories to treasure for many years.

After such a magical afternoon you will head back to the hotel for dinner. Everyone should sleep very well tonight after so much excitement.

Please note: Depending on the size of the group, you may visit Father Christmas for either lunch or dinner. The activities and inclusions will remain exactly the same, however. Depending on your mealtime with Father Christmas, you will have either lunch or dinner back at the hotel.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5


Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to Finland today but everyone will be waiting to welcome you again on your next visit to this wonderful place.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Child age: 4-12



Petajalampi Cottages

The hotel has several modern, semi-detached winter cottages, which are located a short walk away from the main hotel building, amongst the trees (approximately 400-500 metres).

Meals are served in the main hotel building and linen, towels and end of stay cleaning are included.

Full pool access is provided for guests throughout. Pool towels can be rented poolside for approximately €6 or guests can simply use the towels from their accommodation.

For larger families, there is also a selection of two-bedroom apartments available, which can fit up to six people, with a sofa bed accommodating two children or one adult. The apartments are decorated in a similar style to the cottages and have the same amenities, plus an extra toilet.

Hotel facilities

One of the main attractions for families is the wonderful pool area. The pool complex includes a 45-metre water slide, a pool for young children, a waterfall, water jet massage stations, two hot tubs and a resistance current river. There is also a wonderful sauna complex to enjoy

The hotel is connected to the Angry Birds Activity Park, which is a huge hit with families

Breakfast is served at the hotel and usually consist of a buffet of international cuisine with some Finnish options for guests to try

The hotel has three restaurants and so if you want something outside of your inclusive meals you can try Café Piazza, the Mango Restaurant or the Sports Bar which offer a variety of snacks and food

There is a small shop in the main reception area which sells tea and coffee, as well as other snacks and drinks


Room Types

Recently built, each semi-detached cottage has two bedrooms: one with a double bed, which can be made into two single beds and one with two single beds.

Each cottage has excellent amenities, including wood-burning stove (with firewood provided), wet room and private sauna (with hairdryer), drying cabinet, washing facilities, a small but well-equipped kitchenette (with kettle), TV and free Wi-Fi. There is a glazed terrace area with lockable storage room.

Meals are served in the main hotel building and linen, towels and end of stay cleaning are included.




Kuusamo is nearby Ruka’s more peaceful sibling – nature takes a front seat in this place, whether you’re talking scenery or activities. Walking trails weave through forests of snow-smothered pines and vast frozen lakes. Or, if you want to spend some time indoors, you can visit the Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. This exhibition hall’s the first of its kind in Finland, and showcases some seriously impressive pictures.

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Booking Details


Reservations: 0161 298 7477

Payments Details

If outside 14 weeks of departure this holiday can be booked by paying a deposit of £400 per person. If within 14 weeks before the full balance is due. Call 0161 298 7477 to book.

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