Wake Up Santa - 4 Days


An authentic, more personalised trip to Lapland with lots of activities and a private Santa visit! 


Duration: 4 Days

The Wake up Santa trip lets you experience the real Lapland, away from mass-market, over-commercialised trips. This trip is a much more personalised experience.

The run-up to Christmas is a magical time in Lapland. Santa is getting ready for his mammoth journey across the world, the elves are busy making all the presents. What better time to pay him a visit with your Christmas wishes for the year?

Staying in Jeris Lakeside Resort you can guarantee that Santa’s reindeer and the elves are not far away.

The highlight of this holiday will be meeting the great man himself. During your stay you'll go out into the forest searching by snowmobile for Santa. Eyes peeled, as you look out for elves on the way. As you get closer you can see moving lanterns as the elves sneak up through the forest and greet you on your sleigh. They know the secret path to Santa’s cabin and will guide your family along the lantern-lit path straight to his door. As your children knock on his door will they wake him up from his little nap around the fire?

Departure Airports: London Heathrow with Finnair via Helsinki. Manchester also possible but the flight schedule would involve an overnight stay in Helsinki on the return journey.

It's Easy to Book....

Contact us to check latest availability. If you wish to proceed we will need to know your chosen departure date then make sure we have names as per passports, dates of birth for all and contact details for the "lead" traveller together with a deposit; all of which can be done over the phone or through our secure online payment page (powered by WorldPay).

Full payment required if within 8 weeks of travel date.

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  • Depart Airport
  • Thu 30th Nov 2023 London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Thu 7th Dec 2023 London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Thu 14th Dec 2023 London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Sun 17th Dec 2023 London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Wed 20th Dec 2023 London Heathrow (LHR)

What's included:

  • Flights (indirect scheduled flights via Helsinki)
  • Round trip transfers from Kittila airport
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on full board basis
  • Warm winter clothing: On arrival you will be provided with everything you need to stay snug and cosy - a thermal winter suit, winter boots, woollen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava.
  • Christmas dinner
  • Private Santa meeting
  • Santa gift service *
  • 6 km husky safari
  • 20 km snowmobile safari
  • Reindeer ride & farm visit
  • Winter Village Snow Hotel visit to see the snow wall carvings **
  • Snow fun including children's snowmobiles
  • Cookie baking
  • All day tea and coffee for adults
  • Soft drinks for children
  • Children's welcome pack
  • All taxes and government air passenger duty

*Santa Gift Service: bring with you your children’s letter to Santa along with a small gift from their wish list (maximum value €20) and they will be waiting in the cabin. Imagine your child’s eyes light up when they realise that not only has Santa received their letter but he already has one gift from their wish list ready for them!

**Weather dependent


Arrival at Kittila airport and transfer to Muonio to either the Harriniva Hotel or the Jeris cabins. You will be issued with your warm winter clothes either tonight or tomorrow morning. Dinner and overnight in your cosy hotel room or cabin.

After breakfast you'll head off to a local reindeer farm to meet the reindeer. You will have a chance to feed them, learn how to throw a lasso and experience a short reindeer ride. Lunch will be served in the ice restaurant*.

This afternoon you'll visit the husky farm where you will have a guided tour and meet some of the adorable husky pups! Learn a little about the dogs before enjoying an exhilarating dog sled ride. This evening enjoy a Christmas dinner before retiring to your hotel room or cabin

*Lunch in the ice restaurant is weather dependent. Should the ice restaurant not be ready lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional kota.

After breakfast you'll head out on a 20km snowmobile safari, with two adults sharing a snowmobile and children sitting in a sled pulled by a local guide.

After a short break for your included lunch you'll bake Finnish cookies. The afternoon continues with snow fun. Try your hand at snowshoeing, cross country skiing or zooming down the toboggan slope (you are never too old to toboggan!). Children will also have a chance to drive their own mini snowmobile (under supervision). Then the highlight of the trip as you are whisked off into the forest by snowmobile sled in search of Santa's secret hideout. Dinner and overnight in your hotel room or cabin.

After breakfast departure to Kittila airport.

This is a sample itinerary, a full itinerary will be given in resort. We hold the right for changes in the programme itinerary according to weather conditions.


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  • ATOL cover for flight inclusive holidays.
  • One of us at Rediscover the World is very likely to have visited the hotels and travelled along the routes on your itinerary.
  • Dynamic, comprehensive travel app with all your documents, maps and much more.
  • Full financial protection for your holiday (TTA).

Why book Lapland with us ?

  • All trips are fully protected by ATOL & the operator's ABTA. Your money is guaranteed safe by the Travel Trust Association (T6816).
  • We offer exclusively non-commercialised trips.
  • All of us have visited & guided trips to Lapland.
  • Our advice is completely impartial.
  • We offer a FREE payment-plan service.

Why consult our expert ?

  • Dawn started escorting trips to see Santa in 1993 & has been many, many times to various parts of Lapland since then.
  • We are confident that she is the most experienced Lapland consultant around. Please contact Dawn for impartial and knowledgeable advice prior to making your booking with us.
  • Dawn has also compiled a list of Hints and Tips, which will be sent out with every booking.