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Snowy treehouse | © Santa Park Artic World
Snowy treehouse | © Santa Park Artic World
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This Is the Most Christmassy Place on Earth

Picture of Alice Johnston
Food Editor
Updated: 11 December 2017
It’s the most magical time of the year. And in Lapland, Christmas is more enchanting than you can even imagine. Snow, huskies, igloos…this place has it all.

Snooze in glass igloos on the Arctic Circle

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These glass-roofed heated igloos mean you can watch the Northern Lights play overhead without even leaving the comfort of your bed. Admire the falling snow, snuggle under fluffy blankets and keep a beady eye out in case Santa flies overhead. You’ll be cosy and warm inside your igloo – let’s hope you’ll be able to tear your eyes away from the sky long enough to fall asleep.

From £375 ($500)
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Sleep like a squirrel in your very own Arctic tree house

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Snowy treehouse | © Santa Park Artic World

These incredibly cosy tree houses are, in fact, not up trees, but balanced elegantly on stilts above the ground. Their nest-like comfort means you won’t have any problem drifting off into slumber. There’s a spa and a luxury restaurant onsite – all hidden away in a magical forest.

From £ ($425)
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Have your very own husky adventure

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Husky adventure | © Culture Trip

Speed through the enchanting forests of Lapland on a sled driven by your very own dog team. With nothing but the sound of panting huskies and the snow underneath your sled, you’ll truly feel like you’ve left the world behind. And, best of all, you’ll get to play with the hard-working huskies afterwards.

From £140 ($187)
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Hunt for the Northern Lights (you’ll probably find them)

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The Northern Lights | © Culture Trip

You can go Aurora hunting with a professional guide, which will give you the best possible chance of seeing the lights dance across the night sky. You’ll be chauffeured in a minivan to one of 50 spots to see the light show, with to-the-second information about sightings and weather given by your guide. When you get to the remote, beautiful spot, your professional-photography guide will help you capture the moment so you never forget it.

From £125 ($167)
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Meet the real Santa

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The real Santa | © Culture Trip

Yes, he really is the real Santa. Visit with the big man in red for free and see if you can bring yourself to disbelieve the magic (trust us, you won’t be able to). Find out whether you’re on the naughty list and chat with Santa about his plans for Christmas this year.

Free entrance, with charges for photos and videos
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Visit Santa’s post office

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Santa’s post office | © Culture Trip

Part of Finland’s official postal service, come and meet the elves who receive, sort and answer letters to Santa from all over the world. You can even get an official reply from Kris Kringle if you want. Read letters from around the globe to see what children (and maybe a few adults) are wishing for this year, and stock up on official Santa merchandise.

Free entrance
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