The best cheap Lapland family holiday deals this winter

From sleigh rides to toboggans and staying in log cabins, it will be an unforgettable family holiday.

Sun Online Travel has rounded up the best family holidays to Lapland out there.

From how to do Lapland on a budget by putting together your own break to all-inclusive package holidays and Lapland day trips, read on for more info.

Where is Lapland and how cold does it get?

Though Father Christmas is meant to live at the North Pole, it’s not the easiest of places to get to – Lapland is a much better option.

Lapland is in Northern Finland on the Arctic Circle and is the perfect place for a winter family adventure in the snow – and you may even see the Northern Lights.

It gets very, very cold in Lapland, and is normally between 0 and -20C, but can be as cold as -40C.

Make sure to pack the warmest clothes possible, including snow boots, snow trousers and coats, thermals, wool socks and jumpers.

How much does it cost to go to Lapland?

Lapland holidays don’t come cheap, but there are ways to keep the breaks more on budget.

One way of doing this is to put together your own flights and hotel package.

Visiting the Santa Claus Holiday Village

The Santa Claus Holiday Village is known as the "official" home of Santa Claus.

Two adults and two children can stay at the Santa Claus Holiday Village in Rovaniemi in Finland for three nights from December 2-5 for £531 for four people, which is £132pp, including buffet breakfast. Click here to book.

This is to stay in a classic cottage, and have a mini-kitchen, TV, sauna and terrace.

Kids can meet Santa every day at the holiday village and can have their photos taken with him and the elves.

The holiday village also has restaurants and cafes and is a few miles from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland.

You can fly to Rovaniemi direct from London for £185 return on Norwegian in December. Click here to book.

Visiting Santa Claus Levi

Levi is a ski resort in Kittilä that's popular with snowboarders as well as skiiers.

It's Finland's biggest ski resort and also has its very own dedicated Santa Claus experience, called Santa Claus Levi.

Families can book an hour at Santa Claus Levi, where they will visit Santa's home, which includes an an elf school, workshop and houses, as well as Christmas drinks and biscuits.

The whole family will get to meet Santa and kids will get a present.

The experience costs €290 (£255) for two adults and two children, with kids under two going free, and transfers from Levi included. Click here to book.

Stay at Polar Star Apartments in Levi for £295 for two adults and two children for two nights in December. Click here to book.

Fly into Kittilä airport with a stop in Helsinki from London Heathrow for £330 per person in December on Finnair. Click here to book.

Voucher website deals

It's worth keeping an eye on voucher websites such as Living Social, Groupon and Wowcher for deals to Lapland.

These pop up from time to time and could save you some serious cash.

Sun Online Travel spotted a three-night deal to Lapland on Groupon that starts at £249pp, including breakfast, return flights and a four-star hotel.

You'll pay an extra £100 per person for extra tours, such as a husky safari and a visit to the Santa Claus Village. Click here to book.

Package holidays to Lapland

Tour operators like TUI and Thomas Cook offer Lapland holidays, with all parts of your break sorted for you.


TUI has a deal on a three night holiday to Yllas in Lapland, staying at Lapland Hotel Saaga in a twin room with bed and breakfast and return flights from Gatwick for £571pp. Click here to book.

Snow clothes are included, which you'll collect on arrival, before the family heads off to go tobogganing.

There's a go on a snowmobile, a story round the fire with Santa's elves, as well as a meetup with Santa.

Other family fun to be had includes cookie decorating, and Christmas tree ornament making.


A company that specialises in ski holidays, Inghams also has reasonably-prices breaks to Lapland, however it's up to families to sort out Santa Claus-themed extras at Santa Claus Levi that will make the experience for children.

Inghams has a seven night self catering break at the three star Levi Cottages based on six people sharing for £429pp, including flights from Gatwick.

Guest can also pre-book half board for an extra fee and have a breakfast and three course dinner each night. Click here to book.

Thomas Cook Lapland day trips

The tour operator puts on one-day holidays to Rovaniemi in Lapland, which are a good option for parents who are out of annual leave at the end of the year.

The one day trips involve flying to Finland and back in the same day, without staying over for the night.

Families will get a private meeting with Santa, a sledge ride with huskies and to explore Santa's Village.

There's also playtime in the snow, with all snow clothes provided on the day. Lunch with soft drinks and in-flight meals are provided.

Prices start at £1,205 for two adults and one child, which works out at £401pp. Click here to book.

Lapland UK

For those who don't have the budget – or the inclination – for a trip overseas, there's a decent alternative at Lapland UK which is in Ascot.

The night before, children will receive a personalised invitation in the post to get them in the mood for the big day. Click here to book.

The experience is four hours long and is immersive, which means that little ones will be transported into Santa's world where they will get to interact with it.

Transported into the Enchanted Forest, kids will get to meet the elves and Santa himself as well as receive presents and check out the toy factory.

There are story readings, and kids will also get to create their own cuddly reindeer and teddies.

Tickets start from £75pp in early December and rise to £120pp on the days closer to Christmas.

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