Here are our top tips for visiting Lapland UK. This year we visited Santa at Lapland UK. It was our second visit to Lapland UK having first gone in 2016. Thankfully it was just as magical in 2017 as it was on our first visit. My eldest son proclaimed that we have ‘actually only met the real Father Christmas twice, both times at Lapland’ (Uk). The other times we have met Santa are now being put down to visiting Santa’s helpers. So clearly Lapland UK are doing something right.
Don’t get me wrong, visiting Lapland UK is an expensive trip. However we feel it’s worth it, it is after all cheaper than a family visit to Lapland itself. Saying that though, if you’ve forked out to go to Lapland UK, it’s worth making the most of your visit. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of our top tips for visiting Lapland UK.
Top Tips for Visiting Lapland UK
Booking Lapland UK
- Visiting Lapland UK is expensive, costing anywhere upwards of £50 a head. We paid £65 a head. The price is the same for both adults and children over 2 years of age. Furthermore there are no promotional codes or discounts so its best to work out a range of dates you can go and then go for the cheapest
- Register for priority booking so you get a first choice of dates and potentially some offers
- Tickets go on Sale in September so book early to get the best prices and dates
- Going earlier in the month or even in November will save you some pennies as will going midweek. Also it may mean less people on the tour with you which is good thing
- Pick your time slot wisely. The experience lasts for 3 ½ – 4 hours, so for little ones you will want to take into account time for feeding and naps
- The way it works is that you start with the tour which lasts for 1 ½ hours, this includes the toy making and gingerbread cookie decorating. Then you have 1 ½ hours free-time in the winter wonderland with ice-skating and shops to explore before heading on for your scheduled time with Santa. With this in mind choose the time slot which will work best for you
- We went for the 3.30 p.m. slot as this meant that we saw the magical Lapland UK in both the day and night. The winter wonderland looks so pretty when its dark, although little ones may find the finish time too late
Preparation for your visit to Lapland
- Be prepared! As any suspicious kids are likely see through it. Think about how you will explain away the fact that the snow isn’t cold and wet (“its magic snow don’t you know”), why the elves are adult size (“they have made themselves bigger, just so we can see them”) and so on. If they are firm believers like ours they will take all this in their stride and the whole place really does feel magical. However, despite how enchanting it is, I’m not sure I would take an undecided child in an attempt to convince them
- Make the delivery of the invitations part of the experience. We hid the box in the freezer to get it nice and cold and then had it waiting on the mat with a sprinkling of icing sugar – ahem snow!
- If its a bit of a trek, consider booking an overnight stay. There are sister hotels listed on the Lapland UK website. We stayed at the Hilton in St. Annes. Word of warning though, it is party season so check with the hotel with regard to what is on for your planned nights stay
- Lapland UK is is mainly buggy friendly but it is easier without one if you don’t really need it. We took one for our two year old and she was so excited she didn’t get in it once. Consider leaving the buggy behind
Tips for Visiting Lapland UK
- Don’t be late! You can’t reschedule and you will join your party at whatever point in the tour they are at
- On arrival you will be told whether you are a husky or a reindeer. Stand by that door to give you the best seats for when you first enter into the elves woodland
- Once you have seen Santa, you can’t go back to the main shop in the winter wonderland. So, if you want anything its best to get it beforehand. There is however another shop at the end by the exit which is not as big. But it does sell outfits for the husky dogs (husky dog is a gift from Santa) and the Polar Bears that the kids helped the elves make
- Shops take Elf Jingles or debit or credit cards only, no cash. You can pre-purchase Elf Jingles at the welcome desk or online
- Take your camera and take lots of pictures, there are plenty of picture opportunities to be had and many an obliging elf to take a photo with
- Wear warm clothes and comfy shoes. Whilst a lot of it is indoors you will be exposed to the weather when walking between areas and for the bulk of your free time at the winter wonderland. You are also on your feet for a large chunk of it
- Watch out for the extras, it is easy to spend a lot there. Buying the toys that kids helped make will set you back an additional £30 per child
- There is a small café at the entrance and a restaurant in the winter wonderland but they are pretty soul-less . We found it better to call somewhere nice for lunch beforehand and then just buy a hot chocolate and mince pie when we were there rather than using up our free time for lunch
- Don’t rush, you have more time than you think. Also if you’re a little late exiting the winter wonderland for your allocated slot to see Santa, this doesn’t seem to matter
So that’s it! If you have been, we would love to hear from you. If you have any top tips we can add to our top tips for visiting Lapland UK, we’d love to add them to the above. Just let us know via the comments or the contact us page.
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For more information on Lapland UK visit their website at : www.laplanduk.co.uk
If you would like to read more about our visit, have a look at our full review of Lapland UK here.