Christmas is a hugely magical time in our house and one of our most favourite times of year. One of our annual Christmas traditions involves taking the boys to visit somewhere ‘magical’. After hearing lots of rave reviews, we chose to book Lapland UK and check it out for ourselves. This Lapland UK Review shares our experience and reveals whether it really delivers the magic it promises.
Lapland UK Review: It is really true?
Before I begin, I want to share that this Lapland UK review was not endorsed or sponsored by Lapland UK, and no free tickets or money off was given. This post reviews the event from the perspective of our full priced family experience. So here goes…
Lapland UK Review: Booking and Pre-Visit
We booked to visit on a Sunday early December. Booking was really straightforward on the website. Whilst I wasn’t expecting it to be cheap, the cost was a bit of a gulp moment. Two adults and two children was £376. Eeek. But, ever the optimist, in comparison to the real Lapland this is definitely a more cost effective option.
After booking, you are invited to “Personalise My Visit” on the website. Here you input information about your children to ensures Father Christmas has what he needs ahead of your visit. You can also pre-book any extras you’d like for the day, for example Elf hats.
In late November a package arrived. Gift wrapped in a lovely personalised presentation box, our tickets to Lapland UK had arrived! Jel (our Kindness Christmas Elf) delivered it to the boys on 1st December.
Lapland UK Welcome
Arrival and parking at Lapland UK was easy. Once parked we made our way through to the entrance of Lapland UK. Upon arrival, festive Elves checked us in and explained the process for the day to the children. We collected our Elf passport, ‘Team Husky’ stickers and waited in the holding area with the gathering of smiling, excited faces ready for our allocated time slot.
Let’s go to Lapland!
When the time is right, the Woodland Elves take you through to the Enchanted Forest. Here we enjoyed a short interactive production where the children learnt what an important job they have to do today in Lapland. Following a magical elf poem, the oversized dark doors opened to reveal that we had indeed been magically transported to snowy Lapland. The children stood open mouthed and eyes glistening. It was so magical.
We headed through the snowy walkways and arrived at Father Christmas’ Toy Factory. The elves shared how they had fallen behind on production and needed the children to help make soft toys so they could get back on track. Cue very excited little people: “Mummy…we are actually helping the elves save Christmas”
Next was a visit to Mother Christmas’ kitchen. Here the children decorated a gingerbread tree decoration with sweeties and icing. After the decorating was complete, Mother Christmas gathered the children for a special Christmassy story.
The Elfen Village
After our sessions helping the Elves and Mother Christmas, we had some time to explore the Elfen Village.
This little area felt incredibly magical and christmassy. Snow covered trees, wooden cabins, twinkly lights.
There’s a gift shop, sweetie shop, post office and outdoor skating rink. The “small folk” doors for the children to walk through are a lovely touch. After collecting all our passport stamps, we collected the gold bell from the Elf Emporium. We had purchased a ‘Conker’ elf hat so the addition of a special jingle bell was met with MUCH excitement!! Finally, we met the resident Lapland Husky Hero dogs.
There’s a restaurant and plenty of ‘winter cabins’ offering refreshments. The Elfen Village operates on ‘Elf Jingles’ (pre-purchased) and cards only. Any unused jingles can be changed back into pounds at the exit.
Ice skating was definitely our family favourite. The rink is very well catered for younger children, with over shoe skates and support penguins to skate around with.
Meeting Father Christmas
At our allocated time slot, we checked in ready for Father Christmas. En route, we passed through the forest seeing some elf houses and the reindeer. Passing through the ironmongers, we also saw the real Father Christmas sleigh. OB said he thought it was just a magical as he had imagined it was *heartmelt-moment*. An Elf escorted us to Father Christmas’ cabin where we waited to be called in. Then it came, time to meet the man himself.
Visiting Father Christmas was no less spectacular than the rest of the day. He knew the children’s names, what they asked him for in their letters and even what they got last year! Minds. Absolutely. Blown. There was some time for some pictures then we collected our gift and left with big smiles.
Lapland UK Review: The Verdict
So…the finale of this Lapland UK review… does it deserve the hype and hard cash?
These are the elements we found really special and entirely worthy of the rave reviews;
- Immersive Experience: From the moment we arrived, we knew it was going to be a wonderful experience. Everyone in the whole of Lapland UK is ‘in character’. The scenery and set is a total winter wonderland. Even as an adult, it felt like stepping into a magical land of pure Christmas.
- Exclusivity: The number of visitors in one time slot is perfect – it was busy but there were no big queues at any point. The group activities are the perfect size for children to feel included but not overwhelmed.
- All Inclusive Ticket: There are no activities on offer which you have to pay extra for. Helping at the Toy Factory, biscuit decorating in Mother Christmas’ kitchen, posting a letter to Santa and ice skating are all included with an entry fee. Also included in the price is visiting Father Christmas and a toy.
The only downside for us was the cost. It is a pretty expensive day out for most families, ours included. But do I think its worth the price tag? For the experience we had and the magic the boys felt, yes. In order to save money, avoid weekend dates and the whole two weeks before Christmas. By avoiding this dates, entrance tickets start at £55pp – a saving of up to £156 for a family of 4! Unfortunately our date was fixed so we couldn’t be flexible and save. If you can secure the lower priced tickets – one hundred percent, book it right now!
We left Lapland UK feeling like kicked off the Christmas season in style – it was wonderful family day and a great experience for all of us. It will certainly be a magical childhood Christmas memory the boys never forget.
I really hope you’ve found this Lapland UK Review helpful. Let us know if you went and what you thought?
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