Lapland UK is an immersive magical Christmas adventure set right here in Berkshire! Families can step into the secret Elven world and experience the true magic of Christmas with a visit to the Toy Factory, Mother Christmas, The Elven Village and of course Father Christmas himself!
What is the Experience Like?
The journey starts in The Enchanted Forest where the elves put on an incredible theatrical display (after you have checked in and received your passports) before you discover the secret doorway into Lapland. You are led in a group for these first few parts of the experience with some free time later on.
The first stop once you have entered the doorway into Lapland is the Toy Factory where the children help the elves to make a soft toy. Your family is sat at your own table and after watching another performance from the elves you set to work on stuffing the soft toys.
Next is a visit to Mother Christmas where the children can decorate their own gingerbread men (Father Christmas’s favourite treat!) and also listen to a story read by Mother Christmas. The attention to detail is incredible and the characters are so full of life and festive cheer.
As you walk through the snowy trees between each part of the experience you can stop to look at some of the elves’ homes. It really does feel like you’ve been transported somewhere truly magical. Each house has a little sign so you can see which elf it belongs to and there are lots of fantastic photo opportunities. There’s always something to see!
Once you leave Mother Christmas’ kitchen, you walk a little further into Lapland and into the Elven Village. As you walk over one of the bridges, there is an opportunity for a family photo which you can choose to purchase at the end of the experience if you wish.
You can then spend up to 90 minutes exploring the Elven Village before you head off to meet Father Christmas himself! There is plenty to do in the Village – places to eat and drink, a sweet shop, toy shop, post office (where the children can write and then send off their letter to Father Christmas) and an ice rink with a huge Christmas tree.
Elves walk around the village and stop for a chat with the children as they go. There is an opportunity to meet Father Christmas’s huskies and also watch one of the elves performing some magic.
There are fairy lights and snow on the trees and it all looks so magical. We would highly recommend booking your experience towards the end of the afternoon once the light starts to fade as it looks even more breath-taking in the dark.
The children are given passports when they enter the experience at the start and there is a time printed on the back which indicates when you need to leave the Elven Village and start making your way towards Father Christmas. Everything is planned to perfection and adults also receive a text message in the village to remind you of your exit time.
Upon leaving the Village you follow yet another magical trail towards Father Christmas’s home. First stop is the see his reindeer – Rudolph is ‘sleeping’ but you can cleverly see his red nose shining from one of the sheds.
You then enter Santa’s workshop and see Santa’s sleigh which you can also have a family photo in front of.
The final stop is Father Christmas! You wait in a little area for your name to be called before an elf takes you on yet another magical path to see him. You are given the opportunity to fill out a form online for each child in advance of your visit to ensure Father Christmas knows some facts about your little one. You can change these details right up until the last minute just in case something really special happens right before you see him!
You get about 10-15minutes for your personalised visit with Father Christmas in his cosy little wood cabin home where he talks to the children about what they have been up to in Lapland and he shows them their name in his Good List book which the children are wowed by! He then gives them each a soft toy huskie from his sack and their own special golden bell which he only awards to the best elves! A family photo is taken here as well.
When you leave Father Christmas you enter a gift shop which marks the end of the experience. Here you can collect one complimentary photo (and purchase any others you would also like) and are also given the finished soft toy that the children helped the elves make in the Toy Shop. This is handed over discreetly wrapped in a bag so that you can give them to the children as a special surprise on Christmas morning along with a little card from Father Christmas (which is sent with the initial invitations).
Eating at Lapland UK
You can purchase hot drinks and snacks before you enter the tour and there are also lots of different places to get food and drink in the Elven Village, including a restaurant. There is also the sweet shop in the Elven Village if you wanted to take any treats home with you.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat before or after your visit Lapland UK have a look at this blog post which is full of local restaurant, cafes and pubs.
Parking at Lapland UK
Parking is included in the ticket price and well signposted as you approach the experience. There are lots of marshals to help with the parking – just remember what area you are parked in before you leave your car as the car park is very large!
The address is Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8BD.
The Lapland UK website can be found here.
The tickets are not cheap but the experience is absolutely incredible and a once in a lifetime Christmas day out! Tickets go on sale at the start of the year and usually sell out within a day so you need to be prepared. If you are interested in going, we recommend signing up to the Lapland UK mailing list to ensure you are the first to know when the tickets are released. You can do that here.
Lapland UK really have thought of everything to ensure that families have the most magical Christmas experience with them. There are so many little extra touches which just make it so magical – including messages from Father Christmas (for parents to play to the children both before and after their visit), invitations with augmented reality so that the children can see some of the elves come to life in their own home and a note from Father Christmas to give to the children on Christmas morning along with the toy they helped to make which is such a lovely way to end the experience for them.
Attractions Near Lapland UK
If you are looking for attractions and place to visit before or after your Lapland UK visit, then this blog post is full of local ideas.
Christmas in Berkshire
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