Want to make Christmas truly magical? We make a special journey to Lapland UK in Ascot, Berkshire, to find out whether the experience is worth the extra expense.
We were delighted when we were asked to review Lapland UK. We have tried several Father Christmas experiences with our children and as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
Tickets to Lapland UK are not cheap. But I can honestly say, hand on heart, this is the most magical thing I have ever done and it is worth every penny.
The big arrival
On the journey to Lapland UK the weather was wet and blustery and very cold. As we ventured through the magical door into the enchanted forest it really was as if we were in a different world, beautiful blue skies overhead and snow on the trees around us.
On arrival we checked in with the elves and changed up some money into elf jingles. The magic had begun, while we waited for our group timeslot the elves entertained the children brilliantly, fooling around and making them laugh.
At 10.00 our group was taken though a magical forest path to our first port of call. A gorgeously decorated forest scene; the children were entranced.
Next up was the toy factory. Our children were so eager to help the elves make the toys. Tiny things like the ‘little folk’ sized door to enter the toy factory all helped to make this experience truly magical.
The next room was where we met Mother Christmas. The children decorated gingerbread men and listened to a story.
We were then given about an hour to spend in the village square. This was total escapism for me. There was an ice rink, restaurant, post office (where the children can write their letter to Santa), husky dogs, sweet emporium and lots of elves doing tricks.
With a gentle breeze it felt like it was snowing, amazing!
Believing the magic
Finally, we were taken by one of the elves deep into the forest to meet Father Christmas. Now this was AMAZING!!
He was brilliant. You are asked to provide details about your children in advance of the trip, both when you book and a week before your visit. My daughter’s exact words: “How do you know that I met Cinderella last week?” We spent a good ten minutes with Father Christmas before the children received their gifts and had photos taken.
- Plenty of toilet and baby changing facilities.
- Food/drinks have to be purchased on site and unsurprisingly this is quite pricey – £3 for a coffee.
- Wrap up warm and wear wellies. It takes place in the middle of a forest so is quite chilly and muddy in places.
- Paths are all buggy friendly. However, there are some steep bits up and down in the woods.
For more information, prices, and availability, please visit: www.laplanduk.co.uk