LaplandUK – “Better than the real thing” said ElizabethNovember 23, 2015
We began our journey in the enchanted forest where we met two special elves who told us where elves come from and lots of other facinating things. The area we were in was full of fabulous details that really set the expectations for the day.
After using some magic to activate the door to LaplandUK we followed our herder towards the toy factory.
In Mother Christmas’s kitchen we met three more elves before the little folk decorated gingerbread houses with sweets and icing and then sat down to listen to Mother Christmas tell the story of the gingerbread man. Mother Christmas made us promise not to give the gingerbread houses to Father Christmas and sent us off to explore the Elf village.
We were completely immersed in our experience by now having been taken on this wonderful journey from the enchanted forest through the toy factory and Mother Christmas’s kitchen meeting all sorts of delightful characters who looked and sounded the part. Everything looked amazing and as we walked around the corner into the elf village it took my breathe away.
I have to admit that meeting Father Christmas was the only slightly disappointing part to our day. He was fabulous and in character and we got to spend quite a while with him but his cushion on his stomach was obviously square and it kept slipping (not that the girls noticed at all). This was the only slip up throughout the whole three and a half hours that we were there but it certainly didn’t spoil it for us and as we were getting ready to leave Elizabeth turned to me and said that it was the best day ever and LaplandUK was much better than the real Lapland! Certainly great praise from a notoriously hard to please child who finally believed in the magic of Christmas and told me that we saw the real Santa at LaplandUK.
The price of LaplandUK might put a lot of people off visiting and it does seem like a lot but it is on par with a trip to the theatre. With so many activities to take part in, plus the fact the kids get to keep the gingerbread house and they get given a fantastic cuddly Husky, as well as time for ice skating, meeting Huskys and Reindeer and all the immersive theatre I believe it is well worth the money. It is worth noting that a photo with Santa cost £15 (or 3 for £30) and a cup of coffee is around £3 which does add up but I would happily pay to return next year because it was the best festive experience we have ever had.