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12 of the most unusual Christmas family holiday destinations

From white-sand beaches to monochrome hotels and the real deal in Finland, these amazing holidays all evoke a snowy spirit

Posted: 21 November 2013
by Catherine O'Dolan

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Santa Magic in Finland

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a touch of magic from the big laughing fella himself. Head north for a four-day trip to Nellim in Finland, a small and picturesque town nudging the Russian border next to the impressive Lake Inari. 

Stay at the family-run Nellim Wilderness Lodge and you’ll be doing your bit to support the Finnish Lapland tourism trade. It has a Safari House with sleds, toboggans and skis, all free for guest use. Next door are the husky kennels, whose occupants can take you for a snowy sleigh ride, or you may want to visit the frozen lake Inari for tobogganing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or mini-snowmobiling. You’ll also be treated to a meet-and-greet with Father Christmas at a secret location in the forest, and a cross-country trip via tundra, ice sheet and forest floor to the home of  Rudolph, Donner and Prancer.

Departures to Nellim are available from Nordic Experience on December 19 at £1,225 per adult and £995 per child, including flights, transfers, full board, meals, thermal clothing and all activities. Visit

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