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Christmas at Ruka and Kuusamo

21.12.2017 - 27.12.2017

Enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas in Ruka and Kuusamo 

The Christmas in Ruka-Kuusamo is all about being active with friends and family, the snowy fell landscape and the delicacies of the local restaurants. With the local tour companies you can hop on a husky or reindeer ride, try ice fishing, fetch a Christmas tree or bake gingerbread cookies with Santa. No Christmas is complete with a delicious meal cooked by local restaurants using reindeer, game, fish, berries and mushrooms from the nearby forests. 

The ‘Christmas Bird’ -musical lights up the Ruka outdoor Stadium on the December 22nd and on Christmas Eve, Santa and his reindeer with be making a visit to the Ruka Village. Before the evening festivities, the traditional Christmas prayer will be held under the front slopes.

The slopes are open:
Fri 22.12.  9.30 am to 11 pm (Night skiing from 7pm to 11pm)
Sat 23.12.  9.30 am to 7 pm
Sun 24.12. 9.30 am to 2 pm
Mon 25.12. 11.15 am to 7 pm

Sign up for the event in Facebook and keep up with the program and possible changes.

Christmas at Ruka and Kuusamo in Facebook

We reserve the right for changes.

Since Christmas is such a short period of time, we've made it a bit longer - this way You can enjoy the magic of Christmas from the end of November until January.

Ruka- Kuusamo Christmas Weekly Programme

#coordinatesofsnow #christmas #santaclaus

Santa's Holiday Secret 

The magic of Christmas is made up of many mysteries revolving around Santa and his little helpers. Solving them would required extremely tuned senses and high Christmas spirit. Until today, what Santa does in the summer time, has been one of the biggest secrets. Last summer however, the Chief of Gifts at the Santa Claus’s main post office sent cards, typically sent around christmas, to all over Ruka Village. “The secret can be revealed! Kind regards, Santa Claus”, said the greetings. 

In Finland, everyone knows that Santa lives in Korvatunturi, Lapland (translates to Ear Mountain). After one Christmas over a century ago, Santa was feeling strangely worn out and stressed. He needed a place to take it easy and relax in the middle of pure nature. In fact, Mrs Claus and the entire elf folk were also in need of a much deserved break and a place to prepare for the upcoming gift-making season ahead of them. 

So just as many Finns do, Santa Claus also decided to get a summer cottage. After receiving a lot of encouragement from friends and loved ones, and hearing from his most trusted elves how beautiful the place was, Santa left the familiar Korvatunturi winter snowscapes to build a cabin in Kuusamo. Hundreds of hardworking little elves hammered and sawed an enormous summer cottage in the grand wilderness landscape. It was an almost an impossible task, because they had to fit an incredible number of helpers and workshops for designing gifts for the upcoming Christmas all under the same roof. 

Already long before the first visitors came to Ruka-Kuusamo, the scent of traditional Christmas food filled the Santa Claus's cottage surroundings. In the wintertime, the gingerbread spices, roasted ham, generous casseroles and other Christmas foods from Kuusamo fed the hungry elves. It is officially the duty of the elves to grow Christmas trees. There are other places that need the scent of conifers than the Kuusamo cottage and Korvatunturi, and every home in Finland is decorated once a year with a beautiful Christmas tree. At the Santa Claus's cottage, Christmas trees bring joy everyday.

Santa Claus and his helpers still live at Korvatunturi for most of the year. He would love to meet all the children and adults of the world over there, but if Korvatunturi were ever opened up to the public, it would become more popular than Disneyland! This would endanger the ancient secrets of making and distributing Christmas gifts. Therefore, Santa Claus has decided to invite visitors to Ruka-Kuusamo, which he also occasionally visits during the wintertime as well! 

Weekly program and fun in the slopes!

Experience unforgettable adventures in the Finnish winter nature by snowmobile, husky sledge, snowshoeing or other activities. Weekly program >

Ruka offers fun & games in the slopes for every day of the week. Some are already classics but there are some completely new activities as well. Fun & Games in the slopes > 

Contact: Ruka Info
Phone: +358 8 8600 250
Email: info@ruka.fi

Thursday 21.12.2017

16:30
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17:00
Meet the reindeers at Rudolf adventure route
Mondays, thursdays and saturdays at 4:30 pm.

Reindeers have an important job as Santa’s little helpers, but what else is going on in reindeers’ life? 

Come meet the reindeers and learn more about reindeer herding by the reindeer fence of Rudolf adventure route. Free of charge. 

Friday 22.12.2017

9:30
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23:00
King of the nighthill
1.12.2017 - 27.4.2018 on fridays. On the last hours of the evening, we will find out who’s the king of the nighthill.

Who ever gets more runs up the lifts (the number of runs in the ski lifts + distance meters of the lift) is the winner, simple as that. 
Place: All slopes that are open | Time: 9:30–23.00 (Check the lifts and slopes that are open from the ski map)

 

14:00
Stiga Competition
Speedy Stiga race in the Rosa & Rudolf snow park (near by the J-lift)

Enrollment on the spot at 1.30 pm.

Free of charge.

Results

All rights for changes are reserved.

19:00
Christmas Bird Musical
At Ruka Ski Stadium

Christmas Bird brings Christmas to the Ruka resort. For years the Christmas Bird has marked the start of Christmas in fell resort.

Christmas Bird is a story full of Christmas spirit. The forest shrouded in blue twilight is full of wondrous elements. This can all be experienced by those seeking real Christmas spirit. With its props made from snow, music choreography and costumes play a big role in the performance. The programme also includes an appearance by Santa Claus and fireworks.

The story is about battle between good and evil. Lotta and Santeri love Christmas and they set off to look for it. However the cruel and arrogant Ice Queen can’t stand Christmas and she wants to capture the children in her ice castle. Ice Queen cannot find them. Ice Queen summons the Northern lights to illuminate the evening and Evil Spirit of the Darkness with his troops to capture the Bird. The gnomes are horrified when they hear that the bird of Christmas has been captured. They ask Santa Claus for help and set off to rescue her. All the creatures in the forest start making their way to the ice castle.

Ruka’s Christmas Bird performance is arranged each year in cooperation between Ruka School and local enterprises. About 230 pupils are in roles in the performance. Ruka School’s staff, parents and volunteers are in big role making it all happen. It all started as a Christmas schoolplay for the parents. Nowadays it’s performance to all who wants find the spirit of Christmas and start Christmas time.

The Bird on good fortune brings Christmas to everybody!

Christmas Bird actors will lead the guests from Ruka village to Ruka Ski Stadium appr. at 6.40 p.m. Gluhwein (non-alcoholic) is served at 6.30 p.m. The musical starts at 7 p.m. Fireworks after the musical.

Tickets 10 e/person, kids under 12 yrs for free. Tickets sales points at Ruka Stadium will be opened prior to the show (cash only). 
Tickets available in advance: Ruka Info, RukaStore, Cumulus Resort Rukahovi reception, Aste Brandstore, Ruka Ski School, Ski-Inn Hotel RukaVillage reception, Hanki Baari. 

We reserve the right for changes.

Rukakeskus Ltd , Tel 0400 101600 , Email: info@ruka.fi
19:00
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23:00
Night Skiing
from December 2nd 2016 until April 13th 2018
There’s nothing murky about wanting to hit the slopes at night! Fridays at 19-23. Lifts are open at night from December 1st 2017 until April 13th 2018. Place: Check open lifts | Time: 19–23

Lifts & Slopes

All rights for changes are reserved.

Rukakeskus Ltd , Tel 0400 101600 , Email: info@ruka.fi
22:00
-
4:00
DJ at Kaarle XII Ski Ruka Night Club
DJ playing the latest hits in Kaarle Ski Ruka Night Club. Karaokebar also open. Entrance fee 3 €. Age limit 18.
Kaarle XII Ski Ruka night club , Tel Tel: +358 200 48126 (0,17 eur/call + 0,75 eur/min) , Email: rukahovi.cumulus@restelhotels.fi

Saturday 23.12.2017

15:30
Suomi Slalom - Giant Slalom competition
For the whole family in the Masto ski area

To all ages and all disciplines. Enrollment at the bottom of the slope number 35 from 11 to 11.45 am,
Price: 4 €/person or 10 €/family

 

Results

We reserve all rights for changes.

16:30
-
17:00
Meet the reindeers at Rudolf adventure route
Mondays, thursdays and saturdays at 4:30 pm.

Reindeers have an important job as Santa’s little helpers, but what else is going on in reindeers’ life? 

Come meet the reindeers and learn more about reindeer herding by the reindeer fence of Rudolf adventure route. Free of charge. 

22:00
-
4:00
DJ at Kaarle XII Ski Ruka Night Club
DJ playing the latest hits in Kaarle Ski Ruka Night Club. Karaokebar also open. Entrance fee 3 €. Age limit 18.
Kaarle XII Ski Ruka night club , Tel Tel: +358 200 48126 (0,17 eur/call + 0,75 eur/min) , Email: rukahovi.cumulus@restelhotels.fi

Sunday 24.12.2017

12:30
-
14:30
Christmas Lunch at Kaarle XII Ski Ruka restaurant
Christmas lunch from buffet a 29,90 eur / person, children 0-12 years -50% Lunch is available at 12.30-14.30

Table reservations rukahovi.cumulus@restel.fi or tel. +358 200 48 126 ( 0,17€/call + 0,81€/ min + local call charge) 

Kaarle XII Christmas Lunch Menu

Christmas Dinner buffet seatings are fully booked and cannot be reserved. 
Restaurant Kaltiokivi serves from 12  to 22 with a la carte menu with out prior reservations.   

 

Kaarle XII Ski Ruka , Tel Tel: +358 200 48126 groups&meetings sales +358 (0)200 373 23 (0,17 eur/call + 0,75 eur/min) , Email: rukahovi.cumulus@restelhotels.fi , groups &meetings sales: north.sales@restel.fi
13:00
-
14:00
Santa Claus at Ruka
Santa Claus is happy to meet everyone in Family Park and at Ruka village in Tykky Tower's stage.

Meet Santa on Christmas Eve 24.12.2017: 
At 10 - 12 at Rosa & Rudolf Family Park (Ruka East near SkiBistro)
At 13 - 14 in Ruka village Tykky Tower's stage

Meet Santa on Christmas Day 25.12.2017: 
At 14 - 16 in Ruka village Tykky Tower's stage

Free of charge. We reserve the right for changes (since Santa is really busy and may have trouble getting to places in time). 

14:00
-
22:00
Christmas Eve Dinner at Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant
Real treats on Christmas Eve 24.12.2016 at 12-20 in Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant

Prices: 48,50 €/person, kids under 12 years -50%, kids under 4 years for free. 
Menu includes wild game delicacies and some local specialities too!

Book your table well in advance, we only have a few tables available! 
Table reservations: +358 8 869 1219, riistaravintola@riipisen.fi

 

14:15
Christmas Prayer at Ruka
by the Front Slopes in Ruka Village

The ceremony is held by Vicar Taina Manninen. The Kuusamon Mieslaulajat Choir will also perform at the occasion.

The 4-person chairlift be open for 10 minutes afterwards for people that need access to Vuosseli.

All rights reserved.

Rukakeskus Ltd , Tel 0400 101600 , Email: info@ruka.fi
15:00
Christmas dinner at Restaurant Zone

Delicious Christmas dinner is waiting for you and your family right at the center of Ruka village (address Rukankyläntie 13).
You also get a chance to meet the Santa Claus himself, who will come for a visit to the restaurant.

Prices: 59€/adult, 29€/children 5-12 years old, 12€/ children 2-4 years old, children under 2-years old for free

Bookings by 10. 12.

Zone´s Christmas menu

15:00
-
17:15
Christmas Eve Dinner in forest restaurant Kontioluola
Delicious Christmas Eve dinner in forest restaurant Kontioluola at 15 & 18.

Table reservations to Ruka Safaris' sales office, tel. + 358 8 8521610 / sales(at)rukasafaris.fi or online booking.

Dinner at 15.00-17.15 is fully booked.
Dinner at 18.00-20.15 is fully booked (please ask available spots). 

Kontioluola Christmas Menu

Price 45 € / adult & 27 € / child 4-11 years
With transfers 54 € & 36 € / child 4-11 years

Address to the Kontioluola restaurant is Onkerniementie 14, Rukajärvi.

Take a look in Kontioluola

Ruka Safaris Ltd , Tel +358 8 8521610 , Email: sales@rukasafaris.fi
16:00
Christmas Eve dinner in countryside restaurant Klubi
True Christmas spirit comes from being in the heart of the wilderness, under the starry sky and the blazing northern lights, surrounded by snow-covered nature.

At our Private Restaurant Klubi, we serve delicious, home-made Christmas dinner in which only the freshest of quality local and Finnish ingredients are used. 

Christmas dinner is available at 16.00 and at 20.00. Later dinner time Santa Claus visit his reindeer. Table reservation in advance to the Isokenkäisten Klubi phone number:+358 400 9722 60 or info@ikk.fi. Transport is provided for an extra charge if required.

Dinner price at 16.00: 42,00€ / adult and 24,00€ child 4-11 years 
Dinner price at 20.00: 52,00 / adult and 30,00€ child 4-11 years. THIS 20.00 SERVICE IS FULLY BOOKED (STILL VACANCIES FOR 16:00)..

Address: Heikinjärventie 3, 93600 Kuusamo

Chritmas Eve Dinner

Isokenkäisten Klubi , Tel +358 (0) 400 972 260 , Mobile: +358 (0) 40 706 6839 , Email: info@ikk.fi
16:00
Christmas Prayer at Käylä Church
16:00
-
18:30
Christmas Eve dinner at restaurant Ruka Peak
Delicious Christmas Eve dinner in Ruka Peak, setting 16.00-18.30 and 19.00-22.30.

Price 59€/person
(children 39€/person, 2/courses)
Table service.

Ruka Peak Christmas Menu

Restaurant Ruka Peak & Chalet Ruka Peak , Tel +358 (0) 8 868 4100 , Email: info@rukapeak.fi
16:00
-
22:00
Christmas Eve Dinner at Villisika *FULLY BOOKED*
Served at 4 pm and 7 pm.

Christmas Dinner
Prices: 49 €/person, 24,50 €/kids under 12 years.
Situation 2.12.2017: Both settings are fully booked.

Villisika Christmas Menu

Villisika Family Restaurant , Tel +358 400 101 620 , Email: myynti@ravintola.fi
18:00
Christmas dinner at Restaurant Zone

Delicious Christmas dinner is waiting for you and your family right at the center of Ruka village (address Rukankyläntie 13).
You also get a chance to meet the Santa Claus himself, who will come for a visit to the restaurant.

Prices: 59€/adult, 29€/children 5-12 years old, 12€/ children 2-4 years old, children under 2-years old for free

Bookings by 10. 12.

Zone´s Christmas menu

18:00
-
20:15
Christmas Eve Dinner in forest restaurant Kontioluola *FULLY BOOKED*
Delicious Christmas Eve dinner in forest restaurant Kontioluola at 15 & 18.

Table reservations to Ruka Safaris' sales office, tel. + 358 8 8521610 / sales(at)rukasafaris.fi or online booking.

Situation 7.12.2017:
Dinner at 15.00-17.15 is fully booked. 
Dinner at 18.00-20.15 is fully booked. 

Kontioluola Christmas Menu

Price 45 € / adult & 27 € / child 4-11 years
With transfers 54 € & 36 € / child 4-11 years

Address to the Kontioluola restaurant is Onkerniementie 14, Rukajärvi.

Take a look in Kontioluola

Ruka Safaris Ltd , Tel +358 8 8521610 , Email: sales@rukasafaris.fi
19:00
-
22:30
Christmas Eve dinner at restaurant Ruka Peak
Delicious Christmas Eve dinner in Ruka Peak, setting 16.00-18.30 and 19.00-22.30.

 

Santa Claus and Antti reindeer visit us at 5.30 pm!

 

Price 59€/person
(children 39€/person, 2/courses)
Table service.

Ruka Peak Christmas Menu

Restaurant Ruka Peak & Chalet Ruka Peak , Tel +358 (0) 8 868 4100 , Email: info@rukapeak.fi
20:00
Christmas Eve dinner in countryside restaurant Klubi
True Christmas spirit comes from being in the heart of the wilderness, under the starry sky and the blazing northern lights, surrounded by snow-covered nature.

At our Private Restaurant Klubi, we serve delicious, home-made Christmas dinner in which only the freshest of quality local and Finnish ingredients are used. 

Christmas dinner is available at 16.00 and at 20.00. Later dinner time Santa Claus visit his reindeer. Table reservation in advance to the Isokenkäisten Klubi phone number:+358 400 9722 60 or info@ikk.fi. Transport is provided for an extra charge if required.

Dinner price at 16.00: 42,00€ / adult and 24,00€ child 4-11 years 
Dinner price at 20.00: 52,00 / adult and 30,00€ child 4-11 years

Address: Heikinjärventie 3, 93600 Kuusamo

Chritmas Eve Dinner

Isokenkäisten Klubi , Tel +358 (0) 400 972 260 , Mobile: +358 (0) 40 706 6839 , Email: info@ikk.fi

Monday 25.12.2017

12:30
-
14:30
Christmas Lunch at Kaarle XII Ski Ruka restaurant
Christmas lunch from buffet a 29,90 eur / person, children 0-12 years -50% Lunch is available at 12.30-14.30

Table reservations rukahovi.cumulus@restel.fi or tel. +358 200 48 126 ( 0,17€/call + 0,81€/ min + local call charge) 

Kaarle XII Christmas Lunch Menu

Christmas Dinner buffet seatings are fully booked and cannot be reserved. 
Restaurant Kaltiokivi serves from 12  to 22 with a la carte menu with out prior reservations.   

Kaarle XII Ski Ruka , Tel Tel: +358 200 48126 groups&meetings sales +358 (0)200 373 23 (0,17 eur/call + 0,75 eur/min) , Email: rukahovi.cumulus@restelhotels.fi , groups &meetings sales: north.sales@restel.fi
14:00
-
16:00
Santa Claus at Ruka
Santa Claus is happy to meet everyone in Family Park and at Ruka village in Tykky Tower's stage.

Meet Santa on Christmas Eve 24.12.2017:
At 10 - 12 at Rosa & Rudolf Family Park (Ruka East near SkiBistro)
At 13 - 14 in Ruka village Tykky Tower's stage

Meet Santa on Christmas Day 25.12.2017: 
At 14 - 16 in Ruka village Tykky Tower's stage

We reserve the right for changes (since Santa is really busy and may have trouble getting to places in time). 

15:00
Christmas dinner at Restaurant Zone

Delicious Christmas dinner is waiting for you and your family right at the center of Ruka village (address Rukankyläntie 13).
You also get a chance to meet the Santa Claus himself, who will come for a visit to the restaurant.

Prices: 59€/adult, 29€/children 5-12 years old, 12€/ children 2-4 years old, children under 2-years old for free

Bookings by 10. 12.

Zone´s Christmas menu

16:30
-
17:00
Meet the reindeers at Rudolf adventure route
Mondays, thursdays and saturdays at 4:30 pm.

Reindeers have an important job as Santa’s little helpers, but what else is going on in reindeers’ life? 

Come meet the reindeers and learn more about reindeer herding by the reindeer fence of Rudolf adventure route. Free of charge. 

22:00
-
4:00
DJ at Kaarle XII Ski Ruka Night Club
DJ playing the latest hits in Kaarle Ski Ruka Night Club. Karaokebar also open. Entrance fee 3 €. Age limit 18.
Kaarle XII Ski Ruka night club , Tel Tel: +358 200 48126 (0,17 eur/call + 0,75 eur/min) , Email: rukahovi.cumulus@restelhotels.fi

Tuesday 26.12.2017

10:00
Christmas Carols at Kuusamo Holy Cross Church
No entrance fee.

Location: Kuusamo Holy Cross Church, Kitronintie 11, 93600 Kuusamo. 

11:00
-
14:30
Lovely reindeer at Ruka village
Welcome to meet reindeer with a reindeer herder at Ruka village at 11-14.30 and in Rosa & Rudolf Family Park at 15-16.

Available on Tue-Wed 26.-27.12. and Fri-Sat 29.-30.12. (Fri from 12.00) and
Tue-Wed 2.-3.1. and Fri-Sat 5.-6.1.

FREE OF CHARGE. Welcome!

Kujala Reindeer Farm , Tel +358 40 5515 927 , Email: kujalanporotila@gmail.com
16:00
Happy Hour at Ski School
Improve your skills at the slopes together with your friend!

Ruka Ski School offers two persons with the price of one for 50 min or 1h40min private lesson.
Offer includes skiing, snowboarding, telemark and cross-country skiing lessons. Tuesdays at 16.00. 

To book your lesson call +358 400 101 635. Places are limited. 

 

22:00
-
4:00
DJ at Kaarle XII Ski Ruka Night Club
DJ playing the latest hits in Kaarle Ski Ruka Night Club. Karaokebar also open. Entrance fee 3 €. Age limit 18.
Kaarle XII Ski Ruka night club , Tel Tel: +358 200 48126 (0,17 eur/call + 0,75 eur/min) , Email: rukahovi.cumulus@restelhotels.fi

Wednesday 27.12.2017

11:00
-
14:30
Lovely reindeer at Ruka village
Welcome to meet reindeer with a reindeer herder at Ruka village at 11-14.30 and in Rosa & Rudolf Family Park at 15-16.

Available on Tue-Wed 26.-27.12. and Fri-Sat 29.-30.12. (Fri from 12.00) and
Tue-Wed 2.-3.1. and Fri-Sat 5.-6.1.

FREE OF CHARGE. Welcome!

Kujala Reindeer Farm , Tel +358 40 5515 927 , Email: kujalanporotila@gmail.com
15:15
Slalom contest for kids
On Wednesdays at 15:15. Take turns and make some curves!

Playful contest, where every contestant will be timed but everyone’s a winner.
Place: Bistro slope  I Time: 15.15. (registration 15.00)