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Christmas at Ruka and Kuusamo

22.12.2019 - 27.12.2019

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. 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:
​Sat 21.12.  from 9.30 am to 7 pm 
Sun 22.12.  from 9.30 am to 7 pm 
Mon 23.12.  from 9.30 am to 7 pm
Tue 24.12. from 9.30 am to 2 pm
Wed 25.12. from 11.15 am to 7 pm

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

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Weekly program and fun in the slopes!

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 > 

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Contact: Ruka Info
Phone: +358 8 8600 250

Sunday 22.12.2019

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, Scandic Rukahovi reception, Aste Brandstore, Ruka Ski School, Ski-Inn Hotel RukaVillage reception, Hanki Baari. 

We reserve the right for changes.

Monday 23.12.2019

14:30
Rosa & Rudolf Kid's fun
Kid's own fun club at Family Park every monday!

Easy ride with Rosa & Rudolf - all participants are winners!

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Rukan Rinnehuvit

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K-Market, Ruka Ski Resort, Kuusamo, Finland

 

16:30
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.

Tuesday 24.12.2019

Lappish dinner goes Christmas
Local Wild food delicacies with a Christmas flavor served in restaurant Kontioluola (Bears cave). This mythical restaurant is hidden in a forest seven kilometers from Ruka.   During the dinner we will enjoy local delicacies as fish from our lakes, berries from our forests and reindeer with very typical Lappish style. Dinner includes transfers from Ruka.

Local Wild food delicacies with a Christmas flavor served in restaurant Kontioluola (Bears cave). This mythical restaurant is hidden in a forest seven kilometers from Ruka.   During the dinner we will enjoy local delicacies as fish from our lakes, berries from our forests and reindeer with very typical Lappish style. Dinner includes transfers from Ruka.

Menu

Green salad with marinated carrot chips 
Tomato onion salad 
Smoked cheese from Kuusamo 
Wild forest mushroom salad 
Local smoked marinated vendace 
Reindeer salami 
Spruce salted salmon 
Butter flavored with juniper berry 
Lappish flat bread and crispy rye bread 

Sautéed reindeer 
Mashed potatoes 
Roast Turkey
Lingonberries 
Pickled cucumber 

Traditional Christmas pastry
Ginger bread flavored mousse
Coffee / tea

Ruka Safaris Ltd , Tel +358 8 8521610 , Email: sales@rukasafaris.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.

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18:00
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20:00
Christmas Eve Dinner in the Restaurant Zone
Enjoy a delicious Christmas Feast and meet the Santa Claus!

A traditional Finnish Christmas Buffet is served at Restaurant Zone. Everyone is welcome to join!

Starters

- Herring and Vendace plate

- Gravlax and cold smoked Salmon

- Kuusamo style Rosolli salad with Vendace

- Rosolli salad with beetroot foam

- Mushroom salad 

- Green salad

- Christmas loaf, smoked cheese and spread

***** 

Main courses 

-Traditional Christmas Ham and Hanna's mustard

- Creamy sauce

- Boiled potatoes

- Braised plums and peas

- Casseroles (carrot, rutabaga and potato) 

- French fries and nuggets for children

*****

Desserts

- Christmas plum curd with ginger bread

- Date Cake and Coffee

Santa Claus himself has promised to attend.

Restaurant Zone , Tel +358 (0)10 2710 555 , Email: zone@rukapalvelu.fi

Wednesday 25.12.2019

14:30
Slalom contest for kids
On Wednesdays at 2.30 pm. Take turns and make some curves!

Playful contest, where every contestant will be timed but everyone’s a winner.
Place: Bistro slope  I Time: 14:30. (registration 14.00)

 

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16:30
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19:00
Christmas day Sauna in Seita Forest Spa
We invite you to come and experience a relaxing Chrismas Sauna the way we Finns do! After the eventful Christmas day, what is better than a relaxing evening in three different Saunas of Seita Forrest Spa.

 

Sauna is one of the most important Christmas traditions in Finland, when the whole family gathers together and enjoys the peace and quietness.
Discover an elemental aspect of the Finnish culture in the warmth of the herbal sauna, the gentle bath of the smoke sauna or in the traditional sauna. To maximize the relaxation, dip in the freezing cold water, or make a snow angel after bathing in Sauna and feel the blood running in your veins and the muscles release tension! After spending time in the hot and cold, it is recommended to cool down and rest the body in a normal room temperature to stabilize the blood flow and heart rate. Enjoy a hot cup of glög by the fireplace or treat yourselves with other refreshments from the bar! Men, women and children can all enjoy the sauna together as everyone is given a linen toga (guests can also wear bathing suits). There are also bathrobes and slippers for everyone.   

Hot Glög and ginger bread is served while cooling off. 

Transportation from Ruka is possible to book with the event. Please note that the transportation will depart 30min before the event (16:00). 

Thursday 26.12.2019

14:30
Double Trouble – buddy contest
On Thursdays from 27.12.2018 until 25.4.2019. Two similar courses – which one of you will be down faster?

Suitable for skiers/snowboarders, who can ride down the easy slopes of Masto without assistance. In the weekly program starting from week 8. 
Place: Masto slope number 35  I Time: 14.30

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16:30
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.

Friday 27.12.2019

14:30
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

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19:00
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23:00
Night Skiing
7.12.2018-19.4.2019
There’s nothing murky about wanting to hit the slopes at night! Fridays at 19-23. Lifts are open at night during 7.12.2018-19.4.2019. Place: Check open lifts | Time: 19–23

Lifts & Slopes

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