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Christmas at Ruka and Kuusamo

20.12.2019 - 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

Friday 20.12.2019

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.

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

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Saturday 21.12.2019

12:00
Suomi Slalom - Giant Slalom competition
Every Saturday at Masto slope 35!

To all ages and all disciplines. Enrollment at the bottom of the slope number 35 from 11:00 to 11:45 am,
Price: 4 €/person or 10 €/family

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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.

Sunday 22.12.2019

15:00
Christmas Carols at Kuusamo Holy Cross Church
No entrance fee.

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

16:00
Christmas Carols at Käylä church
No entrance fee.

Location: Käylä church, Sallantie 62, 93900 Kuusamo 

18:00
Christmas Carols at Kuusamo Holy Cross Church
No entrance fee.

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

Monday 23.12.2019

12:00
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13:00
Knot School
Knot School is aimed for children and also if you are curious to learn climbing knots. Your age is not an issue but small children are adviced to bring a familymember along. We will teach and learn how to tie your shoelaces and make climbing knots (eg. figure eight, bowline, clove hitch). Be on time as there are limited good spots! Knot School is in Outdoor Passion Finland office in Ruka Ski Chalet hotel lobby and it is free of charge
OUTDOOR PASSION FINLAND - arctic adventures all year around , Tel +358 44 30 700 50 , Mobile: +358 44 30 700 50 , Email: info@outdoorpassion.fi
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

Fun in the slopes by

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.

17:00
Christmas Carols at Ruka Conference Centre
No entrance fee.
18:30
Christmas Carols at Ruka Conference Centre
No entrance fee.

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.

Starters: 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 

Main course: Sautéed reindeer, Mashed potatoes, Roast Turke, Lingonberries, Pickled cucumber 

Dessert: Traditional Christmas pastry, Ginger bread flavored mousse, Coffee / tea

Ruka Safaris Ltd , Tel +358 8 8521610 , Email: sales@rukasafaris.fi
13:00
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15:00
Christmas Eve Dinner at Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant
Welcome to enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas Dinner with a bit of wild twist at Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant.

Servings at 13-15, 16-18 and 19-21
Prices: 48,50 €/adults, -50 %/4-12 year old, kids under 4 years for free. 

Table reservations +358 8 8681 219 or riistaravintola.fi

14:00
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20:00
Christmas Eve feast in the Restaurant Zone
Come and discover what traditional Christmas Eve meal in Finland tastes like!

A traditional Finnish Christmas Buffet will be 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 gingerbread, Date Cake and Coffee, Santa Claus himself has promised to attend.

Two settings have been opened to fit everybody! Tables are ready at 2 pm and 6 pm. Welcome

Seats are limited. Please pre-book your meal online! 

Restaurant Zone , Tel +358 (0)10 2710 555 , Email: zone@rukapalvelu.fi
14:00
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21:00
Christmas by restaurant Rukan Kuksa
Rukan Kuksas serves delicious Christmas meal on Christmas Eve

Welcome to enjoy traditional Christmas food to restaurant Rukan Kuksa on Christmas Eve. Christmas meals are served from 2pm - 7pm. Book your reservation sales@rukankuksa.fi 

https://www.rukankuksa.fi/en/christmas-menu/

Price 55 € adults, 25€ children 8-12 years, 17€ children 4-7 years, children below 3 years 0 €

Restaurant Rukan Kuksa , Tel +358 207 810 530 (0,0835 €/call) , Email: sales@rukankuksa.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.

16:00
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18:00
Christmas Eve Dinner at Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant
Welcome to enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas Dinner with a bit of wild twist at Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant.

Servings at 13-15, 16-18 and 19-21
Prices: 48,50 €/adults, -50 %/4-12 year old, kids under 4 years for free. 

Table reservations +358 8 8681 219 or riistaravintola.fi

16:00
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23:00
Christmas at Peak
Food, drinks, friends and happy Christmas spirit! At Ruka Peak we are celebrating Christmas with a delicious feast on both the 24rd and 25th December. On each day there are two seatings, the first one at 16-18.30 and second at 19-23. In addition to the abundant starter buffet, guests get to choose from three different main courses.

What: Christmas at Peak
When: 24.12 & 25.12  16-18.30 &  19-23. 
Menu: 75€ / pers ( wine package sold separately)

Ruka Peak Christmas menu 2019
Starter buffet: 
Cured salmon with butlers’ sauce, Hot smoked salmon with sour cream, Smoked herring, egg and marinated onion, Pickled herring, Shrimps with dill mayonnaise, Vendace roe, onion and sour cream, Smoked vendace, “Rosolli” beetroot and apple slaw, Crisp lettuce, Celery, toasted almonds and herbs, Reindeer liver paté and marinated cranberries, Black pudding and lingonberry jam, Cold-smoked goose breast and sea buckthorn, Mustard-crusted traditional Finnish Christmas ham with sauce, Traditional Christmas casseroles
Mains to choose from: Roasted deer fillet, smoked shallot and gravy with spruce sprout; Braised cod, egg and mustard sauce; Roasted swede with mustard, mushrooms and barley 
Dessert served for the table: Ruka Peak Christmas log with caramel sauce and apple

Ruka Peak - Boutique Hotel & Restaurant , Tel +358 (0) 8 868 4100 , Email: info@rukapeak.fi
19:00
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21:00
Christmas Eve Dinner at Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant
Welcome to enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas Dinner with a bit of wild twist at Riipinen Wild Game Restaurant.

Servings at 13-15, 16-18 and 19-21
Prices: 48,50 €/adults, -50 %/4-12 year old, kids under 4 years for free. 

Table reservations +358 8 8681 219 or riistaravintola.fi

 

20:00
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22:30
Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner at Isokenkäisten Klubi
Welcome to the Traditional Christmas dinner!

Dinner will be served at 8 pm. Santa and his reindeer will be visiting during dinner time. Table booking must be done in advance from Isokenkäisten Klubi, tel. +358 400-972260 or info@ikk.fi. Transfer is possible on request with extra charge. 
Address: Heikinjärventie 3, 93800 Kuusamo
Dinner price:  58,00€ / adult and 32,00€ /child 4-11 years.

Menu: To begin with: Klubi’s glögi (non-alcoholic)

Delicious starters from fish and meat

House’s style marinated lemon salmon and Smoked salmon with a spruce mayonnaise
Roe delicacy mousse and Christmas herring cake
Cold smoked reindeer rolls and Vegetable-mushrooms rolls
Smoked turkey and Rustic style liver pate with lingonberry jelly

Selection of salads

Lappish cheese salad with hostess dressing and Beetroot salad with pink creamy sauce
House forest mushrooms salad

Main courses

Traditional Finnish Christmas ham with Christmas apple sauce and cognac mustard
Boiled potatoes and peas, plums
Swede casserole and carrot casserole
Beetroot - blue cheese casserole

Desserts

Chocolate cake, gingerbreads, Christmas chocolate and a Selection of local cheese’s
Coffee and tea

The Christmas dinner includes a selection of house breads and spreads. We reserve the right to make changes.

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

All rights reserved.

16:00
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23:00
Christmas at Peak
Food, drinks, friends and happy Christmas spirit! At Ruka Peak we are celebrating Christmas with a delicious feast on both the 24rd and 25th December. On each day there are two seatings, the first one at 16-18.30 and second at 19-23. In addition to the abundant starter buffet, guests get to choose from three different main courses.

What: Christmas at Peak
When: 24.12 & 25.12  16-18.30 &  19-23. 
Menu: 75€ / pers ( wine package sold separately)

Ruka Peak Christmas menu 2019
Starter buffet: 
Cured salmon with butlers’ sauce, Hot smoked salmon with sour cream, Smoked herring, egg and marinated onion, Pickled herring, Shrimps with dill mayonnaise, Vendace roe, onion and sour cream, Smoked vendace, “Rosolli” beetroot and apple slaw, Crisp lettuce, Celery, toasted almonds and herbs, Reindeer liver paté and marinated cranberries, Black pudding and lingonberry jam, Cold-smoked goose breast and sea buckthorn, Mustard-crusted traditional Finnish Christmas ham with sauce, Traditional Christmas casseroles
Mains to choose from: Roasted deer fillet, smoked shallot and gravy with spruce sprout; Braised cod, egg and mustard sauce; Roasted swede with mustard, mushrooms and barley 
Dessert served for the table: Ruka Peak Christmas log with caramel sauce and apple

Ruka Peak - Boutique Hotel & Restaurant , Tel +358 (0) 8 868 4100 , Email: info@rukapeak.fi
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 Finnish 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). 

Price: 85 €/adult, 50 €/child. 

Thursday 26.12.2019

12:00
Christmas Carols at Kuusamo Holy Cross Church
No entrance fee.

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

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.

18:00
Christmas Carols at Virranniemi hut
No entrance fee.

Location: Virranniemi hut, Vierranniementie 10, 93999 Kuusamo

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

All rights for changes are reserved.