Christmas at Ruka and Kuusamo
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.
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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 >
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.