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Christmas at Ruka and Kuusamo

22.12.2018 - 27.12.2018

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. 

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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 22.12.  from 9.30 am to 7 pm 
Sun 23.12.  from 9.30 am to 7 pm
Mon 24.12. from 9.30 am to 2 pm
Tue 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

#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

Saturday 22.12.2018

12:00
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

 

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We reserve all rights for changes.

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.

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.

Rukakeskus Ltd , Tel 0400 101600 , Email: info@ruka.fi

Monday 24.12.2018

13:00
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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). 

14:15
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
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20:15
Christmas Eve Dinner in forest restaurant Kontioluola
Delicious Christmas Eve dinner in forest restaurant Kontioluola at 15 & 18.

Table reservations from Ruka Safaris online booking.

Kontioluola Christmas Menu

Price 49 € / adult & 30 € / child 4-11 years
With transfers 59 € & 39 € / 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
Villisika Christmas eve menu 24.12.2018.
Setting times at 16 or 19. More information myynti@ravintola.fi
Villisika Family Restaurant , Tel +358 400 101 620 , Email: myynti@ravintola.fi
16:00
Christmas Prayer at Kuusamo Holy Cross Church

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

16:00
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18:00
Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner at Isokenkäisten Klubi

Dinner will be served at 4 pm and 8 pm. Santa and his reindeer will be visiting during latest dinner at 8 pm. 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
Price for dinner at 4 pm.: 45,00€ / adult and 26,00€ / child 4-11 yo.
Price for dinner at 8 pm.:  55,00€ / adult and 32,00€ /child 4-11 yo.

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

18:00
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21:00
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. The dinner is served on Mon 24.12. at 18.00.

Christmas Menu

Price:
49€/adult
22€/child 5-12 years
10€/child 2-4 years
Children under 2 years free

Booking:
Rukapalvelu Oy/Restaurant Zone
Tana Kotivuori
puh. +358 (0)40 7700252
tana.kotivuori@rukapalvelu.fi

 

18:00
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21:00
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.

Christmas menu

20:00
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22:00
Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner at Isokenkäisten Klubi

Dinner will be served at 4 pm and 8 pm. Santa and his reindeer will be visiting during latest dinner at 8 pm. 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
Price for dinner at 4 pm.: 45,00€ / adult and 26,00€ / child 4-11 yo.
Price for dinner at 8 pm.:  55,00€ / adult and 32,00€ /child 4-11 yo.

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

Thursday 27.12.2018

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

All rights for changes are reserved.

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.