“Our greatest ever family memories and something we'll all cherish for the rest of our lives” - Ray McDermott, Winner of Clonakilty’s Lapland Competition, December 2019
Last Christmas, December 2019, we selected three lucky families to go on a trip of a lifetime to Santa’s Village in Lapland. They were selected at random from our thousands of entrants across Ireland as a result of our on-pack competition that ran on Clonakilty Sausages and Clonakilty Rashers during the previous month.
Check out the full itinerary of their amazing trip below:
Day 1 – Saturday 21st December
The day started with an early 8:30 am flight from Dublin to Rovaniemi Lapland. The magical experience began immediately as they stepped foot in the airport with each family greeted by some of Santa’s Elves. This was followed by a 3-hour flight with lots of Christmas cheer on board.
On arrival at the official airport of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, everyone was welcomed by more friendly elves to whisk them away for a full day of winter snow and fun. The first day festivities kicked-off in Santa’s Village with ginger bread decorating, Christmas singing and sleigh rides through snow covered forests with reindeer and huskies!
There was a nice hot lunch served in a cosy restaurant to recharge the batteries before heading back out to play in the snow. The night ended with dinner back at the hotel to relax and unwind from a fun-filled day.
Day 2 – Sunday 22nd November
Our winning families were up bright and early for a delicious breakfast before heading off to meet Santa Claus!
The elves were there to show everyone around Santa’s Grotto and to help the children to write and send their letters to Santa from his very own Post Office in the Arctic Circle.
Each family then enjoyed a private meeting with Santa in his official office and each received a small gift.
The remainder of the day allowed the adults to do some shopping in the souvenir and handicraft shops while the children enjoyed a little more of the snow before heading home.
Finally, it was time to say goodbye to the magical Winter Wonderland and take a short coach transfer back to the airport for the flight home to Dublin.
Since our winning families arrived back we’ve had some fantastic feedback on their experiences:
“Our greatest ever family memories and something we'll all cherish for the rest of our lives…the biggest WOW factor I’ve ever experienced.” – Ray McDermott
“We had a fab and magical time…the kids adored the snow…it was just the best experience!” - Sinead Harrington
Make sure to keep an eye out for other great competition we’ll be running on Clonakilty products in-store throughout 2020.