Christmas and New Year magic

The end of the year is a time of festive feelings in Finland. Christmas is a peaceful occasion to spend quality time with the family. Time is spent decorating the Christmas tree together, decking the table with festive foods and soaking in the tranquil snowy landscapes. And at year’s end, friends are invited over, and everyone raises a toast to the New Year as fireworks light up the night sky. The end of the year in Vuokatti is celebrated in the traditional Finnish way, but the wide range of activities gives everyone the chance to celebrate the holidays their own way.

According to legend, Santa Claus lives at the Korvatunturi fell in Lapland, but he also has his chamber in Vuokatti. Here, he lives with his special helper Höppänätonttu, the Merry Elf whose task is to ensure that everyone has a splendid Christmas. Children in particular enjoy a great stay in the company of the cheerful elf, but a visit to the chamber is also an excellent experience for Christmas-minded people of all ages! Everyone gets to meet Santa Claus and receives a photo as a souvenir.

New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Vuokatti with fireworks and fun. The colourful fireworks blazing against the dark starry sky and the gleaming white snow are a unique experience that needs to be seen. Whether you want to admire the lights from the warmth of the spa through the windows or get closer to them near midnight on the slopes, spending the new year in Vuokatti is guaranteed to be an unforgettable occasion!  New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Finland, but almost all the services are open normally all year round.

New Year’s celebrations


Traditionally, there are two fireworks displays in Vuokatti: in Sotkamo in the early evening, and on the slopes of Vuokatti just before midnight. The fireworks in Sotkamo are best seen from the lakeshore at Kaukalonranta or Saaritienranta, or from the pedestrian bridge. The fireworks over the Vuokatti slopes can be seen from a greater distance.

For more details, see the event calendar.

Culture in Kuhmo

Only 40 minutes from Vuokatti, Kuhmo is home to a renowned New Year’s cultural festival: At the very beginning of the year, Kuhmo hosts concerts, exhibitions and other interesting events.
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Shoppers are really spoiled in Finland at the end of the year. Sales traditionally start a little before Christmas and gather momentum as New Year approaches. Now is a superb time to make great discoveries and enjoy Finnish winter fashion, with warm and beautiful wool shirts and fun accessories.

Enjoying nature and the snow is an essential part of the end of the year, so you should also consider fun activities when planning your holiday. How about a sleigh ride through the snowy forest with a team of huskies? This fun winter adventure is definitely a thrill! The glistening snow on the trees can also be admired on a snowshoeing outing, or simply when you’re out on a relaxed walk.

All you need to truly enjoy the end of the year in Vuokatti is friends and family – there’s no shortage of active or more relaxed pursuits here!

Fun in the holidays

Holiday Club Katinkulta – for pampering and relaxation

The ideal place for warmth and pampering in the midst of winter: this water park and spa complex offers great fun for children and relaxation for adults. Warm up after a bracing day outdoors or spend the entire day! Katinkulta also offers celebrations for New Year’s Eve.
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Vuokatti slopes – for downhill thrills

Thirteen diverse and well-maintained slopes, open daily from 9.30 am to 7 pm. The new MAX Snow World has easier slopes for children as well as more challenging slopes for more experienced skiers.
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Vuokatti Safaris – enjoy a husky sleigh ride or visit Santa

Nature looks magical on a husky sleigh ride! The whole family is sure to have fun, and after the ride you can also get to spend time with the dogs. Vuokatti Safaris organises guided tours in the winter almost every day. Two husky programmes are available for Christmas and New Year, lasting either ninety minutes or two hours.

In Santa’s village, you can meet the great man himself and his trusty elf Höppänätonttu. This experience is one that children will not forget in a hurry, and of course each visitor gets a small gift as a souvenir. Santa’s chamber is open on 21 and 22 December, and from 28 December to 7 January from 10 am to 4 pm.
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SuperPark – fun in all weathers

In this indoor activity park, you can try a range of activities, from wall climbing to pedal cars. If you’re looking for a break from the outdoors and you love games, look no further than SuperPark! Thanks to the long opening hours, there’s always time for indoor fun.
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Vuokatti Bowling – competitive fun

Bowling is a super-fun activity for the whole family. Don’t miss our glow-in-the-dark bowling, which is a fantastic way to make things even more exciting! Vuokatti Bowling is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. There is also another bowling alley in Katinkulta.
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