Winter wonderland where dreams come true; FIVE LUCKY YOUNGSTERS WILL WIN THE CHANCE TO VISIT SANTA AND HIS ELVES IN LAPLAND.Byline: Paula Irish
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IN the twilight winter wonderland of the Arctic Circle Arctic Circle, imaginary circle on the surface of the earth at 66 1-2°N latitude, i.e., 23 1-2° south of the North Pole. It marks the northernmost point at which the sun can be seen at the winter solstice (about Dec. , five special children from Coventry and Warwickshire will have the chance to meet Santa Claus.
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Mercia FM's star-studded Thunderball concert on Saturday raised more than pounds 20,000 for children's charity Snowball, and a further sum which will pay for five deserving children to meet Father Christmas.
With help from tour company Cosmos, five lucky youngsters will fly to Lapland on December 15. Along with one parent or carer each, they will enjoy an action-packed four nights and five days in the snow-covered fells that are Santa's home.
Evening Telegraph editor Alan Kirby Alan Kirby is a professional footballer from Ireland who signed for St. Patrick's Athletic from Longford Town at the end of the 2006 season. Previous clubs include his schoolboy club Johnville, home town club Waterford United and Aston Villa. said: "This really will be a magical trip for five children who have overcome difficulties in the last year.
"If you would like to make a special child smile this Christmas by giving them a chance to meet Santa Claus, please nominate them for this trip to Lapland to give them a present they will always remember."
The children will have the chance to go on husky dog and reindeer reindeer, ruminant mammal, genus Rangifer, of the deer family, found in arctic and subarctic regions of Eurasia and North America. It is the only deer in which both sexes have antlers. sleigh sleigh: see sled. rides, and tobogganing and snowmobiling. And, of course, there will be a visit to see Santa Claus - his home and post office and his elves.
Chris Medd, Mercia FM events manager, said: "A trip to Lapland really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that will stay in the mind of a child for years to come.
"Here at Mercia FM we are overjoyed that not only have we raised more money than last year for the Snowball appeal from our Thunderball concert at the weekend, but we have also managed to raise enough money to take five deserving children who haven't had the best of years to Lapland.
The competition is for children who will be aged 10 or under on December 15, 2002.
If you know a child who deserves a surprise trip to see Santa, please fill out the nomination form and send an accompanying letter of no more than 150 words.
The closing date is November 29 and the entries will then be judged the following week.
Mercia FM presenter Rachel New, who will be going with the children, said: "This very special trip to Lapland is for five children who deserve a break.
"Childhood is supposed to be a carefree time, but unfortunately some kids have to endure all sorts of traumas.
"We're going to put some of the sparkle and magic back into the lives of five kids."
Santa welcomes you to his magical world
SLEIGH rides, tobogganing and huskies will all be part of the fun, as well as the chance to visit Santa's home and post office.
Children will be able to see for themselves what happens to the millions of letters posted to Father Christmas each year.
They will also be able to see the workshop where his elves will be busy making toys.
Rob Goodwin, Cosmos area manager for Lapland, said: "It's non-stop action for the children from the moment they get to the airport."
Flying from Birmingham Airport on the morning of December 15, the trip will arrive at Kittila Airport in Finland, which has to be expanded every winter just to cope with the amount of Santa traffic.
And if the children are lucky, they may catch a glimpse of Santa during the coach journey from the airport to the hotel.
Cosmos tour reps say the grand old gentleman himself sometimes appears waving from the woodlands to welcome children to his homeland.
Rob, for whom it will be his fourth season on the Santa trail, is in no doubt that the children who go on the trip will have all their beliefs in Father Christmas confirmed, and in some cases even revived.
The reps are well versed in answering the awkward questions which children can conjure up conjure up
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2. , and have even seen older ones who no longer believe in Santa Claus, start to wonder if they're wrong.
"You get kids who still believe in Santa Claus and they're just mesmerised by everything.
"Older kids try to catch you out, but you can make some of them believe in Santa again," said Rob. "It's just a fabulous place. It's the best holiday you'll ever have in your life."
SURPRISE: Five lucky youngsters will be going on an action-packed, five-day trip to Lapland to visit Father Christmas and his elves; ACTION-PACKED: The children will have the chance to go on husky dog and reindeer sleigh rides, as well as tobogganing and snowmobiling; SURPRISE: The children will see Santa's home, the post office and his elves