How LaplandUK fought to maintain the magic of Christmas – Teaser Trailer |

An independent short film, which will be streamed on on December 19, 2021, tells the story of a British family business and their struggle to keep the magic of Christmas alive for thousands of children, as their site in Berkshire moved into Tier 4 last year.

Mike and Alison Battle, founders of LaplandUK, explain: “The pandemic crisis and its effect on our business has been biblical, we have faced challenges at every turn. We promised ourselves that we would do everything to keep our experience alive and did everything we could to put on one last show before lockdown hit us last year. We feel we have a responsibility to preserve the precious relationship between Santa Claus and the children who visit LaplandUK.

The film, which was directed by Josh Williams and produced by Nancy Ryan at Black Dog Films, documents how the LaplandUK team pulled themselves together; aware of the Herculean task they had to accomplish and the increasingly short deadline.

“When Nancy first approached me about the LaplandUK project it seemed like a killer – it was clearly a documentary made for me – my friends always came to see me in December for Christmas cheer – I am the most Christmas person they know.I’m one of 5 and an uncle 11 times so that’s a big deal!I’m obsessed with Christmas, movies, music, food but mostly the message. I get a lot of emotion thinking about it – Christmas is the one time of the year when we reflect on what matters most to us and who we care about the most. It’s not about gifts, it’s it’s about the care and love we give each other and how we’re able to show it. It’s the most selfless time of the year and it’s something so special to be on. I think the whole world has been really focused throughout the pandemic on what and who really matters to them.

I think the Lapland Doc is a story of hope, born out of a pure passion for children’s experiences at Christmas, but also the joy of being together as a family at a time when parents are very busy. When they enter Lapland UK work, stress and technology are left behind and it is so magical to witness the pure joy involved in this experience. (Josh Williams, Black Dog Films)

LaplandUK was established fifteen years ago by the Battle family, originally for their own children, but was later launched as a commercial enterprise. To date, three of Battle’s four sons now work for the company and they are the UK’s most successful Christmas experience.

LaplandUK strives to be an ethical and sustainable business, add Mike and Alison Battle: “You won’t find single-use plastic or resin on our site, and we build the experience from the ground up every year and then we remove it – leaving no trace in the woods. We approach this as parents, we know how important attention to detail is, but also as a company that strives to do good in every way. Our staff of 700 includes artists from the West End whom we have been able to support with paid work throughout the pandemic, local residents and a diverse and talented community, bound by a common goal of making LaplandUK the memory of children for life.

The film will be streamed on on December 19, 2021.

For more information about LaplandUK, please visit


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