dashing through the snow in Lapland was a ‘dream come true’ for the winners of a competition run by The Star.
Carole Sutherland and her family were treated to rides through the winter wonderland on a husky-drawn sleigh and helped elves in their workshop when they scooped the £6,000 trip-of-a-lifetime.
Four days of magical fun in the home of Santa Claus also included meeting the man himself for Carole, daughter Faith, six, three-year-old son Ty and husband David.
Carole, speaking as the family arrived back in Sheffield yesterday, said: “It was absolutely fantastic.
“We couldn’t have wished for a better dream to come true. Seeing the kids’ faces when they met Santa - I can’t put into words how I felt. It was a magical dream come true.”
Together with Sky Movies, The Star offered one lucky family the all-expenses-paid holiday to Lapland plus a Sky Plus HD subscription worth hundreds of pounds.
Postwoman Carole, 36, won after finding letters spelling out ‘Santa’ hidden through editions of the paper.
On Saturday, the Waterthorpe family were whisked off to Helsinki and Kittilä in Finland, enjoying luxury hotel stays, greetings from their personal elf, carol singing by an open fire and dining in a teepee-style restaurant.
Carole, of Redfern Grove, said: “I was very surprised to win. I saw the contest in The Star and said to Faith, ‘Shall we enter?’. But I warned her, ‘Don’t think we’re going to win’.
“I just couldn’t believe it when we did.
“Both me and David are posties so usually this time of year is really busy, but work was really understanding to let us take time off.”