It will be an extra special festive season for one lucky local girl as she and her family will be jetting off to Lapland to get up close and personal with Santa Claus.

Barraduff National School pupil Portia Gordon (10) couldn’t believe her good fortune when her name was drawn from the hat at the Christmas in Killarney Parade on Saturday last

Portia Gordon who won a trip to Lapland with Mr. Mr Gearoid O’Sullivan and her classmates at Barraduff National School.

. Now, she and her 6-year-old step-brother Noah Mayse-Kelleher, mom Linda and step-dad Niall Kelleher – the councillor and former Mayor of Killarney – will be whisked away for an overnight trip to the land of Old Saint Nick.

The wonderful Christmas visit, which was made possible by the Christmas in Killarney committee, Sunway Holiday Company, Torc Travel Killarney and Kerry Airport, will include flights, accommodation, transfers and the services of a Sunway representative.

Portia, who is a fifth-class pupil in Mr Gearóid O’Sullivan’s class, will meet Santa at his home and ride a sleigh, toboggan and snow mobile through a truly enchanted Winter wonderland.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, Cllr Niall Kelleher said his step-daughter is “absolutely thrilled” and the whole family can’t wait for their overnight trip on December 13.

“It’s something different and the kids are a good age for it,” he said. “Hopefully there’s snow there – I was told there was no snow there last week! But we’re all looking forward to it. We’ve a baby on the way in February so it’ll be nice to get a bit of a break and enjoy something magical.”

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