Counting down to Christmas with the Portable North Pole

I will never forget the Christmas of 2008, when Lewis was just four, and we discovered the Portable North Pole videos for the very first time. I still remember the look on his face as he watched in amazement, and nine years later watching the youngest three do the same, those moments are just as magical.

For those who aren’t aware, the Portable North Pole (PNP) is an online platform used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages and calls to the people you care about most anywhere around the world.

There’s a huge selection of calls and videos to choose from, all of which you can personalise to include your child’s name, age, friends and family, even photographs of them, their home and a special gift they have asked for each year.

My favourite part is where you can choose from a list of things which Santa reminds them of in order to get their Christmas gifts, be that eating their vegetables, trying hard in school or keeping their bedroom tidy. It’s amazing what the power of Santa can do!!

All videos can be saved, downloaded and shared via social media or email. By downloading the PNP app you can even film your child watching their video on a reaction cam to look back on in years to come. It really is the most magical way of building the excitement of Christmas with your children and Eva, Megan and Harry are amazed by it, year after year.

This year we were treated to one of the many toys available on the PNP website, ranging from soft toys, story books, stockings, puzzles and Do-Good Elves. 

Where as most of us will be familiar with the naughty elves available, the Do-Good elves are the best idea yet. The idea is that Santa has chosen our children to teach the baby Do-Good Elf the difference between naughty and nice during the countdown to Christmas. When this little elf grows up, he or she will be a valuable member of Santa’s team and it’s down to our children to lead by example!

The Do-Good elves come with four personalised videos from Santa, a passport from Santas village and Christmas stickers. It was so lovely to see the girls taking the elf, who they promptly named Dingle, under their wing and teaching him to be kind, to go to bed on time and how to share. If only we had got one sooner!

.I love that the PNP comes as a real package, with videos, calls and merchandise, and you can buy into it as much or as little as you like. We have the pass which means we can make as many premium videos as we like for the children, which is great if like me you have a small tribe!

We honestly can’t recommend PNP enough, it’s one of my absolute favourite Christmas traditions, and one that I’m sure we will share for years to come.

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You can see what Harry thought of his PNP message via his reaction cam below!

** This is a collaborative post **



  1. December 17, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Oh I love the idea of these Do Good elves, I definitely think we might have to treat ourselves to a couple next Christmas.

    • Laura Dove
      December 17, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      They are amazing Victoria! The children have never been so well behaved!! xx

  2. December 17, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    This is so touching! It reminds me of a movie I watched about Santa! As much as it said that Christmas spirit is all about believing, when you say about Portable North Pole having Santa’s and his elves personalize videos, then I’m getting curious! Haha!

    • Laura Dove
      December 17, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      It’s amazing Dalene ,the children were just mesmerised, they genuinely believe they were speaking to Santa! xx

  3. Elena Toma
    December 17, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    The little ones look so adorable ! I am really happy you shared about PNP because I have no idea about it and I think its really useful, specially if you have little kids.

    • Laura Dove
      December 17, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Oh its amazing Elena! We’ve been fans for a long time now and it never loses its magic! xx

  4. December 17, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    Aww i love the idea of good elves too! Setting a GOOD example x

  5. December 17, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Oh how adorable is that, it’s so special.

  6. December 17, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    We discovered these personalised videos last year and got a message from Santa. They are brilliant the children were so excited.

  7. December 18, 2017 / 4:02 am

    Oh my heavens now this is a darling and sweet idea! I LOVE the idea of Elves that are doing good! My kids would flip over this for their nightly bedtime stories. I’m going to be checking it out.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Ahh I’m sure they will love it Lauren! xx

  8. December 18, 2017 / 9:29 am

    These look really amazing. Going to show my sister this post as they are ideal for her little girl!

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Oh I’m sure she will love it Jon! xx

  9. December 18, 2017 / 11:09 am

    Good Little Elves huh? I will write this in my next year Christmas Party Games. You would be the first one to know about it. It made me little happy when I read this. Thank you!!!

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Ahhh great! Hope you like it! xx

  10. December 18, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    What A fab idea sure my little one will love when she’s bigger

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      I’m sure she will, it’s lovely! xx

  11. December 18, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    This is such a good idea and I’m sure most kids will be better knowing santa is watching them train his elves x

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Yes definitely! That’s the plan! xx

  12. December 18, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Ahhh this is so lovely I have never heard of this so off to have a nosy now! x

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      I can’t believe how many people havent heard of it, it’s AMAZING Talya!! xx

  13. December 18, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Oh wow – talk about bringing the magic alive for children! I need to look into this for my eldest daughter, she’d be speechless 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      I’m sure she will love it! xx

  14. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 18, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Ooh il have to download this for my children, Connor is 13 and Mollie is 9 months so they won’t be to interested or understand it, but 5 year old Megan is so excited especially now there are only 7 days to go, she would absolutely love this app, I had a windows phone last year so couldn’t download the app but I’m back on android now xxx

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      It’s also available on desk top Kayleigh! xx

  15. December 18, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Oh this is such a wonderful idea! Little Harry’s expression in the video is priceless! Loved this post! Too bad we didn’t have these fun things when we were kids?! Ha..ha.. 😀

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      I know! We missed out didn’t we? xx

  16. Rebecca | AAUBlog
    December 18, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    this is lovely! I much prefer the idea of a goof elf rather than that naughty ones – makes much more sense 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Me too! I’m so glad we discovered them! xx

  17. December 18, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    This sounds like such a cool app. I love all the different things you can do with it like the personalized videos. I really wish I grew up in todays generation.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Me too, things are way more exciting with technology! xx

  18. December 18, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    We adore this app. We have always used it for our Daughter every year and thought maybe she was getting a little bit too old this year. Then we changed our mind, you can never get too old to get a message from Santa 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      I totally agree! I still do one for my 13 year old! Haha! xx

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      I’m sure you will love it! xx

  19. December 18, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    The app sounds like a brilliant idea, will certainly download it for both my kids. Never heard of the do good elves idea which I think is also fabulous. I will certainly get the elves for them next year.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! xx

  20. December 18, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    What a fabulous idea it sounds so fun and I can just imagine the joy on a childs face.I am going to share this with my sister for her kids.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Ah I am sure they will love it Nayna! xx

  21. December 18, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    I really love the sound of a portable North Pole ! I think it is such a great idea to send personalized video messages and calls to the people you care about most anywhere around the world, straight from Santa and his elves.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      It really is a fab idea and never grows old! xx

  22. December 18, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    How fun! I love those Do Good Elf and portable North Pole app! Wow I would love to send message to Santa and elves!

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Its such a fun way to create magic in the build up to xmas! xx

  23. December 18, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    I had no idea about PNP and it seems incredible to capture those amazing reactions of our kids as one of the use. The Do good elves is such a lovely idea to teach kids about some good values and morals.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Yes that’s what I love too, they have really enjoyed leading by example! xx

  24. December 19, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Don’t tell anyone but I still like tracking Santa using the tracking at NORAD,sometimes they even scramble jets to help escort his sleigh across America.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Haha we do that too Patrick! It’s so exciting, I guess you have to do these things for the cheetah! xx

  25. December 19, 2017 / 8:17 am

    I didn’t know about this project and I think it’s a great idea, especially for kids! happy to find your post, will definitely share it with my friends 😉

    The White Ocean

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Ahh thank you Lena! xx

  26. December 19, 2017 / 9:21 am

    This sounds amazing. Caspian tried it last year but was too young so we’ll try it this year. Love Harry’s reaction.

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Oh I’m sure he will love it this year! xx

  27. December 19, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Never heard of this but what a super cool idea to get into the festive spirit – we love this 🙂 x

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      It’s amazing Melanie, I recommend it! xx

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Oh they are Ali! They were so proud at having to teach him how to behave! xx

  28. December 19, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    This sounds absolutely magical and a great way to get into the festive spirit

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      It’s such a good idea, the kids love it! xx

  29. December 19, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    little ones look so pretty and adorable! Such a great idea for the Do Good Elves! I must say its a super cool idea to get into the festive spirit – we love this ? x

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      The do-good elves are SUCH a good idea! We love them! xx

  30. December 19, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    We love PNP and its great to get the whole family in the festive mood 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      It’s such a good idea and really adds to the magic of Christmas! xx

  31. December 19, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    My kids love PNP and we have been doing all the birthday ones throughout the year too

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Oh us too!! The birthday ones are a fab idea! xx

  32. December 19, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Oh I love this . Alessia’s class at school have actually been doing this 🙂 we might have to start it next year as a tradition x

    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Ahh it’s so much fun! We do it every year, it never grows old! xx

  33. December 19, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    what a great idea to put a special stamp on the holiday gift… PNP seems to know what kids want, I’ll have to check into this for my kids ; ) thanks for the heads up!

  34. Helen
    December 19, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Oh what a lovely idea PNP is! I wish it had been around when my daughter was younger. I really like the good elves too, it seems a much better idea than the naughty elves.

  35. December 19, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    This is such a beautiful concept. Personalized videos from Santa and his elves are a great way of bringing a smile on our kid’s faces.

  36. December 19, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    oh my goodness I had no ideas about the potable North Pole!! My girls are 7 and 3 are in full swing of the magic of Christmas – what a wonderful idea!! Thanks for sharing – Im off to have a look at the Portable north pole now!

    • December 19, 2017 / 8:35 pm


    • Laura Dove
      December 19, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      I’m so surprised by how many people haven’t heard of it! It’s so magical! I’m sure you will all love it! xx

  37. December 19, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Not heard of this before but sounds like a fab way to get into the festive spirt! I am sure my kids would love this

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Oh I’m sure they would! It’s amazing! xx

  38. December 20, 2017 / 1:10 am

    This sounds like such a great idea! I will be recommending this to the family of the children I babysit, I reckon they will absolutely love this! x

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Oh I’m sure they will love it! xx

  39. Stephanie Sherlock
    December 20, 2017 / 1:54 am

    That is so awesome. If my grand daughter was not in the room, I would be setting up this video right now. I can’t wait to customize her video. Thanks for sharing the Christmas magic.

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Ahh I’m sure she will love it Stephanie! xx

  40. December 20, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I really like it when there are ways to help you create memories with your kids that you’ll cherish for ever! How wonderful!

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Me too, it’s lovely to make their Christmas so special. xx

  41. Hannah
    December 20, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    I love PNP, it makes Christmas a little more special. My little sister loved it when we did it

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      I agree, it just adds to the magic a little more! xx

  42. December 20, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Oh how I wish my children were small again! I would have loved to have seen their reaction to the Portable North Pole. I guess I will have to remember all about it, just in case Grandchildren come along in the future!

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Ahh yes I wish they’d had things like this when I was younger too, it’s a fab idea! xx

  43. December 20, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    PNP has grown so much since they have started. I remember when everything was free and you just had to put in the child’s name and information and then it would come up with something for Christmas. But last year they were super complex with everything they had for kids and Santa sending out special emails and birthday notices and the like. I didn’t see them selling items on their site yet, but this is so cool.

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Yes I agree! When we first started doing it with Lewis it was quite basic, although wonderful too. I love that they are building on that! xx

  44. Hannah
    December 21, 2017 / 12:38 am

    I think its a great idea. Will have to tell my friend about it. Her kids will love it

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Ahh I’m sure she will! xx

  45. December 21, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Ooh I love watching reaction videos on YouTube so it’d be great to be able to film one to keep!

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Yes it’s a great idea! Their little faces are adorable! xx

  46. December 22, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    What a great idea that you can tailor your message to include points specific to your child. I also love the idea of a Do-Good elf. Merry Christmas to all the Doves x

    • Laura Dove
      December 27, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Yes I love that idea, you can really encourage them to try harder in the build up to Christmas! xx

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