As all you parents know, Santa always takes time out of his busy schedule before Christmas to visit Ireland. From Santa Grottoes, to farm, caves and Santa trains, here are 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland! But get your skates on as places book up fast! Ho, Ho, Ho!
#1. Santa Experience Croke Park
This year, why not plan your Santa Experience at Croke Park which runs from 28th November.
Did you know that Santa’s favourite games are Gaelic Games? Just as he did in 2014, because of his love of all things GAA, Santa has set up his Irish headquarters at Croke Park.
The Santa Experience at Croke Park includes a trip to the elves dressing rooms, Santa’s Grotto, a visit to Santa’s workshop and admission to GAA museum. Guaranteed fun for all the family.
#2. Santa at Imaginosity
If you are near Imaginosity Santa will be visiting for one day only in December! Join Santa Claus for a hot chocolate, cookie and a cosy Christmas storytime before receiving a small gift from the man in red himself. Early booking is strongly advised.
#3. Santa at Hamleys
I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys, is on from 28th November to December 24th and promises to be an extra special experience where children will enjoy up to 1 hour with Father Christmas.
Children can also take part in seasonal activities and enjoy delicious snacks before getting a special gift to take home.
#4. Santa at Dublin Zoo & Botanic Gardens
Santa will be visiting Dublin Zoo again this year, from Saturday 28th November to December 24th.
#5. Santa at Butlers Chocolate Experience
Visitors taking part in the Butlers Chocolate Experience Tour on December 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th and 19th – 23rd, will also have the opportunity to visit Santa for free. Add to the magic of this festive tour and sit with Father Christmas himself and, for an additional €5, have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa.
After the excitement of the tour, visitors can treat themselves to a delicious hot chocolate or purchase a last minute Christmas gift from the on-site Butlers Chocolate Café.
#6. Santa at Airfield
Visit Airfield from November 14th to December 22nd for a Christmas experience of giant nutcracker soldiers, twinkling lights, traditional Christmas decorations and a warm elf welcome, before you step into Santa’s cottage for a magical experience with story-telling and gifts.
#7. Santa at Powerscourt
Be enchanted with a visit to Santa and Mrs.Claus at Powerscourt House, running from 28th November to 23rd December. Book in advance online and take time to relax in the Terrace Café with freshly brewed coffee or delicious hot chocolate for the kids.
Little ones will enjoy the chance to meet Santa’s real life deer and his friends, the pygmy goats and miniature donkeys. Afterwards, walk off those delicious cakes from Avoca with a crisp winter walk in Powerscourt Gardens!
#8. Santa at Kilruddery
Kilruddery House & Garden’s Santa will be seeing visitors on the 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of December.
While you are waiting to visit Santa, Mrs Claus will keep you entertained with story-telling, milk and cookies beside the fire. Visit the elves workshop, and then sit in Santa’s Sleigh before you meet Santa and receive your gift.
#9. Santa Forest Train at Avondale
All aboard the Santa Forest Train at Avondale Forest Park, and take a magical trip to visit Santa and his hardworking elves in his toy workshop, deep in the woods on dates from December 4th to 23rd 2015.
#10. Christmas Island
Experience the magic of Christmas with thousands of lights, Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, the elves, Rudolph, presents, activities, food & drink and more on Christmas Island at Hidden Valley, from November 21st to December 23rd 2015.
#11. Santa Lakeshore Wonderland
Santa’s Lakeshore Wonderland at Avon Ri, starts November 29th 2015 and runs on various dates until December 20th. A visit to Santa includes a Santa grotto visit with arts and crafts & hot chocolate. Kids get to eat free in Cafe Claus, and get full access to Santa’s Lakeshore wonderland, which includes zip lines, pet farm, and lots more.
#12. Green Santa at Belvedere House
Treat your children to a magical Christmas experience with Green Santa at Belvedere House, Westmeath.
Green Santa will arrive by boat across Lough Ennell to Belvedere House at 11am on Saturday 5th December 2015, and proceed to his magical grotto, where he will help the children pot up seasonal native Irish trees which the children can plant in their gardens at home. The tree grows alongside the child at home and can be a lifetime memory of that special visit to Green Santa at Belvedere.
Other Green Santa treats include Wildflower seed shakers for attracting fairies and flutter-bys into your garden and old fashioned Victorian Candy.
Runs weekends from December 5th to 20th.
#13. Santa at Birr Castle
The Birr Castle Christmas Winter Wonderland is on various dates from December 12th to 23rd 2015. Come and experience the most magical Christmas tingle with the exciting new Birr Christmas Trail, Christmas Market with festive lights, Christmas Trees and Carols. Enjoy the live crib and Irish traditions for Nollaig. Follow the trail through Elf Land, passing through the largest Elf Tree House in Ireland, the fairy winter woodland and Mrs Clause’s kitchen before meeting Santa. But you better watch out for surprises around every corner, including characters from a galaxy far far away and find out if you are on Santa’s naughty or nice list! Booking Essential
#14. Ireland’s Lapland
Visit Santa & his real live deer Dancer & Prancer at Ireland’s Lapland, Glendeer Pet Farm, from 28th November. After the kids can enjoy the indoor skywalk play area.
#15. Santa at Lullymore
In Kildare a magical experience for both young and old is guaranteed at Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park.
Lullymore is transformed into a Winter Wonderland of family fun with lots of special guests! Your visit will also include a trip to see the live crib.
#16. Santa’s Magical Trail
Join Santa’s elves on a wonderful journey through Santa’s Magical Trail – a fun filled experience for children young and old – at Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Kildare from November 27th to December 22nd 2015.
#17. Santa’s House Express at Palmerstown House Estate
Santas House Express is on at Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown from November 26th to December 23rd 2015.
#18. Santa at Jumpin’ Jacks Fun Factory
Santa will be in his grotto at weekends at Jumpin’ Jacks Play Factory in Tullamore from December 5th to 20th 2015. The ticket price includes a 90 minute play, along with a visit to Santa and a gift.
#19. Santa at Westport House
In Mayo, Westport House’s Winter Wonderland is a magical family experience brimming with Christmas cheer that will leave the kids starry-eyed and the whole family believing in fairy-tales!
Kids will adore a special visit to Santa in his grotto, story-time by the fireside with Mrs Claus, sing-a-longs with the Elves and festive face-painting to really get them in the Christmas spirit.
Visit the elves hard at work in their Workshop where kids can make their own yuletide log and decorate their own Ginger Bread Man, and stop by the Christmas Wish Tree for the real spirit of Christmas.
Hop on board the Westport House Express miniature railway to enjoy magnificent winter time views of the House and lake or join the Westport Train Tour for a guided sightseeing trip of the Estate and Westport town.
#20. Santa at Lough Key
Santa will be visiting Lough Key in Roscommon this December, where he will be welcoming children, along with his elves and husky dogs! Kiddies will receive a gift and a hot chocolate!
#21. Santa at Strokestown Park
Enjoy a Victorian Christmas Experience at Strokestown Park from December 11th to 20th 2015.
When you arrive, meet Mrs Claus at the Stables for a hot chocolate, before travelling through a secret tunnel to meet Santa and his elves.
#22. Santa at Tullyboy Farm
You can relive the magic of a traditional Christmas at Tullyboy Farm, this December 2015.
#23. Santa at Donegal’s Lapland
Visit Donegal’s Lapland at Doagh Famine Villiage on dates from November 21st to December 23rd, 2015.
#24. Santa at Arigna Mining Experience
Santa goes underground this Christmas at Arigna Mining Experience in Roscommon. He arrives on November 29th and will be there until December 22nd 2015.
#25. Santa at Brigit’s Garden
Conjure up the real magic and wonder of Christmas with Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden from Saturday 12th December. Santa and Elfie are back this December – with lots of extra fun activities!
Elfie and Santa will be joined by Mrs Claus, Donnie the donkey and lots more, to make a full Santa experience with the professional show as the delightful highlight of the day, with lots of music, fun, candlelight and Christmas magic!
Visits last 2.5 hrs and favourites include making Christmas decorations with Mrs. Claus, singing with Elfie, lighting candles with Santa and of course the highlight of the show when everyone lights the Christmas tree with magic.
#26. Santa at Burren Nature Sanctuary
Santa returns to the Burren Nature Sanctuary on dates from December 4th to 23rd, 2015. Your Santa Visit includes a nature themed present, home-baked treat, and all-day access to play zones.
#27. Santa at Athenry Heritage Centre
Experience the magic of Christmas in the award winning Athenry Heritage Centre with fun filled activities for all boys and girls, from 5th December 2015!
#28. Santa at Galway Ice Ville
Look out for Ice Ville which comes to Galway in early December. Everything in Santa’s Cabin will be made of ice so be sure to warp up warm for a magical experience in this frozen wonderland.
Other great places to visit Santa in Galway include
- Turoe Pet Farm on dates from December 6th to 23rd 2015
- Slieve Aughty Riding Centre on dates from December 4th to 23rd 2015
- The Galway Continental Christmas Market from November 2oth to December 22nd 2015.
#29. Santa at Bunratty
Visit Santa Claus & his Elves in his Grotto, call in to see Mrs. Claus in her kitchen as she prepares for Santa’s trip, listen to the Folk Park story teller as he recalls colourful tales of Christmas long ago, and enjoy the puppet show.
Meet and chat with all the Christmas Characters who will be wandering the village street, you might even bump into Scrooge and mind he doesn’t spoil the Christmas cheer!
#30. Santa at Crag Cave
In Kerry, Santa’s Winter Wonderland runs from 1st to 23rd December overground at Crazy Cave Indoor Adventure Centre, at Crag Cave. Kids will see Santa’s Bedroom, the Elves Bedrooms, Snow Scenes, Polar Bears, meet Mrs Claus and have a go on an Animated moving ride before heading to Santa’s Grotto to meet the big man himself.
One and a half hours play at Crazy Cave included.
#31. Santa at Ailwee Cave
Visit Santa in his workshop at Ailwee Cave on dates from November 28th to December 23rd 2015.
#32. Santa at Atlantic Airventure
Take to the skies with Santa this Christmas at Atlantic Airventure, Shannon. Meet Captain Santa Claus on the flight deck before taking a simulator flight challenge.
#33. Santa at Stonehall Visitor Farm
Santa will be at Stonehall Visitor Farm and Wildlife Park in Kilcornan this December 6th.
Meet Rudolph and the other Reindeers before their big adventure on Christmas Eve, play in the indoor area and meet all the other animals too.
#34. Santa Experience at Jetland Shopping Centre
Head to Jetland SC in Limerick, for the Santa Experience, from November 22nd to December 23rd, 2015.
#35. Santa at Mount Juliet
In Kilkenny, Santa Claus and his festive elves will be returning once again to The Santa Village at Mount Juliet this Christmas from 4th to 23rd December, with a theatrical production packed full of Christmas wonder, festive fun and magic for all the family.
#36. Santa at Castlecomer
Christmas at Castlecomer Discovery Park is a festive occasion which runs from 21st November to 23rd December. Guided by Santa’s merry helpers, visit Mrs. Claus in her cosy cabin to hear about the elf village, before meeting the exceptionally jolly Santa in his old stone bell house where children get a special gift.
Then for some extra magic and real Christmas wonder take the Christmas train to discover the elves’ village and their fantastic colourful huts deep in the 80 acre natural woodland.
#37. Santa at Kia Ora Mini Farm
Visit Santa’s Village at Kia Ora Mini Farm in Gorey, Co Wexford, on dates from November 21st to December 23rd.
#38. Santa’s Train Adventure at Rathwood
Santa’s Train Adventure is back at Rathwood, Co Carlow from November 14th to December 24th. But be quick as seats aboard this great train are filling fast.
Or climb aboard the Amber Springs Santa Train, for a magical Christmas experience.
Santa in Carlow
#39. Santa at Dunnes Cork
The Santa Experience is back for another fun, filled festive season from 28th November to December 23rd, 2015 at Dunnes Stores on Patrick Street.
Take a magical journey through the Elves Post Office, Santa’s Stable and Sleigh Room, The Artic and finally Santa’s House! If you are really lucky you might even get to ride in his sleigh!
#40. Cork North Pole Outpost
Take a magical journey back to a time where Christmas was about creating magical memories together, at the Cork North Pole Outpost Experience taking place in Cobh on dates from November 29th to December 23rd.
#41. Santa at Fota
Enjoy a wondrous Christmas journey at Wish at Fota Island Resort, from November 27th to December 23rd 2015.
#42. Santa at Leahy’s Open Farm
Enjoy a magical visit through Santa’s Village at Leahy’s Open Farm from 27th November to December 23rd 2015.
Journey through the mystical forest where you will find Mrs Claus baking cookies and scones in her little cottage. From there you will step into a magical land of fairies and elves, and of course then meet Santa himself.
#43. Christmas Wonderland at The Farm
Full steam ahead for those hopping on board the North Pole Express at Christmas Wonderland at The Farm, Grenagh, where the Christmas elves and fairies have made a magical wonderland for Santa’s arrival on December 5th 2015.
#44. Santa’s Magical Kingdom
In Cavan, visit Santa’s Magical Kingdom this December at the enchanted gardens of the Slieve Russell Hotel from 5th December.
Visit the Polar Bear Post Office, enjoy festive fun with Mrs Claus in her kitchen, make a Christmas wish at the Magical Fairy Bridge, before visiting Santa in his grotto. Then all aboard Santa’s Express for a magical trip to the Cosy Cabin to enjoy hot chocolate, mulled wine & cookies
#45. Santa at Causey Farm
In Meath, have a Causey Christmas Experience at Causey Farm from 29th November, when the farm comes alive with the magic of Christmas.
Slide into Santa’s Workshop and make your way through the Elf door to his Grotto where you will receive a gift from the man himself.
#46. Santa at Tayto Park
Visit Santa at Tayto Park on dates from November 28th to December 23rd 2015. Santa will be waiting to see all the boys and girls in his magical grotto, where you can tell him how good you have been and what you really want for Christmas. Afterwards you can enjoy Christmas arts & crafts, storytelling and a trip to the 5D Cinema.
#47. Glaslough Winter Wonderland
In Co. Monaghan, the Glaslough Christmas Wonderland opens on December 5th 2015. When you arrive you will be greeted by magical Christmas lights before going to Santa’s post office and then on by Polar Express to see Santa in his grotto.
There are so many places to catch the big man in red this December! Here are just some of the many!!
#48. Santa at W5
Meet Santa on dates from November 28th to December 23rd at W5 Belfast in his icy Christmas Cavern where every child will receive a special gift.
#49. Santa at Navan Centre and Fort
Santa and his Elves will arrive at Navan Centre & Fort on December 5th and will be there until December 22nd, where they will take you on an enchanted Christmas Journey. Be captivated by the secrets of the Elves as you journey with them from Navan to the wonderful ‘Elf-ville’, to meet with Santa in his magical kingdom.
#50. Santa’s Polar Express at Slieve Donard
Santa’s Polar Express will be at the Slieve Donard Resort, Co Down from December 16th to 21st.
- Enjoy a ‘Victorian Christmas Market‘ at Ballance House, Co Antrim, on December 5th.
- Join in 2 days of Creative Christmas Crafts at Red Balloon in Newry on December 5th & 6th.
- Visit Santa at Orchard Acre Farm, Co Fermanagh, on Sunday December 6th & 13th.
- Meet Santa in Derry at The Jungle’s Christmas Wonderland from December 4th to 22nd 2015.
If you have seen Santa or know of another Santa to visit please let us know in the comments below