The Best Value and Free Places to Visit Santa in Ireland


Are you looking for value or free places to visit Santa in Ireland? Christmas can be an expensive time of year so we are always on the look out for ideas to save you money. We have put together the best value and free places to visit Santa in Ireland this Christmas so everyone can have a very merry Christmas. 

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Our criteria to be included on our value or free places to visit Santa in Ireland was €15 or under per child.

Places to See Santa For Free


santa at ikea dublin

Bring the little ones to visit the man at IKEA in Dublin, and they will take home a free gift too.

Dates: Every weekend 26th November – 18th December, 10am – 4pm, and 19th December – 23rd December, Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm. Santa’s grotto is located in the main entrance.

Santa will also be at IKEA Carrickmines OCP on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December and Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December, 11am – 5pm

Kildare Farm Foods

Santa will be visiting Kildare Farm Foods for 6 days in December, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, and Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th, 10am to 5pm each day.

Visits to see Santa are free, and every child gets a free gift too. No need to book.

Horkans Garden Centres

Visit a Horkans Garden Centre in December to post your Santa letter in the special Santa Post Box located in the Christmas Winter Wonderland area. You may also spot Rudolph and some of his friends getting ready for the busy season ahead. Santa will collect letters in Horkans Castlebar every Saturday at 3pm from December 2nd to 23rd and he will arrive by helicopter at Horkans Wicklow on December 9th at 1pm. Children can enjoy hot chocolate at Horkans Wicklow Wicklow and Galway every Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening in December too.

Whitewater Shopping Centre

Santa and his friendly helpers will be welcoming visitors at the Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare from Saturday Nov 14th until Thursday 24th of December. Meeting Santa is free for all. Instead of paying to visit Santa, donations can be made to Down Syndrome Kildare.

Perks Entertainment Centre

Free Santa visits at Perks Entertainment Centre, Youghal take place every Saturday & Sunday from 2-6pm starting from November 18th. Come visit Santa at his grotto and bring your Santa letter.

Stillorgan Village Centre

Santa is at Stillorgan Village. Visit him for free every day from now until Christmas Eve. Monday to Friday from 1.30 pm – 5.30 pm, Saturday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm or Sunday from 12 noon – 6.00 pm

Blackrock Shopping Centre

Santa is in Blackrock Centre every weekend, it’s free to Santa’s Grotto, each child gets a free gift.

Manor West Retail Park

Children will be able to visit Santa and his friends for free every Saturday and Sunday at Manor West Retail Park, Tralee from 12-6pm, right up to Saturday, December 23rd.

Arnotts Dublin

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You’ll find Santa’s Grotto on the Second Level of Arnotts beside the magical Wonderland Christmas market. Their “Virtual Santa Q” means you don’t have to spend hours waiting in line to visit Santa Claus. Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis each day so you can get your Santa Q ticket when you arrive and they will let you know when it’s almost time to meet Santa Claus so you have plenty of time to make your way to the Grotto.

Visiting Santa Claus is free* and includes an I’ve Seen Santa badge for each child. There is a photographer at Santa’s Grotto available to capture a photograph of your visit which you can purchase as a souvenir.

* This year, Arnotts are asking for a donation of €5 per family for visiting Santa. 100% of this donation will go to Lauralynn Children’s Hospice.

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Best Value Santa Places

Visit The Santa Experience

The award winning Santa Experience is back in three locations at Dunnes Stores in the Ilac Shopping Centre in Dublin, the Jetland Shopping Centre in Limerick and Dunnes Stores in Patrick Street, Cork from November 24th to December 23rd 2017. Children will be transported to the North Pole where they can visit:

  • The Elves Post Office
  • Santa’s Stable
  • The Sleigh Station
  • Santa’s House

The Santa Experience is a tour through the North Pole where children will learn how Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas and will interact with elves, reindeer, polar bears and may even get to ride in Santa’s Sleigh on their way to meet the big man himself in his authentic log cabin!

Children will be amazed by what Santa knows about them, thanks to the Santa Needs to Know forms, filled in at the time of booking.

Tickets cost €10 per child & €3 per adult and can be booked online in advance to ensure you get your preferred time and date. Each ticket includes meeting and interacting with Elves and Santa, travelling through 5 fun filled festive rooms, and a beautiful gift to treasure.

A professional photographer will be on hand to capture all magical moments and you can order 8 x 10 framed prints immediately afterwards if you wish. The first print is priced at €12 and subsequent prints will be priced at €6 per print.

Book your visit to the Santa Experience today. Also on December 7th from 3pm to 6pm there is a special Quiet Santa Evening for children with sensory and special needs. Email to book your place.

Visit Santa at Brigit’s Garden

visit Santa in Ireland at Brigits Garden Galway

Conjure up the real magic and wonder of Christmas with Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden on various dates from December 3rd to 22nd 2017 Santa and Elfie are back with lots of extra fun activities!

Elfie and Santa will be joined by Mrs Claus and Donnie the donkey 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 approx. 2.5 hrs and favourites include; making Christmas decorations with Mrs. Claus, singing with Elfie, lighting candles with Santa, enjoying mulled apple punch, a treasure hunt around the Celtic garden to find Elfies lost presents and of course the highlight of the show when everyone lights the Christmas tree with magic.

This is a great value Santa experience at only €12.95 child/adult. Under 3s are free if they sit on an adult lap for the Show. Brigit’s Garden members also receive a 10% discount.

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Santa’s Christmas Wonderland, Wicklow

Visit Santa's Christmas Wonderland Bel Air Hotel WicklowSanta’s Christmas Wonderland is in the grounds of the Bel Air Hotel, Ashford, Co Wicklow, from December 1st to 23rd 2017. Voted the best value Santa Experience in 2016, tickets are €15 per child and adults are FREE! On the day you can enjoy:

  • 1000’s of twinkling lights
  • A visit to Santa’s Post Office, Snug and special Christmas Wheel
  • The Fairy Garden & Magical Fairy Room
  • A trip to the Elves Workshop & Movie Room
  • The Gingerbread Family, Giant Nutcracker & Grinch House
  • A Turkey Shoot & a Sing along with Mrs Claus and much more.

Book online now 

Visit Santa at Powerscourt


Santa will be at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow from November 25th to December 23rd 2017.

Santa will be at Avoca Powerscourt every day starting on Saturday, Nov 25th right up until Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 9.30am to 5.15pm. Tickets cost €10 plus booking fee per child (adults can attend for free) and are non-refundable.

In addition to their visit with Santa, families can visit the stables and see some of Santa’s animals including, Santa’s deer, pygmy goats, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs! Rudolph will make an appearance too!

Green Santa at Belvedere House

belvedere house Green Santa Christmas ExperienceTreat 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 on Saturday 2nd December 2017 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 2nd to 17th.

€12 for 1st Child & €10 for additional Children (over 18 months old). Infants (up to 18 months old) are Free with older children (no potted holly tree but Santa will give candy with parents’ permission)

2 Adults go free with each Green Santa booking – additional adults €8 each. (All Green Santa Bookings include entry to the House Gardens and Park and Playgrounds)

Book Online Here

Visit Santa at Lough Key

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Santa will be visiting Lough Key in Roscommon for one day only on December 17th, where he will be welcoming children, along with his elves and husky dogs! Kiddies will receive a gift and a hot chocolate! And there will be face painting and carols to enjoy.

Winter Wonderland at Athenry Heritage Centre

Enjoy a magical time in the Athenry Heritage Centre’s Winter Wonderland with a one hour Santa Experience that includes a range of festive craft activities for all the family to enjoy.
The Elves are waiting for all the boys and girls to help them enjoy their activities and Santa is waiting with a gift for the children to take home.

Parents of young babies and toddlers can also enjoy their Santa experience with morning opening times just for you. Santa has a special gift too. Doors open from 10:00am-12:00pm. No pre-booking is necessary. Admission for the Babies & Toddlers is €10.00 per child and €5.00 per Adult.

For older kids admission times are:12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm. Tickets are limited to 25 children per hour. Admission Prices: Child €15.00, Under Two €10.00, Adult €5.00

Santa at Clonfert Pet Farm

The big man visits Clonfert Pet Farm in Co. Kildare on 2nd/3rd/9th/16th/17th December when kids can visit Santas Workshop, Cowshed theatre and of course meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets €15 per child, Adult €5, 2yrs and under €5.

Santa at Donegal’s Lapland

Visit Donegal’s Lapland at Doagh Famine Village on dates from November 24th to December 22nd 2017. See a live show and visit the elves in Santa’s Workshop and Toy Factory and receive a special gift from the big man.

Tickets €14.50 per child/adult and €5 for kids under 2.

Santa at Atlantic Airventures

Take to the skies with Santa this Christmas at Atlantic Airventures, Shannon. Meet Captain Santa Claus on the flight deck of his BAe146. Visit Captain Santa Claus at the Flight Deck + Gift (Under 7, No Flight Simulation included), tickets cost €15.00 per child. For the little ones on Solo Santa Tickets, we have a tot size pedal plane and runway outdoors, great for pics! Adults €7.50 includes Tea / Coffee and Mince Pie.

Santa at Rancho Reilly

Visit Santa at Rancho Reilly’s Magical Christmas Experience on dates from December 2nd to 23rd 2017, complete with Elves Workshop, Christmas Carriage and of course a visit with the Big Man himself.

Tickets cost €15 For All Children Over 1. €6.00 for Children Under 1. €6.00 per Adult.

Letter to Santa at Huntington Castle​

​The Castle will be full of Christmas cheer with wonderful decorations, miniature railways, vintage Italian nativity scene and of course the big man himself… Taking place on 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th and 17th Dec and tickets €14.50 per child (includes gift and hot chocolate), €7.95 per adult.

See Santa at Delta Sensory Gardens in Carlow

Delta hosts its very popular Christmas Fair and Outdoor Lights Display from Saturday 9th to Tuesday 21st December. As well as a colourful display of outdoor lights will be on display in the sensory garden plus Christmas competitions and much more each day, you can visit Santa’s grotto, Elves workshops and festive face painting will be available from 12pm to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays (online booking essential). Sensory Santa Experiences take place on 16th and 17th December.

Tickets are €10 per person, €30 for a family of 4, €40 for a family of 5, €50 for a family of 6.

Santa’s Magical Wonderland Cavan

Visit Santa’s Magical Wonderland Cavan in Teachers Centre, Main Street, Cavan, and meet some of your favourite characters. From December 1st to December 23rd. Tickets are only €10 per child (mammies and daddies are free…)

Visit the Santa Lodge at Nuremore Hotel

In Co. Monaghan, visit Santa’s Lodge at Nuremore Hotel and Country Club for a lovely Christmas experience. Santa will be there on dates from December 2nd to 23rd 2017. Tickets are €15 for kids and €10 for adults.

Over to you now. Have we missed a free or great value Santa experience from our list? Tell us in the comments below. 

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