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
Visit Santa at Lough Key, Roscommon
Celebrate Christmas at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park when Santa and his helpers will be popping in for a visit on December 15th 2019 from 2pm to 4pm and all visits are free. You can also enjoy free tasty mince pies & mulled wine from 1pm to 4pm, free face painting from 1pm to 4pm and free festive music from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
There will be a Science Santa Lab from 11.30am to 1pm with Planet Science Kidz, this is suitable for kids aged 5 to 12 years and must be booked in advance. To book call 071 9673122 and don’t forget to mention you saw it on Mykidstime!
Bring the little ones to visit Santa at IKEA in Dublin, and they can enjoy some festive activities while they visit.
Dates: Santa’s grotto is located in the main entrance and he will be there on November 30th, December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st 22nd & 23rd 2019 from 12pm to 6pm. We hear that this Santa is excellent with any children who may have additional needs.
Kildare Farm Foods
Santa will be visiting Kildare Farm Foods on weekends in December from 10am to 4pm each day.
Visits to see Santa are free, and every child gets a free gift too. No need to book.
Dates: December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd December 2019 And on Wednesday December 11th Santa will be making a special visit to Kildare Farm Shop for a special Sensory Santa Day for children, families and groups with additional needs. There is no need to book and Santa will have a gift for every visitor at this free event.
Free Santa’s Little Helpers Event at Phoenix Park, Dublin
On December 8th 2019 at 11am all Santa’s Little Helpers are invited to come along and enjoy a free family event to learn more about winter birds. There will be a range of activities taking place including some fun Christmas cooking for birds!
Meet at the Phoenix Park visitor centre. This event must be pre-booked by calling 01 6770095.
On weekends throughout December visitors can enjoy the Live Crib in the courtyard of the visitor centre from 9.30am to 5pm daily and Carols from 11am to 1pm on December 7th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd and from 2pm to 4pm on December 8th. And The Moon And Sixpence Puppet Theatre will have a show on Sunday December 15th from 1.30pm to 3pm.
There will also be a Wood Turners in Ashtown Castle from 12pm to 4pm on December 8th, 15th & 22nd.
Horkans Garden Centres, Galway, Wicklow, Mayo
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 each week, so do look out for him when you visit!
Whitewater Shopping Centre, Kildare
Santa and his friendly helpers will be welcoming visitors at the Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare from November 23rd at 2pm, when he arrives as part of the Santa Parade and he will be there until December 24th 2019. Meeting Santa is free for all. Instead of paying to visit Santa, donations can be made to a local charity.
Perks Entertainment Centre, Cork
Free Santa visits at Perks Entertainment Centre, Youghal take place every Saturday & Sunday from 2-6pm starting from November 16th. Come visit Santa at his grotto and bring your Santa letter.
Stillorgan Village Centre, Dublin
Santa will arrive at Stillorgan Village Centre on November 24th 2019 at 5.30pm until 8pm. Visit him for free every day 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, Dublin
Santa is in Blackrock Centre, Dublin every weekend, it’s free to visit Santa’s Grotto, each child gets a free gift.
Santa’s Grotto at The Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Dublin
Santa’s Grotto will be open from 1pm to 5pm on November 23rd & 30th, December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd at The Nutgrove Centre and you can visit him for FREE. There will also be free Festive workshops and activities for families to enjoy on select dates in December.
Manor West Retail Park, Kerry
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, from November 23rd right up to Saturday, December 23rd 2019.
Santa will arrive at Arnotts on November 15th 2019. You’ll find Santa’s Grotto alongside the Oh What Fun themed cafe on level 2. The “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 €10 per family for visiting Santa. 100% of this donation will go to St Vincent De Paul.
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Best Value Santa Places
Visit The Santa Experience, Dublin, Limerick, Cork
For generations, a visit to Santa’s grotto has been part of the magic of Christmas and provides plenty of festive fun for all the family. The Santa Experience provides families with an authentic, immersive and entertaining journey to meet Santa.
You will travel through four special areas including:
- The Elves post office
- Santa’s Stable
- The Sleigh Station
- The Artic
on your journey to meet Santa Claus who is eagerly awaiting your arrival. Here the children can share their Christmas wish lists with him and Santa will even know some info about each child, he is Santa after all!
Each tour has a maximum of 6 children to allow Santa to speak to each child individually. The tour is done on a group basis where children can interact with each other and parents can watch the magic unfold.
Parents will also be able to get a photographic memento of the occasion! Photos are available immediately and cost €14 for the first and €6 for each additional copy.
Admission: €12 per child & €6 per adult (includes tour & gift) Santa will be in The Kilnamangh Shopping Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Dunnes Stores Patrick Street, Cork and The Jetland Shopping Centre, Limerick on dates from November 22nd to December 23rd 2019.
Adults Go Free At Santa’s Christmas Wonderland, Ashford, Wicklow
Santa’s Christmas Wonderland is where children come first and “ADULTS GO FREE”. Nestled beneath the forest canopy in the grounds of the Bel Air Hotel, Ashford, Co Wicklow you will find a magical wonderland waiting for you to experience. Here you can enjoy a real traditional Christmas in a beautiful woodland setting. Growing in popularity each year and attracting families from all over Ireland, www.santaschristmaswonderland.ie can also be reached on 087 3562000.
“ADULTS GO FREE” That’s right folks Santa’s Christmas Wonderland do not charge for adults so why not take full advantage, bring along the family and create a photo album and memories to last a lifetime………
Growing in popularity each year and attracting families from all over Ireland book your Santa’s Christmas Wonderland adventure now! Santa’s Christmas Wonderland can also be reached on 087 3562000
Santa’s Christmas Wonderland is fully wheelchair accessible.
Visit Santa at Jervis Shopping Centre
Santa arrives to his new Magical Castle in Jervis Shopping Centre on November 16th 2019. There will be FREE magical festivities throughout the day he arrives from 11.00am – 3.30pm.
After that Santa will be seeing visitors in his grotto during November from 12pm to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays.
From December 1st he will be in his grotto from 11am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 7pm every Saturday and Sunday up to Christmas Eve. He finishes early on Christmas Eve at 5pm so he has time to get home to the North Pole for deliveries!
Prices to see Santa at Jervis Shopping Centre start from just €10 which includes; a magical visit with Santa, a present and a magic certificate.
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Visit Santa at Powerscourt, Wicklow
There will be plenty of fun for families to enjoy a day out at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow this November 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th then daily up to December 23rd 2019.
Santa & Mrs Claus will be at Avoca to see all the boys and girls and 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, Westmeath
Treat your children to a magical Christmas experience with Green Santa at Belvedere House, Westmeath.
Green Santa will arrive at Belvedere House on Saturday 7th December 2019 at 10.45 and will and proceed to his magical grotto, along with his elves, where he will meet children from 11am. He will be there every weekend up to and including Sunday, December 22nd 2019.
Green Santa at Belvedere offers a great value and quality Christmas experience with a difference. Children booked in to see Green Santa will get a potted Holly Tree to bring home with their family to plant out and watch it grow with them over the years, as a lasting and fond memory of their visit to Green Santa at Belvedere. Every child will also receive some Reindeer Food and the customary Victorian Candy.
Online pre-booking for this event is therefore essential and all Green Santa Bookings will include entry to Belvedere House, Gardens, Park and Play Areas. For those who want to walk the outdoor trails after their Green Santa visit please dress appropriately for the weather on the day.
Book your visit to Green Santa at Belvedere House. Tickets on-sale from November 8th 2019
Visit Santa and his Rein-Dogs at Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind HQ, Cork
You can bring the kids or grandkids along to meet Santa and his rein-dogs at the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind HQ in Cork and help raise money for this wonderful charity. Whilst there you can pick up gifts in the Christmas Shop and even buy your Christmas Tree. Santa will be in residence from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 7th & 14th and Sunday 8th & 15th. Bring along a camera to capture your special day out. The cost is €10 per child €3 per adult and each child will receive a selection box. You can fill in a form in advance with details for your child and bring along a gift for your child for the elves to give to Santa.
There is an autism friendly Grotto experience on November 30th.
Winter Wonderland at Athenry Heritage Centre, Galway
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. Dates for 2019 TBC.
Santa at Donegal’s Lapland, Donegal
Visit Donegal’s Lapland at Doagh Famine Village on dates from November 29th to December 22nd 2019. See a live show and visit the elves in Santa’s Workshop and Toy Factory and receive a special gift from the big man.
Santa at Rancho Reilly, Carlow
Visit Santa at Rancho Reilly’s Magical Christmas Experience during December, complete with Elves Workshop, Christmas Carriage and of course a visit with the Big Man himself.
Letter to Santa at Huntington Castle, Carlow
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 in December.
See Santa at Delta Sensory Gardens, Carlow
Delta hosts its very popular Christmas Fair and Outdoor Lights Display from December 6th to 22nd 2019. 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 will be available.
Santa’s Magical Wonderland, Cavan
Visit Santa’s Magical Wonderland Cavan in Market Square, Cavan, and meet some of your favourite characters. From December 8th 2019.
Visit the Santa Lodge at Nuremore Hotel, Monaghan
In Co. Monaghan, visit Santa’s Lodge at Nuremore Hotel and Country Club for a lovely Christmas experience. Santa will be there every Friday & Saturday in December. You can enjoy; photo opportunities with the elves in the giant sleigh, storytime with Mrs Claus, write your letter to Santa with the elves and meet Santa and receive a gift.
There will be a special Sensory Santa on Sunday, December 8th 2019 from 12pm to 3pm.
Over to you now. Have we missed a free or great value Santa experience from our list? Tell us in the comments below.