The Best Value and FREE Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

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November 1, 2023

Best Value and Free Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

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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.

With the average price of a Santa visit for a family of two adults and two children coming in at well over €100, this annual excursion is a significant outlay. With that in mind, our criteria to be included on our value or free places to visit Santa in Ireland was €60 or less for a family of four.

If you have more recommendations, do let us know in the suggestion box below! We’ll add more as we find them…

Free Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Roscommon

Santa at Lough Key

Date: December 17th 2023 from 1pm to 3pm

Price: FREE

Santa, Mrs Claus along with their team of elves and Frosty the Snowman will be making a stop at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park this December 17th. You can:

  • Have a meet and greet with Santa
  • Enjoy mulled wine and festive treats
  • Take some beautiful festive photos.

Booking Details: No booking required for this event. To find out more, check out the Lough Key Forest and Activity Park Facebook page.

IKEA, Dublin

IKEA Santa for free places to visit santa in ireland

Dates: Weekends in December

Prices: Free

Bring the little ones to visit Santa at IKEA in Dublin, and they can enjoy some festive activities while they visit.

Santa’s grotto is located in the main entrance and he will be there on selected dates in the run up to Christmas. We hear that this Santa is excellent with any children who may have additional needs.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Best Value Places to See Santa in Ireland

Reminder, our criteria to be included here as a value place to visit Santa in Ireland was €60 or less for a family of four.

Santa’s Magical Cabin – Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Laois & Clare

Santa's Magical Cabin things to do in Ireland around Christmas

Dates: 17th November to 23rd December

Prices: €13.50 per child including gift, €6 per adult

The award winning and original Santa’s Magical Cabin returns for this 2023 Winter season! Upon check-in an elf guide will meet each family and take them directly to meet Santa Claus in his magical 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. Santa will also give each child a beautiful age appropriate gift. Everyone will be entertained throughout by energetic elves who will tell everyone exactly how Santa, his reindeer and all the elves prepare for Christmas. Book your visit now

Venues:

  • Dunnes Stores, Patrick Street, Cork City
  • Dunnes Stores, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1
  • Dunnes Stores, Ennis, Co Clare
  • Dunnes Stores, Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Jetland Shopping Centre, Limerick City
  • The Kyle Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Santa Experience at Croke Park, Dublin

santa experience at croke park

Dates: November 16th to December 22nd

Prices: €17 per child, €11 per adult

A team from the North Pole are setting up a training camp in Croke Park and they’d love you to visit as they prepare for their special journey around the world on Christmas Eve.

On the Santa Experience, you’ll see the Elf Dressing Rooms, the Igloo Clubhouse and the North Pole Skills Zone.

Then it will be time to step inside Santa’s very special Croke Park cabin to meet the man himself. You can take a photo with Santa and tell him about your predictions for the 2023 GAA All-Ireland Championships!

Every child will receive a small GAA-themed gift and photos will also be available to purchase if you wish.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland at Dundrum Town Centre

Dates: November 27th to December 24th 2023

Prices: €24 per child, adults go free (max 2 adults per child)

Head to the Winter Wonderland, set in a beautifully crafted timber village with thousands of sparkling lights. On arrival, check-in at the ticket office where every child will receive a personal passport that Santa will stamp for you.

With your ticket, step through the Secret Wardrobe into the Magic Garden, and on to the Candy Cane Trail for some riddles and games with the elves. Now it’s only a few short steps through the gingerbread garden and it’s into the Elves’ Workshop where you’ll see some of the amazing wooden toys that the Elves have made. Then head to visit Mrs Claus who has a wonderful collection of story books and is always busy making mince pies for Santa and dinner for the Elves. She will give every child a special note for the Fairies and maybe some secret ‘Reindeer Food’ for Christmas Eve.

Finally, an Elf will call you in to visit Santa for a chat and a wrapped present!

This year funds raised will go Ireland’s National Autism Charity, As I am.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Arnotts Dublin

Dates: Various through December

Prices: TBC for 2023

Santa visits Arnotts every year and we are just waiting on him to confirm the dates for 2023! Each year, all proceeds raised from Santa visits are given to partner charities.

Your visit to Santa includes a souvenir badge for each child. A professional photograph of your visit can be purchased at an additional cost.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Santa at the Galway Christmas Market

Dates: Fridays to Sundays from November 17th to December 17th

Prices: €20 per child

A trip to the market is a festive experience like no other. Immerse yourselves in this winter wonderland; marvel at the glittering lights, soak up the festive music, and lose yourselves in a world of colour and merriment. Top off your trip with the little ones by paying a visit to the man in red himself!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Get wrapped up in the magic of Christmas with these fantastic family events and activities around Ireland – seasonal fun guaranteed!

Visit Santa at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Dates: November 14th to December 24th 2023

Prices: From €16 for one child; €28 for 2 children and €38 for 3 children and €48 for 4 children. Parents go Free.

This year the Magic Elves are waiting for you, so they can create the most wondrous Christmas Experience for you and your family. After your family create their very own snow storm, it’s off to see Santa in his incredible North Pole Magic Grotto, receive your presents.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Meet Santa at the Red Stables, St Anne’s Park, Dublin

Dates: Select dates from December 8th to 17th

Prices: €16 per child (+ €2.13 Eventbrite booking fee)babies under 12 months with a sibling and adults go free

Olive’s Room elves will be on hand to help the children decorate gingerbread biscuits, create a festive decoration and draw a picture or post their letter to Santa. Each child will receive their craft, a gingerbread, hot chocolate. There will be face-painting with the fabulous Rosie from Roar.

Michelle La Grue photographer will also be there to capture the moment if you wish, and printed photos are available for anun extra cost. Michelle volunteers her time.

All profits from the event and photos go to Laura Lynn.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Visit Santa at Wicklow Lifeboat Station

Dates: December 10th from 10am to 6pm

Prices: €10 per child, adults go free proceeds go to the RNLI

Visit Santa in his unique and magical grotto at Wicklow Lifeboat Station where elves will be on hand to face paint and provide a treat of cookies and milk for all the children. Santa also has a little treat for all the boys and girls and Rookie the Reindeer and Santa will be happy to have photos taken with everyone.

All proceeds raised go to the RNLI

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Winter Wonderland at Barretstown, Kildare

Dates: November 25th and 26th 2023

Prices: A visit to the Christmas Market is free. Santa visits are €50 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), €18 per child, €10 per adult

Get ready for the fantastic Christmas-filled experience that is Winter Wonderland at Barretstown. Browse through the Christmas market stalls, soak up the Christmas music, enjoy some delicious food in Elizabeth’s Tree House, and take part in the Christmas raffle. And of course, you’ll be able to top it all off with a visit to the man himself in the wonderful grotto…Santa!

There will also be magic tricks, face painting, Christmas stories and the chance to meet the Christmas elves.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Visit Santa at Solas Eco Garden Centre, Laois

Dates: Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from December 1st 2023

Prices: €10 per child, adults go free

This year at SOLAS, ring in the festive season with a host of events and the Santa Experience. Included in your ticket is the chance to walk through the wonky winter wonderland, full of surprises and meet Santa’s helpers and Sean the Sheep! Then ring the bell to see if Santa will appear to give you a special gift.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Visit Santa at The Pavilion Garden Centre, Ballygarvan

Dates: Weekends from November 25th to December 17th

Prices: €15 per child and adults go free.

Santa will return to The Pavilion again this year to greet all the girls and boys in advance of his round the world trip on Christmas morning!

Your Santa visit costs €15 per child and includes a children’s gift. You can add a family photograph for an extra cost if you wish.

For further information and to book tickets, click here.

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