Things to Do Around Ireland at Christmas
Tree Top Night Lights at Beyond The Trees Avondale, Wicklow
Dates: November 11th 2023 to January 21st 2024, daily from 4pm to 7pm
Experience the forest after dark in a completely novel way with the dazzling Treetop Night Lights spectacle. Travel the beautifully lit treetop walkway, tunnel and viewing tower and meet an array of lit up forest creatures that make Avondale Forest Park their home.
This is an experience that all ages and all abilities will enjoy together getting up close and personal with nature after dark. Less than one hour’s drive from Dublin city in the heart of the Wicklow countryside, Treetop Night Lights provides a family-friendly, age-friendly and truly accessible spectacle.
Running from Saturday 11th November 2023 to Sunday 21st January 2024 this is more than a Christmas experience, it’s a celebration of winter and an exploration of a night time forest fantasy. The perfect ‘together adventure’ for all ages and abilities this winter season.
How to Book: For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Visit Santa’s Secret Workshop at the International Rugby Experience, Limerick
Dates: November 30th to December 23rd 2023
Santa has been keeping a close eye on Limerick and was overjoyed to discover that the nation’s new Favourite Building has a panoramic view of the city from which he can plan his epic Christmas Eve journey. But better than that, tucked away within its floors, is the perfect magical haven to house his secret workshop.
Expect a warm welcome to a twinkling world of festive fun. Feel the sense of anticipation grow with each step as you descend to Santa’s busy workshop to meet his special helpers, the IRE Elves, celebrated throughout the city for their exceptional gift-giving expertise.
Of course they might need a little help as they bustle about crafting beautiful toys and treats – but that’s where you come in. Make magical memories, working with the Elves to put the finishing touches to gifts that will make their way around the world. That is all before you meet the star of the show himself. Santa Claus, with his beaming smile and snowy white beard, will captivate both young and old, spreading seasonal cheer for the perfect start to your best Christmas ever!
Santa’s Secret Workshop is produced by award winning, Limerick based production company Honest Arts.
For more information and to book your Santa visit, click here.
Santa’s Magical Cabin – Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Clare & Laois
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!
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
An Enchanted Christmas at Johnstown Castle, Wexford
Dates: December 1st to 23rd 2023
Be part of something really special this Christmas at Johnstown Castle. On this traditional experience, guests will enjoy some fun activities with the team of merry elves. Every group will spend some time with Santa and children will then have the opportunity to pick their own gift in Santa’s workshop. There will be plenty of seasonal photo opportunities in the Castle – so don’t forget to bring your camera!
For more information, click here.
A Victorian Christmas Experience at Strokestown Park, Roscommon
Dates: November 26th to December 22nd 2023
Enjoy Christmas at Strokestown Park where you can meet Santa and a host of festive characters at the Victorian Christmas Experience.
Children will have fun and games at Strokestown this Christmas. Book a tour, find yourself on a wonderful journey, culminating in a special meeting with Santa who is resting up in the big house at Strokestown. All tours will begin at the Visitor Centre and end at the enchanted Woodland where festive fun is sure to be had!
For more information, click here.
The Magic of Christmas at Fota House, Cork
Dates: Select dates from December 1st to 23rd 2023
Enjoy an enchanted traditional Christmas at Johnstown Castle where there will be fun activities with the merry elves. Each group will meet Santa and then children will get to pick their very own gift in Santa’s Workshop.
Find out more here.
Christmas Fun at The Irish National Stud and Gardens, Kildare
Dates: Select dates from December 2nd to 17th 2023
There are plenty of fun activities taking place at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co Kildare, this December.
- On December 2nd join Lindsay and her busy elves in building your very own Christmas Bear. From 11:00 am to 12:00 pm children will have an opportunity to build their very own 16-inch Christmas themed bear while also choosing a special wish and writing their very own birth certificate. For further details and bookings,click here.
- On Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th AND Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th December there will be a fun-filled festive experience for all the family from 12-3pm each day.
Santa won’t be making an appearance as he is super busy in the North Pole but you’ll get to meet Christmas characters, enjoy face painting, balloon modelling, games and more.
All the regular attractions are available including an opportunity to visit the Irish Racehorse Experience, take the fairy trail route, and walk along the stepping stones in the Japanese Gardens for hours of outdoor fun.
The restaurant will be serving seasonal recipes along with the usual yummy cakes and treats. For further details and bookings, click here.
Winter Market at Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway
Dates: November 26th, December 3rd & 10th 2023 – 11pm to 4pm daily
Enjoy a festive atmosphere and festive goodies at the Slieve Aughty Christmas Market
Land of Light at Belvedere House, Westmeath
Dates: November 10th to December 23rd 2023
Land Of Light is an outdoor event that combines the use of nature and technology to provide a spectacle of lights, music and performance for attendees of all ages. Set in the beautiful grounds of Belvedere House, Gardens & Park in County Westmeath, the experience delivers thrills and excitement at every turn.
As you walk your way along the forest trail, the night sky, trees and buildings are lit up by a spectacular light show, with stunning atmospheric music to complete the scene. It’s like walking through another world!
Galway Christmas LEGO Show
Dates: November 19th 2023
The Galway Christmas LEGO show at the Loughrea Hotel & Spa includes:
- Original and hard to find LEGO models
- LEGO play area
- Free speed build competitions
- Free face painting
- Colouring table for younger children
- Duplo play area
- Treasure hunt
- and sensory cool down area.
Santa will also meet every child – keep an eye out as he gets up to have fun with the kids.
All children will also receive a LEGO polybag to take home. For more information visit Brick Shows Ireland on Facebook.
Winter Wonderland at Westport House, Mayo
Dates: November 19th to December 23rd 2023
Winter Wonderland at Westport House is a magical family experience brimming with Christmas cheer that will leave the kids starry-eyed and the whole family believing in fairy-tales – and 2023 is no different!
Westport House will be beautifully decorated and you’re invited to visit to see the giant Christmas tree, take a festive photo, get your faces painted, make your own decorations, meet Mrs Claus and enjoy a complimentary drink before heading to spend some time with the main man himself in his Grotto in Tinsel Town.
And don’t forget to hop on board Winter Wonderland Express Train for a spin around the estate!
Visit Santa at Elf Town, Galway
Tickets are on sale!
Santa and his merry band of elves are looking forward to returning to Galway and meeting all the wonderful boy and girls at Elf Town.
Elf Town is back for 2023 with a bigger and better experience. The entire journey will take over 2 hours and promises to be full of fun. It is set over 3 buildings, and the Elf Town journey is over 4 floors with each area expertly designed and decorated by the expert team of elves.
Your journey into Elf Town begins through the Grand Entrance at the Castle gates, where you will meet Glitterpants – Santa’s head Elf – who will get you started on your journey and show you Elf Town’s very own “Elf Town Shuffle”.
During your visit you will also:
🎄Visit Jack Frost’s Icy Home!
🎄Meet Santa’s real reindeer and learn all about Rudolph, Dancer, and their friends in the Reindeer House!
🎄Have a boogie on the dance floor with the elves!
🎄See how fast you can spin on the teacup ride!
🎄Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus!
🌲 Journey to the Enchanted Forest and search for the magical Woodland Elves!
🎄Meet the wondrous characters of Glitterpants, Woodland Elves, Postie, McSkrinchy, and many more!
🎄Write your letter to Santa with Postie the Elf and post it in the Elftown post office!
🎄Decorate cookies with Mrs Claus!
🎄Check out the Elftown Express at the Elf Town Train Station!
🎄Journey to the Grotto for your family’s private visit with Santa where children will be amazed at all Santa knows!
🎄Visit Santa’s Toy Shop stocked from floor to ceiling where you exchange your magical Elftown Coin for any toy you like in the Toy Shop!
Be sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
The Christmas Experience at Bunratty Castle, Clare
Dates: November 27th to December 22nd 2023
With a little sprinkling of magical fairy dust over this quaint little corner of County Clare Santa has created a magical illuminated festive trail for all to enjoy!
Spread across the park’s extensive 26 acres, take a wander along the park’s charming paths and enjoy an array of illuminated festive displays along the way. Meet a host of colourful festive characters, take a ride of the Bunratty Polar Express or a whirl on our magical carousels. And you can visit Santa before he takes off to his workshop in the North Pole.
The Night Before Christmas at The MAC, Belfast
Dates: November 29th 2023 to January 7th 2024
Twas the night before Christmas and you will meet a storyteller who loses her words in this festive fable about the power of stories. Will this spinner of yarns rediscover her wonderful tales in time for Christmas?
This adaptation of one of our favourite Christmas tales is written by Stephen Beggs and Simon Magill. Produced by the MAC.