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 26th November 2016.
Did you know that Santa’s favourite games are Gaelic Games? Just as he did in 2015, 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 26th November to December 24th 2016 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 26th November to December 24th.
#5. Santa at Butlers Chocolate Experience
Visitors taking part in the Butlers Chocolate Experience Tour on December 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th 17th & 19th and 20th – 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
From 26th Nov – 23rd December nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a visit to the atmospheric Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow with its tree-lined avenue, fir trees and majestic stately home! Make the most of your family time and bring the children along to see Santa’s animals at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. Kids will love the chance to meet some farm animals’ right up close including Santa’s deer, pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. Children of all ages and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the stables, which is free of charge. The Powerscourt Stables are located beside Powerscourt Garden Pavilion.
#8. Santa at Kilruddery
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 November 26th to December 23rd 2016.
#10. Christmas Island
Experience the magic of Christmas with a magical boat trip, thousands of lights, Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, the elves, Rudolph, presents, activities, food & drink and more on Christmas Island at Hidden Valley, on dates from November 26th to December 23rd 2016.
#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 on Saturday 3rd December 2016, 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 3rd to 18th.
#13. Santa at Birr Castle
The Birr Castle Christmas Winter Wonderland is on various dates from December 10th to 23rd 2016. 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 26th 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. Opens November 26th and Santa returns to the North Pole on December 23rd 2016.
#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. Hop aboard the Santa Express on dates from November 26th to December 23rd 2016.
#18. Santa at Jumpin’ Jacks Fun Factory
Santa will be in his grotto at weekends at Jumpin’ Jacks Play Factory in Tullamore from December 3rd to 18th 2016. 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! Open from November 26th to December 22nd 2016 each family will get a 3 hour guided experience.
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.
And on December 2nd Westport House have a Sensory Santa Experience from 3pm to 8pm, where the lights and music will be toned down and families with children who have sensory disorders, autism or other special needs can enjoy a relaxed, magical experience.
#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 10th to 18th 2016.
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 2016. Visit the old time kitchen and stir the christmas pudding and make a wish before you visit Santa.
#23. Santa at Donegal’s Lapland
Visit Donegal’s Lapland at Doagh Famine Villiage on dates from November 25th to December 22nd 2016. See a live show and visit the elves in Santa’s Workshop and Toy Factory and receive a special gift from the big man.
#24. Santa at Arigna Mining Experience
Santa goes underground this Christmas at Arigna Mining Experience in Roscommon. He arrives on December 4th and will be there on weekend in December 2016. Booking opens mid October 2016.
#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 December 3rd to 23rd Santa and Elfie are back 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 approx. 2.5 hrs and favourites include making Christmas decorations with Mrs. Claus, singing with Elfie, lighting candles with Santa, a Christmas Treasure Hunt 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 16th to 23rd, 2016. Meet Santa by the fire and have a hot chocolate and home baked treat in Mrs Claus’s kitchen. See the elves making real toys and meet the animals in the stables and get visit the glitter tattoo parlour!
#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 December 3rd 2016!
#28. Santa at Turoe Pet Farm
Santa will in his Winter Wonderland be at Turoe Pet Farm on dates from December 5th to 23rd 2016. You can enjoy the illuminated christmas village, feed the animals and visit Santa in his grotto and have loads of fun in the inflatable city and jungle town. All heated in indoors!
Other great places to visit Santa in Galway include
- Slieve Aughty Riding Centre on dates from December 2nd to 23rd 2016
- Loughwell Farm Park on dates in December 2016.
- The Galway Continental Christmas Market from November 19th to December 22nd 2016.
#29. Santa at Bunratty
Experience a winter wonderland of magical, festive atmosphere, and give the children an experience they’ll remember, at Bunratty Folk Park from November 25th to December 23rd 2016.
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 3rd to 23rd December 2016 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 25th to December 22nd 2016. There is a special Sensory Day on December 20th 2016.
#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 on weekends in December 2016.
#33. Santa at Stonehall Visitor Farm
Santa will be at Stonehall Visitor Farm and Wildlife Park in Kilcornan this December 2016. You will arrive at Stonewall to an array o magical lights and adults will get mulled wine, tea or coffee along with a mince pie. The children can play in the play area while you wait to see Santa in his Grotoo. Afterwards visit the stables and meet Rudolph!
#34. Santa Experience at Jetland Shopping Centre
Head to Jetland SC in Limerick, for the Santa Experience, on dates from December 3rd to December 22nd 2016.
Also in Limerick
Visit Enchanted by Franc at King John’s Castle for a magical medieval Christmas experience for all the family on dates from December 3rd to 20th 2016.
#35. Elf Chocolate Workshops at Chocolate Garden
Create your very own Christmas treats at an Elf Chocolate Workshop at The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tallow, Co Carlow. Workshops run on various dates from November 19th to December 23rd.
#36. Santa at Castlecomer
Christmas at Castlecomer Discovery Park is a festive occasion which runs on dates from November 26th to December 23rd 2016. 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 19th to December 23rd 2016.
#38. Santa’s Train Adventure at Rathwood
Santa’s Train Adventure is back at Rathwood, Co Carlow from November 19th to December 24th 2016. 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 on dates from November 26th 2016.
Santa in Carlow
Visit Santa at Rancho Reilly’s Pet Farm this December 2016.
Visit Santa and Experience a Christmas Market at:
- The Christmas Fair at Delta Sensory Gardens from December 3rd to 18th
- Christmas at Huntington Castle on weekends from December 3rd to December 18th 2016.
#39. Santa at Dunnes Cork
The Santa Experience is back for another fun, filled festive season from December 3rd to 22nd 2016 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 26th to December 23rd 2016.
#41. Santa at Fota
Enjoy a wondrous Christmas journey at Discover at Fota Island Resort, from November 26th to December 23rd 2016.
#42. Santa at Leahy’s Open Farm
Enjoy a magical visit through Santa’s Village at Leahy’s Open Farm from 26th November to December 23rd 2016.
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.
#44. Santa’s Magical Kingdom
In Cavan, visit Santa’s Magical Kingdom this December at the enchanted gardens of the Slieve Russell Hotel on dates from December 3rd 2016.
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. Bookings open on October 1st 2016.
#45. Santa at Causey Farm
In Meath, have a Causey Christmas Experience at Causey Farm from November 27th to December 23rd 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 26th to December 23rd 2016. Hop on board the train to visit Santa who 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 to see Polar Express.
#47. Santa at Monaghan Shopping Centre
In Co. Monaghan, visit Santa at Monaghan Shopping Centre this December 2016. Santa will arrive in spectacular style on November 25th at 7pm to start the festivities.
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 27th to December 23rd at W5 Belfast in his icy Christmas Cavern where every child will receive a special gift.
#49. Santa at The Argory
Santa and his Elves will arrive at The Argory, Dungannon on December 7th and will be there until December 18th 2016. Each child will be issued a magical passport to visit 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 14th to 20th 2016.
- Enjoy a ‘Victorian Christmas Market‘ at Ballance House, Co Antrim, on December 3rd 2016.
- Meet Santa in Derry at The Jungle’s Christmas Wonderland from December 2nd to 23rd 2016.
- Visit Santa in his grotto at Belfast Zoo on December 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th.
If you have seen Santa or know of another Santa to visit please let us know in the comments below