50 Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

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Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

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 grouped by county for easy navigation. But get your skates on as places book up fast! Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Dublin

Visit The Santa Experience at the Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre, Tallaght

The award winning Santa Experience is back at Dunnes Stores in the Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre, Tallaght on selected dates from November 22nd to December 23rd 2019. 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 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 4 fun filled festive areas, 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.

Book your visit to the Santa Experience today.

Visit The Elves In Training Santa Experience at Croke Park

Visit Santa at Croke Park

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of Santa’s trusty elves? This year, why not find out at The Elves in Training Santa Experience at Croke Park from Friday, November 29th.

The Elves in Training Academy runs from Friday November 29th to Monday December 23rd 2019. Pre Booking Essential as places fill up fast! Each child will get to take part in Elf Training with Santa and his helpers in the specially designed elf camp at the GAA HQ. Every ‘elf’ will become a member of the North Pole Football, Hurling & Camogie Club, managed by Santa!

Each member of his elite Elf Squad will get to visit the mesmerising snow tunnel, the North Pole team changing rooms. While you’re there make sure you listen for banter in the shower room to see who’s made it to the naughty or nice list! You might also need to hold your nose as you leave the dressing room, as the trainee Elves’ don’t usually listen to Mrs Claus when she tells them to pick up their dirty gear!

One of the highlights of the magical trail is a visit to Santa’s Bainisteoir’s office, the heart of all the action, where Santa reviews tactics and selects his dream team for the big journey on Christmas Eve.

After this meet and greet with Santa, where every child will receive a gift and get their professional photo taken, your family can run out pitch-side, like their GAA heroes, and take their own Croke Park ‘Elfies’, making even more magical memories.

You will then get complimentary admission to the GAA Museum, where you can discover two floors of interactive exhibits. Marvel at the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups and test your hurling and football skills in the museum’s Interactive Games Zone!

Book your all new Elves in Training Santa Experience at Croke Park today.

Visit Santa on The Bus That Stole Christmas

Find out if you have been naughty or nice on a storytelling adventure through good deeds and bad on Ireland’s only custom built Christmas bus, suitable for all ages. See if you can persuade our elves that your name should be on Santa’s good list this year!

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS… BUT WAIT… The letters are missing and Santa is sick, you have to save Christmas for jolly old St. Nick! Join the two elves on this puzzling adventure to save the Magic of Christmas. Help them to solve the clues, find the letters and prove you believe in all the good that Christmas can bring. But be wary! Some that seem nice might actually be naughty! If Santa is saved and Christmas Magic restored, there’s a spot on the good list for everyone on board!

Christmas Bus Tours run from Saturday December 7th to Monday December 24th. Tours take 45 mins start to finish and depart from 61 Upper O’Connell St (outside Flanagans Restaurant) and returns to the same spot.

Visit Santa at Dublin Zoo

Santa Visits at Dublin Zoo Wild Lights Experience

Santa will be in his grotto at Dublin Zoo every weekend during November & December with additional dates on December 22nd, 23rd & 24th 2019.

Visit Santa at Stephens Green Shopping Centre

Santa will be at Stephens Green Shopping Centre again this year and promises to be an extra special experience. He will be in his grotto from November 23rd to December 23rd 2019.

Children can also take part in seasonal activities before getting a special gift to take home.

Visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest Experience at Luggwoods

Enter Santa’s enchanted forest at Luggwoods, Saggart and be transported on the Luggwoods Express, a tractor drawn carriage, through the mystical forest to the Big Red Farmyard Barn for your visit with Santa. There will be characters to meet, games and activities to enjoy for a memorable family Santa experience. Selected dates from November 30th to December 23rd 2019.

Santa at Airfield

Santa at Airfield 2019

Are you looking for a traditional family Christmas with fun for all ages? Then go along to Airfield Estate, Dublin’s only 38 acre working farm this yuletide season for a magical Christmas Experience like no other.

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All Aboard The Special Santa Express Trains

Santa Special steam trains Ireland

The perfect Santa experience for those with a passion for steam trains, Steam Train Ireland offer Santa Special train journeys on selected dates in November & December from Dublin to Maynooth,and Belfast to Whitehead. Tickets go on sale in October and sell out very quickly.

Wicklow

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 Powerscourt, Wicklow

Santa at Avoca at Powerscourt Estate

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!

Visit The Santa Express at Wicklow Christmas Market

Wicklow Christmas Market is set within the Magical Abbey Grounds, in Wicklow town just 25 minutes from the M50. You will find plenty of craft stalls to get you in the Christmas mood.

Wicklow Christmas Market is delighted to announce that Santa is bringing his Santa Express to Wicklow Christmas Market on dates form November 23rd to December 15th 2019. He has a whole day out planned for you and your family.

The Santa Express will transport you on a magical journey.

  • Driven by one of Santa’s favourite elves…  Oribel, who is mischievous and fun.
  • He’ll take you to Santa’s wonderland workshops where his most creative elves will show you how to make some of your own magical gifts.
  • Mrs Claus will read one of her favourite Christmas tales too!
  • The grown-ups can enjoy some of  Mrs Claus’s festive Wildside punch.

Of course, Santa will be waiting to meet all the boys and girls so they can tell him about their wishes for Christmas. Each family will meet Santa individually and each child will get a special gift from Santa.

Don’t forget to enter the festive colouring competition too!

Let us know you’re coming so we can save your seats. Book your tickets now!

Sensory Santa Express Dec 8th, 11-12pm – The Santa Express Sensory train will run at 11am on Sunday December 8th. We ask that you only book these times if you have a requirement. Lights & music will be calmer as will our elves although just as happy and festive (One Carer per booking no charge for carer)

Visit Santa on Christmas Island at Hidden Valley Holiday Park, Wicklow

santa at christmas island

Santa will be on Christmas Island at Hidden Valley Holiday Park for festive fun and an unforgettable and unique Christmas experience on selected dates from November 23rd to December 23rd 2019.


South East

Santa Express at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

Embark on an enchanted journey to see Santa this Christmas at the Magical Woodland Christmas Experience at Castlecomer Discovery Park on selected dates from December 7th to 23rd 2019.

Start your adventure when you board the train at the North Pole Station and journey to the North Pole aboard the Santa Express on a magical train ride through a forest winter wonderland of twinkling lights.

Once you reach the Christmas Village, you’ll have time to explore, make a Christmas tree decoration in the arts and crafts area or sit back and wrap your mittens around a steaming mug of hot chocolate from the Canopy Café. Children can also play at leisure in the elf and fairy village, where imaginative playgrounds feature bouncing nets and a Junior Woodland Adventure Course.

The igloos are cosy and warm and full of festive spirit and it’s here that children will meet Mrs Claus to hear tales of mischievous elves and life in the North Pole.

Last but not least, it’s time to visit the great man himself, where each child will have the opportunity to spend time alone with Santa Claus, to whisper their wish list into his ear, and to receive a memorable gift.

The duration of the Christmas experience is approximately 90 minutes, at a relaxed and enjoyable pace, making sure you can take time to soak up every ounce of magic from beginning right through to the end. Families are welcome to return to the elf village to spend more time at play.

Book your Magical Woodland Christmas Experience today

The Christmas Experience at McDonagh Junction Centre, Kilkenny

Christmas Experience at Nore Valley Park

Experience the magic of Christmas with Nore Valley Park at their bespoke venue within the Courtyard at McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre in Kilkenny. Santa’s Christmas Wonderland adventure runs on selected dates from November 30th to December 22nd 2019.

When you book this fun Christmas Experience you can enjoy:

  • The whole family is invited to write their greatest Christmas wishes to
  • Santa Claus, who will be there, along with his mischievous elves to guide you to his enchanting grotto.
  • Make magical reindeer food with the help of Mrs. Claus in her magical kitchen!
  • Pet, stroke and cuddle some of Santa’s furry friends in addition to live deer.

For drop-ins with Santa: (no booking required)

  • Children have an opportunity to meet Santa Claus, receive a quality gift and have their photo taken to ensure lasting memories.
  • Meet his deer, as well as the friendly animals at our live nativity crib.

For a truly enticing family-oriented event, Nore Valley Park is your only choice this December.

Book online today.

Santa’s Train Adventure at Rathwood, Carlow

Santa’s Train Adventure is back at Rathwood, Co Carlow on selected dates from Saturday November 16th to Tuesday December 24th 2019. Booking usually opens end of August but be quick as seats aboard this special train fill up fast.

Amber Express Santa Train, Wexford

Climb aboard the Amber Springs Santa Train, Co Wexford for a magical Christmas experience on selected dates from November 23rd including a special Sensory Santa Train on December 7th 2019.

Visit Santa and Experience a Christmas Market at:

  • The annual Christmas Fair at Delta Sensory Gardens during December and you can visit Santa and his Elves at the Christmas Wonderland.
  • Christmas at Huntington Castle is on weekends from December 1st 2019. Visitors can send a “Letter to Santa” and visit the amazing old world Italian vintage crib.

Galway

Elf Town

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. This year’s Christmas experience returns even BIGGER and BETTER with lots of new characters to guide you on your way as well as new and exciting additions to bring smiles to all faces. From the moment you enter Elf Town, families will feel as if they have landed in the North Pole and children will get a real winter wonderland experience.

The Elf Town Experience includes:

  • A 90-minute interactive journey through Elf Town – starts when you receive your Elf Town Passport and Elf Town Santa hat
  • A magical winter wonderland Christmas adventure over 4 floors with different themed areas and magical scenery throughout the entire experience
  • Dedicated floor of entertainment filled with lots of activities including Santa’s Christmas Carousel
  • Meet the Snow Princess, Rudolf and many more fantastic characters along the way
  • Visit Jack Frost in his Icy home and take some snaps immersed in a world of Ice
  • Visit Mrs Claus and decorate your Christmas cookie
  • Dance your socks off on the illuminated dance floor with the disco elves
  • Enjoy the interactive snowball game and earn a Santa hat
  • Have your face painted by the elves
  • Visit Santa with just your family
  • Parents can enjoy delicious mince pies and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or fruit punch – Complimentary.

There are so many more magical surprises waiting for you behind the Elf Town doors that they just can’t wait for you to arrive!

Elf Town opens on Friday the 29th of November 2019 and every Fri/Sat/Sun until the 23rd of December 2019, including the full week prior to Christmas.

Pre Booking is essential. Check out the website to get your preferred date and time, plus Facebook for updates and news. We look forward to welcoming you at this unique family Christmas experience. Be sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets go on sale from August.

Visit Santa at Slieve Aughty

The Christmas Festival takes place at Slieve Aughty in Galway from December 1st. This year, Santa will be only be available for groups of 12 or more, so get together with family and friends for a unique Santa experience. You can add extras to your visit including pancakes and hot chocolate for everyone!, pony rides, face painting, a gift from Santa for every child etc.

Santa at Athenry Heritage Centre

Experience the magic of Christmas in the award winning Athenry Heritage Centre Christmas Winter Wonderland experience with fun filled activities for all boys and girls this December 2019 on selected dates from December 1st to 22nd 2019!

Other great places to visit Santa in Galway include

  • Claregalway Castle on dates in December 2019
  • Loughwell Farm Park on dates in December 2019
  • Brigit’s Garden on dates in December 2019
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Midlands

Green Santa at Belvedere House, Westmeath

green santa at Belvedere 2019Treat 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 at Birr Castle and Experience the Magic of Christmas, Offaly

Birr Castle Visit Santa

Come and enjoy the magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre this December 2019.

You will be greeted and entertained by the Castle elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle. There you will meet Mrs Claus in the library sitting beside an enormous roaring fire reading magical festive stories. Your visit continues to the elegant dining room with its giant Christmas tree where you will meet the man himself… Santa Claus!

Tickets are priced at €18 per child and €8 per adult, pre-booking is essential.

Each booked child will receive an age appropriate gift from Santa as well as a sweet treat and hot chocolate, The experience will last approx. 45 minutes. Pre-booked adult and children tickets also include general admission to the Treehouse adventure playground and gardens (daylight opening times apply, 16:00 close each day). (T&C’s apply)

For more details or to book your tickets visit the website or call us on (057) 9120336

Santa’s Magical Trail at The Clanard Court, Kildare

Join Santa’s elves on a wonderful journey through Santa’s Magical Trail – a fun filled and action-packed experience for children young and old held at the Clanard Court Hotel, Kildare!

The award-winning, leading Kildare Santa experience (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for Families) … is for anyone who really loves all things Santa and believe in lots of FUN, MAGIC and SMILES along the way!!! Look out for some fun characters along the way including Willy Wonka!

Why not make a night of it too with our extremely popular Magical Sleep Over option? Guaranteed to make you the best Mum & Dad ever!
 You can book selected weekends from November 30th to December 22nd 2019

This year Santa and his elves at The Clanard Court are planning their first ever Autism Friendly Trail and Sleepover. This will take place on December 11th 2019.

Visit Santa at Lullymore, Kildare

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 animals. Opens November 30th and Santa returns to the North Pole on December 23rd 2019.

Santa’s House Express at Palmerstown House Estate, Kildare

Santas House Express is on at Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown. Hop aboard the Santa Express on selected dates from Saturday November 23rd to Monday December 23rd 2019. This year there will be a family fun fair to enjoy along with meeting Santa, Mrs Claus, the elves and Archie!


North West

Visit Santa at Lough Key, Roscommon

visit santa places in Ireland

Celebrate Christmas at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park when Santa will be popping in for a visit on December 15th 2019 and you can enjoy free tasty hot chocolate, mince pies & mulled wine. There will be a live outdoor nativity scene and festive traditional music and dance.

Victorian Christmas Experience to Visit Santa at Strokestown Park, Roscommon

Visit Santa at Strokestown Park

The Annual Strokestown Park Victorian Christmas Experience is back for 2019. With lots of festive attractions for all of the family including;

  • A visit with Mrs Claus at Santa’s Stables where you will meet the animals
  • Elves will accompany you through the magical tunnel into the secret underground rooms of Strokestown House. Here you will see the elves busy at work preparing for Christmas
  • The highlight of the Victorian Christmas Experience is meeting Santa Claus by the fire in the traditionally decorated library of Strokestown Park House. to receive a Christmas gift
  • Afterwards have a hot chocolate and take part in traditional craft activities

Pre-Booking is Essential

Visit Santa at Westport House, Mayo

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!

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.

Santa at Tullyboy Farm, Roscommon

You can re-live the magic of a traditional Christmas at Tullyboy Farm during December. Visit the old time kitchen and stir the Christmas pudding and make a wish before you visit Santa who will be in residence on Saturdays from Saturday December 7th to Saturday December 21st 2019.

Santa at Donegal’s Lapland

Visit Donegal’s Lapland at Doagh Famine Village on selected dates from November 29th to December 22nd 2019. See a live show, Santa Baby and visit the elves in Santa’s Workshop and Toy Factory and receive a special gift from the big man. You will also see a live Christmas Show and enjoy special lighting, snow and other special effects.

Visit Santa at Arigna Mining Experience, Roscommon

Santa goes underground this Christmas at Arigna Mining Experience in Roscommon. He arrives on December 7th and will be there on selected dates up to December 21st. Visitors can also enjoy entertainment from Fred the Party Professor, Joe Daly Magician and Custard Pie Puppet Show depending on the dates they visit!

Take the Santa Express at Oakfield Park, Donegal

Oakfield Park in Raphoe, Co Donegal invite you to board the Santa Express at the station and have an enchanting train ride through the woodlands to meet Santa and his helpers! He will be in residence on select dates during December 2019.


Limerick

The Santa Experience at Jetland Shopping Centre

The Santa Experience Visit Santa Limerick

The award winning Santa Experience is back at Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre, Limerick from November 22nd to December 23rd 2019. 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 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 4 fun filled festive areas, 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 to treasure forever.

Book your visit to the Santa Experience today.

Visit Santa at Stonehall Visitor Farm

Santa will be at Stonehall Visitor Farm and Wildlife Park in Kilcornan this December 2019 . You will arrive at Stonehall to an array of 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 Grotto. Afterwards visit the stables and meet Rudolph!


South West

Visit Santa at Bunratty Castle, Clare

Experience an unrivalled winter wonderland with a magical, festive atmosphere, and give the children an experience they’ll remember, at Bunratty Castle Folk Park. The Christmas experience opens on Friday November 22nd and is on selected dates up to and including Monday December 23rd.

  • Come with all the family to visit Santa Claus & his Elves in his Grotto.
  • Call in to see Mrs. Claus in her kitchen as she prepares for Santa’s trip – making sure his clothes are ironed and he has plenty of food for his journey.
  • 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!
  • Enjoy the Polar Express train ride so much more.
  • You can also ice-skating for an additional fee.

Santa at Crag Cave, Kerry

In Kerry, Santa’s Winter Wonderland takes place every December. 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 hour play at Crazy Cave included. Santa will be in residence from November 30th to December 23rd 2019.

Santa at Aillwee Cave, Clare

Visit Santa in his workshop at Aillwee Cave on selected dates  from November 29th to December 22nd 2019 . Along with Mrs Claus and his team of happy Elves, Santa ensures a very special personalised visit for each child. Santa Elves are waiting with their LISTS of the boys and girls visiting every day. They will guided everyone along the cave passageways singing Christmas Carols all the way. Santa Claus with his helper will meet and chat with each child and of course have a present for everyone. Mrs Claus is there to greet the grownups with a glass of Hot Punch and a Mince Pie.

Santa at Atlantic Air Adventures, Clare

visit santa at Atlantic Air Adventure Shannon

Take to the skies with Santa this Christmas at Atlantic Air Adventures, Shannon. Meet Captain Santa Claus on the flight deck of his BAe146 before taking a simulator flight challenge on December 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th 2019.


Cork

The Santa Experience at Dunnes Stores Cork

The Santa Experience vist Santa in Ireland at Dunnes Stores Cork

The award winning Santa Experience is back at Dunnes Stores in the Patrick Street from November 22nd to December 23rd 2019. 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 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 4 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 to treasure forever.

Book your visit to the Santa Experience today.

An Enchanted Christmas at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Visit Santa at Fota House

Sunday 8th to Sunday 22nd December 2019, 11am to 6pm (selected dates)An Enchanted Christmas at Fota House Cork takes you on a magical journey through the seasonally decorated Fota House. Along the way you will meet some enchanting and entertaining characters before your individual family visit to Santa.

On this traditional experience, every child will receive a specially chosen gift from Santa Claus and there will be lots of seasonal photo opportunities throughout the house – so don’t forget to bring your camera!

Bakestone will be with open, serving their delicious seasonal treats – warming hot chocolates, mince pies and loads more which you can enjoy by the glow of the open fire!

Check out all the details and book online now at www.fotahouse.com

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 selected dates from November 30th to December 23rd 2019.

Santa at Leahy’s Open Farm

Visit Santa in Ireland at leahys open farm Cork

Enjoy a magical visit through Santa’s Village at Leahy’s Open Farm on selected dates from November 30th to December 23rd 2019.

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.

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. Open on selected dates from December 7th to 23rd 2019.


North East

Visit Santa at The Enchanted Forest Christmas Experience, Meath

The Enchanted Forest Christmas Experience

Visit Santa at the Enchanted Forest Christmas Experience, The Millhouse, Slane, Co. Meath on selected dates from November 21st until December 23rd 2019.

Enjoy a wondrous journey, with magical elves, to visit Santa, deep in the Enchanted Forest, where you and your family will have a truly extraordinary Christmas Experience; full of festive spirit. The elves will meet you in Santa’s workshop and lead you and your family, through the magical Christmas experience where you can visit;

  • Santa’s extraordinary workshop
  • The Elfin kingdom within the Enchanted Forest where you can take part in some Elfercise!
  • Mrs Clauses’ woodland kitchen
  • Santa in his study
  • Santas’  Sleigh

Make this Christmas enchanting at The Millhouse in Slane. Tickets can be booked online.

Make sure you fill in some important information that you feel would amaze your child that Santa knew about them. Each ticket includes 5 guided activities with the Elves, meeting Mrs Clause and receiving a beautiful gift from Santa.

Book your Santa visit to the Enchanted Forest Christmas Experience today

Santa at Causey Farm, Meath

In Meath, have a Causey Christmas Experience at Causey Farm on select dates from November 24th to December 23rd 2019 when the farm comes alive with the magic of Christmas.

Slide into Santa’s Toy Workshop and make your way through the Elf door to his Grotto where you will receive a gift from the man himself. Afterwards follow the Bethlehem Train to the stable where you will see live animals at the crib, visit Christmas Cottage to experience an old Irish Christmas and don’t forget to pay a visit to the reindeer!

Santa at Tayto Park, Meath

Visit Santa at Tayto Park on dates from November 30th to December 23rd 2019.  Santa 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 along with all day park entry.

There will be Additional Needs Christmas Experience visits on November 30th , December 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd at 10.30am & 10.45am. These slots must be booked in advance.


Northern Ireland

There are so many places to catch the big man in red this December! Here are just some of the many!!

Visit Santa at W5 Belfast

Santa at W5, Belfast

Take a journey on the Winterland Express through the enchanted forest and into the Winterland Castle to meet Santa on dates in November and December at W5 Belfast in his icy Christmas Cavern where every child will receive a special gift.

Santa’s Polar Express at Slieve Donard, Down

slive donard polar express visit santa Ireland

Santa’s Polar Express will be at the Slieve Donard Resort, Co Down in December.

Other places to meet Santa in Northern Ireland:

  • Meet Santa in Derry at The Jungle’s Christmas Wonderland on dates during December.
  • Visit Santa in his grotto at Belfast Zoo this December 2019.

If you have seen Santa or know of another Santa to visit please let us know in the comments below

Places to Visit Santa in Ireland



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