Son of a Nutcracker! Here are Elf Events to Enjoy With The Kids

Castlecomer Discovery Park Elf & Fairy Village at Christmas Elf Places in Ireland

Not in a holiday mood yet? Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins. And if you’re not getting the reference (or our title above) then you obviously need to watch “Elf”! We’ve gone all elf-ish at Mykidstime HQ and found some fun elf events taking place. Son of a Nutcracker! Here are Elf Events to Enjoy With The Kids:

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ElfTown Galway

After a sell out 2017 experience, 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
  • A magical winter wonderland Christmas adventure over 4 floors
  • New dedicated floor of entertainment filled with lots of activities including Santa’s Christmas Carousel
  • Meet Elfie Mc Skrinchy and help him find his Christmas spirit!
  • Visit Icicles Frozen Sweet Shop made of real ice and sweets
  • Visit Mrs Claus and decorate your Christmas cookie
  • Dance your socks off on the illuminated dance floor with the disco elves
  • Enjoy storytelling in the Christmas Den
  • Enjoy and interactive snow ball game and earn a Santa hat
  • Have your face painted by the elves
  • Visit Santa with just your family
  • Parents can enjoy mulled wine and mince pies

Elf Town opens on Saturday the 24th of November 2018 and every Fri/Sat/Sun until the 23rd of December 2018, including the full week prior to Christmas.

2017 was a sell out and there are limited spaces available on each experience. Bookings open on August 8th and 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.

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Elf Training at Croke Park, Dublin

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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 November 24th?

The Elves in Training Academy runs from November 24th to December 23rd 2018. 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. Each ‘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.

Elf & Fairy Village at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

Castlecomer Elf and Fairy Village at Christmas elf events in Ireland

Last Christmas, Santa had to come and relocate himself in the heart of the Elf Village at Castlecomer Discovery Park, it appears that the elves were having too much fun on the adventure activities around the park. Someone had to make sure they were getting their toys made on time! He liked it so much, himself and Mrs. Claus are coming back again this year to take residence in their igloo homes nestled in the woodlands from November 24th to December 23rd.

This year the experience is going to be bigger and better, with hundreds of light installations around the estate to bring lots of festive cheer. In addition to their craft tent and junior adventure playground, they also have their newest activity the bouncing nets. So children can come and play in the Christmas village before going to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa. This is truly a unique Santa experience!

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Santa and Elfie are at Brigit’s Garden, Galway

 Brigit's Garden Christmas 2018

Conjure up the real magic and wonder of Christmas with Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden on various dates from December 2nd to 23rd 2018 Santa and Elfie are back with lots of extra fun activities!

Elfie and Santa will be joined by Mrs Claus and Donnie the donkey 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, enjoying mulled apple punch, a treasure hunt around the Celtic garden to find Elfies lost presents and of course the highlight of the show when everyone lights the Christmas tree with magic.

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Elf Town Family Packages at The Connacht Hotel Galway

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Enjoy a festive family break in Galway this November or December and you will receive an exclusive 10% discount off Elf Town Tickets when you book an Elf Town Family Package at the award winning Connacht Hotel.

  • Choose from Bunk Bed Rooms, Family Rooms or Family Suites
  • Enjoy a full Irish breakfast daily
  • Receive 10% discount on Elf Town tickets
  • Complimentary parking & Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary use of the leisure centre with pool

Check availability for all Elf Town Family Packages.

For The Elf Fan in Your House, We Love These Elf Pyjamas

Kids sleepwear for Christmas M&S elf pjs elf events in Ireland These pure cotton Elf Pyjamas are perfect for all of Santa’s little helpers this Christmas. With fun elf features including printed metallic buttons and a cute elf hat.

The jammies come in sizes 12 months to 7 years, costing €16 – €22 and can be ordered online from M&S or bought at your local store.

Elf Jr. the Musical presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Elf The Musical at glor

Dates & Times: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December, 7:30pm & Sunday 9th December, 2.30pm
Cost: Evening performances €15/€12 conc & Matinee €10

Clare Youth Musical Society will fill you with Christmas cheer with Elf Jr the Musical! Aela Daly takes on the title role of Buddy the Elf, made famous by Will Ferrell. The show follows Buddy’s journey from the North Pole all the way to New York to find his Dad, with a few adventures along the way!

Featuring catchy songs such as Happy All the Time, Sparklejollytwinklejingley, Never Fall in Love with an Elf, this Christmas show is perfect for all of the family!

Booking & further information: Box Office 065-6843103 or

Elf Chocolate Workshops at Chocolate Garden, Carlow

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There are Christmas Elf Chocolate Workshop at Chocolate Garden in Tullow, Co. Carlow on various dates during November and December. Join in with the elves in a Magical, Fun-filled Chocolate-Making workshop. Enjoy a live link with the North Pole, in contact with both the Elf Workshop there and a live link with Santa himself who will address the boys and girls personally – but only if they are on the good list!

Roll up your sleeves and make a chocolate Christmas figure to take home; decorate a chocolate bar for Santa… And there’ll be lots of tastings and chocolate fun in between. To finish off, enjoy a warm drink of real hot chocolate. Trainee Elves will receive a Certificate.

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Elf at Outdoor Cinemas

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Elf will be showing at these drive in outdoor cinemas:

  • Galway Racecourse Saturday 1st December 2018 6.30pm
  • Leopardstown Racecourse Saturday 15th December 2018 9.15pm
  • Castleinch Kilkenny Friday December 2nd at 830pm and Friday December 10th at 8.30pm
  • Westport House November 30th December 9th, 15th and 22nd 5pm

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ELF The Musical at Belfast Waterfront Hall

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Buddy the Elf is Coming to Town… Everyone’s favourite ELF comes to Belfast in the holiday classic, ELF The Musical. Playing a limited engagement on 23rd and 24th November, the Belfast Operatic Company will be giving this Irish premiere production at The Waterfront Hall. Based on the iconic film starring Will Ferrell, this heart-warming tale of Buddy the Elf leaving Santa at the North Pole to seek his real father in New York is a Christmas classic.

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Elf on the Shelf Day at Arnotts Dublin

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Start your own Christmas tradition at the Elf on the Shelf Roadshow, in-store at Arnotts in Dublin on Sunday, 3rd December. Visit the Childrenswear Department on Basement Level to enjoy a day of fun activities. The Elf on the Shelf will be making a special appearance in-store from 11am! The day of festive fun will include the Elf’s team helping write and shrink your Santa letter, a magical storyteller, a selection of arts and crafts and a special screening of An Elf’s Story.

Elf at Odeon Cinemas

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“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”

Odeon Cinemas will be showing Elf on Sunday 9th December and Wednesday 12th December, at cinemas in Blanchardstown, Cavan, Charlestown, Coolock, Limerick, Naas, Point Square, Portlaoise, Stillorgan and Waterford.

Elf at The Pavilion Theatre

Elf is also showing at The Pavilion Theatre, the showing on Saturday 22nd December is sold out but at time of writing there are still tickets for Wednesday 19th December at 5pm, pre-booking recommended. Family ticket (4 people) is €22.

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Over to you now. Do you plan to go to any of these Elf events with your child? Tell us in the comments below. 

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