Visit Santa Venues Ireland
Visit Santa Venues
Visit Santa Venues is the DayOut.ie guide on where to Visit Santa in Ireland, Christmas events, Christmas markets and festive days out coming up to and over the holiday season.
Over the past number of years, we’ve been to many venues and have received hundreds of comments about what makes a great Christmas day out experience.
Value for money, Santa himself, the overall experience and the present given by Santa are all contributing factors to what makes a great Christmas day out.
More and more proprietors are making investment into their visit santa venues with great Christmas sets and multi coloured illuminated landscapes, however can the entire experience be let down by not paying attention to the Santa gift? Is it that we’re too commercial, or is it that we’re just more savvy now and expect better value for money? Having a gift or toy that will lat past the Christmas period is something that will make you say, “hey, that was really good” and each time your little one plays with that gift, it’s a reminder of the venue and the experience. If any of you nice venue owners are reading here, be sure and pay attention to the Santa gift – it’s the number one comment we hear about!
Based on feedback from parents, guardians and on comments received on our online posts we’ve compiled our top guide to visit santa venues in Ireland. You will know some but we hope you discover some new names that help make your day out. Don’t forget to come back and comment about how you got on and what you thoughts were as your comments are important to us and other readers and help to shape our guide each year.
Visit Santa Carlow
|Chocolate Garden of Ireland on the Carlow / Wickow border has an interactive fun-filled chocolate-making workshop with Santa’s elves and a live link to the North Pole where a special guest speaks to all the boys and girls!. Visit Santa in Carlow
Cost: Pre Booking Essential. Workshops last around 50 mins. Children/Mould-Makers €12.50 “TRAINEE ELVES”. Adults/Non-Mould-Makers €8 “ASSISTANT ELVES”. (to include spiced apple, Finished 50g Christmas chocolate bar and chocolate tastings).
|Popular Santa venue with lots on offer for visitors, workshop, face painting, Christmas carriage, music and all this before you even see Santa!. A great day out for all. Visit Santa in Carlow
Cost: Adults €6.00 / All Children (Over 1) €15.00 / Children under 1 €6.00. Please note that a booking fee of €1 per order is included in the 1st adults booking.
Visit Santa Cork
|At Rumleys Open Farm meet the animals, hop on for a tractor ride and explore this magical winter wonderland and all its lights. Mulled wine for the grown ups and gifts for kids visiting Santa.
Visit Santa in Cork
Cost (2014): Adults €7.00 / Children €18.00 / Toddlers under 24mths with present €8.00 / Babies & Toddlers no present – Free.
Visit Santa Dublin
|Croke Park Santa experience includes a trip to the elves dressing rooms, Santa’s Grotto and a sneak peek pitchside! Visit Santa’s workshop, receive a present for each child and enjoy admission to the GAA Museum, which features two floors of interactive exhibits. A festive day out for all the family! Visit Santa at Croke Park Dublin
Cost: Online pre booking is essential. Enter ‘Santa’ in the search bar on this landing page. Adult – €8.00 | Child (aged 2+) €13.00 | Child (aged 12 – 23 months) – €6.00 | Infant (0-11 months) – FREE
|Each December, Santa drops by Dublin Zoo for a special visit to say hi to all of Rudolf’s friends. Each child will receive entry to the grotto experience, a visit with Santa, a gift and a photo. General entry rates to Dublin Zoo apply. Visit Santa at Dublin Zoo.
Cost: check Dublin Zoo event calendar
|The North Pole Experience at The Royal Liver Retail Park is a long running Christmas extravaganza, with movie characters, elves workshop, vehicle rides, minions, bouncy castles and lots more. Visit Santa at the North Pole Experience
Cost: Adults Free / Children €20.00 / Group of 4 – €70.00
|The Ark presents ‘The Henry Girls’ in a festive music show performance. Discover the magic and mysteries of the festive season in a music performance made especially for children. Visit The Ark Music Show
Cost: Adults €12.00 / Children €12.00
Visit Santa Galway
|Athenry Heritage Centre offers a winter wonderland experience with Christas bakery, woodland walks, seed planting, face painting and lots of festive fun. Also unique baby and toddler activities. Visit Santa in Galway
Cost: Children €15 / Children under 2 – €10 / Adults €2.00
|Brigit’s Garden brings Santa’s Christmas Magic to Galway as a wonderful family show with Santa and Elfie, his musical elf. There’s lots of music, fun, candlelight and Christmas magic! Visit Santa in Galway
Cost: Children €15 / Adults €10 / Under 3s are free if they sit on an adult lap for the Show. Brigit’s Garden members 10% discount
|Slieve Aughty Riding Centre has a Santa cottage heated by a cosy fire where you can chat and receive your gift. Enjoy festive music, face painting & meet the friendly polar bear. Visit Santa in Galway
Cost: Adults €10.00 / Children €27.50 / €3 baby up to 23mths / €90 Family Pass (3 children and 2 adults). At the festival before? Ask about a loyalty discount!
Visit Santa Kildare
|At Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, climb aboard the Winter Wonderland Train, visit the illuminated walkway in the woods and also see live animals. Visit Santa in Kildare
Cost (2014): Adults & Teenagers €5.00 / Children €18.00. baby admission rates also apply – see web site for more.
Visit Santa Kilkenny
|Festive fun in Castlecomer with Santa’s cabin as part of a fairy village in the woods. Beautiful courtyard surrounded by low roof stone buildings give a real period feel. Visit Santa at Castlecomer Discover Park
Cost: Adults €10.00 / Children €17.00
|Entertain the kids at Mount Juliet with this hour long theatrical production filled with Christmas wonder and interaction as they write lists, visit Mrs Claus in the kitchen and then board the Santa Train. Visit Santa at Mount Juliet
Cost: Adults €12.50 / Children €17.50
Visit Santa Limerick
|Stonehall Visitor Farm welcomes visitors to Santa’s Grotto. This large family attraction in Limerick gets better year on year with dazzling lights, meet the animals, children’s play areas, stables and more. Visit Santa in Limerick
Cost: Adults €7 / Children €20 / Infants €7
Visit Santa Meath
|Causey Farm comes alive with a festive atmosphere and Christmas experience throughout the farm courtyard. All the sheds have different Christmas themed events and everyone moves from place to place to sample each new experience. Visit Santa in Meath
Cost: Children age 2 to 12yrs €22| Toddlers 12-23mths €8 | Babies 0-11mths Free | Adults €14. Please note: All booking changes are subject to a €5 administration charge
|Tayto Park welcomes Santa every year and he creates his own magical grotto in the rafter room upstairs in the main Lodge. Santa’s own elves lead the way where you can meet toy soldiers, polar bears and even a chocolate snowman. Visit Santa in Meath
Cost: Children under 3 – €14 | Children over 3 – €26 | Adults €14 (Member prices Children Under 3 – €14 | Children over 3 – €20 | Adults Free).
|The Enchanted Kingdom at Slane Castle sees guests register in the main hall, then journey to visit Mrs Claus and catch up on what’s happening at the North Pole. Letter writing with Timmy at the Elves Sorting office, visit the North Pole style Workshop and more. An enchanting experience for boys and girls where they’ll meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive their special gift. Visit Santa in Meath
Cost: €20.00 per child plus Booking Fee | €12.00 per child plus Booking Fee
Visit Santa Offaly
|Christmas Wonderland at Birr Castle is a new Christmas experience for 2015. Birr Christmas Trail, Christmas market with festive lights, carols around the Huge Christmas tree, a live crib, Irish traditions for Nollaig and lots of festive fun. Visit Santa in Offaly
Cost: One Child ticket includes 1 adult – Child Ticket €25 | additional adult ticket €5
Visit Santa Roscommon
|Glendeer Pet Farm promises a fun filled family day out. Thousands of lights, reindeers and live crib. Stop by to say hi to lots of other animals on your way to Santa. Visit Santa in Roscommon
Cost: Adults €8 / Children €16 (includes visit to Santa & a gift)
Visit Santa Waterford
|Waterford & Suir Valley Railway invites you all aboard for a train journey along the banks of the River Suir and the Magic Wood. Meet Mrs Claus and other friends and then your return trip takes you to see Santa in his cottage. Meet Mayfield Birds of Prey at the station and enjoy drinks and snacks at the Carraige Shop.
Visit Santa in Waterford
Cost: Children €16.00 | Adults €6.00 | Babies under12 Months Free. All tickets must be booked and paid for in advance. Please phone to check availability / dates. Train journey approx. 25mins
Visit Santa Westmeath
|Belvedere House welcomes Green Santa who arrives by boat across Lough Ennell at 11am on Saturday 5th December 2015. Visit Santa in his magical grotto and receive natural gifts – like potting up seasonal native Irish trees. Visit Santa in Westmeath
Cost: €12 for 1st Child & €10 for each additional children (over 18 months old). Infants (up to 18 months old) – Free with older children (no potted tree but Santa will give seed shakers and candy with parents permission). 2 Adults go free with each Green Santa booking – additional adults charged at normal admission rate of €8 each.
Visit Santa Wexford
|Kia Ora Mini Farm – come visit the animals, see Santa’s holiday home and see the Magical Musical Light Show. Thousands of lights and decorations, ride the fire engine and dig on the REAL DIGGERS. Visit Santa in Wexford
Cost: no booking required and no time limit on your stay. €16 per child, €10 for small babies who are not yet able to walk (if want a present – if not they are free) and €7 per adult.
Visit Santa Wicklow
|Christmas Island offers a unique Santa experience – meet Mrs Claus and the fun Elves. Keep an eye out for Rudolf as you board the giant sleigh boat to visit Santa’s island. Only 40 minutes from Dublin. Visitors encouraged to bring own camera and ask the helpful Elves to take your pics 🙂 Visit Santa in Wicklow
Cost: €16.50 per child | €12.50 per adult