Come October I’m always on the lookout for new places to visit Santa, places that will not just excite the kids, we want adventure, awesome Santa’s, one who may even know my kid’s name! We want a fun filled family day out, one that leaves a lasting impression. You’re looking at well over fifty quid, €20 per head in some cases to visit Santa nowadays and I want to know my money is been spent wisely so I’ve done some research and teamed up with some of my favourite bloggers who have shared their thoughts and experiences on places to visit Santa throughout Ireland this year.
Luggwoods – Santa’s Enchanted Forest Co Dublin
Kicking off my top ten places to visit Santa is Luggwoods, a truly magical and authentic Christmas adventure. Climb aboard the Luggwoods Express and let your inner child journey through the magical land of forgotten wonder. Witness the twinkling lights of Dublin’s Fair City from the top of Lugg Mountain but be careful the Grinch might be trying to spoil Christmas. For more information on Luggwoods check out their website.
Kayla, Frankie, and Kadie were invited to Luggwoods for reviewing purposes last year, aside from our gifts it really was a truly authentic experience.
Magical Christmas Experience at Kia Ora Mini Farm Co Wexford
Warm yourself with a glass of mulled wine and the little ones can pick their own present from our vast choice of excellent unwrapped presents. See the animals, visit Santa’s holiday home and watch the lights dance and move to the music with an animated musical light show. For more information on Christmas at Kia Ora Mini Farm check out their website.
Sinead from Bumbles of Rice is a huge fan, as is her kids. They can hear the fire truck sirens from their home and a visit to Santa at the Kia Ora Mini Farm is now a family tradition, here’s her review.
A Visit with Santa at Avoca Powerscourt Co Wicklow
Sadhbh from Where Wishes Come From spent and afternoon at Avoca Powerscourt visiting Santa with her twin girls and she would highly recommend it, she felt it was ‘very relaxed and very authentic’.
For more information visit their website.
Santa at Fota Island Resort Co. Cork
They started with Believe then they shared the wonder of Imagine and Wish and this year, it’s time to Discover an entirely new Christmas Experience at Fota Island Resort. Fota has discovered a whole new mode of travel, gone are the days of planes, trains, and automobiles. Santa’s Top Elf Travel Team unveil a magical Teleporter which will take you from Cork to the North Pole in just a few magical minutes. With a winter wonderland with it’s gorgeous woodlands in all, it’s glory. For more information about Christmas at Fota Island Resort check out their website.
Blogger Fiona from Dolly Dowsie has been three times now with her little fella and promises to make Fota a Christmas family tradition.
Christmas Island – The Santa Experience Co.Wicklow
Experience an exciting journey on The North Pole Express, to Christmas Island where you will meet the bubbly Mrs. Claus, where everyone will make a Christmas decoration, have your photo taken in Santa’s giant red sleigh and prance about with the Elves. Depart Christmas Island on Santa’s sleigh boat (weather permitting) to see the big man himself in Santa’s toasty Grotto. For more information about Christmas Island check out their website.
My older two had the pleasure of visiting Christmas Island for their Santa experience and it’s been my favourite Christmas adventure to date.
Rathwood Santa Train Co Carlow
Join in the Christmas story with Mrs. Clause and Trixie the Elf then take a magical journey on board the Rathwood Santa Train but watch out for Rudolph and the other Reindeer along the way. Trek through the enchanted Forest that leads to Santa’s Woodland home where each family will meet Santa individually and receive a special gift from Santa himself. Each child who visits Santa also gets a free hot chocolate & Rathwood activity book. For more information on Rathwoods Santa Train experience check out their website.
Parenting blogger Jenny from Mummy Vs The World shares her day out at Rathwood last year.
Christmas Experience is Malahide Castle and Gardens Co Dublin
Join Malahide Castle hosts and Santa’s elves at ‘Enchanted Christmas’ before being brought to Mrs. Claus herself as she relaxes by a big open fire but watch out for Jack Frost he’s usually causing mischief as the castle prepares for it’s Christmas festivities. Thankfully The Snow Queen and Tinkerbell know how to keep him in check! For more about Malahide Castles Christmas experience check out their website.
Multi award winning Office Mum has been to visit Santa at Malahide Castle with her trio and would highly recommend it, here are her thoughts.
Winter Wonderland Westport House Co Mayo
At Westport House, you will be welcomed into the front hall of Westport House by Santa’s Little Helper who will lead your family with a warm welcome from Mrs. Claus to story time by the fireplace. There will be face painting, gingerbread decorating and then a very special visit to Santa in his magical grotto in the Dining Room. You’ll then be captivated by the elves hard at work in the Elves Workshop and you can even make your own yuletide log to take home. And finally, you will hop on board the Westport Train to enjoy magnificent winter time views around the House before you depart. For more information on Winter Wonderland at Westport House check out their website.
One Yummy Mummy paid Santa a visit at Westport House last year with her little ‘yum’ and she left with a warm fuzzy feeling and she swears it wasn’t the mulled.
Causey Christmas Experience Co. Meath
With a chill in the air visit Santa’s house and help Mrs Claus pack his bag for his big journey. Slide down into the toy workshop, check out Santa’s Parlour and listen carefully – you just never know who might arrive down the chimney and go back in history and follow the Bethlehem Trail to the stable where Mary and Joseph take care of their new arrival, watched over by the cows, donkeys, sheep and lambs. For more information on Causey Farms Christmas Experience check out their website.
Musings and Chatterings shares her experience at the Causey Farm at Christmas.
Airfield Estate Christmas Experience Co. Dublin
Join Santa’s Elves in their magical teepees, create and decorate and post your letter to Santa. Enjoy story-telling and a 30-minute group visit with Santa at Airfield House then pop into the Elves’ kitchen and make yourself a little treat and enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate or mulled wine as you browse and shop at Airfield’s Christmas Market. For more information on Airfields, Christmas Experience check out their website.
Award-winning travel blogger Corrina stone from Stone Travel shares her thoughts on Airfields Christmas Experience on her sister’s blog Cherry Sue Doin’ The Do.