Family Travel & Adventure

5 Santa Experiences Christmas 2017

5 Santa Experiences Ireland 2017 TreasureTalesie

Yes it’s nearly that time of year again with just 15 weeks until the big man himself arrives! Hard to believe its come around again so quickly. Trying to decide which Santa experience to bring your little one(s) to this Christmas is a hard call. With so many options to choose from its hard to know which ones offer the best experiences, value for money and of course that the kids and the parents will enjoy. So I’ve decide to pull together a short list of 5 Santa experiences to choose from this Christmas – 2017. So here it goes…………………

1. Santa on Christmas Island 

This one looks like it has all to offer and more in a Santa Christmas experience. Rated as 4.8 out of 398 reviews on their Facebook page, I’m pretty sure this one won’t disappoint. Based in hidden valley camping, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, this place is just 40 mins drive from Dublin. For those of you coming from further a field, they offer accommodation (glamping & loft houses on site). Having been to hidden valley camping many a summers over the years this place has had a complete transformation and I’m sure Christmas island is no exception. There is so much to see and do at this Santa Experience, claims to be the only Santa experience in Ireland with a train and boat ride! In addition, Christmas Island offers a
“meet the Elves & Get Creative – Kid’s receive Rudolph Wrist Buddy”, a “sing & Dance with Santa’s Elves & receive Elf Medal”, “visit santa (all kid’s receive a present & sweet treat”, “festive Christmas cinema room”, a “kids’ playground & santa’s mini golf”, “food, drink and professional photo (extra fee), “thousands of twinkling lights” and much more.

Christmas Island runs each day from Saturday 18th November – Saturday 23rd November. Bookings can be made from 11.00am-20.30 each day, with spaces bookable each 15 minutes within those times.

Prices: children €18.50 (1 to 12 years old) and includes present from Santa, a medal and Rudolph wrist buddy, adults are €14.50 and babies are €7.50 (under 12 months) and receive present from Santa.

Photos: Photos are €10, or you can get 3 copies for €16 and must be booked in advance.

Spaces are booking up really fast and limited availability remains for Saturdays.

Find out more or book here
Christmas Island

2. Causey Farm

Located in Fordstown, Navan, Co. Meath this Santa experience sounds like a good one! With plenty to offer with each of the farms sheds having a different Christmas-themed event! With a big red slide down into the toy workshop, kids can play with the toys Santa has ready for packing. Santa’s parlour, 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, this sounds like such a real life traditional experience. There even promised to be reindeer’s!

Causey farm runs from Sunday 26th November-Saturday 23rd November. Bookings can be made from 10.00am-20.30 with spaces bookable each 30 minutes within those times.

Prices: Children (aged 2-12 yrs) are €22.00, toddlers (1-year-old) are €8.00, adults are €14.00 and babies (0-11 months) are free.

The programme last 1 hour and 1/2.

Photos: Photos are €10, advance booking is not required.

Spaces to Causey Christmas experience are also booking up fast.

Find out more or book here

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3. Rathwood Santa Train!

Located located on the R725, just outside of Tullow in County Carlow, Rathwood Santa Train sounds like a magical experience, with a train journey through the enchanted forest to visit Santa! With Mrs. Claus and Trixie the Elf present (no pun intended) on the day, you can look out for Rudolph and the other reindeer’s along the train journey. A walk through the enchanted forest which leads to Santa’s woodland home is where the little ones will meet the big guy himself and of course receive a gift. With a hot chocolate served and the opportunity to post your letter in Santa’s official post box it sure sounds like a fun Christmas experience to be had.

Rathwood Santa Train runs from Saturday 18th November-Sunday 24th December. Bookings can be made from 09.00am-21.00 with spaces bookable each 30 minutes within those times.

Prices: Children (aged 2-12 yrs) are €16.00,  adults are €10.00 and babies (under 1 year) are €16.00.

The Santa experience will take 1 hour.

Photos: Photos are €10 for 1 or €15.00 for 2*, advance booking is optional. Early Bird *Special – 50% off Sleigh Photo when you buy 2 photos.

Weekends bookings are filling up fast at this one.

Find out more or book here

Rathwood Santa Train TreasureTalesie

4. Santa’s House Express

Santa’s House Express takes place in Palmerstown House Estate in Johnstown, Co. Kildare. Santa’s Polar express train will take you along the beautiful grounds of Palmerstown House Estate till you reach the manor house, where you visit Mrs Clause in her sitting room before meeting the big guy in his reading room. Back at the lodge kids will enjoy a hot chocolate and treats. The highlight of this one is that you get to have lunch or dinner all the while being entertained by special guests and costume parades. This year the smurfs are on hand to entertain the kids. There is a cinema area and stables where the reindeer and turkey reside. There is also an enchanted fairy forest and a carnival play area.

Santa’s House Express is open for this truly magical experience from Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December. Bookings can be made from 09.00am-20.30 with spaces bookable each 15 minutes within those times.

Prices: Children (aged 12 months-12 yrs) are €20.00,  adults are €14.00 and babies (under 1 year) are €10.00. All prices are excluding booking fee (max €1.50 per ticket)

The experience takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours .

Photos: Photos are €10 for 1 or €15.00 for 2 or 3 for €20.

December weekend availability is limited.

Find out more or book here

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5. The Enchanted Kingdom at Slane Castle

Slane castle is transformed into the Enchanted Kingdom for Santa and his guests, where you will be taken on a tour of the castle rooms, where in each room you will experience a different magical encounter including the elves sorting office where you can write your letter to Santa, the elves quarter, Mrs. Clause in her drawing-room, the iced ballroom where Jack frost resides and of course Santa’s grotto. There is the option to dine in the newly renovated Browns Bar and Gandon Room Restaurant.

The Enchanted Kingdom at Slane Castle is open from Friday 1st December to Saturday 23rd December from 2pm to 7.30pm on Fridays and 12am to 7pm each Saturday and Sunday. Bookings can be made for each 15 minute slots within those times.

Prices: Children (aged 12 months-12 yrs) are €22.00 plus booking fee, adults are €15.00 plus booking fee and babies (0-9 months) are free (no present will be given for this ticket). All prices are excluding booking fee (max €1.50 per ticket)

The experience takes between 40 minutes and 1 hour.

Photos: Photos are €10 for 3 for €25.

Find out more or book here

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Want to know what its like at the Enchanted Kingdom at Slane Castle? Check out my review from last years visit here.

If you have been to any or all of the above, I would love to hear what you thought of them? Comment below.

Wishing you and your families a truly wonderful Christmas for 2017!

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Niamh

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*Prices and details correct at time of writing.

*No gratuity received for this blog post, any opinions expressed are my own.

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