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Christmas Events Calendar

Our Event Calendar provides information on festive events happening around the country suitable for families and kids. To check out Christmas Theatre & Pantomime for Kids click on our Theatre Mask





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Winter Wonderland at Westport House
Magical Winter Wonderland
Visit Westport House’s Winter Wonderland where you will be met by Santa, Mrs Claus and their Elves! You will experience a blizzard of Christmas spirit as you step into the stunning 18th century Westport House, which will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Every day, we will test your Christmas Carols with our “Elves Factor” Carol-Singing-Karaoke sessions. Make sure you visit the Elves Workshop where, this year, you can now make your own yuletide log for the Christmas dinner table or to give as a gift to someone special. Be sure all the kids make time to decorate their own Ginger Bread Man – and maybe enjoy tasting it too!
Start: 29/11 End: 24/12 Admission: €10 for children under 2 years, €20 for children aged 2 years and older €10 for Adults www.westporthouse.ie
e: info@westporthouse.ie
Phone: 098 27766
Westport House, Westport, Co. Mayo
An Enchanted Christmas at Slieve Aughty
An Enchanted Christmas at Slieve Aughty
Santa, the Snow Queen, pony "reindeer" and a host of other characters return for another magical Christmas experience for all. New this year, take a short walk to the Enchanted Forest, where the fairy folk work and play. Visit Santa Claus, and leave plenty of time for facepainting, crafts, games, pancakes and hot chocolate, stories, pony rides, and more!
Start: 05/12 End: 23/12 Times: Fri 4-7pm, 2-8pm oth Admission: €27.50/child, €7/adult, €85/fa www.riding-centre.com/visit-santa-galway
e: info@riding-centre.com
Phone: 0909745246
Kylebrack West, Loughrea Galway
Santa's Grotto at Hotel Westport
Santa's Grotto at Hotel Westport
Come and visit Santa's Grotto at Hotel Westport where kids will meet Santa and receive a small gift. For the adults there is a complimentary glass of mulled wine. Kids will have fun with the elves and join Petie the Panda and his fun fellows for an afternoon of Christmas fun and games. Santa's Grotto is open the 6th, 7th, 13th 14th & 21st Dec. Book in advance to avoid disapointment!
Start: 06/12 End: 21/12 hotelwestport.ie
e: reservations@hotelwestport.ie
Phone: 098 25122
Westport Mayo
Strokestown Park Victorian Christmas Experience
Strokestown Park Victorian Christmas
Come and visit Santa at Strokestown Park, where kids get to meet Mr and Mrs Claus and all the elves in our magical Christmas extravaganza. The Victorian Christmas Experience includes: Santa Visit and Gift, Snow Room, Elf Fun and a Free hot chocolate for all.
Start: 06/12 End: 23/12 Times: 2-5pm Admission: Children €20 Adults €10 Family €65(2 adults, 3 Children) www.strokestownpark.ie
e: dillonmichael64@yahoo.com
Phone: +35371 963 3013
Strokestown Park, Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

Dublin County



I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys
I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys
Join Father Christmas and his lovable elves at The Finest Toy Shop in the World! For fun, magic and theatre at this very special time of year. I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys! is an extra special experience where children will enjoy up to 1 hour with Father Christmas, take part in seasonal activities, enjoy delicious snacks and receive a special gift bag from Father Christmas to take home.
Start: 09/11 End: 24/11 Admission: €25 per child hamleys.com
e: devents@hamleys.co.uk
Phone: 01-2924900
Dundrum Town Centre Dublin 16
Happy WAXmas @
The National Wax Museum PlusThe National Wax Museum Plus
Santa's sleigh is scheduled to touch down in the museum this coming Saturday the 29th of November at 11am, and he will be setting up in Santa's Grotto in the Grand Hall to hear what all the boys and girls want for Christmas. And for those children who are on their very best behaviour, Santa just may have a lovely gift for them! Obviously Santa is a very busy man at this time of year, but he's has kindly made time to be in Santa's Grotto from 11am - 5pm every Saturday & Sunday.
Start: 29/11 End: 20/12 www.waxmuseumplus.ie
e: info@waxmuseumplus.ie
Phone: 01 6718373
Foster Place, Temple Bar, Dublin
Santa Experience at Croke Park
Santa Experience at Croke Park
Plan your Santa Experience at Croke Park where Santa has set up a secret workshop. The Santa Experience at Croke Park includes a trip to the elves dressing rooms, Santa's Grotto and a sneak peek pitchside to see his sleigh! The experience also includes a visit to the Santa workshop, a Christmas Gift and admission to the GAA Museum.
Start: 29/11 End: 23/12 Times: 10.30 a.m - 5.30 p.m Admission: Child 2 yrs+ €12, Child 1-2 €6, Under 1 yr free, Adult €7 crokepark.ie
e: santa@crokepark.ie
Phone: +353 1 819 2374
GAA Museum, Cusack Stand, St. Joseph's Avenue, Croke Park, Dublin
Winter Funderland
Winter Funderland
Winter Funderland aims to capture the magic of Christmas. A festival of family entertainment in one location. Funderland, iSkate on Ice- Ireland’s largest ice rink and Fossett's Christmas Circus. Winter Funderland will be a festival to delight the senses and capture the joy and fun of the season – all in one location at the RDS from December 5th 2014.
Start: 05/12 End: 11/01 www.winterfunderland.ie
e: info@funderland.com
Phone: 01 4853045
RDS Main arena, Ballsbridge Dublin

Fossett Circus
Fossett's Christmas Circus returns for a second year at the amazing Winter Funderland. Experience the magic at Ireland's National circus this christmas with something for all the family, including acrobats, jugglers, death defying daredevils, clowns, illusions plus so much more.
Start: 05/12 End: 11/01 Admission: €10 www.fossettscircus.com
e: fossettscircus@gmail.com
Phone: 087 7978518
Ballsbridge, Dublin
Simon House of Light
Simon House of Light
The Dublin Simon Community is inviting people of all ages to the Simon House of Light festival from 11th – 13th of December. The three day Christmas extravaganza with a very special Hamley's Treasure Hunt will take over the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, on Dublin’s South William Street, from 5pm-10pm each evening.
Start: 11/12 End: 13/12 Times: 5pm-10pm Admission: FREE www.dubsimon.ie
e: inforequest@dubsimon.ie
Powerscourt Town House Centre, 59 South William Street Dublin
Christmas Storytelling
Christmas Storytelling
Join us at our Education Area for a fun and festive storytelling session. This session will feature a new addition to our Junior Library, Christmas at the Toy Museum. Children are welcome to bring along one of their own toys, which they think would like to live in a Toy Museum! Sunday 14 December, 2.00pm, Suitable for 3-7 year olds. Free Admission.
Start: 14/12 End: 14/12 Times: 2.00pm Admission: FREE www.nationalprintmuseum.ie
e: education@nationalprintmuseum.ie
Phone: 01
National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4

Leinster (outside Dublin)




Santa's Lakeshore Wonderland
Santa Claus & Mrs Claus plus all the toy workshop Elves are coming to Avon Ri Lakeshore Resort and Adventure Centre for the very first time this Festive Season from 28th November to 23rd December!There will be a daily arrival of Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves at Avon Ri, Christmas food & local Craft Market every weekend, an Elf photographer, Elf zipline, Santa's Christmas trail quiz, magic wishing stone, cafe Clause, Christmas family movies,a pet farm & kids play area, lakeshore beach & forest walks all in a Winter Wonderland lakeshore setting while creating wonderful memories. 
Start: 28/11 End: 23/11 Admission: Children €18 www.avonri.com
Phone: 045 900670
Blessington, Wicklow
Santa Letter Writing with Julie Duane
A workshop for children and their parents/guardians. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Start: 29/11 Times: 3pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captains Hill, Leixlip Kildare

Irelands Lapland @ Glendeer Pet Farm
Its not everyday that you arrive at a farm decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, meet Santa & Dancer & Prancer or see a crib with a live cow & donkey, except when you visit Ireland’s Lapland @ Glendeer Pet Farm. Santa arrives by sleigh Sat 29th Nov @ 5pm & will be here every evening until 23rd Dec. Special rates for groups of 20+, catered for by appointment during the day. 
Start: 29/11 End: 23/12 Admission: Adults €8 Children €16 www.glendeerpetfarm.ie
e: info@glendeer.com
Phone: 090 6437147
Curryroe, Drum, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Christmas at Rancho Reilly's
Rancho Reilly Pet Farm
Christmas at Rancho Reillys has been described by its visitors as being the most magical, fun, homely and authentic Santa visit they've experienced! Your magical journey begins in the Elves Workshop where the bubbly Elves will help you to make a special decoration for your tree, followed by a trip on board the Magical Musical Christmas Carriage and a visit to the man himself!  Say Hi to Glimmer & Shimmer his Reindeer, make a wish at our wishing well, jump into Santa's Sleigh and pop your head through our Photoboard for some fun photos!  Finish off your trip with some yummy hot chocolate and marshmallows. 
Start: 06/12 End: 23/12 Admission: €15 For Children Over 1. €5.00 for Children Under 1 and Adults www.ranchoreilly.com
Phone: 087 7701181
Springhill Road Carlow
A little festive cheer at Castletown House
Christmas at Castletown House
Our Christmas Market and Craft Fair will take place on Sunday 7th December in the restored Stable Wing and Courtyard. There is FREE Admission to this event with Santa and Live music from The Butler Band and The Maynooth Gospel Choir.
Start: 07/12 End: 07/12 Times: 11 - 5pm Admission: FREE www.castletown.ie
e: info@castletown.ie
Phone: 01 6288252
Cellbridge, Kildare
Athlone Castle Christmas Crack
Athlone Castle Christmas Crack
Treasure Hunt at 2pm sharp for all the family. 1st prize: Turkey + selection box! Free Admission for Children, Adults 50% off to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre. Tonnta+face painting. Santa arrives 3pm
Start: 20/12 End: 20/12 Times: 2pm - 5pm Admission: Free www.athlonecastle.ie
e: info@luangallery.ie
Phone: 0906442130
St Peters Square, Athlone Westmeath

Munster




Winterval
Running from November 21 to December 23, Winterval is a delightful Christmas festival packed with seasonal events and activities set in unique heritage sites around Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford. Winterval takes it’s inspiration from the myriad of enchanting Christmas markets throughout Europe and brings the collective sights, sounds and festive charms to the South-East.
Start: 21/11 End: 23/12 www.winterval.ie/
Waterford City

Imagine at Fota Island Resort
Enjoy a dramatic and exciting Christmas experience at one of Ireland’s leading family hotels. Browse the festive Christmas market, chock full of stalls with the best of local and regional goodies, where you can taste, sample and buy the most delicious festive treats and handmade gifts for under the tree. Next comes a magical journey through the enchanted woods by train as you enter a snow-filled Winter Woodland and disembark at the gate into Santa’s grotto. With a great sackful of gifts, Santa Claus will make sure every member of the family takes home a treat and a memory of this special Christmas experience.
Start: 28/11 End: 23/12 www.fotaimagine.ie
e: imagine@fotaisland.ie
Phone: 021 4883700
Fota Island Cork

Cork North Pole Outpost Experience
Escape the noise of getting ready for Christmas. Take a magical journey back to a time where Christmas was about creating magical memories together. Set deep in the woods, in a private and family friendly setting, we bring you into a magical world of busy Elves. Interactive and intriguing characters, bring a curious difference to the life at Cork’s only North Pole outpost.
Start: 30/11 End: 23/12 Admission: €20 per child over 23 months,€6 for toddlers and Adults€12 www.northpolecork.com
e: headelf@northpolecork.com
Phone: 021 4855831
Cuskinny Court, Cobh, Cork

Ulster



Santas Lodge
Santas Lodge
This Christmas sees the Ballyliffin Lodge transform into Santas Lodge - Donegal’s very own Lapland. From the moment you enter the hotel grounds you and your family will experience something magical that will last a lifetime. Santas little helpers will look after you for your entire stay, and of course Santa himself will meet with you and show you his home. Santas Lodge will transport your family to a Christmas Paradise.
Start: 06/12 End: 23/12 Admission: Children €12, Adults €5 www.ballyliffinlodge.com
Phone: 074 937 8200
Ballyliffin Lodge, Ballyliffin, Inishowen Donegal