Top 10 Places to Visit Santa

Community 3 min read

20 Nov 2019

Santa Claus is coming…to a town near you! The build up to December 25th is not complete without a trip to see Mr Claus.

So, we compiled the top 10 best places to visit Santa this festive season.

1. Santa at Tayto Park


Tickets to Santa in Tayto Park are packed with value. Included with your visit to Santa is all day entry to the park itself. This includes unlimited access to the Eagles Nest, Adventure Zone, arts & crafts, and face painting. Ticket prices range from €7 - €30, age depending. For more information check out


2. Wonder – Christmas Experience at Fota Island

Wonder runs from the 22nd of November to the 23rd of December in Fota Island Resort. Details of the Christmas Experience are a surprise for Wonder-goers. But you are definitely promised plenty of festive magic, surprises and festive cheer as you search for magic deep within the woods. You don’t have to stay in the hotel to visit Santa. But if you wish to have the full experience, there are special Christmas rates available on Fota Island’s website. To discover the magic of Christmas for all the family, visit

3. Santa’s Elf Training Camp at Croke Park


Santa’s Elf Training Camp kicks off in GAA Headquarters, Croke Park on Saturday 23rd of November. Elf training camp will run for selected dates until Monday December 23rd. Prices range from €20 for adults, €16 for children aged 2-12 years and €8 for toddlers aged 13-23 months. Children under one year go free. Children attending the Elf training camp will experience a tour of the elf dressing rooms - and even have a chance to take a selfie with the coveted Croke Park pitch! Santa experience also includes free admission to the GAA museum. For more information, see


4. Christmas at W5


Why not step into Christmas by taking a trip to Santa Street at W5 in Belfast? Snowtown is a winding street in the heart of this magical Christmas kingdom. You don’t need to book your visit to Santa in Snowtown – but it’s recommended that you book your W5 experience. You can book at


5. Atlantic Air Adventures


There is only one word for this. WOW! For anyone into flying, or looking for something different this festive season, this is a must-visit. Who wouldn’t want to meet Santa in the Atlantic Air Adventure Centre? Located in Co. Clare, you can visit Santa in the flight deck - and try out a flight simulator. You can even experience landing a plane. For more information on the different options available see


6. Elf Town Galway


This year Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit is home to Elf town. Opening on the 29th of November and running every Friday, Saturday & Sunday until, 23rd December. It is also open for the entire week leading up to Christmas. Elf town is a fantastic, interactive adventure. For more information, and chances to win tickets, check out

7. Avoca Powerscourt


Santa is arriving to Powerscourt on Saturday November 16th and he’s going to stay put until the 23rd of December. The winter wonderland at the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion features tasty festive treats, winter walks and much, much more. Tickets are €15 plus €1.50 booking fee. You will also receive 10% off shopping at Avoca Powerscourt! Visit


8. Santa’s Grotto at Bunratty Castle


It’s Christmas for all the family at Bunratty Castle. Santa will be there to meet your little ones from Friday 22nd of November to Monday 23rd of December. Timings for each day vary so check out


9. Hidden Valley Holiday Resort


Christmas Island will be at the Hidden Valley Holiday Park in Wicklow until the 23rd of December. Islanders can enjoy enchanted train journeys to the Fairy Forest, singing and dancing with Santa’s elves. You can also sit back and relax in the Christmas Cinema Room. And of course, you can visit the big man himself. Christmas Island is a hidden gem this festive season. Visit


10. Santa’s House Express – Palmerstown


Back for its sixth year, Santa’s Express Train will arrive at the Palmerstown Estate from Saturday November 23rd. This inclusive family fun fair has something for everyone. This year, there are also magical editions to the Christmas festival light show. Once checked in, you will receive your boarding pass for Santa’s Express Train when your festive journey will begin! To book your place go to


We know we said the top 10, but we couldn’t leave this one out!!


Christmas at the Ailwee Caves


Guided by one of Santa’s elves, you can walk through the cave passages singing festive songs and listening to all the top tips from the magic elves. Not only that, but you’ll receive a glass of hot punch and mince pie while your little ones chat with Santa and his helpers. There is also a sensory day on the 6th of December. Santa will slow down the pace of the workshop so those with sensory challenges can experience the magic. Tickets priced at €35 are available to purchase for a variety of dates. For more information and booking, visit