We'll never understand how he has the time, but Santa will be visiting our lovely Galway this festive season and we've been given a list of the best places to see him. Bring the kids along, he's taking Santa letters, having parties, and has even brought some friends along! Speaking of lists...your name is on his list this year, so that only leaves us with one question, have you been naughty or nice?
SANTA AT WILDLANDS
Santa is coming to the winter wonderland town of Baile Beag, the imaginative play village at Wildlands Activity Centre. Meet Santa's elves and Mrs. Claus. Post your letter to the North Pole in the custom-made Christmas Post Box, help a sick reindeer in our reindeer hospital, see the Christmas tree lights and enjoy a reading of "The Night Before Christmas" by Mrs. Claus, all before Santa himself lands down the chimney to all the visitors in an Baile Beag with a Ho-Ho-Ho and a bump! Santa will then meet each family individually in his grotto, interacting with every child who has come to visit him, before giving every child an environmentally friendly sustainable gift from his workshop and an Insta-photo with Mum & Dad (included in price). Not only this, but there’s plenty of other bits and pieces for everyone to do. To discover all the fun, you and your little ones can enjoy tap here.
A magical experience for the whole family, Elf Town is transforming the Galway Racecourse into a very festive winter wonderland from November 25th to December 23rd. There will be loads for the little ones to see and do over the course of the 2-hour experience, including decorating Christmas cookies, posting their Santa letters, meeting Santa Claus himself and getting a toy to take home with them. Tap here to book your spot.
WINTER WONDERLAND AT LOUGHWELL FARM PARK
A family favourite for years, Loughwell Farm Park are bringing their Winter Wonderland back for this Christmas season. Step into the sparkling Winter Wonderland to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus & all the elves who will keep the children busy with singing, dancing, face painting, animal balloon making, story time and lots of magical fun. As you make your way towards Santa, walk through the glittering walkways and festive rooms and take part in loads more festive fun before receiving a Golden ticket to choose a beautiful present from Santa’s Toy Shop. This is an interactive festive experience for all the family with plenty of Christmas magic, snowy surprises and yuletide cheer. More here.
A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS WITH GLENLO ABBEY HOTEL
Celebrate Christmas at the wonderful Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate and experience the aroma of spiced, mulled wine, the warmth of your welcome and the crackling open fires. On Christmas Day, enter into the French Room for a Champagne reception and canapés served by the fireside, followed by a traditional Christmas Lunch with Santa Claus who has gifts for all the children that afternoon. The festivities continue with a light fork supper and a selection of Christmas movies showing in the in-house cinema throughout the day. For all of this and more, tap here to book a Christmas 3-day getaway like no other.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SANTA AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Making its return to the City of Tribes, the Galway Christmas Market is a must visit when in Galway over the winter months. Featuring the highly popular 32m Ferris wheel, Après Ski Bar, Santa’s Express Train, a traditional Carousel and over 50 wooden chalets which line Eyre Square, offering scrumptious seasonal treats and a variety of crafts. Families and friends can enjoy a walk through the enchanted light gardens providing the backdrop for a Christmas Market photo, stop off at Santa’s postbox, interact with local charities and much more.Published on Updated on