Christmas in Kildare 2022

Its that time of year again to get out those sparkly clothes and accessories and visit magical places around Kildare to make the best memories and photo opps this Christmas Season. Here are a few places we have found in the Kildare Area, if you are running an event no matter how big or small do get in touch we would be delighted to add you to our listing.

Santa's Reindeer Hospital - The Courthouse Kildare Town

The amazing Kildare Town Projects Group are working hard behind the scenes to make your Christmas special this year again with a visit to the courthouse to see Santa, Mrs Clause and the Reindeer. If you are on the nice list you might even pick up a small surprise to tide you over until the big day.

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Santa's Reindeer Hospital - Tickets on Sale Now.

See the links below.

€15 per child + 1 Adult free (€5 per Adult thereafter) (plus booking fee) Off peak weekdays

€18 per child (plus booking fee) High peak Fri-Sun

Newborn's 6mths and under are free (no gift)

€5 per Adult (plus booking fee) High Peak Fri-Sun Adult tickets should only be purchased with at least one child ticket.

Santa's Reindeer Hospital is run not for profit but to only cover costs. Our event aims to be affordable for all , which is why we have introduced our two tier pricing to cover the considerable increase in all our running costs this year.

This event is brought to you each year by the Volunteers of Kildare Town Projects Group with the support of Kildare County Council.

All tickets are on sale through eventbrite so please book there .

The Clanard Court - Athy Santa's Magical Trial

We are now live and taking bookings for the 2022 Santa Season ahead!

We have TWO Santa experiences on offer as follows for you…

1. Our famous OVERNIGHT Santa’s Magical Sleep Over which will again be like our two previous years and includes our Magical Trail experience with Santa Visit, your dinner, bed & breakfast stay and evening Elf Entertainment! LEARN MORE HERE

2. Our DAY TRIP Family Festive Meal & Santa Visit experience makes a return after proving such a big hit over the past two years! This includes a Meal, Visit to Santa’s Craftsy Workshop + Make-A-Teddy and then your Santa Visit + Gift LEARN MORE HERE 

Both experiences are running on select dates in December and will absolutely deliver on guaranteed FUN and oodles of Christmas Cheer! Something both our Elf Helpers and Santa Team simply excel at here at the Clanard Court Hotel, where these experiences magically happen every year. WE JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS!

***PLEASE NOTE for previous customers prior to 2020, the Family Festive Meal & Santa Visit is the replacement experience to the past Trail only experience for 2022 and does not include The Magical Trail***

We are now in our 14th YEAR of running our award-winning leading Kildare Santa experience…we really love all things Santa and believe in lots of FUN, MAGIC and SMILES along the way!!! To date Santa’s Magical Trail has raised €122,500 for children’s charities and local community projects. The main charity we are donating to this year is the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Santa's House Express , Johnstown

Ireland's Favourite Santa Experience returns for 2022


Established in 2014, we have been welcoming families as part of their traditions for almost a decade now at the beautiful Palmerstown House Estate. Tickets are on sale now! 

Ireland's Premium Santa Experience returns for 2022.

SANTA’S HOUSE EXPRESS PRESENTS: ‘Journey Through Santa's Kingdom’. We have been welcoming families as part of their Christmas traditions for almost a decade now, and we can’t wait to see you this festive season!

Off-peak rates are available up until 27th Nov (all day), up to 3:45pm mid-week until 16th Dec and up to 2:45pm until 23rd Dec. All other times will be at the standard rate.

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Copper Beach Farm - Santa Christmas Experience

Welcome to Ireland’s voted number one Santa here at Copperbeech Farm!

At Copperbeech you can enjoy a rustic 400year old farm setting, with a stunning view of the Wicklow mountains, your adventure with us begins with a warm welcome from Santa’s Elves.  Discover the true meaning of christmas through the baby Jesus and ER the Donkey.

On to Santa’s Post Office, where you have the challenge of waking up Sleepy the Elf and kids post their wish list to santa! From here, you will make your way upto the ‘Elves Wonderful Workshop’ where you will get to see Santa’s Elves busy at work making presents, and even get the chance to make your very own Christmas decoration to bring home!

Next up is a surprise visit from the man himself! Save Christmas from the grumpy Grinch, as Santa will come down the chimney with lots of presents for all the boys & girls!

Santa Built a NEW & IMPROVED RUDOLPH’S BARN where you can meet Daisy the cow, her baby calf and barn full of animals in our `12 days of Christmas` theme along with Tom the tractor & Ciaran the combine. Next kiss under the mistletoe as you wait for your cherished family photo above the mantelpiece for years to come.

And with their magic golden ticket the kids receive an amazing surprise gift!

Relax & take in the Christmas Spirit as you watch your little ones face light up with joy here at Copperbeech farm!

Click here for more information and tickets

Winter Wonderland - Barretstown

Join us for the fantastic Christmas-filled experience that is Winter Wonderland at Barretstown. Set on our beautiful campus, on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November, you and your family will get to browse through the Christmas market stalls, soak up the Christmas music, enjoy some delicious food in Elizabeth’s Tree House, and take part in the Christmas raffle. And of course, you'll be able to top it all off with a visit to the man himself in our wonderful grotto...Santa!

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Admission to Winter Wonderland is free, with a ticket purchase necessary to visit to Santa in his Grotto. Booking is essential for visits to Santa, as spaces are limited. Please note no tickets for Santa visits will be available to purchase on the day at Barretstown.

Family (2 adults & 2 children) – €50
Adult – €10
Child – €18
Infant (Up to 1 years old) – Free

Please note:  Pets will not be permitted at this event, service dogs only.

Christmas Fair in Kildangan

It’s Sunday December 4th in kildangan community hall
From 12 -4
All proceeds go to 25th kildangan scout group
We have over 20 stalls
Coffee and treats horse box
And a huge raffle
Santa will be there from 1 pm

For more information contact Majella Carroll on facebook

Irish Nation Stud Countdown to Christmas

With a cram packed list of events on the lead up to Christmas you are sure to find something for everyone at the Irish National Stud. To find out more and to book your tickets click here.

Our Acorn Trail is still running and to prize for December is a Family Pass to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. All you need to do is pick up a trail card from the Heritage Centre, the Irish National Stud or The Silken Thomas, and stamp all the icons on your map. Then drop it back to the Heritage Centre before Thursday 22nd December and we will announce winners just before Christmas.

Best of luck to you all , for more information call us on 045 530 672

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Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Tel: +353 45 530 672
Mobile: +353 871900945

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