Santa at Bunratty

24 Nov - 23 Dec
Santa at Bunratty

Experience a winter wonderland of magical, festive atmosphere - Christmas At Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Give the children an experience they’ll remember for years to come in a unique and traditional village street setting at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park beginning

on Saturday November 24th to Sunday December 23rd 2018

NEW for 2018! How Enchanting! The Bunratty Ice Rink set in the heart of Bunratty Folk Park Village amongst thatched farmhouses. Enjoy this delightful experience with your family and friends. Skating aids available for the young (and not so young!). Due to limited times available – bookings for the Ice Rink must be completed in conjunction with Bunratty Santa bookings.

Come with all the family to visit Santa Claus & his Elves in his Grotto. Call in to see Mrs Claus in her kitchen as she prepares for Santa's trip - making sure his clothes are ironed and he has plenty of food for his journey.  Listen to the Folk Park story teller as he recalls colourful tales of Christmas long ago.  A complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pies awaits Mummy and Daddy in Corry’s Pub.  The village street is decked with holly, and festooned with fairy lights, and the village Christmas tree is adorned for the occasion. 

The young and not so young are treated to a fabulous puppet show. Meet and chat with all the Christmas Characters who will be wandering the village street, you might even bump into Scrooge and mind he doesn’t spoil the Christmas cheer!  Christmas themed shops selling Christmas fare will ensure you can get in a bit of last minute shopping.  Book now and you won’t be disappointed.
Click here to see ticket details and to book online.

Admission is from Saturday 24th November  to Sunday 23rd December at various times. Reservations are necessary.  As this is a capacity controlled event it is not included in the Membership programme.  For more details see the Book Now page.


Q. What is the procedure upon arrival ?
A. When you arrive please check in at Admissions , you will meet the Welcome Elves. Present your ticket on your mobile device or in print. You will proceed in the company of our Elves to Santa Registration in the Corn Barn. Once you have registered, your children can partake in the games activities and while you enjoy refreshments while you wait to be called. Please allow one hour including ‘wait time’.

Q. Do I have to arrive exactly at the set appointment time?
A. No, you can arrive before the appointed time and walk around Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. However we kindly request that you register with 'Santa registration' upon arrival.  If you have questions please consult with the Admissions desk upon arrival.

Q. If my appointed time is for example 5.00p.m. do I get to visit Santa at exactly 5.00p.m?
A. No – you have been given an hourly slot. You will see Santa some time between 5.00p.m. and 6.00p.m. You will be advised of your time upon arrival at Santa Registration in the Cornbarn and an Elf will guide you to Santa’s Grotto.

Q. What are the dates and operating times for the Christmas experience start?
(Please Note Bunratty Castle closes daily at 4.00p.m. as normal)

Sat        Nov 24th                   12pm to 5pm SOLD OUT
                                               6pm to 8pm Available
Sun       Nov 25th                    SOLD OUT
Fri         Nov 30th                     4.00pm   to 8.00pm
Sat        Dec 1st                      12.00noon  to 8.00pm
Sun       Dec 2nd                     12.00noon  to 8.00pm
Thurs    Dec 6th                       4.00pm   to 8.00pm
Fri         Dec 7th                       4.00pm   to 8.00pm
Sat        Dec 8th                      2.00pm   to 8.00pm
Sun       Dec 9th                      12.00noon  to 8.00pm
Thurs    Dec 13th                      4.00pm   to 8.00pm
Fri         Dec 14th                    12.00pm  to 8.00pm
Sat        Dec 15th                    12.00noon  to 8.00pm
Sun       Dec 16th                    12.00noom to 8.00pm
Mon       Dec 17th                     12.00noon  to 8.00pm
Tues      Dec 18th                     12.00noon  to 8.00pm 
Wed      Dec  19th                     12.00noon  to 8.00pm
Thurs     Dec 20th                     12.00noon   to 8.00pm
Fri          Dec 21st                     12.00noon  to 8.00pm
Sat        Dec 22nd                     12.00noon to 8.00pm
Sun       Dec 23rd                      11.00am  to 6.00pm

Q. Can I bring a buggy into the grotto?
A. Yes

Q. Is there wheelchair access to Christmas experience?
A. Yes - however the paths in Bunratty Folk Park are uneven in places and there are some cobble stones in the perimeter of the Village Street. During inclement weather certain paths will be muddy. Please note the Castle is not wheelchair accessible.

Q. What are the opening hours for the Castle ?
A. Bunratty Castle opens at 9.00am and closes promptly daily at 4.00p.m.

Q. Are there dining facilities on site?
A. Yes, there are two dining options including O'Regan’s Café and Mac's Pub with varied food offerings.

Q. Are there any seasonal treats available?
A. There are seasonal treats in Bunratty Folk Park at Mr. O’Regan’s Café and Bunratty Corn Barn.

Q. Is it advisable to make dining reservations in advance?
A. No reservations are not required as there is a constant turnover of tables both in O’Regan’s Café and Mac’s Pub. We regret tables cannot be held at this busy time.

Q. What is included in the Santa experience*?


NEW FOR 2018! Bunratty Ice Rink*
• *Santa visit including gift for each child booked

• Mrs. Claus and Visit to Santa's bedroom

• Santa Registration Fun & Games with the Elves

• “Once upon a Starry Night” Christmas stories

• Mulled Wine & Mince pies in Corn Barn or Corry’s Bar

• Christmas time memories and stories with Mike the Seanachai

• Balloon shop in Village Street

• A host of colourful characters including Mikey Mouse & Minnie Mouse, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman, Scrooge. Please note the array of characters will vary each day.

• Bunratty Polar Express Train ride (free of charge) Due to the popularity of the train ride, please note only one ride only per family)

• Games and Activities for young teens and ‘tweens’.

• Fairy Village and fairy lights

• Nativity scene on Polar Express Train Trail.

• Christmas carousels

• Polar Express Hot Chocolate, Sweets and Treats – shop in Village Street

• Photograph (optional extra)

*Bunratty Santa Visit and Bunratty Ice Rink must be booked in advance

Q. If I have additional adults joining my party after my booking has been confirmed, can they still join us?
A. Yes, additional adult tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the advertised rate of €15 if they wish to be included in the visit Santa's grotto.

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