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Winter Wonderland at Westport House

November 26, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


Winter Wonderland at Westport House is a magical family experience brimming with Christmas cheer that will leave the kids starry-eyed and the whole family believing in fairy-tales!

Escape the wintry weather outside for the warmth of our cosy open fires. Parents can enjoy a delicious glass of mulled wine and kids a tasty juice while soaking up the twinkling lights, lush green garlands and tinsel trimmings spilling festively from every corner of Westport House.

Kids will adore a special visit to Santa in his grotto, story-time by the fireside with Mrs Claus and festive face-painting to really get them in the Christmas spirit.

They will be captivated by the elves hard at work in the Elves Workshop and can even make their own yuletide log and decorate their own Ginger Bread Man. And don’t forget the real spirit of Christmas with a visit to the Christmas Wish Tree (and we’ll donate €1 per family to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice for each family’s wish).

winter-wonderland-img-2Hop on board the Westport House Express miniature railway around the lakeside to enjoy magnificent winter time views of the House or join the Westport Train Tour for a carol-singing trip into Westport town (*additional price of €3 per person).

With so much to do at our Winter Wonderland, you’ll cherish the special memories your family will share of this fun-filled and blissful Christmas-time marvel.

“Mrs Claus was outstanding – this whole experiencing was enchanting. The real fire, the story being told so well, the engagement with the children, the delivery of the spirit of Christmas was wonderful to hear.”

How much does Winter Wonderland cost?

  • Babies under 1 year old go FREE for their first Christmas!
  • €10 for infants (children under 2 years – a small gift is included)
  • €25 for children (aged 2 years and up – a small gift is included!)
  • €10 for adults (aged 16 years and up)

What is included in my ticket?

  • Visit with Santa (you’ll see Santa as part of a group) including a small gift
  • Face painting
  • Free juice
  • Storytime with Mrs Claus
  • Ride on the Westport House Express Train (lakeside loop)
  • Make your own Yuletide Log
  • Decorate your own Gingerbread Man
  • Christmas Wish Tree – Westport House will donate €1 per family to Mayo Roscommon Hospice
  • Soak up the atmosphere and festive decoration of the stunning 18th century house

Special €5 ride into Westport and Back on the Westport Train Tour

winter-wonderland-img-3The Westport Train Tour is ticketed separately and priced at €3 per person; under 3’s go free. Tickets are available to buy on the train – or you can buy in advance when you book your visit!

2015 Members receive 10% off! Please enter your Membership number (the 8 digit code on the back of your membership card) in the “Discount Code” field when you’re asked to Verify Your Order to redeem your discount.

“When we returned home, I asked my children what they thought of the experience and they said they would give it ten out of ten. This meant a lot as they range in age from 3 to 11 years. We really enjoyed it. I found the staff very helpful.I was unsure if my eleven year old would enjoy but even she was very impressed. I have recommended it to family and friends and I would have no hesitation in going again.”

Opening Times

Experience the magic of Christmas at our fairy-tale winter wonderland, open every weekend at Westport House from November 26th until Christmas Eve.


How long does the visit last?

We recommend that most families allow up to 4 hours to do everything but it will depend on the children’s ages. The only time we will hold you to is the time you spend in the grotto which will last circa 25 minutes.

winter-wonderland-img-5We are sorry to appear “shouty” and use ALL CAPS but this one is important. Due to the popularity and limited number of children that Santa can see in any one day, pre-booking online is essential to avoid disappointment. Certain days – and time of day – are very popular and will book out. Bookings close at 3pm on the day before your visit to allow Santa enough time to gather all the information he needs. If you haven’t pre-booked your visit by then, you are very welcome to drop in and we’ll be delighted to welcome you if Santa can see you. We recommend you please call us on +353(0)98 27766 before you travel to check availability in the grotto to avoid any disappointment for the little ones! Our booking engine is open and taking bookings for Winter Wonderland now – simply click here to get started!

A couple of final things to consider before making your booking

Before you book, please visit our “important booking information page” to help you plan your visit. You will visit Santa as part of a group and your visit to Santa’s Grotto will last 20-25 minutes. But be sure to allow enough time to enjoy all the other festive activities on offer! We recommend families allow 2-4 hours to take advantage of the workshops, activities and fun that is our Winter Wonderland. It’s important to highlight at this point that we absolutely cannot reschedule visits or issue refunds for missed or cancelled visits so please check and double-check your preferred date and time before you book. You’ll find more information on the important booking information page.

Click to download the Schedule of Activities at Winter Wonderland on the day to help you best plan your visit. Plan Your Day at Winter Wonderland (download pdf)

“The Yule Tide Log workshop was excellent. The kids loved it. Super to have memento.”

Professional photos in Santa’s Grotto. A professional photo service will be available in Santa’s Grotto to capture your little ones’ special Santa experience. Professionally printed shots can be purchased from €10 each. You’re welcome to take your own family photos too.

NEW Menu in the Old Kitchen Cafe – Now Serving Dinner late too!

With a re-vamped family-friendly menu in the Old Kitchen Café in the basement, we don’t want you to go hungry! Be sure to check out the menu when you pick up your FREE mulled Wine or Juice for the kids. Open from 11am to 8pm daily in the basement (last serving 7:30pm). Check out our menus online.

Please Excuse the Mess: the Kids are Making Memories. Why not paint Granny a new mug or Fido a new bowl? Christmas decorations start from €4 each or 3 for €10. Create memories to cherish (in the basement) with our partners, Pik a Pot and Paint. Please note that this is charged additionally.

Our Sensory Santa day takes place on December 4th from 3pm to 8pm for families with children with autism. Read on for details about this session.

We welcome Corporate, School and Group Visits to Winter Wonderland – click here for more information.

“We thought the whole experience was excellent. We will be coming again next year. Santa Claus & the elves were really friendly and the children loved it.”

Fancy making a night of it? Why not stay over when you come to see Santa, the Elves and Mrs Claus at Winter Wonderland? All in packages from Knockranny House Hotel and the Wyatt Hotel from €140 for a family of four.

Do you have any more questions? Please get in touch with our Elves today on +353(0)98 27766 or email us on


November 26, 2016 @ 8:00 am
December 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Westport House


Westport House
Co. Mayo, Ireland
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