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 in this stunning historic house. Parents will be welcomed with a delicious glass of mulled wine and kids will enjoy a tasty juice while soaking up the twinkling lights, lush green garlands and tinsel trimmings spilling festively from every corner of Westport House.
* Actual characters may differ on the day of your visit depending on availability.
This Christmas season, in 2016, we have changed our magical event to offer a 2-3 hour Guided Experience for families visiting Winter Wonderland.
The guided experience will start when the whole family is welcomed into the front hall of Westport House by Santa’s Little Helper who will lead your family – along with a group of other families – through the guided experience.
You will start the journey with story-time by the fireplace of the gorgeous Drawing Room with a very warm welcome from Mrs Claus. Your next stop will include festive face-painting to really get you in the Christmas spirit followed by decorating your own delicious Ginger Bread Man in the Long Gallery.
Next, it’s time for the main event! Kids will be wowed with a very special visit to Santa in his magical grotto in the Dining Room where he’ll have a word with all children, give gifts and take photos to remember this very special occasion (you may take your own photos or avail of our professional photography service**).
After meeting Santa, you’ll be captivated by the elves hard at work in the Elves Workshop and you can even make your own yuletide log to take home for the Christmas table. 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). Pop into the Old Kitchen Cafe for a free juice for the kids where you can also enjoy homemade sweet and savoury delights!
Our Train Driver will pick you up from the Old Kitchen Cafe to whisk you away to the Train Stop at the Back Door where you’ll hop on board the Westport Train to enjoy magnificent winter time views around the House before you depart.
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.”
2016 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.
** A professional photo service will be available in Santa’s Grotto to capture your little ones’ special Santa experience – this is not included in your admission price. Professionally printed shots can be purchased from €10 each. You’re welcome to take your own family photos too at no cost.
Please note that professional photos are not included in admission fees and may be purchased at €10 each. The Christmas Carnival rides and games are also charged separately.
“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.”
** Your FREE token may NOT be used on the Big Wheel or Game.
Your group visit will last 2-3 hours – this includes your visit with Santa in his grotto. You might like to allow a little more time if you decide to have lunch or a snack in the Old Kitchen Cafe before you leave the house to take the Westport Train. Or to enjoy time at the Carnival.
We have changed the experience this year to guide families (as part of a larger group of families) through all activities so you’ll have an escort or guide elf who will take you to each activity. This means that all families will get to experience each of the activities and it will keep queuing to a minimum (after all, queuing with excited little ones is not ideal!).
To keep to Santa’s busy schedule, we ask all of our guests to plan to be at the Reception of Westport House (inside the front door of the house itself) at least 15 minutes before your booked start time. Allow yourself up to 15 minute walk time as there will be NO parking in front of Westport House this year on account of the festive Christmas Carnival. If you arrive after your booked start time, you will join your booked group wherever your group is in its guided visit as it is not possible to join in with other groups.
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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.
Hooray! Yes, we have specially arranged for a whole range of outdoor amusements to be in place right in front of the house for your enjoyment before OR after your visit to Winter Wonderland. You can take a ride in Europe’s BIGGEST mobile ferris wheel, enjoy the bumper cars, put the smallies on the Hot Air Balloon, Formula 1 or Airplane rides. Or why not try your luck at winning a cuddly toy to take home (everyone is a winner!)? Each child attending Winter Wonderland gets 1 FREE token for the Carnival! Any additional carnival rides or game costs €3 per person – except for adults who cost €6 on the Giant Wheel. Read on for more details….
Please pre-book your visit to experience the magic of Christmas at our fairy-tale winter wonderland on the following days and times. Please note that each visit lasts up to 3 hours in total from the booking start time.
“The Yule Tide Log workshop was excellent. The kids loved it. Super to have memento.”
We welcome Corporate, School and Group Visits to Winter Wonderland – please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +3539827766 to discuss your group’s visit.
“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.”
Our Sensory Santa day takes place on Friday December 2nd from 3pm to 8pm for families with children with autism or sensory issues. Read on for details about this magical session.
Please get in touch with our Elves today on +353(0)98 27766 or email us on email@example.com.