April 28

Winter Wonderland

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In its 12th year in a row running Winter Wonderland, we are still just as excited about it as a child on Christmas morning!  

And as always, you can expect a  magical atmosphere, festive fun and awe-inspiring decorations.   In 2020 & 2021, we operated Winter Wonderland safely across our big house and extensive grounds and it worked out beautifully.  So much so that we have turned this into a new Christmas tradition and we plan to run it very similarly in 2022.

This means that we will continue to offer private, individual family visits with Santa (as opposed to group visits like previous years) giving extra special one-on-one time with the main man himself in his Grotto in our outdoor Tinsel Town.  You'll enjoy face painting and the opportunity to make your own decoration to take home.   Speaking of decorations, Westport House will be beautifully decorated and you're invited to visit to see the giant Christmas tree, take a festive photo, meet Mrs Claus and enjoy a complimentary drink. And don't forget to hop on board Winter Wonderland Express Train for a spin around the estate.

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below for more details about the event – and if we have left any question unanswered, please drop the elves a line at info@westporthouse.ie.

What happens at Winter Wonderland?
How much does Winter Wonderland cost?
What is included in my ticket?
How long does the visit last and when should I arrive?
Do I need to book in advance?
What are the Opening Days & Times?
I'd like to make a night of it - where can we stay?
Sensory Santa Day for Families with children with autism or sensory issues
What precautions will be taken for Covid 19?
Do members get a discount?
What is your ticket policy for people with a disability?
I would like to book two families in together to visit Santa - what's the best way to do this?
Do you have any more questions?

What happens at Winter Wonderland?

When you arrive into Westport Estate, you’ll follow the signs to park near the Coach House and check in at the Welcome Hut before heading to Tinsel Town to start your visit with Santa.  Please plan to arrive right on time for your visit - we will not be able to permit entrance to the experience before your pre-booked time.

Kindly check in at the Welcome Hut on arrival to get wristbands.  You will then be directed to the Tunnel of Light, the entrance to Tinsel Town, where you will visit Santa Claus.

Upon arrival, Santa’s little helper will welcome you into Tinsel Town which is full of festive cheer – with real snow and a magical woodland feel – in our stunning 19th century courtyard. Shortly, thereafter, the whole family will be escorted to a very special private and individual family visit with Santa in his magical grotto where he’ll have a chat for one and all. This is different to previous years where families met Santa as part of a group. In the grotto, you are welcome to take your own photos to remember this very special occasion as we won't offer a professional photo service this year.

While you're in Tinsel Town, be sure to visit the Live Crib, enjoy toasted marshmallows and try your hand at hook-a-duck.  And stop in to Make Your Own decoration to take home.

Hop on board the Winter Wonderland Express train to take a ride to Westport House where you'll be dropped off at our stunning 18th century historic house.  Soak up the decorations and take a family photo in front of the big tree in the Front Hall.  Here you can get faces painted, make a wish at the Wish Tree and you'll enjoy a  drink – there will be a free juice for the kids and a delicious festive drink for the adults. All going well, Mrs Claus will pop in to say hello!

The train is available to all guests to enjoy as are the lovely grounds - we encourage you to take some time for a stroll.

We look forward to welcoming you and to sharing some festive cheer!

* Actual characters photographs may differ on the day of your visit depending on availability.

How much does Winter Wonderland cost?

  • Babies under 1 year old go FREE for their first Christmas with gift included
  • €28.50 for children (aged 1 years and up - a token gift is included)
  • €15 for adults (aged 16 years and up....or if you don't want Santa to address your 13 year old, you can simply buy an adult ticket for them)

What is included in my ticket?

  1. Private, individual family visit with Santa – one at a time (no group visit) – in his outdoors grotto (a token gift is included for all children)
  2. Say hello to Mrs Claus
  3. Enjoy a complimentary drink & make a wish at the Wish Tree
  4. Train Ride on the Winter Wonderland Express
  5. Live Crib in Tinsel Town with “real” snow
  6. Festive marshmallows for toasting & play hook-a-duck
  7. Face-painting and Make Your Own Decoration to take home
  8. See the Elves Village in Tinsel Town and visit the beautifully decorated historic house

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER 2022

How long does the visit last?

Your visit will last 60-90 minutes in total depending on how long you spend in Tinsel Town or enjoying a snack or hot drink. To keep to Santa’s busy schedule, we ask all of our guests to plan to be at the Welcome Hut at Westport House right on time for your booked start time. Bear in mind that if you miss the Winter Wonderland Express Train, it may take little legs 5-10 minutes to walk there from the closest carpark.

Do I need to book in advance?

YES! We are sorry to appear "shouty" but this one is important.

  • Due to the popularity of the event and the limited number of children that Santa can see in any one day, pre-booking online is ESSENTIAL to avoid disappointment. Certain days - and times 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 to make sure its a super special visit for each child.
  • 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. However, to avoid disappointment for the little ones, we highly recommend you call us on +353(0)98 27766 before you travel, to check availability.

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.

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER 2022

Opening Days & Times

Please pre-book your visit to experience the magic of Christmas at our fairy-tale winter wonderland on the following days and times.  Winter Wonderland will open Saturday, November 20th and run through to December 23rd.  

Saturday, November 19th, 12pm to 6:30pm
Sunday, November 20th, 12pm to 6:30pm

Saturday, November 26th, 10am to 6:30pm
Sunday, November 27th, 10am to 6:30pm

Friday, December 2nd, 12pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, December 3rd, 10am to 6:30pm
Sunday, December 4th, 10am to 6:30pm

Thursday, December 8th, 12pm to 6;30pm - Sensory Santa Day (for families with children with autism)

Friday, December 9th, 12pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, December 10th, 10am to 6:30pm
Sunday, December 11th, 10am to 6:30pm

Friday, December 16th, 12pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, December 17th, 10am to 6:30pm
Sunday, December 18th, 10am to 6:30pm

Tuesday, December 20th, 12pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, December 21st, 12pm to 6:30pm
Thursday, December 22nd, 12am to 6:30pm
Friday, December 23rd, 12am to 6:30pm

What precautions will be taken for Covid 19?

We will operate the event according to Failte Ireland and government guidelines.   If for any reason there are changes or ongoing precautions, we will operate per the guidelines issued by Failte Ireland to deliver a safe - and magical - Christmas experience.  We managed a safe experience in 2020 and 2021 and we are confident that we can do it again.  We simply ask that you cooperate with your own Elf in all respects as they have been full trained.

I'd like to make a night of it - where can I stay?

We highly recommend you book your overnight stay directly in our sister property - Hotel Westport - the only hotel on Westport Estate by clicking here. Hotel Westport will be closed on December 22nd & 23rd for Christmas break.  Please note that you must book and pay for your own tickets through the Westport House booking engine.

Sensory Santa Day for Families with children with autism or sensory issues

Our Sensory Santa day takes place for families with children with autism or sensory issues on Thursday, December 3rd from 12pm to 6:30pm - bookings to be made by phone on 098 27766.  Or check out the event for more details.

Do members get a discount?

Yes, members get 10% off tickets to Winter Wonderland - simply insert your member number (this is the number on the back of your membership card) to the Discount Code field on the Verify Order screen.

What is your ticket policy for people with a disability?

With regards to tickets and admission, the person with the disability buys a ticket for entry. However, a person who acts as an escort/carer for the visit to assist enters free of charge (on production of the relevant documentation). Please note; do NOT include these escorts/carers when booking tickets online as they will be given complimentary admission on arrival.

I would like to book two families in together to visit Santa - what's the best way to do this?

Only the people booked in on the individual booking may go in to see Santa together. If you'd like to book two families in together, our booking engine allows for up to 4 adults, 4 kids and 2 babies per booking. If your two families will fit within this, please simply book everyone in on the same booking. Its important to know that if you're booked within 1 hour of one another, your paths will more than likely cross. The escorted part of your visit will be in Tinsel Town - after that, you will make your own way through the experience so you could meet up at the house or ride the train together.

Do you have any more questions about this magical Christmas experience?

Please get in touch with our Elves today on +353(0)98 27766 or email us on info@westporthouse.ie.

If you're ready to book yourselves in to visit us, please click the "Buy Tickets" button below.

WINTER WONDERLAND 2021

After selling out again in 2020, Winter Wonderland at Westport House is all set to be yet another magical Christmas experience brimming with festive cheer that will leave the kids starry-eyed and the whole family believing in fairy-tales.

Download our Winter Wonderland Map HERE


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