Santa at Bunratty

Experience a winter wonderland of magical, festive atmosphere. Give the children an experience they’ll remember for years to come in a unique and traditional village street setting at Bunratty Folk Park on November 25th to Friday December 23rd 2017. (inclusive).  

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 25th November - 23rd December at various times. Reservations are necessary. As this is a capcity 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 giving you name and time of booking at the Admissions. Your children will receive name badges and 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 while you enjoy refreshments while you wait to be called.

Q. Do I have to arrive exactly at the set appointment time?
A. No, you can arrive before the appointed time but we kindly request that you register with 'Santa registration' 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 and an Elf will guide you to Santa’s Grotto.

Q. What time does the Christmas experience start ?

Nov 25th – 4.00p.m

Sat 26th4.00pm

Sun 27th – 4.00p.m.

Dec 1st & Dec 2nd - 4.00pm. 

Dec 3rd – 11.00am

Dec 4th- 11.00 am

Dec 6th – 5.00p.m.

Dec 7th – 4.00p.m.

Dec 8th – 2.00p.m.

Dec 9th – 1.00p.m.

Dec 10th – 1.00pm.

Dec 11th – 12.00pm.

Dec 12th- 1.00pm.

Dec 13th – 1.00p.m

Dec 14th – 22nd –inclusive -  12 midday

Dec 23rd – 11.00am  (Finishing at 6.00p.m)


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 a number of dining options including  O'Regan’s Cafe, Bunratty Tea Room and Mac's Pub with varied food offerings. 

Q. Are there any special dining offers ?

A. There are meal deals in Bunratty Folk Park at Mr. O’Regan café and Bunratty Corn Barn.

See also attached coupon with complimentary child menu offer. Coupon must be presented at whatever venue you choose if you wish to avail of the deal.

 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 Bunratty Village and inside the Folk Park. We regret tables cannot be held at this busy time.

Q. What is included in the Santa experience?
A. See Christmas 2016 Schedule attached.

  • Santa visit including gifts for each child booked
  • Mrs. Claus and Visit to Santa's bedroom.
  • Tea Room & Market stalls adjacent to the Tea Room.
  • Christmas stories in Doctors House
  • Mulled Wine & Mince pies in Corn Barn or Corry’s Bar
  • Seanachai Christmas stories
  • Balloon shop
  • Christmas characters
  • Bunratty Polar Express Train ride
  • Games and Activities for teens
  • Fairy Village and fairy lights
  • Nativity scene
  • Christmas carousels
  • Photograph (optional extra)

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 €14 if they wish to be included in the visit Santa's grotto. Visitors are welcome to visit the Christmas Experience (excluding Santa) at a rate of €10.00 before 5.00p.m.  After 5.00p.m. this rate is further reduced to €8.00 per adult and €5.00 per child . A family 2+4 after 5.00p.m. is €20.00.

Further information is available from Tel: 061 360788