Wicklow County Tourism


Christmas At The Chocolate Garden Of Ireland
Dec 20 all-day

This Christmas, while the kids join in with the elves in a chocolate making workshop at The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, the adults enjoy a spiced apple drink and Christmas chocolate treat . Elf Workshp duration 45 mins approx

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Christmas Island
Dec 20 all-day


Join us at Christmas Island for festive fun and an unforgettable and unique Christmas experience!

Your experience will include a very special journey to Christmas Island where you’ll meet Mrs. Claus, have fun with the elves, write your letters to Santa and make a Christmas ornament for your tree. You will then depart Christmas Island on Santa’s magical sleigh boat headed to see the big man himself in Santa’s Grotto.

If you’re good and paying attention, then you may even see Rudolph!

All adults and children will receive a warm Christmas drink and make a Christmas ornament to take home.
All children will receive a gift from Santa.
All photos are free of charge and there will be lots of magical photo opportunities!!
(Most places charge €10 for your family photo and you don’t get copies of this photo. At Christmas Island we ask you to bring your own camera and our elves will take your family photo on Santa’s sleigh, with Santa, at the giant Christmas tree, with Mrs. Claus and more. You will then have many photos to share with your family friends by email, Facebook, etc.)
Experience this special time of year with your family and friends at Christmas Island!!
Don’t forget to print off and colour/decorate your Colouring-Poster and bring with you on your scheduled day. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Before or after your island visit you can take part in the festive fun with the Christmas movie room, getting your family photo taken in Santa’s sleigh (don’t forget your camera), walking around the winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, exerting energy in the giant Snowman jumper and playing in the children’s adventure park. Hot food and drink will be served all day. The Adventure Golf on site will also be open for those looking for extra activities!


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Christmas @ The Parkview Hotel
Dec 20 all-day

Christmas at Synnott’s Restaurant

For a memorable Christmas dining experience with family and friends, Synnott’s Restaurant is unrivalled thanks to the festive atmosphere & a warm & friendly dining experience. The Christmas decorations, festive atmosphere and sumptuous food are all part of what makes Synnott’s Restaurant so special at Christmas time.
Our Christmas Lunch & dinner menus are competitively priced & available throughout the month of December. Our team of award winning chefs have created the Menus to combine the best of seasonal local produce and give it a distinctive festive flavour.

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North Wicklow Country Market
Dec 20 all-day

North Wicklow Country Market has been in existence for over 38 years
and is a member of Country Markets Limited which have over 60 markets in Ireland.
All products at the market are produced locally by members and these include cakes, biscuits, delicatessen fare,
bread, vegetables, eggs, jams marmalades and chutneys,
flowers and plants, crafts and knitwear, greeting cards and pictures, jewellery.
The market is held every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Community Centre in Newcastle Village.
Tea and coffee is available.

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Santa Train At Rathwood
Dec 20 all-day

The Rathwood Santa Adventure is Ireland’s mostpopular Santa Experience and has been established for 20 years.
We invite you to share in the magic of Christmas and join us on an experience through the Enchanted Forest to
visit Santa as he prepares for the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s included in your Santa Train Ticket?

Join in the Christmas story with Mrs. Clause and Trixie the Elf
Take a magical journey on board the Rathwood Santa Train
Watch out for Rudolf and the other Reindeer along the way
Walk through the enchanted Forest that leads to Santa’s Woodland home
Each family will meet Santa individually & each child will get a special gift from Santa
Post your letter in Santa’s official Post Box
Free HOT Chocolate & Rathwood Activity Book for every Child booked in to visit Santa
Also for the Big Kids: 10‰ OFF ALL Christmas Items in our Christmas Items (T&C)
Additional Events/Activities running at Rathwood this Christmas`

Create a Christmas Elf in Santa’s workshop (New for 2014)
Each Boy or Girl will Create a Christmas Elf rag doll & receive birth certificate
Have your photo taken on board Santa’s Giant Sleigh
Enjoy Christmas carousels and so much more!

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Dec 20 all-day

Santa Claus & Mrs Claus plus all the Toy Workshop Elves are coming to Avon Ri for the very 1st time this Festive Season!

Santa’s Grotto
Mrs Claus
Elf Workshop + Arts & Crafts
Daily Arrival of Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves at Avon Ri
Elf Photographer to capture the big visit to Santa
Christmas Food & Local Craft Market every Saturday & Sunday
Elf Zipline (weather permitting !)
Santa’s Avon Ri Christmas Trail Quiz
Magic Wishing Stone
Christmas Family Movies
Pet Farm & Kids Play Area
all in a Winter Wonderland lakeshore setting
Lakeshore Beach & Forest Walks/Blessington Greenway
€18 per child including Gift and Hot Chocolate per child
+ KIDS EAT FREE OFFER IN CAFÉ CLAUS @ AVON RI with every child ticket purchased PHOTO WITH SANTA €5

Discount available on all Adventure Centre Activities (must be pre-booked) to all Santa Lakeshore Wonderland ticket purchases

Each house sleeps up to 6 persons
From €100 midweek and from €150 for Fridays & Saturdays
Per house per night
10% off Santa’s Lakeshore Wonderland Child Ticket = €16.20 (Full Published Price = €18)

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Tel. 045 900 670  Email: info@avonri.com

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The Forest Train to see Santa @ Avondale Forest Park @ Avondale Forest Park
Dec 20 all-day

This year, Santa has decided to go a bit green, and has located his workshop in the beautiful Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

A new Santa experience called The Forest Train, has opened in Avondale Forest Park, with departures on Toots the Train.

Experience the winter wonderland as The Forest Train rides through the breath-taking mature forest park. Keep an eye out for Noodle the lazy Elf who is running late for work! He has lost his magic dust somewhere in the woods and needs your help to find it. Noodle needs to catch the train and get to the workshop with the magic dust in time! He might know a short-cut to the workshop but don’t tell Santa!

When the train reaches its secret destination deep in the forest, Noodle will lead all the families into the workshop. The rest of the elves are very busy making and testing toys and singing as they work. The Elf Floor Manager will greet all of the children. There will be plenty of songs, stories and toys to test.

From his office, overlooking the workshop floor, Santa will call each family in to see him individually. He will be working in his office at his very cluttered desk and checking his big book where he knows something about everyone, young and old! After meeting with Santa every child will receive a wooden themed gift and can get a special photo taken with the big man in red.

A Christmas Market will be held in the rustic stone barn with a host of food, beverages, craft and gift stalls for families to enjoy. There will be a wishing well, where children can make a wish with all proceeds going to Barnardos, the children’s charity.

Only 40 minutes from the Dundrum Town Centre, The Forest Train is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 27th November from 10am to 7pm, until Christmas Eve (Wednesday 24th December) from 10am until 1pm as that’s when the elves and Santa have to get the reindeer’s ready to start his journey around the globe delivering presents to all the children of the world.

Tickets cost, and can be booked at www.theforesttrain.ie.

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My Place on Canvas By Rod Coyne:The Courthouse Arts Centre
Dec 20 @ 10:00 – 17:00

My Place on Canvas – the real life landscapes of real people.

Opening Date: Sun 21st Nov Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sun Nov 21 – Sat Dec 20 Open: Thurs – Sat 10-5pm

The “traditional” genre of landscape painting takes on a unique twist in the hands of Rod Coyne. While this brand new collection of Wicklow landscapes is painted by Rod, each subject has been chosen by a random member of the general public. The artist has picked a selection of submitted “favourite” landscapes and interpreted them in his own distinctive plein-air style. This is a hands-on interactive exhibition where Coyne looks at the world through someone else’s eyes, and in turn through the resulting picture, they see their landscape through Rod’s eyes. Each image will be displayed alongside the words used to describe why each submitted place is personally important to its proposer. The result is a compelling mix of paintings and text celebrating the stunning beauty that is Co. Wicklow. People who previously were never involved in art suddenly find themselves at the heart of this unique show.

Rod Coyne has spent the past 12 months travelling the length and breath of Co. Wicklow in search of someone else’s vision. This journey has revealed, in equal measure, an insight to the county’s people and land. Personal histories, memories, sentiments and emotions underscore this celebration of Wicklow’s finest views.

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Dec 20 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Glenroe Farm is happy to announce that Santa will be joining them with his loyal reindeers and wonderful team of helpers for his 15th Christmas on the farm. Santa and his crew are looking forward to meeting you all and will be on the farm, weekends from Saturday 29th November and daily from Thursday 18th December up to and including Tuesday 23rd December. Santa has brought with him a special present for all the girls and boys. Santa’s reindeer will join all the other farm animals and pets while Santa, Mrs. Claus and his helpers will make the cottage their home for the duration of his stay at Glenroe Farm. Next door to the cottage a live Nativity Stable with Leah the Cow, Saoirse the Donkey and Fluffy the sheep is a popular stop for all.
There is lots to do and see on the farm before and after your visit to Santa :-

Puppet shows throughout the day
Farm animals and Pets’ Corner
Outdoor playground
Nature walk
Coffee Shop

Santa will arrive in style at 12 noon on Saturday 29th November and dates in November/December are:-
Saturday 29th/Sunday 30th November 10.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th December 10.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th December 10.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday 18th to Tuesday 23rd December (inclusive) 10.00am to 5.00pm
Glenroe Farm do not pre-book for Santa visits so you can come along any of the above dates and also you do not have to queue to see Santa. When it’s time for your Santa visit his helpers will locate you and take you to see him.

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Enniskerry Christmas Art Exhibition
Dec 20 @ 12:00 – 17:00

We are delighted to be able to host this visually captivating event; the Enniskerry Christmas Art Exhibition, in the Schoolhouse for Art from December 13th to 20th.
We will be displaying a great variety of art produced by established professional artists and local amateur artists.

ART LOVERS: Come and visit Enniskerry this Christmas and enjoy strolling through a Victorian village that looks like a real live Christmas card. After a fresh cup of coffee in one of our famous restaurants, or a pint in the pub come over to the Schoolhouse for Art in the heart of the village and enjoy our extensive art exhibition. We anticipate a great mix of paintings and artworks in styles, sizes and prices that should guarantee that we’ll have something to suit your taste…and your budget! And if you don’t have a budget – well you’re still welcome to visit the Schoolhouse for Art and enjoy the Enniskerry Christmas Art Exhibition.

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