Weekend look ahead: Events around Wicklow

Friday 24th

Christmas Island at Hidden Valley Holiday Park

Runs until December 23rd.

Where?: Hidden Valley Holiday Park, Rathdrum.

Christmas Island is hosting the only Santa Experience in Ireland with both a train and a boat. Children will have a chance to go on enchanted train and boat journeys, meet the elves and have a sing and dance with them, visit Santa (all children receive a present and sweet treat), and there will be a playground and mini golf.

For more information, go to Christmas Island.


Santa at Avoca Powerscourt

Runs until 23rd December

Where?: Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Mr Claus and his elves will be at Avoca Powerscourt awaiting your visit, so we hope you’ve been good this year. While adults relax with a coffee or snack in the Terrace Café, children will be enchanted to meet Santa and his elves. Even Santa’s animals will be there at the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. Deer, miniature donkeys, pygmy goats, rabbits, and guinea pigs will all be there, and are free to visit.

As well as Santa, there will be gift shopping, food and free parking, plus the Powerscourt Gardens.

All Santa bookings come with an exclusive offer of a promotional Family Ticket price to the Powerscourt Gardens.

Price: €10 (Non-refundable. Booking opened 9th October.)

For more information, go to Powerscourt House and Gardens.


Santas Journey at Djouce Golf Club

Note: runs every weekend until Christmas.

Where?: Djouce Golf Club, Roundwood.

As Christmas approaches, Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus have created a magical journey in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains. This train journey sets off from Winter Wonderland Station stopping to see Santa’s Runway, The Talking Tres, Candy Cane Land, Elves Village, and many more along the way before meeting Santa himself.

Children will have the opportunity to get letters stamped by one of Santa’s elves to ensure it will be first priority, and the journey will come to an end as guests are invited into the Winter Lodge Café where hot drinks and festive treats will be available.

Price: €10 adults / €18 children (incl. free gift from Santa)

For more information, go to Santa’s Journey.


Saturday 25th

Farm Market at Killruddery

Where?: Killruddery House and Gardens, Bray.

This weekly event runs from 10am to 4pm, featuring locally sourced produce, crafts and fine foods. Running all year round, this family-friendly event has a variety of hot foods, and seasonal themes promise a lovely atmosphere. Free parking is available.

For more information go to Killruddery Farm Market.


Aughrim Town and Country Market

Where?: Aughrim.

This weekly event runs from 10am to 2pm and features a wide range of stalls. Produce includes meat, vegetables, cakes, eggs, plants, pottery, knitwear, jam and even tea or coffee. Craftspeople and local growers welcome.

For more information, go to Aughrim Town and Country Market.


Wicklow Town Christmas Lights Switch-On

Where?: Wicklow Town.

The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 4pm on Saturday, followed by a Santa Parade.


Sunday 26th

Bray Christmas Lights Switch-On

Where?: Civic Plaza, Bray.

This year Bray’s Christmas Lights will be switched on in the Civic Plaza. East Coast FM’s Declan Meehan will MC the event, and there will be a very special visitor all the way from the North Pole. Every child in attendance will get a raffle ticket and Santa will select the winning ticket to come up and press the button to switch on the Christmas Lights. A lot of fun and entertainment for all the family.

For more information, go to Christmas in Bray.


Songs for Syria

Where?: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wicklow Town.

Hosted by the Wicklow Syria Appeal Volunteer Group and directed by Tony Norton, this Gala Concert features performances by the Wicklow Town Primary Schools Choirs, the Inver Ladies Choir, the Celia Community Choir, the Wicklow Community Choir, the Avoca Valley Singers and guest soloist Lorna Breen.

Tickets can be bought at the door from 7pm, and the concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets: €10 / €20 per family.

For more information go to Wicklow Syria Appeal.

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