Following his hugely successful pre-Christmas break last year, Santa Claus is currently saddling up the sleigh and will arrive in Killarney on December 1st, along with Mrs Claus, Bernard the Elf and all of his wonderful little helpers.
Located in a new, larger indoor venue on Main Street, this year's Christmas Village includes a skating pond, snowball throwing contests, Reindeer Chair-O-Plane, the Elves puppet show and a Christmas slide! The village will also see the return of last year’s favourites including the tour of Santa’s holiday cottage, where children can visit Mrs. Claus’ Gingerbread kitchen and taste some of her delicious homemade cookies; pop by the Elves’ toy workshop, to see presents for all the little boys and girls being made; and of course, visitors will be granted top secret access to Santa’s all important communications room, where kids can track his flight plan around the world on Christmas Eve!
There's plenty on offer for grown-ups too, with French crepes, Christmas hot fruit punch and eggnog, plus toasted marshmallow and strawberry skewers for dipping in chocolate available outside.
This year, Head Elf Bernard is asking all the visiting children to bring a gift to the village which Santa will deliver to less privileged children this Christmas. Each child can load their present onto Santa’s sleigh, then climb aboard for a picture with their family.
The village can be explored by the general public free of charge. Tours of Santa’s holiday cottage, including a meeting with the man himself can be booked online at santasvillage.ie. Tickets for the tour cost €15 per child and €10 per adult. Call 083 1340100 for further information.