[ Date: April 27, 2018 08:20 am ]
Celebrate the New Year in style in beautiful Westport. Sample the delights of Westport’s finest restaurants and bars or simply relax with your loved ones in the comfort of your 4-star apartment.
Westport House’s Winter Wonderland
From 25th November to 23rd December
The guided Winter Wonderland experience will begin with a visit to the amazing LIVE crib situated on the front lawn of Westport House. The Live Crib is in aid of two Westport Churches – Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s Church – who are urgently fundraising for restorative works and any donation will be appreciated.
After visiting the crib, you will make your way inside, into the front hall of Westport House and be greeted by Santa’s Little Helper who will lead your family – along with a small group of other families – through the guided experience.
You will start the journey with story-time by the fireplace of the gorgeous Drawing Room with a very warm welcome from Mrs Claus who will tell the magical Christmas Story of ‘Stumpa’. Your next stop will include festive face-painting to really get you in the Christmas spirit, followed by learning all about the Ginger Bread Man – while decorating your own – in the Long Gallery. To truly emphasise the real spirit of Christmas, be sure to make a wish at the Christmas Wishing Tree, where children can write down their wishes and hang them on a branch of their choosing.
Next, it’s time for the main event! Kids will be wowed with a very special visit to Santa in his magical grotto where he’ll have a chat with all the children, receive the gift of their very own christmas tree sapling and take photos to remember this very special occasion (you may take your own photos or avail of our professional photography service**). Please note that the group size will include no more that 12-15 children.
After meeting Santa, you’ll be captivated by the elves hard at work in the Elves Workshop where you will have the opportunity to make your own yuletide log to take home for the Christmas table!
Following all that excitement, you will be in need of a refreshment! Pop into the Old Kitchen Cafe for a free juice for the kids and a delicious festive drink for the adults where you can also enjoy homemade sweet and savory delights!
Our Train Driver will pick you up from the back door and you’ll hop on board the Westport Train to enjoy magnificent winter time views around the House before you depart.
With so much to do at our Winter Wonderland, you’ll cherish the special memories your family will share of this fun-filled and blissful Christmas-time experience.
Babies under 1 year old go FREE for their first Christmas with gift included!
- €15 for infants (children under 2 years – a gift is included***)
- €26.50 for children (aged 2 years and up – a gift is included ***)
- €12 for adults (aged 16 years and up)
** A professional photo service will be available in Santa’s Grotto to capture your little ones’ special Santa experience – this is not included in your admission price. Professionally printed shots can be purchased from €10 each. You’re welcome to take your own family photos too at no cost.
*** Featured gift for Winter Wonderland 2017 is a Christmas Tree Sapling, which will resonate with the children when they hear the story of ‘Stumpa’ during the Mrs. Claus story-time.
25th November to 23rd December
The Carnival will be located throughout the estate for the season. The 18th century carousel will be located by the farmyard at Gracy’s Bar & Cafe. The bumper cars and some carnival games are located near the checkpoint before you enter the paid area of the attraction and the Big Wheel is available inside the paid area of the attraction.
The Big Wheel costs €4 per person, the Carousel costs €3 per person as do the games and the bumper cars cost €4 per car.
Dodgem Cars: Children under 1.3m will need a driver who is taller than 1.3m to accompany them. Please note that all riders must hold a ticket.