[ Date: September 23, 2017 11:41 pm ]

December 2016

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 26th November – 23rd December


This Christmas season, in 2016, we have changed our magical event to offer a 3 hour Guided Experience for families visiting Winter Wonderland.

The guided experience will start when the whole family is welcomed into the front hall of Westport House by  Santa’s Little Helper who will lead your family – along with a 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.   Your next stop will include festive face-painting to really get you in the Christmas spirit followed by decorating your own delicious Ginger Bread Man in the Long Gallery.

Next, it’s time for the main event!  Kids will be wowed with a very special visit to Santa in his magical grotto in the Dining Room where he’ll have a word with all children, give gifts and take photos to remember this very special occasion (you may take your own photos or avail of our professional photography service**).

After meeting Santa, you’ll be captivated by the elves hard at work in the Elves Workshop and you can even make your own yuletide log to take home for the Christmas table. And don’t forget the real spirit of Christmas with a visit to the Christmas Wish Tree (and we’ll donate €1 per family to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice for each family’s wish).  Pop into the Old Kitchen Cafe for a free juice for  the kids where you can also enjoy homemade sweet and savoury delights!

Our Train Driver will pick you up from the Old Kitchen Cafe to whisk you away to the Train Stop at the Back Door where 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 marvel.

“Mrs Claus was outstanding – this whole experiencing was enchanting. The real fire, the story being told so well, the engagement with the children, the delivery of the spirit of Christmas was wonderful to hear.”

  • Babies under 1 year old go FREE for their first Christmas!
  • €15 for infants (children under 2 years – a small gift is included)
  • €28 for children (aged 2 years and up – a small gift is included)
  • €14 for adults (aged 16 years and up)

2016 Members receive 10% off! Please enter your Membership number (the 8 digit code on the back of your membership card) in the “Discount Code” field when you’re asked to Verify Your Order to redeem your discount.

** 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.

Christmas Carnival

November 26, 2016 @ 10:00 amJanuary 8, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome back Arthur North & Company and his selection of carnival rides and games for the Christmas season.

The  Bumper Cars are a massive hit as are the swinging Chair-O-Planes. And boy do we have some exciting news for Christmas 2016?  We are thrilled to have landed Europe’s BIGGEST ferris wheel for Westport House – the views of Clew Bay, the town and the estate are going to be stunning.  We have added more rides for the smallies too including a Hot Air Balloon, Aeroplane and Formula 1 ride. We will also have some Carnival Games where you can test your hand-eye coordination to see if you can win a coveted and prized teddy to take home with the kids.

When is the Carnival Open?westport-house-img-carnival

Saturday, November 26th from 12pm to 9pm
Sunday, November 27th from 12pm to 9pm
Friday, December 2nd from 3pm to 9pm
Saturday, December 3rd from 12pm to 9pm
Sunday, December 4th from 12pm to 9pmgames-in-haven-red
Friday, December 9th from 3pm to 9pm
Saturday, December 10th from 12pm to 9pm
Sunday, December 11th from 12pm to 9pm
Friday, December 16th from 3pm to 9pm
Open daily from Saturday, December 17th to December 23rd from 12pm to 9pm
Closed from Saturday, December 24th to Monday, December 26th inclusive.
Open daily from Tuesday, December 27th to Sunday, January 8th from 12pm to 9pmgames-in-haven-red

If you’re peckish, you can enjoy a hot cuppa, snacks and chips from The Galley which will run alongside the carnival.

The Carnival will be located at the **front of Westport House**.  You are welcome to park in Westport town and walk into the estate via our Church Lane gate OR park on the estate to enjoy the rides. Please note that there will be no parking in front of Westport House.

Consider visiting Winter Wonderland while you’re at Westport House – the magical Christmas experience where you’ll get to meet Santa, Mrs Clause and the Elves in a stunning 18th century setting.

How much does it cost?

Each ride and game costs €3 per person each and everybody using the rides must be ticketed.  The Giant Wheel costs €6 (or two tokens) for adults and €3 for children.  You may buy Carnival Tokens in advance through our website by clicking here.

Rider Safety

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.