I was delighted to be invited to the launch of The Santa Experience in the Ilac Centre, Dublin. It takes place in the Dunnes Stores unit and is a handy venue in terms of parking and places to eat and shop nearby. We made a plan to head in to town and make a day of it, and I am chuffed that we did. We had such a lovely time.
The Santa Experience originally started in Limerick and has set up camp in Limerick, Cork and Dublin since. It runs from 25th November and is a magical experience for the whole family. Rather than just a visit to Santa, this is a real experience. You’ll visit the post office where all the letters to Santa find themselves. Energetic elves will take you there and to the stables where the reindeers live. It is very cleverly done. A quaint little stable area where from a child’s perspective it absolutely seems like the reindeer are real. Then comes Santa’s sleigh station. More energetic elves talk about the very special occasion where Santa allows some children to ride on the sleigh. Your children will find themselves very lucky on the day. An exciting phonecall from Santa to the elves confirms the exciting news. This is the best part of the whole experience in my opinion. The elves push the sleigh in to the next room which resembles a winter wonderland complete with adorable polar bear figurines and beautiful lighting. BUT, wait for it. As they push you snow begins to fall from the sky. It is just the most beautiful thing to see. A really magical moment that actually gave me a lump in my throat. Santa’s house was absolutely stunning. So cosy and beautifully decorated and the Santa himself was wonderful.
I would totally recommend this Santa Experience. Places are very limited and filling up fast but you can book your place here. It costs €10 for a child and €3 for an adult with a €3 online booking fee. A photo is extra at €12 (and €6 for any additional ones) but the quality and size of the print is totally worth it for a family memory.
If you would like to see more, we filmed our visit to the experience and you can check that out here.