Santa Experience 2023

Santa Experience 2023

The Lough Gur Santa visits will take place on the following weekend dates:

  • 26th November announcing our Magical Santa supper prize winner. (Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket
  • 25th & 26th November
  • 2nd & 3rd December (Sensory Morning will happen on Saturday 2nd Dec at 9.00am – 11.00am )
  • 9 & 10th December
  • 16th & 17th of December.

What to Expect on Your Visit?

A visit to Santa at Lough Gur starts when you arrive to register at Santa’s winter retreat at Loughgur’s Heritage Centre.  Here you will get to meet Mrs Claus, and her helpers and have an opportunity to take some photos, see her beautiful kitchen and maybe even get to hear some funny stories of Santa.

Each child will then meet Santa himself where they will be enthralled by stories and chat. You can be sure that he will pass the beard pulling test as he is, of course the real deal as verified by our younger visitors from previous years.  Every child will receive a gift from Santa before they leave.

Complimentary Tea/coffee with mince pies for the adults and hot chocolate and cookies for the younger visitors will be served  during your visit in the Heritage Centre.

When your visit to Santa is over you will have time to enjoy the other magical aspects of Lough Gur including Santa’s sleigh where you can sit and look out over Lough Gur Lake, it is the perfect place for a photo opportunity.  You will also get to visit the playground (weather permitting).  The playground will be open exclusively for Santa’s special guests.

If you do want a stress free, traditional Santa visit then this is the option for you.  All proceeds from the event go to Lough Gur Development. A non profit community organisation working to preserve and protect the area of Lough Gur. All children must be supervised at all times.

Sensory Morning Saturday December 02nd 9:00am to 11.00am

The Lough Gur Santa experience is dedicating the morning of December 3rd 2023 from 9.00am to 11.00am. This morning is specifically only for families with children sensory needs.

Wins a Magical Supper with Santa for your Family. 

One very lucky family will have a change to win an evening with Santa and Mrs. Claus us at our Lough Gur Winter Retreat on Friday 15th December. Share a magical evening, where you and your immediate family will get the opportunity to come and have supper with Santa, followed by photographs, gifts and stories. To be in with a chance to attend this magical evening, purchase a ticket on check-out or click here to purchase a ticket now.

Santa Photos

Our professional photographer Keith Wiseman will be on hand to capture all the magical moments. The photograph package is not part of your Santa booking fee.  Note, this service is an additional optional service and there will be an extra cost on the day payable directly to our photographer.

Does your party have more than 5 children?

If you are making a booking for more than 5 children, please book and pay for the number of children you require, then contact us directly at  with the details of additional children. Please quote your reference number at all times.

So that we have the correct details please ensure to provide the Name, Age & Gender of each child attending Santa in the form below.

Does a member of your group have special sensory requirements?
Saturday December 02nd 9:00am to 11.00am is reserved for children with special sensory requirements, please do not attempt to book these slots if you do not need them as you will be depriving children who do.



2023 Covid-19 Santa Guidelines

Both staff and guests will be asked to comply with HSE & Government Covid guidelines that are in place at the time of your visit.
Note that the event will be subject to change based on government guidelines relating to Covid at the time of the events.

Terms & Conditions

    • A booking fee of €2.50 will be applied to all bookings on checkout.
    • Each booking must include at least one (1) accompanying adult.
    • Once your tickets have been purchased, please note that the booking is non-changeable and non-refundable. All sales, once made, are final. This however does not, in any way, affect your statutory rights.
    • If you fail to show at your given appointment time, the organisers are not obliged to reschedule,  so NO shows are non refundable.
    • This event is organised and managed by the Lough Gur Development volunteers. Lough Gur Development is a not-for-profit community organisation. All issues will be dealt with directly by the organisation under their event management terms and conditions.
    • You can review the full terms and conditions associate with all Lough Gur Events by clicking here.


Best Santa visit we’ve had! Lough Gur was so refreshing. Away from the hustle and bustle and just quality family time in beautiful surroundings. Santa was exceptional, spending as much time with the kids as they wanted. The scenery is a photographers dream, i could have sat in the sleigh and looked out at the lake and mountains all day. After Santa, we took the 100 steps to visit the fairies and take in the views of the surrounding area. We had been advised to count the fairies and report back to make sure they were all there, a task my five year old was more than willing to accept. Can’t wait to return in the spring, packing a picnic and spending longer in the area. Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to discover a new hidden gem.”

” Brilliant experience again. Mrs Claus was amazing and Santa was fantastic. A great afternoon “

” It was magical for my little man again he was mesmerised Santa was wonderful and my son got lovely presents.”

” What a fantastic experience x Thanks so much. We really enjoyed the magical experience. Really loved our morning xx”

” A fabulous experience all the elves were great fun interacting with the children. Mr&Mrs Claus were amazing magical experience.”


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