A Magical Visit to Santa

‘I wish we were going to see Santa in his grotto this year!’said Conan longingly. ‘Well maybe we will ‘ says I. ‘No, Mum, I don’t mean Santa on the bus, I mean the real Santa’ continued Conan. ‘So do I’ I said delightedly. (Our residents’ committee organises for Santa to visit our estate on a red bus each year, and he gives out selection boxes to all the children – we know he is only one of Santa’s helpers though).

Fab decorations!

Fab decorations!

So a week later we found ourselves up in Avoca @ Powerscourt, Enniskerry to visit the ‘real’ Santa. I always forget just how lovely Powerscourt is even when it is not beautifully decked out for Christmas. Our appointment with the Big Fella was for 3.15pm – we checked in and there were a few people ahead of us, so we went for a little wander around Avoca. The children were enthralled with all the decorations, and very very excited at this stage. After my fourth ‘look with your eyes, not your hands’, I decided to bring them up to Tara’s Palace, which is a lovely children’s museum upstairs in Powerscourt. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go in to the museum but the entrance hall to Tara’s Palace had plenty to distract them for a few minutes. We will be going back for a proper visit over the Christmas holidays!

Who is coming down the chimney?

Who is coming down the chimney?

We went back to the Santa waiting area, which was really nicely decorated and had a television playing Disney’s Frozen with plenty of seating and cushions on the floor for the children. Then, as Caoimhe put it, ‘a pretty lady’ gave us a decoration – one for each child – and the children settled down to watch Frozen until Mrs Claus came to collect us.

Mrs Claus was so smiley and friendly and asked all the children their names before bringing us through a Narnian passageway and into Santa’s grotto. The children were a little anxious but once Santa addressed them all by name they relaxed and took their turns to have a chat. I anticipated Siofra, being only two, to be a little upset but no – she told Santa in no uncertain terms that she wanted a telephone for Christmas.

Entrance to Santa's Grotto.

Entrance to Santa’s Grotto.

Santa spent a lot of time with us and there was the option to have a professional photo taken, although even Santa’s magic could not get them all to smile at the same time!! Then Mrs Claus suggested a few presents that Santa would like to give them there and then. They were lovely quality gifts, beautifully presented and when Siofra shrieked ‘but where is my phone’ looking at her plush teddy, Santa took the time to explain that this was only a small gift and he would deliver her real present on Christmas eve. She has not let the teddy out of her sight since.



We said a cheerful goodbye to Santa, and we are pretty convinced that he was the real one. Our visit was not over yet though as we got to go and visit the animals in Santas Christmas stables and warm ourselves by a lovely open fire. Then we headed home full of beans and delighted with ourselves. At a cost of €10 per child and no charge for parents (an annoying add-on which seems to be coming the norm these days) we will definitely be going back next year!



Welcome fire at  Santa's Stables.

Welcome fire at Santa’s Stables.

Disclaimer – I was invited to bring my children to visit Santa and write about my experience. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Have you visited Santa yet?

Thank s for reading.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate Takes 5 (@KateTakes5)
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 12:38:06

    Lovely! I’m so glad it was a success 🙂


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