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Christmas Island – Winner Best Santa Experience 2018

November 21, 2020 - December 23, 2020

Christmas Island Update 2020

Tickets Go On Sale Monday, October 5th at 10AM


First of all, our sincere apologies for the long delay. It’s been a very difficult year to plan Christmas Island, and we were waiting for the most recent “Plan for Living with Covid” to be published. 


Our first and foremost priority is the wellbeing of our entire team and all our guests, and the experience must be built around this.  Christmas is the most magical time of year, and not only do we want families to have something to look forward to, but we also want to ensure the best chance for the Santa Visit to go ahead.


With recent further guidance from Fáilte Ireland, Christmas Island will now be going ahead!  The Christmas Experience will be 50-60 minutes long, and each family will remain in their own pod throughout the experience. We will have 3 to 4 families per session. Families can only book tickets for their immediate household, so please only book for a single family and not for your friends.  Tickets will be checked, and tickets will be cancelled for those who book too many tickets in a single booking. Families who know each other on the day will not be allowed to mix, so please understand throughout the Christmas Experience you’ll be with your immediate household only.


The Christmas Experience will include a journey by the North Pole Express train to Christmas Island.  At Christmas Island families will make a decoration for their tree, visit with Santa’s head elf for a story and game, and then proceed to Santa’s toy box to have an individual meet with Santa. All children will receive a Santa Token from Santa. After the Christmas Experience families can proceed to the Elves Gift Exchange at The Lakehouse to pick their own present this year.  The presents will not be wrapped this year due to the uncertainty of restrictions in Ireland (we can’t commit to having all presents delivered to Christmas Island early November if the event could possibly be cancelled due to the restrictions at the time, so for this reason the presents will not be wrapped this year as we’ll be receiving them at a later date).  Santa’s Elves will have a great selection of gifts for all the children to choose from on the day.


Families can also book Christmas dinner in The Lakehouse restaurant, book a family photo on Santa’s sleigh, stay overnight in one of our various accommodations (glamping lodge or boutique lodge), avail of the playgrounds (free) and adventure mini golf (small fee) and visit our stocking stuffer gift shop. Please note the playgrounds and golf will close at dusk, and won’t be open in extreme weather conditions.


To really immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit, book one of our lodges on site which includes:

  • Hot Chocolate and Christmas Activity Pack for the kids
  • Playgrounds and Adventure Mini Golf included (weather dependent)
  • Walk around the park each evening for magical photo opportunities
  • Early Booking: The booking system will open 1 week early for those families staying overnight
  • Stay and Spend Scheme applies for both accommodation and food at Hidden Valley Resort

The Christmas Island website will be updated and launched on Monday, October 5th.

If Covid restrictions prevent travel at the time of your booking, then we will work hard to find you another suitable date, or we can cancel your booking and issue a refund less the 5% non refundable admin fee. Otherwise normal T&C’s will apply.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes,

Christmas Island team


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