It’s not every day that you arrive at a farm decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, meet Santa and his deer Dancer and Prancer, or see a crib with a cow and donkey - except of course when you visit Ireland’s Lapland at Glendeer Pet Farm. Glendeer Pet Farm, which is located just outside Athlone off the M6 (Tuam/Monksland exit 13, follow Drum signs ) has all facilities undercover.
Ireland’s Lapland has something for everyone, young and old alike. The children get their little bag of food to feed the animals as they make their way over to see Santa, have a chat with him, and receive a gift. And adults can treat themselves to a hot drink and homemade snacks in the warm surroundings of the cosy coffee shop.
New this year is the indoor soft play toddler area - follow the trail through the Winter wonderland to the new secret sand pit.
There is plenty to entertain the kids with the indoor skywalk play area with lots of slides and bridges. Don’t forget to bring along a camera so you can take plenty of memorable pictures of your Lapland experience. This year Santa arrives by sleigh on Saturday November 29 at 5pm and will be at the farm every evening until December 23.
Admission: Adults € 8, Children €16 (includes visit to Santa and gift )
Opening times for Ireland’s Lapland : Monday to Friday from 4-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 3-7pm.
There is no need to pre-book tickets, they can be purchased on arrival. There is a queuing sytem for Santa, but it moves quite quickly and children can feed the animals while they wait. No one will be turned away!
For more information log on to www.glendeerpetfarm.ie or call (090 ) 6437147.