Winter wonderland at Westport House promises a magical family experience brimming with Christmas cheer; one that will leave the kids starry-eyed and the whole family believing in fairy-tales!
Escape the wintery weather outside for the warmth of our open fires in this stunning historic house. Soak up the twinkling lights, lush green garlands and tinsel trimmings spilling festively from every corner of Westport House as the little ones enjoy a fun-filled Christmas experience that they are sure to remember forever.
The guided Winter Wonderland experience begins with a visit to the crib on the front lawn of Westport House. The live crib is in aid of two Westport churches – Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s Church - who are urgently fundraising for restorative work.
After visiting the crib, you make your way in to the front hall of Westport House to be greeted by Santa’s Little Helper, who will lead your family - along with a small group of other families - through the guided experience.
The journey starts with story-time by the fireplace of the gorgeous drawing room with a very warm welcome from Mrs Claus who will tell the magical Christmas story of ‘Stumpa’. Your next stop will include festive face-painting to really get you in the Christmas spirit, followed by learning all about the ginger bread man – while decorating your own - in the long gallery.
To truly emphasise the real spirit of Christmas, make a wish at the Christmas wishing tree, where children can write down their wishes and hang them on a branch of their choosing. Next, it’s time for the main event! Kids will be wowed with a very special visit to Santa in his magical grotto where he’ll have a chat with all the children, give gifts and take photos to remember this very special occasion.
Please note that the group size will include no more that 12 to 15 children. After meeting Santa, you will be captivated by the elves hard at work in the elves workshop, where you will have the opportunity to make your own yuletide log to take home for the Christmas table!
Following all that excitement, you will be in need of a refreshment. Pop into the Old Kitchen Cafe for a free juice for the kids and a delicious festive drink for the adults where you can also enjoy homemade sweet and savoury delights. Our train driver will pick you up from the back door and you’ll hop on board the Westport Train to enjoy magnificent winter time views around the House before you depart.
With so much to do at the winter wonderland, you will cherish the special memories your family will share of this fun-filled and blissful Christmas-time experience.
To book your tickets visit www.westporthouse.ie/events/winter-wonderland/