Museum opening hours: 10AM to 5PM (Mon-Sat), 12noon-4pm (Sunday)

SOLD OUT – Book your date with Santa at Donegal Railway Heritage Centre

“Visit Santa @ Donegal Railway Museum”


Donegal Railway Museum is delighted to announce that its famous Christmas Santa event is back again, bigger and better than ever before. After our last runaway success, the likes of which had not been seen before in the North West, Santa has been adding to his Grotto, with more excitingly new unique Christmas displays including Drumboe, as well as new family activities.

We are really excited about our Santa experience for children which includes not only a ride on the Polar Express to see Santa & Mrs. Claus and receive a gift (and maybe even a Selfie with Santa), but also Christmas puzzles to solve, new Christmas displays to see, model railways, an opportunity to see our new attraction the famous Donegal Steam Engine Drumboe up close, and much much more. This year, with additional Covid measures in place, families will be allocated individual time slots, so more one-to-one interaction from Santa and his elves! It’s important for us that this experience which will leave lasting memories for the children is much more than simply meeting Santa and getting a pressie. That’s the reason why we put so much effort into a series of activities for families on their visit, and if the truth be told, we get as much out of this as the children do!

As one mother posted last time on Social Media: Thank you so much again for all your help. I had one very happy little girl going home last night. By far the friendliest chattiest Santa we have met, and his elf was just lovely. This was my daughter’s first Santa visit this year and was so pleased it was. Keep up the good work will def be back next year and for other events. Merry Christmas” Another mother posted: “It was fabulous, we were there last weekend, and when we were in town on Saturday she kept asking to go back!

This cost is only €15 per child, €5 for adults; family discounts are available. As everything is indoors, it’s not weather-dependent. Santa’s elves are currently working on the Christmas illumination’s which will guide Rudolph and the rest of the reindeers to Donegal Town for this very special return visit. Santa is looking forward to seeing you all.”

Dates & Times to see Santa – December 2021

Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th & ,    12noon – 6pm. 

€15 per Child, €5 per adult, Family Discount available.

Booking required. Tel: 074 9722655 between 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday

As spaces are limited due to individual family time slots, early booking is advisable!

Donegal Santa experience includes:
🎅 A ride through the enchanted forest on the Polar Express to see Santa Claus
🎅 Christmas puzzles for kids (and big kids!)
🎅 New Christmas displays throughout the site
🎅 Find Santa in our model display
🎅 A gift from Santa
🎅 A closeup visit to see our new attraction, the famous Donegal original stean engine Drumboe
🎅 It’s all indoors, so we are not weather dependent
🎅 One-to-one experience with Santa and elves, as we are operating a booking system for family time slots
🎅 All this for just €15 per child, €5 per adult; family discounts available
🎅 All monies raised invested locally to keep the story of Donegal’s railways alive!
🎅 A treasured Christmas memory!