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Book your date with Santa at Donegal Railway Heritage Centre


“Visit Santa @ Donegal Railway Museum”

Our Award Winning Railway Museum is delighted to announce that its famous Christmas Santa event is back again, bigger and better than ever before. Because of unprecedented demand last year, we have added a special “Relaxed/Sensory” Friday evening this year for autistic children or those with Special Needs. After our last runaway success, the elves have been busy helping Santa at his Grotto, with more excitingly new Christmas displays including the famous steam engine Drumboe, as well as new fun family activities.

We are really excited about Santa’s return to the museum. This is a great experience for kids and families, 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 play with Ireland’s first Interactive Steam Engine Cab as well as see the famous Donegal Steam Engine “Drumboe” up close, and much much more. This year again, 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 our elves 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!

This cost is still 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 2023

  • Friday 8th December, 4pm-6:30pm (Special “Relaxed/Sensory” evening for autistic children or those with Special Needs)

  • Saturday 9th12noon – 6pm

  • Sunday 10th,   12noon – 6pm

  • Friday 15th ,    4pm-7pm

  • Saturday 16th , 12noon – 6pm

  • Sunday 17th ,   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

🎅 Check out Ireland’s first Interactive Steam Engine Cab

🎅 A gift from Santa

🎅 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!

Donegal Interactive Railway Cab