Get your sleighs on as Santa visits sell out fast

Deck the halls with boughs of holly — the countdown to Christmas is officially on.

With little over two months left until Santa Claus comes to town, many of the country’s leading Christmas-themed events are already close to selling out.

Demand for tickets to the country’s top Santa experiences is up on previous years and some popular venues are already booked up.

Fota Island Resort in Cork is just one winter wonderland set to sparkle this Christmas as it gets set to welcome thousands of visitors over the festive period.

The ‘Wish’ experience will see the five-star hotel transformed by Santa and his elves as they embark on the magical journey towards Christmas.

Last year, tickets to the event were like gold dust, selling out within a week, and it seems this year is no different.

Although the festivities don’t kick off until November 27, tickets went on sale yesterday.

Hendrik Mertens, marketing associate at Fota Island, said the hotel has already seen huge demand.

“We launched our day tickets for ‘Wish’ at 12pm and after two hours we already have some days that are completely sold out,” said Mr Mertens.

He said evening and weekend tickets are selling exceptionally fast and he urged people to snap them up.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if the tickets sold out because both the day and accommodation tickets have been selling well — so the sooner people get them the better.”

The Christmas spirit is also in good supply at the Amber Springs Health and Hotel Spa in Gorey, Co Wexford, where Santa is set for his busiest year yet.

A set of new dates for the Christmas event is soon to be announced as a result of huge demand for tickets.

“We’ve been running this event for four years now and it’s getting bigger each year,” said spokeswoman Liz McMonagle. “What we’ve noticed is that it has evolved into a big family day out with a lot of grandparents travelling too.”

The popular Santa event at Rathwood, Co Carlow, has already sold out all its weekend slots, despite not opening until mid-November.

It’s a similar story at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where weekend slots for the Santa Experience are almost fully booked.

In Kilkenny, Santa will take up residency at the Mount Juliet Estate from December 4 and in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, the popular ‘Christmas Island’ fairytale is selling quicker than expected.

Proprietor Molly Williams said: “We’re open from November 21 to December 23 and all the weekend slots are booked up already.”


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