November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am – December 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Winter Wonderland at Westport House is a magical family experience brimming with Christmas cheer 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.
Read on for full details or click on the links below to answer your specific questions. We look forward to welcoming you.
What is the programme of events for Winter Wonderland?
Upon arrival, you will make your way inside, into the front hall of Westport House and be greeted by Santa’s Little Helper who will lead your family – along with a small group of other families – through the guided experience.
You will start the journey with story-time by the fireplace of the gorgeous Drawing Room with a very warm welcome from Mrs Claus who will tell you some magical Christmas Stories. Brand NEW in 2018, stop off in our Lego workshop. 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, be sure to 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, receive their small gift and take photos to remember this very special occasion (you may take your own photos or avail of our professional photography service**). Please note that the group size will include no more that 12-15 children.
After meeting Santa, you’ll be captivated by the elves hard at work in the Elves Workshop where you will have the opportunity to make your own Christmas decoration to take home for the tree.
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 savory delights.
Our Train Driver will pick you up from the back doorand you’ll hop on board the Westport Train to enjoy magnificent winter time views around the House before you depart. And don’t forget to try our brand NEW Carousel** ride in front of Westport House while you check out our Live Crib in aid of the Roof Restoration Fund for Westport Church.
With so much to do at our Winter Wonderland, you’ll cherish the special memories your family will share of this fun-filled and blissful Christmas-time experience.
* Actual characters may differ on the day of your visit depending on availability.
“Mrs Claus was outstanding – this whole experiencing was enchanting. The real fire, the story being told so well, the engagement with the children, the delivery of the spirit of Christmas was wonderful to hear.”