Please know your Booking Reference number (you don’t need to print anything) and dress appropriately, as this is both an indoor and outdoor event. You must be checked in 30 minutes before your scheduled time. Car parking is free on site. Your journey will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours (with the extra activities and if you’re getting food on site, then most families are with us for 2 to 2.5 hours). If you have booked your ticket at the end of the day, then please feel free to arrive earlier to take part in the other festivities on site. If you booked the first time slot of the day, then you can stay on after your visit to Christmas Island.
Ticket Prices: €14.50 Adult, €18.50 Child and €7.50 Infant – all children and infants receive a present from Santa, a medal from the Elves and a reindeer wrist buddy
Each day we open 30 minutes before the first scheduled time slot and we close 1 hour and 30 minutes after the last scheduled time slot. Your scheduled time on your ticket is when your journey begins on The North Pole Express. Each event must start on time. If you are late for your scheduled time, then you may not have access to the island if all time slots are full. Please allow sufficient time for any unforeseen traffic problems, weather, etc. The onsite cafe closes at 9 p.m. each night.
Entrance to Christmas Island
The Christmas Island entrance is on the main road in Rathdrum (R752) and will be all lit up with Christmas lights! If coming from Rathnew, the entrance will be on your right as you come around the bad bend into Rathdrum. If you’ve passed Glanbia on your left, then you’ve gone too far. If coming from Rathdrum/Avoca/Arklow direction, then please follow the R752 down the hill and across the bridge of the Avonmore River. The entrance will be straight ahead on your left.
Please note buggies are not allowed to board Santa’s sleigh boat or The North Pole Express (they can be left at designated areas). The park is wheelchair friendly, however access to the boat is not. There is bridge access to Christmas Island.
This is both an indoor and outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. The event still operates in the rain and the wind, so if it’s raining on the day your scheduled to come, then please bring a rain coat! The event is mostly indoors, however you will be outdoors walking from one area to the next (from the car park to where your journey begins, to the train, to the boat and back to the cafe/cinema area). If the event needs to be cancelled for any reason at all (which has not happened to date), then you will be notified at the time the event is called off. In extreme weather conditions the boat will not operate (in this case the Elves will walk you to the Grotto).
Onsite Christmas Cafe
Hot food and drink is served all day from our cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating. The cafe offers kid’s meals, chicken wraps, doner kebabs, burgers, chicken fillet burgers, hot dogs and more. The cafe closes each night at 9 p.m. If you’ve booked one of the later time slots of the day, then please be sure to arrive much earlier for food and other activities.
Video recording is not allowed on site, however there will be lots of photo opportunities so don’t forget your camera.
Pets are not allowed.
Booking Your Tickets
Tickets can only be purchased online through our website www.christmasisland.ie
For further questions please email email@example.com (emails are answered daily).
Don’t forget to print off and colour/decorate your Colouring-Poster and bring with you on your scheduled day. Don’t be afraid to get creative! The winning poster will be posted to our Christmas Island Facebook page on December 24th!!
BEST DRESSED (Get in the Festive Spirit and wear your Christmas Jumpers and Accessories)
We were amazed with all the families last year who made such a brilliant effort to visit us in all their “Christmas Gear”, so for this year we have decided to have a competition with some great prizes for these families!!! So don’t be afraid to have some FUN and surprise us with your creativity!!! Photos will be posted on our Christmas Island Facebook page throughout the Christmas Island experience dates and winners will be posted to our page on December 24th.
SANTA’S ELF CALL
Receive a phone call from one of Santa’s elves to help remind your children that Christmas is coming soon! The elves can report on their great behaviour and also remind them what they need to work on (if anything!). This is not a pre-recorded message, so your child/children will be able to speak with one of Santa’s elves. The Elf Call is not part of the Christmas Island experience.
HELP US HELP OTHERS THIS CHRISTMAS
When purchasing your Christmas Island tickets, you have the option to donate just €1.00. For every €1.00 donated, Christmas Island will donate another €1.00. All money raised will go towards Christmas presents for children at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
In 2014 we donated €3,012.00 to SVP, in 2015 we donated €4,132.00 to SVP and in 2016 we donated €3,914.00.
We once again hope to raise even more this year with your help!