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Santa Visits the
Big Top 2024

Get ready to embark on a wondrous journey aboard the Rathwood Express train, where the magic of Christmas comes alive!

Join us for a truly special experience, brought to you by the amazing Spotlight Productions, the very same team behind the spectacular Late Late Toy Show. This year, they have conjured up an extraordinary event straight from your wildest Christmas dreams, featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, and all their cheerful elves!

In the heart of Rathwood's festive forest, a breathtaking world of wonder awaits you. Be prepared to be enchanted by the magic of your imagination during the most enchanting time of the year.

Santa visits Big Top 2022.

What happens on the Day?

Day Check In.

Check In

As you arrive at our reception, you will follow Santa’s footsteps at reception to our check-in desk. Our jolly little elves will be there to greet you, and once you are checked in, the magic starts, you’ll be entertained with laughter and joy in our magical waiting area until it's time to hop aboard the famous Rathwood Santa Train.

Magical Train Ride.

Magical Train Ride

Chug-chug! Off you go on a breathtaking journey through Rathwood’s festive forest, where you'll catch a glimpse of Santa's magnificent reindeer! The train will lead you to the sparkling Big Top, where a world of delights awaits.

Spectacular Musical Show.

Spectacular Musical Show

Feel the warmth and excitement as you settle into your seats and now, brace yourselves for the grand spectacle crafted by the incredible Spotlight Productions, the team behind The Late Late Toy Show with Santa, Mrs Claus and all the elves.

Toy Factory Meet-Up

Toy Factory Meet-Up

After the show, a surprise awaits you at our exciting Toy Factory, each child will receive a special present lovingly prepared by Santa's elves. Then it’s on to our New Santa experience, where each family will get to meet the main man himself Santa Claus.




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Top Tips for visiting Santa in the Big Top


Please arrive 30 minutes before your designated ticket time. All visitors must arrive prior to your train time, our trains will leave on time.


Please either show a printed ticket or your ticket on a mobile device at check-in.


Buggies are prohibited on the train but we do have a storage area on-site till the end of the event.

Funfair Tickets

If you have purchased funfair tickets please collect these at Check-In.

Food Services

The Merry tree provides food service until 4 midweek, Saturdays and Sundays until 5 Woodshed provides food service until each day.


Rescheduling bookings: if you need to make an amendment to any booking please contact us on or 059 91 56285.

pre booking for all rathwood events is essential