Irelands Most popular Santa Train Experience!

Santa Visits the Big Top

We invite you to join us on a journey through the Enchanted Forest to visit Santa and his Elves as they prepare for the most magical time of the year.

Adults €14.95-€17.95
Children €23.95-€26.95
Babies (under 12 months) €12.95-€16.95

Santa Visits the Big Top 2022

You’ve been invited onboard the Rathwood Express train for a magical journey through Rathwood's festive forest.

Spotlight Productions, the team behind the Toy Show, have put together a magical spectacular themed around a child's imagination at Christmas with Santa, Mrs Claus and all the elves.

Please note that Santa will not individually meet each group, he will meet the Children in his Toy workshop as part of a group, this is the safest option for both customers and staff.

Santa is an older gent and we don't want to put him at any risk before his big gig on Christmas Eve, so social distance will be maintained throughout the performances.

What happens on the day?

You will follow Santa’s footsteps at reception to our check-in desk. Once you are checked in, the magic starts. Our elves will keep you entertained in our waiting area until it's time to board the Santa Train. 

You will then take a magical journey through the enchanted forest where you will see Santa’s reindeer. The train will drop you off at the brand new Big Top. . There's plenty of room for social distancing as we have restricted capacity for these events, and you will be safely and comfortably seated within your family pod.

The truly magical show produced by Spotlight Productions will let you and your children meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the elves in a musical spectacular themed around A Child's Imagination At Christmas.

After the show, you will walk to our Toy factory where each child will receive their present from Santa. You will then walk back to the train at the pick up point and it will drop you off at Candy Cane Lane!


   Child €23.95-€26.95     Baby (under 12 months) €12.95-€16.95     Adult €14.95-€17.95

Booking fees apply.

Top Tips for visiting Santa in the Big Top:

  • All visitors must arrive 15 minutes prior to your train time, our trains will leave on time.
  • Buggies are prohibited on the train but we do have a storage area on-site till the end of the event..
  • Please either show a printed ticket or your ticket on a mobile device at check-in.
  • If you have purchased funfair tickets please collect these at Check-In.
  • The Merry Tree Restaurant closes food service at 5.30pm providing a hot beverage service until 6. The Wood Shed Cafe provides hot chocolate for all trains after this point but does not have a food service.
  • Rescheduling bookings: if you need to make an amendment to any booking please contact us on or 0599156285

Covid-19 Guidelines

    With the Welfare of our visitors as a priority we have put the following procedures in place:

  • Family Pods - Each family will enter their secure Family Pod on our train at the start of the event. Perspex screens are in place to keep the pods separate. Your pod on the train will be numbered and once you enter the big top you will then be seated in the same numbered pod and remain secure in this pod throughout the duration of the event. This controlled environment minimises any contact with others or unsanitised surfaces. Families will stay seated in this family pod throughout the event. The train will then collect you once the event is over and you will be seated in the same numbered pod for the remainder of the journey. Each booking must have a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 6 to ensure safe capacity in each pod. 
  • Reduced CapacityWe have majorly reduced our capacity to facilitate appropriate social distancing and ensure the experience is comfortable & safe for all involved.
  • Contact Tracing We keep a record of everyone that is booked in for each time slot allowing for appropriate contact tracing.
  • Money-back guaranteeNo-quibble money-back guarantees up to 48 hours before the event. In the event of cancellation, all tickets will be refunded.
  • Masks We ask that all visitors observe HSE guidelines on mask-wearing while attending the event.

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