What happens at the Santa Express experience ?

Santa Claus is coming to town, Wicklow Town. Wicklow Christmas Market is delighted to announce that Santa is bringing his Santa Express to visit us. He has a whole day out planned for you and your family. You can explore the magical Abbey grounds to find: • Alpaca experience • Artisan Food • Craft Stalls • A Magical Funfair • Fire shows ( Sat & Sun) • Post your letter in Santa’s Official Postbox The Santa Express will then transport you on a magical journey. Driven by one of Santa’s favorite elves… Oribel, who is mischievous and fun. He’ll take you to Santa’s wonderland workshops where his most creative elves will show you how to make some of your own magical gifts. Mrs Claus will read one of her favorite Christmas tales too. Of course, Santa will be waiting to meet all the boys and girls so they can tell him about their wishes for Christmas.Families will meet Santa as a group and each child will get a special gift from Santa.

Do I need a ticket for a baby?

Yes, all children and babies regardless of age must have a ticket.you're baby will receive a present from Santa and can take part in the full Santa experience. This complies with health and safety practices and is a requirement of our insurance provider

What do I need to bring with me for the Santa Express experience?

You will need: your printed ticket, dress appropriately (this is both an indoor and outdoor event), please note no buggies are allowed during the event. Video recording equipment of any kind is not allowed on the Santa visit as there will be other children present.

Is the Santa Express event and indoor or outdoor event ?

The event is both an indoor and outdoor event, so please dress appropriately for our unpredictable Irish weather!

How long is the Santa Express event?

The Santa express will take 45 minutes -1 hour. Your Start time will be stated on your ticket. Please arrive at least 15mins before your start time so as to gain entry at the North Pole train station .Please allow sufficient time for unforeseen delays (e.g. weather, traffic delays etc.)

Can I bring a buggy for my child on the train?

No sorry, You will be able to use your child’s buggy within the grounds of Wicklow Christmas Market up until your Santa experience starts.We have a covered area for buggy storage at the start of the experience.

Is the Santa Express experience wheelchair accessible?

The Santa express train is not wheelchair accessible but the rest of the experience is .We have an alternative wheelchair accessible route to Santa ,please email info@wicklowchristmasmarket.com once your booking is complete to let us know

What else can you do at the Santa Express experience?

Santa express is an experience Within Wicklow Christmas Market ,you can enjoy before or after the experience our Christmas market which will keep you busy. • German swing grill • Fire shows ( after 4pm) • Artisan Food • Craft Stalls • A Magical Funfair • Post your letter in Santa’s Official Postbox ( The above are subject to covid restrictions)

How do I get to the Santa Express experience?

We are only 25 minutes from the M50 in Wicklow Town Santa Express is a magical experience within Wicklow christmas market at the Abbey Grounds wicklow Town (opposite The Grand Hotel) Where - Wicklow Town, County Wicklow When -Wicklow Christmas Market is open on the 23rd, 24th & 3oth Nov, Dec 1st, 7th,8th 14th & 15th from 12-6pm Public Transport Bus - Bus Éireann's 133 runs to and from Wicklow Town from Dublin City Centre, Bray, Newtown Mt Kennedy, Rathdrum and Arklow - This bus stops directly across from the entrance gate to Taste of Wicklow. View Timetable Here Train - Irish Rail services Wicklow Town from the south and north including trains from Gorey, Arklow, Rathdrum, Kilcoole, Greystones and Bray. The station is a short 5 minute walk from the festival. View Timetable Here By Car From North - Take the M11 southbound. At junction 17 take the R772 to Wicklow/ Rathdrum/ Rathnew. At the roundabout take the first exit Wicklow Town. Follow the R750 into Wicklow Town until you arrive at The Abbey Grounds (opp. The Grand Hotel). From South - Take the M11 northbound. Turn off at junction 17. At the roundabout take the third exit. At the second roundabout take the first exit towards Wicklow/ Rathdrum/ Rathnew. Follow the R750 into Wicklow Town until you arrive at The Abbey Grounds (opposite The Grand Hotel).

Can I get a  photo with Santa?

Yes, you can prebook our new social distancng Santa photo during the booking process or pay on the day of your visit

Can I get a refund due to adverse weather conditions?

Tickets cannot be refunded unless your Santa express event is cancelled. See Terms and Conditions for further details.

Is there parking at the Santa Express experience?

Wicklow Town has ample car parking within walking distance of the our scenic home, the Abbey Grounds. Those travelling to the Santa express experience by car can avail of 2 hours free parking on Saturdays and free parking ALL day Sundays.

Is there a handling fee for ticket changes?

Yes, we do not change travel, date or times except in exceptional circumstances. Should you wish to transfer your tickets to another date, we would charge a handling fee of €20 per booking.

Do you have a sensory santa Experience?

Yes, we have a Sensory Santa train Sunday Dec 6th from 10am-12 noon ,sensory Santa tickets are booked off line ,please e-mail info@wicklowchristmasmarket.com

Are pets Allowed ?


How much does the Santa Express cost?

Children € 17.95 Adults € 9.95 Infants € 9.95 Note- A card processing fee applies


We have implemented a strict covid-19 protocol ,with physical distancing in place ,sanitising between sessions,deep cleaning with ULV fogging each day.We comply with all health and safety regulations.
Your Family will travel in their own carriage on board our Santa Express and will be seated together throughout the experience. Our Santa Express and experience rooms are sanitised between each session. We have implemented contactless ticket checkin by scanning the barcode on your ticket ( printed or on your phone) We have limited the number of people for each session to allow for social distancing and to ensure the experience is comfortable and safe for all involved. Families will meet with Santa as a group adhering to social distancing . We keep a record of everyone that is booked in for each time slot for contact tracing. All our staff have been given Covid-19 procedure training

Do I need to wear a mask for the event ?

Yes,as per Government guidelines introduced on Aug 10th 2020,we ask that anyone over the age of 13 wear a mask at our event.

If the public health guidelines change & the event can't go ahead will I receive a refund ?

Due to the ever changing nature of public health advice,there may be a chance that our event may not go ahead in December,In this instance you will be offered a voucher for our event next year or a refund minus the booking fee,we would encourage you to take a voucher to support a local business

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Each Family will travel as one unit throughout our Santa Express experience experience, seperated from others but still able to enjoy the company of other families at a safe distance.

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