The Magic of Santa in Fota House

17 Nov 2014

Elga Ryan

Fota House | | Ring of Cork

The Magic of Santa in Fota House
– A Truly Traditional Christmas Experience
Fota House, Aboretum & Gardens, Fota Island, Carrigtohill, Co Cork
12th, 13th & 14th and 19th, 20th & 21st December
‘The Magic of Santa Claus’ in Fota House is a truly unique traditional Christmas experience. Soak up the Christmas spirit in the beautiful surroundings of Fota House (think Downton Abbey ) and allow their friendly elves show you around the truly festive decorated house. The house is being decorated in a traditional style showing how it would have looked during the Christmas’ of old a must see both for adults and children.

Visit Santa’s study and see how he prepares his maps and lists for the big journey on Christmas Eve. Take a peek into his bedroom and meet him in his magic grotto to tell him what you would like for Christmas. You can even leave your wish on the special Christmas Wish Tree.

There will be lots of seasonal photo opportunities throughout the house – so don’t forget to bring your camera!

Fota House Café will be open serving their full menu and Christmas nibbles such as mince pies, mulled wine and hot drinks. Christmas crafts including handmade items by Fota House volun-teers and will be available to buy at the gift shop.
Dates for Santa Visits:
Fri 12th December: (4.30pm – 8.30pm)
Sat 13th and Sun 14th December: (10.00am – 5.30pm)
Fri 19th December: (4.30pm – 8.30pm)
Sat 20th and Sun 21st December: (10.00am – 5.30 pm)

• Tours of the house for adults will be available week commencing 15th December at 12 noon each day. Booking by telephone required.


€15 per child (includes a gift from Santa Claus) €7.50 per accompanying adult. Ticket sale funds are donated towards the running of Fota House and Gardens by the Irish Heritage Trust charity.
Call 021 481 5543 to book. Booking essential.

About Fota House & Victorian Glasshouse Garden:
The house, formerly an 18th century hunting lodge, was the centrepiece of an estate which covered the entire 780 acres of Fota Island. Early in the 19th century it was enlarged for John Smith Barry by Richard and William Morrison, architects of many of Ireland’s finest buildings. The house has over 70 rooms, houses one of the most important collections of Irish art and furniture. From April to September there are daily guided tours of the house and victorian glasshouse garden. Since 2007 the house has been cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust charity.
For more information about Fota House visit

Fota House | | Ring of Cork


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