Posted / 19th August 2020
Christmas is the most magical time of the year, when families come together, friends reunite, and children’s imaginations come to life with the excitement of Santa and the gifts he might bring.
Surrounded by 100-acres of manicured parkland, Oakfield Park is a magical place to experience the wonder of Christmas. Our Christmas team have gone above and beyond this year to ensure that your Christmas experience is not only magical but safe for everyone.
Here are 9 great reasons to book one of Ireland’s best loved Christmas events, The Santa Express at Oakfield Park.
1. Make Magical Memories
As twilight falls in Donegal, the adventure begins on the Santa Express, the biggest and best Christmas experience in the North West. Running until the 23rd of December, the twinkling lights and beautiful scenery of Oakfield Park make this the perfect place for everyone to experience the magic of Christmas together. Share this special occasion with children, family and friends of all ages and create memories to treasure forever.
2. Experience an Authentic Christmas Train Ride
Our Santa Express trains run on a 4.5km narrow gauge railway, setting us apart from other Christmas experiences. Hop aboard one of our REAL trains and experience the magical sights in Oakfield Park’s Christmas wonderland. Cosy up in your private carriage and take in the magical sights of thousands of lights, decorations and new installations. Step off the train to be greeted by Santa and his merry little helpers! Sit in Santa’s sleigh for a perfect photograph and receive an individually wrapped eco-friendly present. View the Christmas gallery here.
3. Professional Puppet Show
Mrs. Claus and her pesky puppets, Peagreen and Omelette, are perfectionists when it comes to Christmas preparation! Join Mrs. Claus in her office with a brand new puppet theatre show! Enjoy watching the puppet team make Christmas craft that you can take home to make yourself as well as singing, dancing and lots of laughs. Curated by professional puppeteers and West End performers exclusively for Oakfield Park.
4. Mrs. Claus’ Challenge and The Reindeer Games
This year, you can download the new free app and play Mrs. Claus’ interactive Christmas Challenge. Play individually or as family to collect clues and solve Christmas riddles and puzzles hidden across the park to be entered into a prize draw! After that, explore inside the Igloo where Santa’s sportiest elves are running The Reindeer Games. Take part in the championship by challenging the elves and get your name on the top scorers’ board!
5. Autism Friendly Train Rides
We are delighted to be continuing our Autism friendly train rides this year with tailored experiences, suitable for children and families with autism. Our elves are trained on how to deliver these experiences and the train rides themselves will also be suitably altered. Anyone wishing to book this experience can contact us directly at Oakfield Park on + 353(0)74 9173068
6. Festive Food at Buffers
We’re always proud to use our garden produce throughout the year and Christmas is a perfect time to share our festive delights. Buffers restaurant will be serving delicious mince pies, mulled wine, hot chocolate and much more. Adults who book tickets for The Santa Express will receive a complimentary mulled wine or hot chocolate and children will also receive hot chocolate for the train journey.
7. Santa’s Post Box
For anyone who still needs to pop their Christmas letter in the post, take advantage of Oakfield Park’s Post Box, located in Buffers. It’s the perfect ending to a magical Christmas experience…
8. COVID 19 Safety Precautions
We have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of all our customers and staff this Christmas. Social distancing queue systems are in place at each location (with entertainment while you wait). Staff will wear appropriate PPE and there are mandatory temperature checks upon arrival. The train has been segregated into individual carriages and Santa’s huge sleigh means that children can meet Santa at a safe distance. There are hand sanitising facilities at all locations and a new designated cleaning team who work throughout the day, everything will be regularly sanitised.
9. Christmas Party with A Difference
The Santa Express at Oakfield Park is about sharing the magic of Christmas with people of all ages. So, if you’re fed up with the typical office party why don’t you trade-up and book a trip on our Oakfield Park train followed by a delicious meal at Buffers? We can cater for groups of all sizes subject to COVID-19 restictions. For more information please contact us on +353(0)74 9173068.
10. We are Outdoors
The Santa Express is safe, and the event is almost entirely outdoors with plenty of cover, burning fires and space for everyone. Enjoy the huge Christmas trees, one of the biggest Christmas light shows in the country and ride the train and meet Santa with your own family members only.