Posted / 6th September 2018
Christmas is always a special time of year, when families come together, friends reunite, and children’s imaginations come to life with joyous dreams 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. Here are 8 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 magic begins at Oakfield Park for our annual Santa Express. Running until Monday 23rd December, our Santa Express offers children and families a magical Christmas experience that they’ll treasure forever. Share this special occasion with children, family and friends of all ages.
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 enchanted woodland. Take-in the magical sights of thousands of lights, decorations and installations and alight the train to be greeted by Santa and his merry little helpers. View the Christmas gallery here.
3. Cosy Story-Telling with Mrs Claus
There’s nothing more inviting that a cosy fire and a good story being shared among friends. To see what stories will be told by your children for years to come have a look at our Christmas page here!
4. Elf Workshops and Craft Marquee
After meeting Santa and listening to stories in the Oakfield Park cabin, children are invited to meet Santa’s elves in the Elf Workshop and see all the beautiful toys that they’ve already crafted for children all over the world. Children can also pop in to the craft marquee to make their own art and craft designs – a keepsake of their magical time at Oakfield Park.
5. Autism Friendly Train Rides
As part of The Santa Express this year, we are delighted to introduce new Autism friendly train rides with tailored experiences, suitable for children and families with autism. Our elves will receive training 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. 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 and big band nights, 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 (along with discounts for groups of 28+). For more information please contact us on +353(0)74 9173068.
Tickets for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park cost €10 for an infant, €19 for a child and €16 for an adult. Group discounts are also available for groups of 28+. The cost includes a train ride, meeting with Father Christmas, a gift for each child and a hot drink for adults. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture precious family moments and prints will be available to purchase.
For group discount on groups of 28+ or for carriages with wheelchair access, please book by calling our Reservations Hotlines on 00353 (0) 74 9173068 or 00353 (0) 74 9173922. These booking lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. Any other special information can be included on the online booking system under ‘Special Requirements’. Full details, terms and conditions are available on the booking page.