Ireland’s Best Santa Experience at Santa’s House Express 2018 – FAQ 2018-09-21T10:19:04+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) - Ireland’s Best Santa Experience!

What can I expect at Santa’s House Express 2018 ?

Ireland’s Best Santa Experience, Santa’s House Express is back at the 5* Palmerstown House Estate this Christmas for its 5th year! We are so excited to have Santa Claus residing in his beautiful Manor home for the weeks coming up to Christmas!! Along with Mrs Claus, the Elves and Archie, 2018 will have many new attractions, performers and entertainment along with all of the old favourites to thrill old friends and new! They invite you to visit them here for an unforgettable magical experience!

New Attractions–  2018 sees the arrival of our amazing Family Festival Funfair – fun for all the family in this extended area with many nre attractions added.  Enjoy free unlimited rides for all the family when you confirm your booking and join our member’s club.

Your festive Christmas experience begins when you Check-in to receive your Boarding pass ! Before taking the amazing journey to Santa’s Manor Home, get ready and gather for lots of fun and games in Santa’s departure lounge.  All passaenger will join our Chief Elf to help him make some big decisions about this Christmas ! Depart on Santa’s Christmas Train, as the journey takes you through the beautiful grounds of Palmerstown House Estate until you reach Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Jump off Santa’s Polar Express Train at his magnificent Manor Home. Ireland’s Best Santa Experience continues, as your journey takes you into the stunning, glistening hallway of Santa’s Manor Home, where you will be invited to and meet some amazing new characters. Enjoy magical stories about the main man himself, told by Mrs Claus in her glorious, luxury sitting room. Next, it’s time to Visit Santa, your journey moves up the magnificent manor staircase to Santa’s reading room. The main man himself, Santa Claus, will greet & spend some time with you all. Deliver your letter in person and receive a special present.

Journey back to the Lodge aboard the Santa Train, where warm festive greetings await back at our Guest House. Festive treats, lunch and dinner will be on offer if you wish to avail pre or post experience.

Get ready to say goodbye for now to all the helpers in Santa’s Village 2018. Make sure to pay a visit to Santa’s stables and see the reindeer, our resident Turkey and their friends at! Visit and explore our Enchanted Fairy Forest where you may be lucky enough to catch a Glimpse of  Twinkle, our magical Fairy. Our festival funfair can be enjoyed by all ages in 2018 with unlimited use on our rides to all our Santa’s House Express Members (which you can join upon booking). Also, don’t forget we have professional photo gifts available of your group that are taken in Santa’s Sleigh!

It will truly be, a magical Santa Experience from start to finish!

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How much are tickets ?

Standard Tickets:

Adult Tickets: €15.00

Child Tickets: (12 months – 12 years) €21.00

Infants (under 12 months) €12.00

All prices are excluding booking fee (max €1.95 per ticket)


Discounted Preview Tickets:

Adult Tickets: €12.00

Child Tickets: (12 months – 12 years) €17.00

Babies (under 12 months)  €10.00

All prices are excluding booking fee (max €1.95 per ticket)

Why is there a booking fee added?

There are charges passed on to us by the bank for their services to process credit/debit card transactions, also for the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software and all other costs associated for our ticketing system.

How can I book my tickets?

Tickets will be available to purchase here on our website A credit or debit card will be required.

You will see a number beside a particular time on your date of choice, this indicates how many spaces are available on that particular Santa Experience. Please note we have a live booking system and spaces available for each experience, can change at any time.

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How many can go along as one group?

There is no maximum group size, the only restriction is the number of spaces left for your desired time (which will be displayed beside the time on our live booking system).

If a time does not have enough spaces for your group, please choose a different time – each journey has a capacity to ensure everyone has an enjoyable Santa Experience.

NOTE: All members of a group booked on the same booking/ticket will visit Santa as a group. If you are going along through the experience with another family or group, but would prefer your own family meet with Santa, please make 2 separate bookings for the same time (one for each group wanting a private meet with Santa!).

How do I make a larger group booking of 50 people +?

For corporate groups, schools & other large tour groups of 50 people or more, please contact for more information.

How long does the experience last?

Our guests normally spend between 1.5 and 2.5 hours with us. We recommend giving a minimum of 90 minutes to enjoy Santa’s House Express Santa Experience, the visit to the house & various attractions.

Guests are invited to stay much longer & enjoy the experience fully, with options to dine in the club house restaurant for both lunch & dinner and enjoy the entertainment there, and to visit the stables in the village, where you can indulge in some festive treats such as hot chocolate and crepes!

Please note the Enchanted Fairy Forest, Carousel Area and Restaurant close at 8.30pm. All guests booked in from the 7.30pm trains are reminded to join us earlier to enjoy these elements of the experience before the head on the experience itself. Our outdoor cafe will stay open till 9.30pm.

Will Children receive a gift from Santa?

Yes all children will receive a token gift from Santa. These gifts are age appropriate. They are not meant to represent any particular ticket value, or indicate the type of gifts our little guests can expect on Christmas morning.

Ticket prices include the entire experience and gifts are only a small part of this.

Is Santa’s House Express Wheelchair Accessible?

Yes it is, we can accommodate wheelchair users on our trains & in the house, we do require prior notice to ensure the best possible experience. You will see an option to note this while booking. Some small amendments to our planned visit will be made to facilitate wheelchair access in the best way possible.

Please note each train can facilitate one wheelchair per journey, please feel free to contact us directly with any other requirements

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What are the -20% Discounted Ticket Times?

Some selected times will show in purple, and will already have a 20% discount applied to the ticket prices as they are our discounted off-peak times. This is an opportunity to enjoy our experience, (which will be the same as all other times) at a discounted rate.

Can I bring a buggy on the train?

No unfortunately, the extra space on the train will be reserved for wheelchair users only. We would advise you to leave them in your car, as we cannot accept responsibility for any personal property left on the premises.

Our carpark is right beside the reception and boarding area so there will not be much walking to do for the little ones!

Can I bring my camera? What is the add on photo option?

Yes we encourage you to bring a camera to capture the special visit with Santa himself & other parts of the experience.

We will have a professional photographer on site with a photo opportunity in Santa’s Sleigh for your group, this is completely optional & photo gifts can be pre-purchased when booking, or you can decide to purchase during your visit. Please note the professional photo is not taken in the Manor with Santa. It is done on a sleigh in the marquee area using green screen technology.

Please note there is no use of video recording equipment at any time.

How can I amend my booking?

You can amend your booking by going to the ‘Login’ tab on our website and using the login details sent to you by email:

You have the following options to make amendments to your booking: Please note all tickets purchased through our website are transferable to friends and family, but tickets are non-refundable.

(1) To change guests names and details:

Go to the ‘edit profile’ section Update to the correct information, e.g. family name, children’s names & ages, email etc (there is no charge for this)

(2) To change your booking to another date and / or time:

Please select your booking in booking history and amend – select another available time and date. E.g. If your booking is for a total of 5 people, there must be 5 available spaces on the time & date you want to move to

Please note there is a €5 charge PER TICKET to change booking date and / or time. You can change your booking only ONCE, and only up to 96 hours before your scheduled event time.

If another suitable date or time is not available, we would advise you to transfer your tickets to friends or family, and make a new booking for yourself at a more suitable date & time. Tickets are non-refundable.

(3) To add more guests:

Please log in to your account to add more guests to your existing booking. You can only do so if there is still availability at the time you have booked for.

As we have a live booking system and tickets can sell out at any time, we highly recommend booking for your whole group together to avoid disappointment at a later stage if your time has sold out.

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Can I cancel my booking?

No, unfortunately tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to friends and family, you can update the booking name, email, children’s names & details in the ‘Manage my booking’ section, (using your login details emailed to you) by clicking ‘edit profile’.

Is there accommodation available in or near the venue:

No, unfortunately, we do not have accommodation available on site. There are a number of nearby hotels, simply search on Google for Hotels near Johnstown, Co Kildare.

We do however have a limited number of prizes to be won for overnight stays at Santa’s Manor these are exclusively for prize winners so make sure to check out our Facebook page for details on how to win!

What are the options for dining at Palmerstown?

There will be lunch, dinner & hot carvery options available in The Lodge at Palmerstown. We welcome you to join us here either pre or post Santa Train experience! We have facilities for over 250 guests here.

You can also enjoy freshly made crepes, hot chocolate, mulled wine and all sorts of festive treats for all of the family at our Outdoor Santa’s Snacks Cafe, and new for 2017 is Rudolph’s Restaurant outside by the carousel – perfect for a quick bite!

Please note the Restaurant closes at 8pm. All guests booked in from the 7.30pm trains are reminded to join us earlier if they wish to have dinner before the experience itself. Our outdoor cafe will stay open till 9.30pm.

How do I get there ?

Please see our Contact us Page for a map.

~ 2 MINUTES from the Naas Ball! ~

~ 15 MINUTES from the Newlands Cross / M50 Red Cow Junction! ~

~ 45 MINUTES from Dublin City Centre! ~

Is there free parking?

Yes there is free parking  available on site. We request all users to drive carefully, follow the instruction of our staff & be extra cautious at all times of the very excited little people attending Ireland’s Best Santa Experience!

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I haven’t received my e-ticket yet?

Due to the huge interest in Santa’s House Express & the demand on our booking system, please allow 24 hours to receive your tickets to the email address you inputted at booking stage. Please also check your spam / junk folders before contacting us at the contact form on our website. Please do not refresh the page when booking, allow a couple of minutes for your booking to go through.

I’ve deleted my booking confirmation – what should I do?

Please fill out our contact form – with the name & email used to booked and we will resend it to you.

What should I bring with me?

Please ensure you bring a printed copy of your booking confirmation – this will act as your e-ticket. Dress appropriately for winter weather; you will be outdoors for brief parts of this experience! And of course don’t forget your Christmas spirit!

Is this event different by day and by night?

Most of our experience is the same by day and night. We have beautiful lighting and projections which can truly be appreciated from 4:30pm onwards, however during the day our beautiful country estate can be seen more clearly, especially during your train ride.

What is the unlimited Funfair Pass?

There is an option to add on an unlimited Family Funfair Pass. There are two ways to avail of this pass:

  • Sign up to be a member of the Santa’s House Express Club (FREE) – receive priority booking, exclusive competitions & unlimited funfair rides for all the family!
  • You can purchase the unlimited pass for €2 per person when you are booking your tickets online. If you tick this option, €2 per person in your group will be automatically added to your cart. This is a special offer for pre-bookers, on the day of your visit there will be a charge of €2 per ride. This offer includes the use of five of our new funfair rides and unlimited use of these during your visit. Two of these five units are classed as ‘kids only’ and all others are classed as ‘family attractions’.

What happens if there is any train breakdowns, technical/operational faults, severe weather conditions or any other issues beyond our control?

The organisers of the event will do everything in their power to ensure the smooth running of the event. In the unlikely event of something going wrong, we will facilitate, in the best possible manner to deliver the experience as close as possible to the organized time up to & including rescheduling or cancelling visits.

Cancellation fees may be offered at the discretion of the management but no compensation will be available for any mishap, breakdown of service or cancellation as deemed necessary/unavoidable by the organisers.

If some part of the experience is affected, the organisers will accommodate a replacement where possible, but reserve the right to remove promoted elements if & when deemed necessary. For example in the event of a train default, a bus will be provided. In the event of cancellation due to weather conditions, we will do our best to move your date where & when possible to the most suitable & available slot.

Complaints and Social Media use:

Thankfully the majority of our customer experiences are very positive. However, we welcome all types of feedback – we strive to be the best we can be, but we may make mistakes, we are human too. We are here to listen to you to better ourselves and try to create the best possible Santa experience around. We would expect and appreciate you giving us the opportunity to do so.

Please contact us directly should you have any issues. Remember people can have varying opinions and expectations. Please take time to read our FAQs before your visit.

Please note: We do not expect to agree with all comments. We will listen and take your feedback on board – this is how we learn. We encourage all feedback once it is balanced, constructive and fair. We cannot accept rude or personal comments or those of a defamatory nature.

The best way to send feedback is to email it to We kindly ask for your patience during our busiest times

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