It won’t be long until most of us – particularly children – look to the skies in the hopes of spotting Santa Claus on his busy night delivering toys across Ireland.
However, before Santa’s busiest night of the year, the man himself is warming up for his special delivery service by calling to lots of places around Dublin and the country.
He’s had some tough scheduling choices, but his elves have carefully arranged a schedule to let him meet as many children here as possible.
We’ve rounded up some of his toy-mendous stops around the capital in the coming weeks. And, even if Santa isn’t yet listed as visiting everywhere below, you can be sure to find a lot of festive fun at all of these places!
Powerscourt Centre, city centre
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre switch on their Christmas light today (Thursday, November 15).
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is always a wonderful destination during the festive season, and this month it will be again illuminating its South William Street façade in the city centre.
Its switch-on event will take place from 6pm with music, fanfare and a whole lot of Christmas spirit. All are welcome to attend.
Liffey Valley, Lucan
Santa Claus and his elves will be special VIP guests at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Lucan on Saturday, 17 November from 1pm.
He will be saying hello to all the boys and girls and will remind them to post their present list to the North Pole in plenty of time for the big day.
Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, with entertainment from 1pm, Angel and her band starting at 1:30pm and Santa’s arrival sure to wow west Dubliners at 4pm.
They’ll also be able to visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland grotto and receive a special present.
The Square Town centre, Tallaght
Santa will be arriving at The Square Towncentre, Tallaght at 5pm on Saturday, November 24, bringing a sprinkling of early Christmas magic to the bustling centre.
After the big arrival, Santa will also spend plenty of time at his Ice Cave Grotto on Level 2 until Christmas Eve before he leaves with Rudolph for Christmas.
Santa wants to remind all the boys and girls to bring their Christmas list. For further information, see www.thesquare.ie/santas-ice-cave-grotto.
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
Not to miss out Blanchardstown, Santa’s coming to busy Blanchardstown Shopping Centre by helicopter, no less, this Saturday, November 17 at 11am.
Santa’s leaving Rudolph and the reindeers back at the North Pole to continue their training for the big night ahead, but we hear he can’t wait to meet Blanchardstown children, so come along to help give him a great Blanchardstown welcome.
Nutgrove Shopping Centre
Despite his busy schedule, Santa is also calling to Nutgrove Shopping Centre on Friday, November 23 at 7pm.
We hear from Santa’s helpers that there’ll be lots of great, free family fun with festive characters, face-painting, balloon modelling, a DJ and more adding to the buzz.
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
Back in the city centre, and Santa will be at Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre to help Dubs and everyone get in the Christmas spirit.
Santa is said to be delighted that he’ll be turning on the centre’s Christmas lights from 3pm this Sunday, November 18.
Dundrum Town Centre
Today is a busy day for Santa – he’ll also be popping up at 6pm at Dundrum Town Centre.
Santa’s arrival to Dundrum Town Centre promises to be a Christmas cracker with singing from The Charming Soubrettes, a performance of Beauty and the Beast by the DLR Mill Theatre and a showcase of talent by Miss Ali’s Stage School that will all take place in front of Santa’s Grotto on Town Square.
Santa’s elves will also be on hand to entertain and rally the crowd before Santa arrives.
Airfield Estate, Dundrum
Airfield Estate has announced the return of its old-fashioned Christmas Experience, on selected dates from November 24 to December 23.
Fun festivities include face painting, penning letters to Santa, meeting Santa, storytelling, baking, art workshops, and a magical trip onboard the North Pole Express for a trip around the estate.
This year, Airfield Estate are supporting Team HOPE. Families who bring a new toy for Team HOPE will receive a free family picture on the stunning Santa Sleigh.
On Saturday, December 8, Airfield will host special ASD and hearing-impaired Santa sessions with sensory-friendly options and sign interpreters.
Tickets for the Airfield Estate Christmas Experience are €22.50 per child and €12.50 per adult. Children’s ticket includes a gift; babies under one year are welcome at no charge, though there is an additional cost if a gift is required.
Santa at Croke Park
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of Santa’s trusty elves? If so, you can’t miss the magical new Elves In Training experience at the GAA Museum in Croke Park from November 24.
At the Santa Experience, your family will wander through a behind-the-scenes candy cane trail, catching glimpses along the way of how the elves get fit and ready for the season ahead and their big day.
You can meet and greet with Santa, where every child will receive a gift and get their photo taken, along with complimentary admission to the GAA Museum.
The festivities get underway from Saturday, November 24, and will run on select dates until Saturday, December 23. Pre-booking online is essential to avoid disappointment.