Plan Your Visit

The following information is intended as a guide to help ensure you get the maximum enjoyment from your visit to Donegal’s Lapland and it goes as smoothly as possible.

How To Get Here

It is the responsibility of the ticket holder to ensure you arrive in plenty time for the show you have booked for.

Directions, journey time, allowing for traffic and any adverse weather conditions are all the sole responsibility of the ticket holder.

Late arrivals may be refused entry without refund and no refunds will be issued to those who decide not to attend due to being late or adverse weather conditions.

We will always try to be accommodating and understanding as we can but we cannot allow later entry to entry to another show as this detracts from the enjoyment of others and we have safety considerations in terms of numbers to take in to account.

Your Tickets

You do not need to print your tickets this year. You can display them on your mobile device upon arrival. Alternatively, you can just quote your order number upon arrival and we will verify your booking details.

Show Times & Entry

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the show start time to ensure that you are admitted, seated and ready for the start of the show.

The whole experience including the live show, presentation of gifts and time to explore Santa’s Village lasts approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

This is just an approximate time based on previous years experience and, as you are free to explore Santa’s Village at your leisure, your stay with us can last longer.

All tickets are general admission and seating is provided on a first come first served basis.

Doors open 10 minutes prior to the start of each show.

It is the responsibility of the ticket holder to arrive on time, ensure you have the correct directions to the venue and take in to account any travel disruption or adverse weather conditions that may affect your journey time.

Late arrivals may be refused entry. We reserve the right to refuse entry to any latecomers regardless of circumstance to ensure the enjoyment of all others attending is not spoiled in any way.

After the Show

Once the live show is finished everyone is free to explore Santa’s Village at your leisure.

In Santa’s home at the end of the village, everyone can meet Santa again and the children can have their photographs taken with him.

Please bring your own camera.

Dress Code!

Well, there is none. Santa hats and flashing reindeer antlers are optional! Christmas jumpers welcome!

However, please do bear in mind the shows are held in the evening during the winter months so please ensure everyone attending is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

The live show is indoors and most of Santa’s Village is under cover.

Where to Stay

If are looking to stay a while in the area while visiting Donegal’s Lapland then the following list may help you decide where stay.

This list is provided for information purposes only and is provided by each individual hotel no Donegal’s Lapland.  Donegal’s Lapland does not endorse or recommend any particular establishment, it is at each visitors discretion where you decide to stay.  Please direct all correspondence regarding your accommodation to the hotel you decide to stay with.

Donegal’s Lapland does not provide or arrange accommodation for visitors. Visitors have to arrange their own accommodation and make their own transport arrangements to and from the venue.

Please always book your tickets first as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available for the date of your accommodation.


The Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel is a deluxe 4 star resort on the shores of Lough Foyle in Inishowen – one of the most beautiful peninsulas in Ireland.

With spacious family rooms & suites, kids menus, Thalasso swimming pool & lot’s to see & do it is the perfect location to enjoy a family break this festive season.

Just a ½ hour drive from Donegal’s Lapland and 20 mins from Derry City, it is the perfect choice for your Donegal’s Lapland & Christmas Shopping Break.

Tickets for Donegal’s Lapland are not included as part of any reservation.   Tickets have to be booked separately direct from Donegal’s Lapland.

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The Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Donegal is a three-star property located on the Inishowen peninsula, North East Donegal, an area of outstanding natural beauty and the hidden treasure of Donegal’s stunning landscape.

Donegal Lapland is only a short 20 minute drive from the hotel and tickets must be booked directly on their website. Tickets for Donegal’s Lapland are not included with any hotel package.

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The Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa is a 4* Multi-Award Winning Venue with 40 beautifully appointed bedrooms.

Please note tickets to Donegal’s Lapland are not included with reservations and need to be booked separately direct from Donegal’s Lapland own website.

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Christmas magic like nowhere else at the Ballyliffin TownHouse!

Please note this offer does NOT include tickets to Donegal’s Lapland.

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“Oh the weather outside is frightful but the welcome at the Ballyliffin Hotel is delightful”

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Moville Boutique Hostel is located in the seaside town of Moville on the Wild Atlantic Way.

This family friendly Boutique Hostel offers a unique selection of charming family rooms and apartments within a woodland setting and only a 5 minute walk into the town centre.

Families love exploring the enchanting grounds of the hostel, visiting the animals on our on-site mini farm and finding the fairy paths along the way.

Reservations do NOT include tickets to Donegal’s Lapland.

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Joyce’s Bar & Lounge (Carndonagh)

8 wonderfully appointed rooms proving fantastic accommodation for your festive visit to Donegal’s Lapland.

Please note accommodation does NOT include tickets to Donegal’s Lapland.

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Castle Inn Apartments

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Inclusion of any hotel on this page is not an endorsement by Donegal’s Lapland of that hotel or the deals they offer. Deals may vary from year to year.

Neither is the order in which they appear any reflection on the quality or value of the hotels or deals offered.

Donegal’s Lapland does not endorse nor support the content of any of the hotel website links above which are provided for our visitor’s convenience only.

Please note that when booking accommodation for Donegal’s Lapland that you have to deal directly with each hotel and your booking with your chosen hotel does not include tickets or entry to Donegal’s Lapland.

Tickets for Donegal’s Lapland can only be booked online via this website.