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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 and any offers .  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.

TICKETS FOR DONEGAL’S LAPLAND ARE NOT INCLUDED AS PART OF ANY ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES.  TICKETS MUST BE BOOKED SEPARATELY & CAN ONLY BE BOOKED VIA THIS WEBSITE.

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.

Your Christmas stay in the Redcastle Hotel Donegal will be so magical. Santa will have visited the hotel the night before your arrival to leave a note & a letter for all the boys and girls in their rooms. They can bring this letter & post it while visiting Santa!

Children also get hot chocolate and cookies in their room on arrival.

This year will have a magical Christmas offer for the whole family: 1 night B&B, cookies & treats on arrival from only €109/£99 for 2 adults & 2 children!

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 this offer.  Tickets have to be booked separately direct from Donegal’s Lapland.

Visit www.redcastlehoteldonegal.com for further details on this offer.


In Donegal, there is nowhere Christmas is more celebrated than in the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa.

A 4* Multi-Award Winning Venue with 40 beautifully appointed bedrooms.

Make your trip to Donegal’s Lapland extra special by staying with us.

Enjoy one nights bed and breakfast with your family this Christmas when you visit Donegal’s Lapland which includes;

  • Bed & breakfast for two adults and two children under 12 from €114 midweek and €167 at weekends.
  • Complimentary access to our leisure centre.
  • Free parking
  • Babysitting service available (must be booked in advance)
  • Complimentary Santa Hat for the children.
  • Complimentary Kids Club (subject to availability)

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

Offer available from 29th November to 22nd December 2019.

Visit www.ballyliffinlodge.com for further details.


Enjoy the warm and festive family atmosphere at The Strand Hotel this Christmas!

While visiting Santa Claus and his hard working elves at Donegal’s Lapland you can enjoy a 1 night stay with full Irish Breakfast which includes a complimentary medium pizza and a jug of juice for the kids.

All rooms €130 (based on max. 2 adults & 2 kids) with free Wi-Fi throughout.

To book this offer telephone +353 (0)74 93 76107 or email strandhotel@ballyliffin.com

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

Visit www.ballyliffinstrandhotel.com for further details.


Christmas Magic like nowhere else at the Ballyliffin TownHouse!

Special festive offer* for 2 Adults & 2 Children (under 12 years) Bed & Breakfast when visiting Donegal’s Lapland.

Prices start from €149.00 for Friday & Saturday or €125.00 Sunday to Thursday.

* Subject to terms & conditions – 29th November to 22nd December 2019

On your trip to Donegal’s Lapland make your way to The 4* Ballyliffin Townhouse Boutique Hotel where upon check-in all children receive a selection box.

After meeting Santa at Donegal’s Lapland you will return to the Townhouse where Mrs. Claus awaits to spend the evening with all the children.

Relax in front of the open fire while all the children receive complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.

This it is story time with Mrs. Claus as she reads some of her favourite Christmas bedtime stories followed by a few stories from the children to conclude.

Mrs. Claus invites the children to have a few dances with her as she plays her favourite Christmas tunes!

For breakfast, the children get to eat from the elves table and who knows, the elves might even leave a message in the bedroom for the children.

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

Visit www.ballyliffintownhouse.ie for further details.


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

Are you planning to visit Donegal’s Lapland this year?

Is so, why not make a night of it!

One nights Bed & Breakfast for 2 adults + 2 kids for only €120.00

This includes children’s playroom, letter to Santa gift pack, selection box for the kids, children’s movies in the lounge, hot chocolate and marshmallows served in the lounge from 9.30m and free WiFi in every room.

Visit www.ballyliffinhotel.com for further details.


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.

Only a 30 minute drive from Lapland, Moville Boutique Hostel is the perfect place to stay for an all round magical and enchanting experience this Festive Season.

Offer for 2 Adults and 2 Children (under 12): €80.00* including a free gift for the children.

*Offer does NOT include tickets to Donegal’s Lapland

Visit www.movilleboutiquehostel.com to Book Now


The Foyle Hotel by Chef Brian McDermott extends you a warm festive welcome!

Well known throughout Ireland as a TV chef and teacher with a great commitment to promoting the superb produce of his native Donegal, Brian McDermott and his wife Brenda have restored the historic Foyle Hotel to create a boutique hotel, wine bar and informal dining destination that is sure to attract many more visitors to this beautiful area – and with another well-known and like-minded chef, Derek Creagh, as Head Chef, and Monto Mansour as Head Pastry Chef, this one of the most exciting kitchen teams in the region.

We, at The Foyle Hotel, would love to invite you to the stay and enjoy our Santa Lapland Retreat, our offer runs from 29th November to 22nd December 2019.

An overnight stay including breakfast from €115.00.

A family room including breakfast from €145.00.

Kids will recieve hot chocolate and hand crafted cookies for Santa!

We are a mere half hour drive from Donegal’s Lapland and for the day after a half hour drive from Derry for your Christmas Shopping, a Christmas break for the whole family.

**Please note tickets for Donegal’s Lapland have to be booked direct and are not
part of the hotel package.

Visit www.foylehotel.ie to for more information.


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.