Where will you find a Santa’s Grotto that shows children the real meaning of Christmas?
For the past 3 years over 5,000 children have queued for hours, their excitement filling the air around Deenagh Lodge in the Killarney National Park. What could have these children so excited? Well, firstly they are waiting in anticipation to enter Santa’s Grotto, to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, but something makes this visit extra special – these kids are not anxious to see what gifts Santa has for them, instead, these special little children are helping Santa by bringing along a gift to add to Santa’s sleigh, so that less fortunate children throughout Kerry will wake up to the magic of Christmas spirit this Christmas morning. This coupled with the impromptu Christmas carolling (which in previous years has been initiated to help pass away the time) makes this the ideal way to begin your Christmas Season.
For anyone who is interested in taking part this year, dates for 2008 have been set as follows:
- Saturday 6th December, 2-5pm
- Sunday 7th December, 2-5pm
- Saturday 13th December, 2-5pm
- Sunday 14th December, 2-5pm
Arrive early to avoid long queuing times!
When your good deed for the day has been completed here and while you are in Christmas mode, why not take a stroll down Main Street where you will find the best of local food and crafts in Killarney’s very own Prague-like open air market! Whether you are looking for stocking fillers, ingredients for Christmas Day lunch or one more Christmas decoration, you’re sure to find it here…
While I am on the subject of Killarney and Christmas gifts, I have Christmas all wrapped up this year! “How?” I hear you ask! Well, High School Musical tickets will go down a treat with my 9 year old daughter (and she won’t have to wait for months to see the show as it is running from 7th to 18th January) – who’s the best mom in the world?!!
And not forgetting my favourite (and only) niece, she is so into Stephanie and Lazy Town that she will be over the moon to hear she will be going to a live show in March (just so long as she doesn’t ask me to accompany her!). There is loads more happening throughout the year so have a look at the Irish National Events Centre (INEC) websiteand pop a little bit of excitement into someones Christmas stocking this year! Shows include:
- Disney’s Classic Beauty and the Beast
- Ireland’s Largest Ever Under 18’s Event featuring Cascada
- the gorgeous and very entertaining Shayne Ward
- New Years Eve with Sharon Shannon, Mundy and Shane McGowen
- Disney’s High School Musical Live Show
- and much much more throughout 2009
Self-Catering Accommodation in Killarney this Christmas
Finally, I’ll leave you with this Christmas in Killarney Jingle!