KILLARNEY is all set to welcome back a rather high profile visitor this December. Following his hugely successful preChristmas break in Killarney last year, Santa Claus is currently saddling up the sleigh and will return on December 1.
He'll be joined by Mrs Claus, Bernard the Elf and other wonderful little helpers as he opens the doors to his magical Christmas Village.
The village features all the favourites from last year with some superb new additions too. Located in a new, larger indoor venue on Main Street, it's an extraordinary experience for the whole family to be remembered long after the holiday season ends.
New additions this year include a skating pond, snowball throwing contests, reindeer 'chair-o-plane', the elves puppet show, Christmas slide and much more.
Old favourites returning include the tour of Santa's holiday cottage where children can visit Mrs Claus' gingerbread kitchen and taste some of her delicious homemade cookies. There's also the chance to check out the elves' toy workshop to see presents being made and visitors will be granted top secret access to Santa's communications room to track his flight plan around the world on Christmas Eve.
There'll be plenty of culinary Christmas treats too. Food and beverage stalls will serve delicious festive treats such as dark and white hot chocolate, roasted cinnamon chestnuts, French crepes, Christmas hot fruit punch and eggnog, plus toasted marshmallow and strawberry skewers for dipping in chocolate.
This year, Head Elf Bernard is also asking all the visiting children to bring a gift to the village which Santa will deliver to less privileged children this Christmas. Each child can load their present onto Santa's sleigh and climb aboard for a family picture.
A treat for the whole family, the village can be explored free-ofcharge while tours of Santa's holiday cottage, including a meeting with the man himself, can be booked online at www.santasvillage.ie. Pre-booking is strongly advised and tour tickets cost €15 per child and €10 per adult.