Christmas at Cairn Homes
Whether you’ve just moved in or you’re well settled into your new Cairn home, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to get out there and discover everything your neighbourhood has to offer. And when it comes to festive activities and events, there’s something for all the family to enjoy, just minutes from every Cairn front door. We’ve rounded up some of our top Christmas experiences near our current developments.
Take the short trip to neighbouring Dún Laoghaire for the annual Christmas Festival, which this year is bigger and better than ever before. The vintage carnival is at Moran Park beside dlr LexIcon and includes colourful retro hobby horses, candyfloss, a rollercoaster and Santa’s Post Box. The carnival complements the charming weekend Christmas market, running until 23rdDecember, which offers everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats. Santa will be in his grotto on the top floor of the shopping centre, while the traditional crib can be seen across the road at St Michael’s Church. More details can be found here.
Tayto Park isn’t just for the summer holidays, it’s also the ideal place to take the kids for a festive day out – and it's just minutes from our Churchfields development. The Christmas Experience includes entry to Tayto Park, the Eagles Nest Adventure Zone, a Christmas Movie in the 5D cinema, and Christmas-themed arts, crafts and face painting. Kids can also hop onboard the Christmas train to visit Santa’s Grotto, and enjoy storytelling with Mrs.Claus in the Winter Workshop. Plus there are specific time slots for visitors with additional needs, to ensure everyone gets to enjoy the full experience. Click here for more.
Our Edenbrook residents don’t have to travel too far to see the big man himself. Head to Luggwoods for their Santa’s Enchanted Forest experience, which will get you and your family really into the Christmas spirit. The experience begins with a trip on Santa’s tractor-drawn Luggwoods Express through the Enchanted Forest and down to the Luggwoods Big Red Barn. Santa’s elves will lead the way – but watch out for the grumpy Grinch! You’ll also meet Mrs Claus and Rudolph, hear stories from the Crazy Elf Sparkles and do a Christmas dance in Santa’s wonderful rustic-decorated barns – not to mention Santa himself! Plus of course this is all done with the twinkling lights of Dublin City just below – how magical can you get?
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Elsmore & Oak Park, Naas
Lullymore Heritage Park is the destination for our Naas residents this Christmas for their very special festival. The experience includes a visit to Santa and a gift from the busy Elves in their workshop, a trip on the Lullymore Christmas Express through the illuminated ancient woodland, Christmas Holograms in the old-style thatched cottage, crib scene in the Early Christian Centre, and an illuminated walkway to Fairy Bower. Plus, say hello to the donkeys, goats and miniature horses in the paddocks beside the Indoor Centre. See more by clicking here.
Gandon Park & Shackleton Park, Lucan
If you’re making the short trip from Lucan to visit Rudolph’s relatives in the Phoenix Park this Christmas, stop by the Visitor’s Centre where they have a full schedule of events at weekends during December in the run-up to Christmas. A Christmas Choir will be performing regularly on Saturdays and Sundays in the centre, while children can meet the animals in the Live Crib at the same time. On Sunday 15thDecember, the Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre are bringing fairy tales to life at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. A free event, tickets are given out on a first come first served basis on the day. Finally, on Sundays in December, visitors can see expert wood turners at work in Ashtown Castle, next to the visitor centre, from 12noon to 4pm. For more details, click here.
Glenheron kids between the ages of six and 12 can head down to nearby Powerscourt to attend Cool Planet Experience’s Christmas Lantern Workshops, which take place every Saturday and Sunday in the run-up to Christmas. Children will spend an hour in the festive workshop, cutting, pasting and creating their very own Christmas lantern, which lights up with a simple LED circuit. Plus, while having fun, the kids will learn about sustainable and low-carbon energy choices, particularly around Christmas. Tickets cost €20; more information can be found here.
Take the short journey from Marianella into the city centre for a night in the theatre – where there’s something festive for every age group. A quintessential part of a Dublin Christmas is the pantomime, the most famous being the Gaiety Panto, which every year sells out quickly. This year the offering is Aladdin, which is running until 19thJanuary – but hurry, tickets are limited. Click here to book. If you want something a little more serious, head across the river to the Gate Theatre for Jack Thorne’s retelling of A Christmas Carol. In this version, Dickens’s dream-like story is transformed into a theatrical experience in which inclusivity and community are centre stage, and the barriers between stage and audience are re-imagined for the 21st Century in a re-configured Gate auditorium. Ends 18thJanuary 2020. Click here for more details.
Want to really treat yourself this Christmas? Just a stone’s throw from our Mariavilla development in Maynooth is the beautiful Carton House, which this year is offering a gorgeous Festive Afternoon Tea. Indulge in delicious bite-sized sandwiches and Christmas classics, freshly baked scones with home-made preserves and cinnamon clotted cream and a selection of mini seasonal desserts. Choose from a wide selection of teas and coffee or treat yourself to a little glass of bubbly or a cocktail. There’s even a special festive afternoon tea for the kids – so everyone can enjoy a little luxury this Christmas. For more information, click here.
Just a few minutes up the Malahide road from Parkside lies Malahide Castle, one of the Northside’s best leisure amenities. This Christmas, the castle itself is hosting a Christmas Experience, where visitors can meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the friendly elves in their magical grotto. After that, enjoy a special journey through the rooms and hallways of the 800-year-old castle to soak up the atmosphere with our Christmas guests Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming. Plus there’s mulled wine and mince pies for the grown-ups. Book here.
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