Winter Wonderland at Westport House

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Take a trip to Winter Wonderland at Westport House while staying over at GN Hotel Ballina.

Upon arrival, Santa’s little helper will welcome you into Tinsel Town which is full of festive cheer – with snow and a magical woodland feel – in our stunning 19th century courtyard. Shortly, thereafter, the whole family will be escorted to a very special private and individual family visit with Santa in his magical grotto where he’ll have a chat for one and all. This is different to previous years where families met Santa as part of a group. In the grotto, you are welcome to take your own photos to remember this very special occasion.

While you’re in Tinsel Town, be sure to visit the Live Crib, enjoy toasted marshmallows and try your hand at hook-a-duck.  And stop in to Make Your Own decoration to take home.

Wonderland Express

Hop on board the Winter Wonderland Express train to take a ride to Westport House where you’ll be dropped off at the stunning 18th century historic house.  Soak up the decorations and take a family photo in front of the big tree in the Front Hall.  Here you can get faces painted and you’ll enjoy a  drink – there will be a free juice for the kids and a delicious festive drink for the adults.

All going well, Mrs Claus will pop in to say hello!  We do have a  professional photography service at an additional cost** in Westport House where you can sit in front of a Green Screen to have your photograph taken with Santa in the Tinsel Town Grotto (unfortunately our equipment does not work in the outdoors so we have had to retain this indoors in the house).

The train is available to all guests to enjoy as are the lovely grounds – we encourage you to take some time for a stroll. 

Winter Wonderland

For 2021 Winter Wonderland are bringing back face painting and the opportunity to make your own decoration to take home.   Speaking of decorations, Westport House will be beautifully decorated and you’re invited to visit to see the giant Christmas tree, take a festive photo, meet Mrs Claus and enjoy a complimentary drink. And don’t forget to hop on board Winter Wonderland Express Train for a spin around the estate.  

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