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Visit Father Christmas at Ulster Folk Museum

a man dressed as santa claus with a little girl looking up at him
See specific dates below

Nestled in the RIC Station at the Ulster Folk Museum, a jolly fellow with rosy cheeks and a snow white beard has been spotted toasting his toes by the fire. 

Come and meet Father Christmas at the most magical time of year before he packs up his sleigh and returns to the North Pole. And don't forget to send your letter in our Post Office! 

Wander around the streets of Ballycultra before and after your visit to Father Christmas, taking in the magic with festive music, scents of cinnamon, seasonal fayre and exhibit buildings decorated for the season. You can also go see our talented craft demonstrators and make your own Christmas decorations!

Father Christmas daytime and weekend visits are available on the following dates: 
  • Saturday 2nd December (11:00 to 16:00) - Fully booked 
  • Sunday 3rd December (11:00 to 16:00) - Fully booked 
  • Saturday 9th December (11:00 to 16:00) - Fully booked 
  • Sunday 10th December (11:00 to 16:00) - Fully booked 
  • Saturday 16th December (11:00 to 16:00) - Fully booked 
  • Sunday 17th December (11:00 to 16:00) - Fully booked 
  • Tuesday 19th December (10:00 to 16:00) 
  • Wednesday 20th December (10:00 to 16:00) 
  • Thursday 21st December (10:00 to 16:00) 
  • Friday 22nd December (10:00 to 16:00) - Limited Availability 
  • Saturday 23rd December (11:00 to 16:00) - Fully booked 
Father Christmas evening visits are available on the following dates: 
  • Friday 8th December (18:00 to 21:00) - Limited Availability 
  • Friday 15th December (18:00 to 21:00) - Fully booked

What to know

  • Tickets include the cost of general admission as well as your visit to Father Christmas. That means you can enjoy our Christmas experience at the Folk Museum before your Father Christmas visit, so please feel free to arrive early! Please note, our museum closes at 16:00 in December so leave enough time for a walk around. 
  • Please be at the RIC Station for your Father Christmas visit at the time of your allocated slot. If you arrive late, we will try to accommodate you at the end of the day, but please note that this cannot be guaranteed. 
  • If you need to purchase any additional adult tickets to join your Father Christmas group, please book through general admission here or Christmas Evening tickets here
  • Father Christmas visits can only be booked online, walk-ups will not be allowed. 
  • An accessible bus will be available on all dates to manage overflow parking. 

Book your Father Christmas tickets through the links below.