Winter Wonderland and Christmas Carnival at Westport House
Be prepared for a magical Christmas experience in Westport this year as Westport House plays host to Winter Wonderland and a Christmas Carnival that will feature the largest mobile ferris wheel in Europe. Running from 20 November until 8 January, Winter Wonderland and the Christmas Carnival make Westport the ideal spot for some family Christmas fun.
Winter Wonderland is a three hour guided tour through the beautiful Westport House, with Santa, Mrs Claus and their helpers on hand to guide you on your way. Escape the cold weather outside and cosy up beside the fires with a free hot drink (mulled wine for the parents and juice for the kids). After that, Santa’s Little Helper will lead your family into the Drawing Room for storytime with Mrs Claus.
Next up, it’s a trip to the Dining Room, which has been turned into Santa’s grotto and the main man himself will be on hand to find out what the children want for Christmas, hand out presents and pose for photos that will capture this special moment forever.
Of course, the elves are hard at work at this time of year and you can pop into their workshop where you can make a yuletide log to bring home. And don’t forget the real spirit of Christmas with a visit to the Christmas Wish Tree. Westport House will donate €1 per family to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice for each family’s wish so make sure you make a wish and support this great cause.
After this, the train driver will pick you up from the Old Kitchen Cafe to whisk you away to the Train Stop at the Back Door where you’ll hop on board the Westport Train to enjoy magnificent winter time views around the House.
But don’t depart just yet because there’s plenty more to be enjoyed at the Christmas Carnival. Brand new for 2016, the carnival features Europe’s biggest mobile ferris wheel, which at 35 metres tall makes the grand Westport House look like a mere cottage. From up on the wheel, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the estate, heritage town of Westport, Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick. The Carnival also includes a range of more grounded rides, including chair-o-planes, bumper cars, formula one, hot air balloon and airplane rides. Visitors will also have the chance to win cuddly toys to take home at the stalls and there will be plenty of hot refreshments from warming drinks to traditional German ham sausages cooked on a free-swinging grill over an open fire.
The majestic surrounds of Westport House make the perfect setting to create some special Christmas memories this year with a trip to the Westport House Winter Wonderland and Christmas Carnival.