Wicklow – The Forest Train to Santa at Avondale Forest Park

"The Forest Train to visit Santa"

The Forest Train to Santa at Avondale Forest Park

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This Christmas, take a magical trip on The Forest Train to visit Santa and his hardworking elves in his toy workshop, deep in the woods at Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Experience the winter wonderland as The Forest Train toots through the breath-taking mature forest park. Keep an eye out for Noodle the lazy Elf who is running late for work! He has lost his magic dust somewhere in the woods and needs your help to find it. Noodle needs to catch the train and get to the workshop with the magic dust in time! He might know a shortcut to the workshop, don’t tell Santa!

When the train reaches its secret destination deep in the forest, Noodle will lead all the families into the workshop. The rest of the elves are very busy making and testing toys and singing as they work. The Elf Floor Manager will greet all of the children. There will be plenty of songs, stories and toys to test.Than it’s on to see the big man himself, Santa will call each family to see him individually. He will be working in his office at his very cluttered desk and checking his big book where he knows something about everyone, young and old! After meeting with Santa every child will receive a wooden themed gift and can get a special photo taken with the big man in red.

After your Santa visit, there will be lots to do in the magnificent Christmas Barn.  There will be a very special story-time, taking place each hour.  The Barn will have a seated area where beverages and refreshments will be available.There will be a carnival theme in The Barn with carnival stalls to prove your skills. They are very excited to say the Electric Zoo animals will be back to join the festive and fun atmosphere for all to enjoy.

The Forest Train Event Information

Venue:- Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow

Classification:- Family Christmas Event / All Ages

Dates December:- 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23

Times:- Trains run every 30 minutes starting at 11 am to 8 pm

The Forest Train Experience will take approx. 1 hour


  • Adult: £10
  • Child: £15
  • Under 1: £5
  • Every child gets a gift

Booking:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to The Forest Train to Santa ticket sales

Family Fun Tip:- Allow approx 1hr for your visit and wear warm clothes

Getting to see Santa at Avondale Forest Park

Coillte Avondale Forest Park is situated in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, aprox 35 minute drive down the M11 from the M50 at Bray.The Park lies on the west bank of the Avonmore River on 505 acres of mature woodland.

On the M11 – exit Junction 17 for Rathdrum, take R752 to Rathdrum and L2149 to Avondale House and Forest Park.


"The Forest Train to Santa"


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