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Christmas Experience at Airfield 2019
Announcing the True Spirit of Christmas Past at the beautiful Airfield Estate for all friends and family to enjoy this Christmas!
The True Spirit of Christmas Past
This year Dublin’s Airfield Estate presents The True Spirit of Christmas Past, a seasonal experience that reflects the original values of Christmas – family, charity, goodwill and happiness – and embraces and encourages an environmentally friendly festive celebration. The stunning 38-acre urban farm and food destination will be transformed into a picture perfect traditionally inspired Christmas scene, an unforgettable experience for all the family to treasure.
Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the Log Cabin, where little ones will pen their postcard to Santa before strolling to the magnificent Airfield House festooned with traditional seasonal decor. Here they can whisper their hopes for Christmas morning to Airfield’s beloved Santa Claus, enjoy stories with the Elves and receive a sustainably sourced gift presented in a reusable cloth bag.
There will be time to take a photo with Santa before moving along to Santa’s Magical Alpine Potting Shed to plant a keepsake bulb in recycled paper using super-fuelled soil from the Estate’s recycled food waste. Little ones can take their handiwork home and watch as their plants grow and blossom.
Drop into The Elves’ Kitchen to enjoy a fun-filled chocolate fondue and creamy Jersey milk and grown-ups can indulge in a delicious homemade chocolate treat and a mulled wine in the Claus Cafe.
Take a twirl on the Victorian carousel, enjoy face painting and arts and crafts, plus the chance to meet the Estate’s baby animals, plenty of family games to get the heart racing and all included in the ticket price.
Parents can choose to add a fabulous family photo on Santa’s Sleigh with life-size reindeer for a small charge and delicious Estate-bred hot dogs will be available to purchase from the Claus Grill.
With a strong emphasis on environmental awareness and sustainability, Airfield will work across the Estate to showcase a glorious green rustic inspired Christmas that reduces the use of plastics and glitter, along with a reduction in store bought decorations, a move to upcycling existing decorations and the use of natural decorative features. There will be wastepaper art installations and ideas for alternative gift-wrapping. Elves costumes will be designed from charity shop finds, children’s gifts will be ethically sourced with reduced packaging and presented in a reusable cloth bag.
Bulb planting will use soil made from Estate food waste. The food offerings will be seasonal and locally sourced including Estate raised hot-dogs and all food and drink ware will be compostable. Visitors will be encouraged to explore the experience without the use of printed maps and parents will be gifted Christmas Leftover Recipe Cards to encourage a Green Christmas at home. The Estate will also explore practical ways to reduce the energy consumption of lighting and heating throughout the Christmas period.
Airfield is a 100% independent charitable trust, a non-partisan organisation committed to promoting, enabling and advocating for positive social change through food education, research, development and investment. Any surplus profits that Airfield Estate generates throughout the year from visitor entry fees, membership, seasonal experiences, festivals and other social events are reinvested in the development and execution of Airfield’s many educational programmes and charitable initiatives. See www.airfield.ie for more information.
If fun, family experiences all year round is what you’re after then keep it going by giving family or friends a very special gift this Christmas with an annual membership to Airfield Estate. As Ireland’s largest urban farm and food gardens experience, it’s the perfect spot for a special family experience where all ages and generations can have fun and discover more about food, farming and the natural world. Family memberships range from €50 to €210
For more information visit The True Sprit of Christmas Past at Airfield Estate
Airfield True Spirit of Christmas Past
Venue:- Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Co. Dublin
Classification :- Family Christmas Event / All Ages
Dates:- 23rd November – 23rd December
- Child tickets including a gift are €5.00 (0-1 years)
- Child €22.50 (1 to 12 years)
- Adult €12.50
- Babies (0-12 months) €5 including a gift
*Discount available for Airfield Estate Annual Pass Holders.
Family Fun Tip:– Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Limited number of spots available, act now to book your spot early to avoid any disappointment!
FamilyFun Tips:- Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your booked time (as above) to start your experience. If you arrive early and the Estate is open you may enjoy the farm and gardens, but please make sure you are back at check in for your booked time. The estate is open until 4pm daily.
About Airfield Estate’s Work as a Charitable Trust
Airfield Estate is set across 38-acres in the heart of Dundrum, in the Dublin suburbs, a charitable trust gifted to the people of Ireland by the Overend family in 1974.
While widely recognised as a beautiful urban farm and food destination for family and friends, the core mission of Airfield is to inspire and enable people to make food choices that are better for their health, their wealth and the environment.
Airfield is a 100% independent charitable trust, a non-partisan organisation committed to promoting, enabling and advocating for positive social change through food education, research, development and investment. Airfield work extensively with other charities, organisations, local communities, food and agri-industries, schools, universities, institutions and many others.
Any surplus that Airfield Estate generates throughout the year from visitor entry fees, membership, seasonal experiences, festivals and other social events are reinvested in the development and execution of Airfield’s many education programmes and initiatives, such as DEIS School Breakfast Clubs, optimum nutrition work with the Simon Community and the provision of practical and accessible food education for disadvantaged families and those in direct provision.
Airfield works with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and UCD on post-doctoral research into consumer food behaviours and attitudes, and the impacts of ‘green marketing’ and food marketing in general on young people and adults. Airfield also provides food related education for thousands of school teachers each year. Airfield participates in people empowerment programmes such as upskill and employment initiatives with WALK and mental health programmes with the HSE, amongst many more.
Airfield is not simply a beautiful place with a remarkable history and an on-site commitment to food education and sustainable practices, it is a social and charitable hub that invests in people and communities far beyond the boundary walls of the Estate.