Wicklow – Christmas Island

"Christmas Island"

Christmas Island – The Santa Experience

Join in the festive fun at Christmas Island for an unforgettable and unique Christmas experience for 2018

Experience the Magic of Christmas this year at Christmas Island at Hidden Valley in Wicklow with thousands of twinkling lights, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Elves, Rudolph, Santa’s giant sleigh boat, The North Pole Express “Santa’s magical white train”, presents, activities, food and drink and much more!

Your experience will include an exciting journey on The North Pole Express – a trip to Christmas Island where you’ll meet Mrs. Claus in Santa’s largest Igloo, where you will make a Christmas ornament, get your family photo taken in Santa’s giant red sleigh (don’t forget your camera) and you’ll have fun with the Elves

Following the tunnel from Igloo 1 to Igloo 2 will bring you into the Elves dome where everyone will mingle with the Elves, dance around the Christmas tree, have fun with the floating bubbles and sing until your heart’s content

Departure from Christmas Island will take place after Igloo 2

The elves will guide you out to Santa’s giant sleigh boat

You will then depart Christmas Island on Santa’s giant sleigh boat headed to see the big man himself in Santa’s Grotto!

No need to worry about the weather as the boat is fully enclosed and covered, however it has been known that festive cheer and merry songs are needed to get this boat moving!

So sit back, relax and set your eyes among all the twinkling lights, festive decorations and sing to the music on Santa’s boat

On arrival to Santa’s Dock the elves will help everyone off the sleigh boat and guide you over to Santa’s Grotto

Once inside make yourself at home in the cosy grotto while Santa’s helper takes each family individually to see Santa

Visit with Santa and tell him what your family will be doing for Christmas this year

If the children have been good all year and are on their best behavior, then on permission from the parents/guardians each child will receive a present to take home

Christmas Island  will be sure to fill your family full of laughter, fun and excitement!

Family Fun Tip:

Most Santa venues charge for your family photo and you don’t get copies of this photo. At Christmas Island they ask you to bring your own camera and their elves will take your family photo on Santa’s sleigh, with Santa, at the giant Christmas tree, with Mrs. Claus and more. You will then have many photos to share with your family friends.

"Christmas Island at Hidden Valley, Rathdrum"

Christmas Island Extra Activities

Before or after your island visit you can take part in the festive fun with the Christmas movie room, walking around the winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, exerting energy in the giant Snowman jumper and playing in the children’s adventure park. Hot food and drink will be served all day. The Adventure Mini Golf on site will also be open for those looking for extra activities!

Poster Competition

Don’t forget to print off,  colour and decorate your colouring poster and bring it with you on your scheduled day

Don’t be afraid to get creative! The winning poster will be posted to the Christmas Island Facebook page on December 24th

Best Dressed Competition

Get in the festive spirit and get all dressed up in your best Christmas jumpers and accessories to be in a chance to win the ‘Best Dressed Competition’

Photos will be posted on the Christmas Island Facebook page throughout the Christmas Island experience and winners will be posted to the page on December 24th.

Christmas Island Event Information

Venue:- Christmas Island at Hidden Valley, Rathdrum

Classification:   Family Event  /  All the Family

Date: 30th November – 23rd December 2018


  • Monday to Friday – 1 pm – 8.30pm
  • Saturday – Sunday  10 am to 8.30 pm

Running Time: Your journey will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours

Admission:"Christmas Online Booking"

  • €20 per child
  • €14.50 per adult
  • €8 Infant

Booking Online (Booking fee may apply) – You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Christmas Island ticket sales

Directions to Christmas Island, Hidden Valley Holiday Park

  • From Dublin (1 hour)…

Follow the N11 South to the R772 for Rathnew and Wicklow. At the roundabout in Rathnew, follow signs towards R752 for Rathdrum (approx 12 minutes from Rathnew). There is a bad bend on arrival into Rathdrum. The entrance for Christmas Island is on your right after this bad bend. If you’ve passed Glanbia, then you’ve gone too far.

  • From Wexford (1 hr and 30 minutes)…

Follow the N11 North to the R752 for Rathnew and Rathdrum. Follow all the roundabouts for Rathdrum. At the t-intersection, turn left onto the R752. It will take you approximately 12 minutes from here to get to the park. There is a bad bend on arrival into Rathdrum. The entrance for Christmas Island is on your right after this bad bend. If you’ve passed Glanbia, then you’ve gone too far.

  • From Wexford, passing through Avoca (1 hr and 30 minutes)…

This is another option, but the roads are not as smooth and the signs are not well posted!
Take the N11 North to the Arklow South exit. This brings you into Arklow town. Turn left and follow the road down into town. When you get to the roundabout, go straight through it. This road turns into the R747. Take the R747 to the R752. You will pass the Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca and then Meeting of the Waters. Keep going straight and you will come into Rathdrum. Follow the road down the hill. There will be a petrol station on your left. At the bottom of the hill cross over the bridge, passing Glanbia on your right, and the entrance for Christmas Island is your next left

"Christmas Island at Hidden Valley, Rathdrum"


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