Santa’s Grotto



Santa has arrived at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre and has taken up residence in his magical grotto for the month of December. We have 2 options for your visit to Santa-firstly the drop in experience which doesn’t require any booking(see details below) and the ultimate Christmas Experience  which allows you to become fully immersed in the magic of Christmas.

The drop-ins with Santa will last approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your group.
Each child will receive a gift from Santa and have their photo taken which will be made available here. Guests are welcome to download and responsibly use their photos for personal use. Families are welcome to take their own photos as well.
Families attending our drop-ins will also have the chance to meet Santa’s deer and the farm animals as part of our nativity crib. Magical reindeer food is available to purchase to take home for Christmas Eve.


€10 per child, Adults FREE.
€18 for two children
€25 for three children
€32 for four children
No bookings required for drop-ins – just come and see us in the Courtyard at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.
We’re open for drop-ins throughout December:
Thursdays and Fridays from 2-6pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-6pm

Nore Valley Park brings you Kilkenny city’s newest Christmas Experience – a fully immersive festive delight!
Located at The Courtyard in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, our purpose built arrangement brings all of the joy of Christmas to your family, young and old.
We are proud to offer an interactive Full Christmas Experience, in addition to drop-ins to see Santa and meet the animals.
For our Full Christmas Experience:
The North Pole Postal Service is setting up an exclusive branch at MacDonagh Junction to keep up with demand at this time of year. The whole family is invited to write their greatest Christmas wishes to Santa Claus, who will – of course – be in residence, along with his mischievous elves to guide you to his enchanting grotto.
Before receiving charming gifts from Santa, you should first bake and decorate his favourite festive food with the help of Mrs Claus in her magical kitchen! These cute cookies can be taken away to be had at home, or enjoyed in one of the alluring Cafés with complimentary tea and coffee.
Santa has also brought some of his furry friends along with him; in addition to live deer, his stables are home to the animals of the Nativity which the whole family are invited to pet, stroke and cuddle.

The Full Christmas Experience will last approximately 1-1.5 hours depending on the size of the group.
Each participating member will receive a free gingerbread biscuit while in with Mrs Claus, which can be decorated and taken home, as well as a free packet of magical reindeer food to put out at home on Christmas Eve.
All Full Christmas Experience adults to the event will receive a complimentary tea/coffee voucher redeemable at The Courtyard Bar & Grill in MacDonagh Junction.
Pictures taken at the event will be made available at Guests are welcome to download and responsibly use their photos for personal use. Families are welcome to take their own photos as well.


Adults (16+) – €10
Children (2-15) – €15
Children (under 2) – €10
Family (2 adult+2 children) – €47
Family (2 adult+3 children) – €60
** Family Discounts will be applied automatically at checkout **
Full Christmas Experience is available on Saturdays and Sundays between 1pm and 6pm, throughout December.

For Birthdays, Corporate bookings and Groups, we offer special dates and discounts: Email for info.

For a truly enticing family-oriented event, Nore Valley Park’s Christmas Experience at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is your only choice this December.


School Incubator Project ‘egg vouchers’ are not accepted for this event.
Season Passes are not accepted for this event.
No other vouchers, passes or promotions will be accepted for this event, unless specifically issued for use at the Christmas Experience
These tickets for sale on the website are only for our Full Christmas Experience, not for drop-ins.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Family discounts apply automatically. Select the total number of adults and children attending our Christmas Experience, and proceed to checkout for the discount to be applied to your booking.


Book Online HERE

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