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28th Nov 2017

Is This The Most Expensive Santa Visit In The Entire Country?


Christmas can be a financially stressful time of year for a lot of families, especially those with young children who are obsessing over the “must have” gifts from Santa.

And of course, there’s the pleas to queue up for a visit to every single Santa in every single shopping centre you enter for the entire Christmas season. It’s grand when it’s only about €10, but would you pay upward of thirty quid?!

A visit to Santa at the Ailwee Caves will cost you a hefty €34 per child

We wish this wasn’t true…

Sure, it includes a trip through the caves themselves, but for a family of four (two adults and two children), the meet and greet with ol’ Saint Nick will cost €100.

Babies up to 1 year old will be charged €7, and adults will be charged €16.

It’s by far the most expensive Santas visit we can find in Ireland – Jervis Street is a bargain €12 per child, and even the fancy Westport House is €26.50

Here’s the official description… “Elves will guide everyone along the cave passageways singing Christmas Carols all the way. Santa Claus with his helper will meet and chat with each child and of course have a present for everyone. Mrs Claus is there to greet the grownup with a glass of Hot Punch and a Mince Pie.

“Santa’s train is available for rides all day long which will take you to visit the Birds of Prey Centre. There you will enjoy a complimentary visit to meet a Snowy Owl or a Happy Harris Hawk!”

We’d want to have a Snowy Owl of our very own for that price. We get that it’s a whole day out, but add in lunch and tea, and the inevitable gift shop purchase, and it’s almost too expensive to bear.

Would you pay that much?

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