Wow I can’t believe that it’s Christmas Eve again, seems like such a short while since the last one. Where has the last year gone? Well last weekend we took the kids and cousins, with parents and Grandad in tow, to see Santa’s Wonderland up at Lullymore Heritage Park. Lullymore is situated on the R414 between Rathangan and Allenwood. The village forms an island of arable land, surrounded on all sides by the Bog of Allen. Lullymore is situated 6 miles from Rathangan and approx 3 miles from Allenwood. Alot of these Wonderland sites set up for holiday period tend to be over-priced, lame and tacky. However, thankfully this was not one of them. Lullymore Heritage Park is set in the heart of Ireland’s largest bog land, The Bog of Allen, in county Kildare. The Park is a blend of history, nature and fun. Historic exhibits and replica houses tell the fascinating story of the Irish people over nine millennia.
There are woodland and bog land walks to explore. Themed gardens which are famous for their vibrant colours throughout the summer. As well as an extensive outdoor and indoor play centre, an 18 hole crazy golf and a beautiful road train. And every Christmas from 26 November – 23 December, the Park is transformed into an enchanted Winter wonderland of fun for all with train trips, fairy village, playtime, crib scene, lots of busy elves and of course the main man, Santa Claus.
So on arrival with an entry fee of €16 per child and adults free it was time to enter the Funky Forest which included a dencent sized jungle gym, complete with Santa’s Sleigh, North Pole post office, and a lovely miniture Christmas village all of which had to be explored at lenght.
After about an hour of mayhem it was time for the ‘Christmas Story’, which is usually narrated by Pippen Santa’s Elf, however on this occassion due to an outbreak of Tinsellitius in the Elf population, entertainment was provided by an unusual character Ivan Ice.
With the arrival of the Snow Queen, a very entertaining show begun with some juggling, storytelling and Ivan changing accent from a strong Brooklyn to posh English after speaking with Santa over the phone. The show ended with a rather spectacular eruption of snow. It was then time to go and see Santa, so daddy was left outside to mind the pram and coats. Once all the kids had seen Santa and recieved their presents it was time to see the nativity crib with had been set up in a replica ‘Famine Cottage’, complete with thached roof.
Here there was a welcome open turf fire and free tea, coffee or my favorite hot coco. With some donkeys sheep and a strange looking horse with a pecularly long neck we headed of to the themed gardens to see the Fairy village.
Finally a trip on the Snow train which goes right into the center of the bog of Allen complete with festive music was enjoyed by all. I don’t normal endorse places like this would highly but would highly recomend a visit if you get a chance next year.
Well that it, its now time to start getting ready for tonights special arrival, and the kids great granmother is staying for a couple of days so Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Nollaig Shona Dhuit,Nadolig Llawen, Feliz Navidad, Natale hilare et Annum Faustum, Buon Natale, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Vrolijk Kerstfeest, thanks for reading, have a safe and peaceful holiday and I hope you come back in the New Year.