We were lucky enough to be invited along to the opening weekend of Luggwoods a few weeks ago. It was our first time going to their Christmas experience, we had been to their Halloween one previously. It was magical. Honestly, I think it will be a yearly tradition. Oscar was absolutely dosed with a bad cold but he loved every minute.
Even the drive up to Luggwoods feels Christmassy, shrouded in woodland, looking down over Dublin city. At first you go into a little building where theres music and face painting and the kids can get a Santa hat or reindeer antlers. Then its a little walk up between lit up trees to the Luggwoods train. A tractor and trailer ride through the forest. Santas elves were brilliant keeping the kids entertained looking for presents that Santa lost along the trail.
The views are stunning. Halfway along the trip we stopped to try cheer up the grinch, Oscar loved that. After the train ride we were brought into a barn where there were reindeer and Mrs Claus. Mrs Claus held all the childrens attention along with Santas head elf. The kids all had a little dance and then we went into the next room. In the next room the kids wrote their letters to Santa and had photos taken on the sleigh. Theres a little cafe where there were hot drinks and snacks while you wait to go through to see the big man himself.
Santa was amazing. Real beard, the warmest voice and he made so much time for us. It didn’t feel rushed at all! Oscar was given a gorgeous little wooden train. After we were finished in with Santa we went to the last room, Oscars favourite by far. There’s a teacup ride, some little tables and chairs for checking out your presents and a toddler area. We had some hot chocolate and snacks before getting back on the train.
It was a brilliant day out, even at 8 months pregnant with a sick toddler and a partner that rivals the grinch! Adam thought it was brilliant, seeing Oscars face was magic. Tickets are available at Luggwoods.ie but they sell out fast, a testament to the incredible experience it is. We were gifted the tickets but I would have happily paid. It was stunning from start to finish.