Before Christmas, we were invited to visit Santa at his magical wonderland at Rosnakill Community Centre in Donegal. Having NO idea what to expect, we set off on an adventure one snowy, cold afternoon.
What we were going to, was possibly THE loveliest Santa Experience we’ve ever had.
The hall was decorated from the front hall. Trees and bunting and lights everywhere. Christmas music was playing and we were met at the door by lovely Elves.
We were led into Mrs Claus’s sitting room, where she called the roll. I cannot tell you the SHOCK on Mini-Me’s face when their names were called out! Priceless.
Mrs Claus read them stories and then they were whisked off to ELF SCHOOL, where a cast of superbly talented young elfies reenacted some scenes from ELF, songs and all. Buddy even created his Candy Spaghetti…and ATE it! Yuck! But the kids just LOVED it. After “singing songs for all to hear” the kids were lead off through a magical tunnel to the next part of the journey.
I’ve never seen so many lights. Everything was covered and it truly was beautiful.
Off we went to the next room, where cookie decorating and colouring were set up. Each family had their own personalise table, with more candy and sweeties than Buddy the Elf would have been able for. The girls took to their tasks with gusto, and Mammy and Daddy helped too.
Then, the lovely Ladies went around with freshly cooked Pancakes! AND hot chocolate. The atmosphere in this room was electric as one by one, the elves called the different families in to meet Santa.
And then it was our turn.
Santa’s room was AMAZING! And Santa was soooooo lovely. He took time to speak to the girls and laughed a bellylaugh when Mini-Me told him she was probably on BOTH lists because sometimes she forgot to be good.
We got more sweets, two gift bags and our photographs taken by an Elf. (I must give special mention to this little Elf. Wise beyond her years and oh so eloquent and confident. She was amazing!)
We returned to the room to collect our pictures and art. There were even calendars for them to colour in and take home, as well as little decorations.
The presents knocked me off my feet. Personalised, handmade reindeer. Each one with a little scarf that was hand-knit by a local Mammy.
ANd of course, Mammy got her photo taken with Santa too!
This is no ordinary village hall. How could it be with the people who are running it? The imagination, the attention to detail, the effort, the pride, the community spirit… The love that went into this project was infectious. The group who ran it were working harder than any elves I’ve ever seen. The atmosphere was incredible.
The visit lasted just under an hour, and we all left happy, fed and full of Christmas spirit. Then a few days afterwards, this photograph arrived in the post from Santa.
This experience books up quickly, and I see why. We can’t wait to return next year.
Well done to all involved and thank you for having us.
(Mammy and the family were invited guests of Santa, but all comments and reviews are honest and reflective of the experience we had.)