Last weekend, we were very lucky to be invited to the opening day of the Causey Farm Christmas Experience. With it being Jack’s first Christmas, I was so excited for his first visit to Santa, and Causey Farm didn’t disappoint. It exceeded all of my expectations and was a truly magical experience. Jack is too small to understand any of it, but he was enthralled by the decorations, theatrics and Santa himself! Being the big child that I am, I absolutely loved it!
Causey Farm is located in Fordstown,Co. Meath, about an hour drive from Dublin (here). It’s popular year-round for events like team building and hens, and also hosts Farmaphobia at Halloween. The Christmas Experience is very popular, and usually sells out. The experience takes place across various different buildings on the farm, moving from each spot with the aid of a guide. To start, you stop off for a drink and a mince pie, and then visit Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the stable. We spotted Cookie, the donkey they arrived on, and sang “Away in a Manger”. From there, we headed to visit Ivan the camel, and the Christmas Cottage, where we learned about Christmas puddings.
The main event kicked off in the Elve’s postoffice. The elf, Baubles, was hilarious and put on a great show for the kids by reading out letters to Santa and labelling them “naughty or nice”. There was also a postbox for kids to send their letters off to Santa, and Baubles was happy to post for photos with the kids. Next, we headed off to see the elves bedrooms, and the control centre for Christmas Eve. Some stomping upstairs alerted us to a visitor, and we all headed up the stairs to discover Mrs Claus in her bedroom. A knock on her wardrobe door revealed an elf, and a secret entrance to Santa’s Workshop. It was magic – with a slide into the workshop, toys to play with, and scrolls hanging from the ceiling with the names of kids on the “nice list”. I spotted Jack & Clare, but we couldn’t find Colm’s name anywhere! Jack really enjoyed Santa’s workshop and I was delighted that there were toys for him to play with.
We spent about 15 minutes in Santa’s Workshop, and then the big event began. We were ushered into Santa’s Secret Sitting Room, and all took our seats. Sparkles, the Head Elf, rang a bell, and lo and behold who arrived down the chimney – Santa Claus! The older kids were amazed, it was so lovely. Jack was very interested in the goings on, and was transfixed by Santa Claus. Santa entertained the kids with some jokes and some songs, before we all took our turns visiting with him. When we checked in, we had filled out a card with our kids names, interests and pets. It really added a personal touch when the kids sat with Santa and he mentioned their dog, how they were enjoying swimming and so on. Jack didn’t cry when his turn came – In fact, I think he just really wanted a go of his beard! The staff were so lovely and took two rounds of photos for us as the first batch were blurry. They were happy to take photos on my camera, but we could have bought the professional photos for €10. I was impressed by the quality of the gift Jack received – a Baby’s First Christmas bear and elf slippers!
The only downside to Causey Farm Christmas Experience is that you are outside for some of the event, which probably wouldn’t be fun in the rain. It was also tricky to navigate the buggy, so if you can, I’d advise wearing or carrying your baby. We abandoned the stroller halfway through and carried Jack. It is also a farm, so wear comfortable shoes or wellies.
I think Causey Farm will become an annual tradition for us, and I can’t wait to see Jack’s reaction when he’s a little older and really gets it. It is pricey for a family, (see pricing below) but seems on par with other Christmas events that I’ve looked into. The effort and quality of the event is worth it, in my opinion, and the gift from Santa was decent. It’s really gotten me in the Christmas spirit. There are only a few dates left with availability, so if you’re looking for a lovely, authentic Christmas experience, you’ll want to book asap!
Causey Farm Christmas Experience Prices
Children (2-12 Years) €22.00
Toddlers (1 Year Olds) €8.00
Babies (Under 11 Months) Free
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