Upcoming Events

The Magic of Santa – A Victorian Christmas Experience

A delightful Victorian experience awaits you at Fota House this Christmas!

Enjoy the interactive experience of ‘The Magic of Santa’ at Fota House & Gardens this December for a wonderfully traditional Christmas treat for all the family and a delightful Victorian experience. In a traditional Dickens ‘tale, join Ebenezer Scrooge as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas on a magical tour through our beautiful Regency House. In association with RSVP(Red Sandstone Varied Productions) we invite you to this cheery adaption with characters such as the jolly cook, and Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Before your visit with Santa Claus, enjoy some songs, storytelling and children’s Christmas crafts and be sure to have a wish on our Wishing Tree! Every child will receive a gift from Santa Claus and there will be lots of seasonal photo opportunities throughout the house – Please note photo with Santa is not included but feel free to take your own photos so don’t forget to bring your camera!

‘The Magic of Santa’ runs Friday 08th – Sunday 10th and Friday 15th – Sunday 17th. On Fridays it runs from 5pm – 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12pm – 8pm.

The Café at Fota House will be open serving full menu and Christmas nibbles, such as mince pies, mulled wine and hot drinks. You can even meet the Victorian shopkeepers for some sweet treats!
By visiting Fota House and Gardens you are supporting the upkeep of this precious place for future generations.


Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust, a not for profit charity. Your visit to ‘The Magic of Santa’ at Fota House & Gardens helps to keep this special place open for everyone.

START DATE December 17, 2017 END DATE December 17, 2017 TIME PRICE

Conservation in Action with the Heritage Council

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Painting conservator and restoration expert Justin Laffan joins us during National Heritage Week 2017 to breathe life back into a number of works from the Fota House collection.

Justin will be working at various times during Heritage week and you may catch a glimpse of the process on some of our House tours. Please note however, due to the nature of the conservation work, we cannot guarantee his presence on every tour.

Sincere thanks to the Heritage Council, who are funding this project.

START DATE END DATE TIME Ongoing PRICE Access only via guided House tour