Visit Santa at the
National Maritime Museum of Ireland

Booking Online Only. Tickets are not available from the Museum.


Running from November 24th until December 23rd. Times and days vary, see below.


The National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. A96 C8X7


Tickets Online only.
Limited places each day
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Unique Visit

A Special visit with Santa

Visit Ireland’s National Maritime Museum and have a very special visit with Santa! You can book up to a group of eight people (adults and children). This will be a private group, and you won't be joined by anyone else.

Feel free to take as many pictures as you like, and there's always an Elf on hand to get you a group shot. Each group will have 10 minutes to chat with the Big Man and each child will receive a special gift. There's a post box here as well, so don't forget to bring your wish list and post it.

What's Included?

Visit Santa's Grotto & Santa’s express post-box

Your own private group visit with Santa Claus

Take your own private group shot

Get a special Gift

View our model train in operation* (No wheelchair access)

Get a discount for a half price Family ticket for 2024*

*Discount code sent to the email address who booked the group

Christmas Experience

What people think...


Note: Tickets are only available Online

Child 1-12


Child Under 1




Santa's Rules!

Please read these Terms and Conditions

  • All attendees, including babies and adults, require a valid ticket
  • All gifts dispensed by Santa Claus are unisex
  • It will not be possible to accommodate latecomers, or attendees holding tickets for other timeslots or dates
  • It will not be possible to reserve tickets or timeslots without buying a ticket
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • One person must make the booking on behalf of all attendees in their group
  • Each group will enjoy a private visit with Santa Claus at the Maritime Museum
  • Please note, that a professional photograph with Santa is not provided
  • Please note, that there is no guarantee that Santa will have a real beard
  • Age ranges for gifts are as follows: 1-12 months, 1-3 years, 4-7 years, 8+ years
  • Children must always be supervised and accompanied by an adult
  • The Maritime Santa visit is approximately 10 minutes in duration
  • The Maritime Santa visit takes place on the ground floor, which is fully wheelchair and buggy accessible
  • Please be on time!

Date and Times

Day Date First Last
Friday 24-Nov 3:30am 6:50pm
Saturday 25-Nov 9:30am 6:50pm
Sunday 26-Nov 9:30am 6:50pm
Saturday 02-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Sunday 03-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Saturday 09-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Sunday 10-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Friday 15-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Saturday 16-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Sunday 17-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Monday 18-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Tuesday 19-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Wednesday 20-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Thursday 21-Dec 3:00pm 6:50pm
Friday 22-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm
Saturday 23-Dec 9:30am 6:50pm

Finding Us

National Maritime Museum


You can access the museum either off George's Street Upper (People’s Park end) or if you are on the sea front you can now access the Museum from the pier side via the steps at the side of the new municipal library (East Pier Side). For the tech-savvy, our GPS location is 53.2928639,-6.1315167.

Public Transport:

The museum can be easily accessed by public transport. It is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Dun Laoghaire DART station or any of the buses serving Dun Laoghaire (7, 7a, 8, 45a, 46a, 59, 75, and 111). You can use an online travel planner to find the best route for you.


Our museum shop carries a nice selection of maritime related gifts, postcards and much more. We have wheelchair access (except for the gallery)


The museum does not have its own parking; however there are a number of car parks nearby including DLR Lexicon, Pavilion Theatre & Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tower of the museum (beside the Royal Marine Hotel) is clearly visible from most places in Dun Laoghaire. See detailed parking information here.

And while you are here.......

The run-up to Christmas in Dun Laoghaire is going to be really magical and a great place for a family to spend a day. The town will, naturally, be decorated with Christmas lights, Christmas decorations and Christmas trees. 

And when you are finished visiting Santa in the Museum, there’s plenty to do around the harbour. There’s a Vintage Funfair to explore and Ice Skating Dún Laoghaire is located in the harbour with two separate rinks. See the links below for more information on both.  As ever, there are plenty of shops and places to eat to satisfy all ages.

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The National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. A96 C8X7


00 353 (0)1 280 0969
00 353 (0)1 2143 964