Winter Wonderland Kilmainham Dublin
We recently visited 7UP Winter Wonderland at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. The German style Christmas market is open until January 8th 2012 and admission is FREE. As you enter the market, there is a santa in a giant snow globe, where you can have a photo taken with santa with snow falling all around you!
There are lots and lots of food stalls, where you can buy churros, donuts, donut balls, candy floss, waffles, crepes, burgers, german sausage, pork skewers and so on.
It is a great place to bring kids for a look around and visit Santa for free! Winter Wonderland contains Ireland’s largest ice rink to glide around. There is a smaller rink for kids. Free ice aides are available for adults & children.
During peak times, tickets for ice-skating cost: Adult €11 / Child €9 Family €31Peak times: Adult €16 / Child €10, Family €42. The Christmas circus is presented by Ireland’s national, animal free circus. There is a children’s circus in the afternoon and a family circus in the evening.
Le Cirque is an adult theatrical circus show, modelled on Parisian chic. Performances take place at night and is exclusively for Christmas parties and group outings. There are also lots of roller coasters for thrill and speed seekers.
There are some nice heated cafe’s and bars. We enjoyed some live music while sipping on some mulled wine in the Spiegel Saloon. The food is a little over priced but you pay for the ambiance!
There is also a monster, which contains some scary suprises..apparently! I did not enter! But there were some small kids who did…so I am sure it’s not too bad!
We went on a Friday evening, and it was not too busy for the weekend. Winter Wonderland is slightly mickey mousey, but considering admission is free, it is nice to have a walk around and check out the different stalls and enjoy some mulled wine. There are a few non-food stalls but not many, so don’t count on trying to pick up Christmas gifts here.
There are no parking facilities on site. It is only a five-minute walk to Heuston Station.