Folens Christmas Annuals bring joy to new era of primary school children across Ireland

For over five decades, the Folens Christmas Annuals have been delighting generations of young readers. Just like those cherished schoolyard days, these annuals are packed with stories, games, quizzes, activities, competitions, and more, ensuring young minds stay active throughout the festive season. Parents and teachers alike will fondly recall their own schoolyard days in the years gone by, spent reading these Christmas Annuals, and having a blast while learning fascinating facts, solving clever riddles.. even picking up a few Irish words. Now, they have the opportunity to share this heartwarming tradition with the next generation, witnessing them carry on the legacy.

Whether young readers want to try a delicious baking recipe, embark on a winter arts and crafts project, or challenge themselves with witty jokes, the Annuals offer a treasure trove of interactive activities. The four editions – Súgradh, Spraoi, Siamsa, and Sonas – hold a variety of delights for primary school kids. Each annual is tailored to a different age group, spanning from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. What's more, each Annual includes a special gift to help the readers in tackling puzzles, quizzes, and games. Súgradh and Spraoi readers will receive festive pencils and erasers, whilst Siamsa and Sonas include cool new pens. And that's not all – keep an eye out for competitions inside for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Elizabeth Ivory, Head of Marketing & Communications at Folens says, “We are so proud and delighted that our Christmas Annuals continue to play a special part in the build-up to Christmas for children and families nationwide.”

Dedicated to bringing smiles to children all over Ireland, Folens continues its Christmas Annual Charity Campaign for the 12th year, donating Annuals to their charity partner, Children in Hospital Ireland. This organisation's dedicated volunteers visit children's hospitals and wards across the country to chat with sick children and provide a moment of playtime, helping to distract from illness or injury. This year, the annuals will be distributed to approximately 20 paediatric hospitals and units around the country.

Anna Gunning, CEO of Children in Hospital Ireland gave an enthusiastic welcome to the partnership with Folens in 2023 saying, “We know that children and young people who are in hospital really look forward to receiving these annuals each year.

Being in hospital at any time can be difficult but particularly around December and holiday time. The beautiful annuals from Folens provide some valuable distraction and entertainment for children and their families during what can be a long day in hospital.

These annuals will be distributed to approximately 20 paediatric hospitals and units all around Ireland to complement the volunteer led play service which is delivered by CIH Ireland. We are very proud of our longstanding partnership with Folens which helps to bring a smile to children's faces each Christmas time.”

Printed in Ireland and 100% recyclable, the 2023 Folens Christmas Annuals are a joyful gift you can genuinely feel good about sharing with the young people in your life.

Folens Christmas Annuals are available for purchase through primary schools across Ireland or online at and this year, Smyths Toys will stock Spraoi and Siamsa nationwide, adding to the holiday excitement.