Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Center Parcs Longford has had a festive makeover

Those dreaming of a white Christmas are in luck as Center Parcs Longford Forest has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland that will delight adults and children alike. From today, a magical experience awaits those staying at the resort – from light installations and Christmas-themed animatronics to festive woodland pony rides and Santa and his elves – the team at Center Parcs have pulled out all the stops to help Irish families create unforgettable memories and establish new traditions this festive season.

A team of 20 resident elves have been working around the clock for the past 30 days to ensure the resort is in tip top shape for Santa Claus, who arrived at the village by sleigh last night. For the next 46 days, Santa has swapped the North Pole for a lodge at Center Parcs Longford Forest where he will be in residence, welcoming children and their grown-ups to his Woodland Workshop.

Irish families will be walking in a winter wonderland this festive season – with 57,600 twinkling fairy lights, 3 tonnes of biodegradable snow, 462 metres of Christmas garlands and 52 metres of hanging icicle lights, guests are in for an awe-inspiring experience. 

The Christmas tree at Santa’s Woodland Workshop, which is almost 10 metres tall, has been decorated with 19,000 lights and 4,450 baubles and its star has been illuminated by an additional 4,450 lights. 

Furthermore, the journey to Santa’s Woodland Village is filled with festive family photo opportunities, a giant walkthrough Christmas bauble, singing reindeer and forest pathways filled with twinkling lights.

The magic doesn’t stop there, those enjoying a short break at Center Parcs over the Christmas season can take part in a range of seasonal activities, including festive carriage rides, pottery painting and a Christmas roller disco.

To top it all off, a spectacular Winter Wonderland light and sound show will take place over the resort’s lake during each short break. A first of its kind in Ireland, the nine-minute animation will be projected onto a wall of water and bring guests on a magical journey from the Center Parcs lake and woodlands, over the seas, spotting dolphins, fish and other creatures along the way, to the North Pole, the final magical destination where guests will see Santa Claus and a snowman.

Daragh Feighery, General Manager at Center Parcs Longford Forest, said: “We’ve made the lists, checked them twice and are delighted to open our Winter Wonderland doors today. The resort has been transformed into a festive playground and we can’t wait to welcome our first Winter Wonderland guests and see their reactions to our unique festive experience. Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs Longford Forest will be truly magical and I’m sure that families will not only enjoy the festive cheer but also create precious memories that will last a lifetime.”

Short breaks to the enchanting festive experience start from €459 for a family of four. Christmas and New Year short breaks are also available, perfect for those who want to enjoy a home away from home this festive period. Guests have the choice to enjoy Christmas dinner in one of the resort’s restaurants or cook a turkey with all the trimmings in the comfort of their cosy lodges, which are complete with a woodfire. 

For more information about Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs Longford Forest or to book a short break, please visit www.centerparcs.ie.

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