5,000 tourists ex­pected to visit be­fore Christ­mas

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

THE or­gan­is­ers of the Santa’s En­chanted Cas­tle ini­tia­tive in En­nis­cor­thy have said around 5,000 tourists will visit the town through­out Novem­ber and De­cem­ber as a re­sult of the fes­tive sea­son at­trac­tion.

A spokesper­son for En­nis­cor­thy Cham­ber said 75 per cent of places have now been booked.

‘Due to such pop­u­lar de­mand, ad­di­tional tours have been added to the cal­en­dar in­clud­ing Novem­ber 24, the day of the En­nis­cor­thy Switch On,’ said the spokesper­son.

‘ This is fan­tas­tic news for lo­cal restau­rants, bars, cafés and re­tail­ers who are pre­par­ing for a busy fes­tive sea­son,’ he added.

The Santa’s En­chanted Cas­tle ex­pe­ri­ence will see fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­ac­tive ad­ven­ture through the build­ing ac­com­pa­nied by Santa’s elves along with fa­mous Dis­ney char­ac­ters.

Rooms will be themed around fa­mous sto­ries and films in­clud­ing: Beauty & the Beast’s Christ­mas Ban­quet; Elf Univer­sity; Ice Age; Un­der the Sea with the Lit­tle Mer­maid and 100 Acre Wood.

Vis­i­tors will also be able to sam­ple treats from Mrs Claus’ Tra­di­tional Sweet Shop be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pri­vate fam­ily visit to Santa Claus.

Chil­dren will get a spe­cial gift to take home and they will also get to pose for a photo with Santa.

To book a place log onto www.san­tasen­chant­ed­cas­tle.ie.

An­other ini­tia­tive tak­ing place this year will be the Sen­si­tive Santa Tours which will see a max­i­mum of eight chil­dren get­ting to view gen­tle char­ac­ters ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents or guardian and a trained SNA.

‘ These tours are spe­cially de­signed to sup­port chil­dren with autism and other sen­sory, phys­i­cal and devel­op­men­tal needs so that they can en­joy a mag­i­cal Santa Visit in a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment,’ said the Cham­ber spokesper­son.

The Sen­si­tive Santa Tours will take place on: Sun­day, Novem­ber 25; Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29; Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6 and Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18.

The price of the tours will be: Off Peak Dates - Chil­dren (all ages) €15; Peak Dates - Chil­dren (all ages) €19; ‘Big Peo­ple’ €10 in­clu­sive of tea or cof­fee and a fes­tive Wex­ford snack.

Jamie Con­roy, Glen Nolan, Keith Mur­phy and Tom Whee­lock at the Gala Race Night in aid of the En­nis­cor­thy Christ­mas Fes­ti­val at En­nis­cor­thy Grey­hound track.

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