Santa’s Magical Market is returning to the Marina Market, Cork

Child and Santa spellbound by Magical Book - Santa’s Magical Market, Marina Market in Cork
Press Release
October 24, 2023

Are you in the ‘market’ for a magical Santa visit?

Santa’s Magical Market is returning to the Marina Market, Cork and will be more magical than ever. A treat for the whole family, including your dog!

3 children with Santa Claus - Santa’s Magical Market, Marina Market in Cork

Santa’s Magical Market, in association with TS Events, is returning to the Marina Market from Friday 25th November until December 23rd and will be bigger and even more magical than last year.

The brand new experience includes interactive areas full of Christmas magic! Families can wander through snow kissed woods, ride on the amazing ‘Polar Express’ train into the magical Christmas village, help the elves make toys at the Elf Toy Workshop, make treats at Mrs Claus’s bakery, and pay a visit to the South Pole Post Office.

Finally visitors will meet Santa himself in his snow covered Grotto, to share all your heartfelt wishes. Here you can snap up a keepsake photo of the special moment, taken with Resolute Photography, Munsters leading event photographers.

Child and Santa examining book through maginifying glass - Santa’s Magical Market, Marina Market in Cork

A big bonus for many of this experience is that it’s dog friendly so your four-legged friend doesn’t have to miss out on the family adventure. Your fur-baby can even be booked in for their own special visit with ‘Santa Paws’!

The event is also fully accessible, and there’s a sensory hour each Sunday morning from 11am-12pm. And any fantastic benefit of Santa’s Magical Market is that you make a day of it by soaking up the fantastic atmosphere of the Marina Market, one of Ireland’s top food and craft halls, before strolling into the city for Christmas festivities and shopping.

Excitement levels are already rising as Santa Claus will officially arrive at Santa’s Magical Market on the 25th of November, spreading joy and happiness to all the boys, girls, stallholders and four legged friends eagerly waiting to see him. This celebratory occasion is a great way to build up anticipation for the magic of Christmas as you have the incredible opportunity to catch a glimpse of Santa.

Santa and Doggy - Santa’s Magical Market, Marina Market in Cork

Commenting on this year’s Santa’s Magical Market, Marketing Manager at Cork-based TS Events David O’ Driscoll said “We are really proud to have been picked by Santa to help all the boys and girls have a Magical Market visit. We have worked side by side with all the elves to make this a unique and memorable experience for all – it’s a much bigger and better experience this year and we look forward to sharing the joy of Christmas with all our visitors”.

Adding to the magic of this extra special Santa Experience is that Enable Ireland are the charity partners. During the festive period, visitors can tap to donate €2 to the charity and place a ribbon on a tree within the market. These donations will support Enable Ireland’s children’s centre in Cork, which is sure to put everyone who supports this great cause on the nice list.

Child and Santa spellbound by Magical Book - Santa’s Magical Market, Marina Market in Cork

Optional extras such as children’s gifts, photo prints, or treats from Mrs Claus’s bakery can be selected at the time of online booking.

Tickets are priced at €12 for adults; €10 for babies aged 0-23 months without a gift; or €15 with a gift, €15 for children aged 23 months + without a gift or €22.50 with a gift.

For further details and bookings see or follow @santas_magical_market on social media.

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