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Elves wanted

45 positions for Christmas season

Santa at RathwoodSanta Claus is looking for 45 elves to join his Christmas team at Rathwood, the destination shopping and activity centre on the Carlow/Wicklow border.

55 part-time and full-time people are employed at Rathwood but this number goes up to over 100 during the months leading up to Christmas, when the centre hosts a popular Santa Train with daily visits to Santa Claus’ woodland retreat.

Rathwood’s Santa Train beat all the records in 2010, with 10,000 tickets purchased on the first day and a total of 28,000 people visiting Santa’s retreat. This year, organisers promise the Santa Train will be even ‘bigger and better’ and Santa needs new elves.


Additional tickets are available this year and new acts will be included, as James Keogh, from Rathwood explains: “Tickets last year were sold very quickly so this year Santa will stay at Rathwood for a bit longer. He is looking to recruit new elves with some theatre skills, good with people, friendly and they must love kids and animals, especially reindeer.”

Rathwood’s Santa Train visit includes a train ride through Santa’s Animal Park to see the reindeer getting ready for Christmas, a visit to Mrs Claus, walks through the woods with one of Santa’s helpers and a visit to Santa to receive a special present.

Tickets for Rathwood Santa Train go on sale on Thursday 1st September at

Rathwood’s Santa Train tickets cost €7 per adult, €15 per child.

For more information on tickets or how to be part of Santa’s team at Rathwood:

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