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Christmas Food fair and Open Day

Start the Christmas season in style with your family this year at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. The first ever Christmas Open Day takes place at the Museum on Saturday 13 December from 11am-5pm. Fun and entertainment is guaranteed for everyone in the family, and best of all, entry is absolutely free. Mums and Dads will love the Christmas Food Fair, children will flock to Santa Claus and seasonal carol singing creates a traditional atmosphere everyone will appreciate. Our ever-popular educational workshops have a festive theme and the Museum Galleries will have a special Christmas display.


The magical, romantic setting of Turlough Park was just made for festive celebrations so it’s going to be a very special day for everyone.

Food Fair

Patti Moss and her selection of jams & preserves

For centuries food has been an integral part of Christmas celebrations and our Food Fair will have stands with the best of traditional products from Ireland and overseas. Tantalise your taste buds with Yuletide fare ranging from Christmas cakes to chocolate truffles and from gingerbread men to the best of Country Markets. Buy a unique foodie present for someone special, or treat your family to the best of Christmas fare. Come early and bring your shopping basket - business will be brisk! The Food Fair takes place in the Museum grounds and stands include products such as:


Country Markets

Smoked Fish





Homemade Fudge

Jams, pickles and preserves

Dressings and Sauces

Christmas Cakes

Chocolate Spreads/Sauces

Boiled Sweets

Gingerbread Figures

and much, much more.....

Christmas Exhibition

This small exhibition will display objects relating to a typical Irish Christmas with panels and fact sheets giving visitors the opportunity to learn how Christmas would have been celebrated in Irish homes in the past.

Christmas Carols - Museum style

Don’t miss this carol singing extravaganza with both the Mayo Gospel Singers & the Mayo Male Voice Choir ringing out in celebration. You’ll find all the atmosphere of traditional carol singing with a special twist. The carol singing will be in the Museum Galleries.

Santa Claus and his Magic Elves

No Christmas Fair would be complete without a visit to see Santa. Admission is just €2 per child and every child receives a special gift. Santa and his Elves will be at the Museum from 12-1.30pm and from 2.30-4.30pm. Please note tickets must be purchased from the Museum Reception and are available from 11am on Saturday 13 December, the day of the Fair. Make sure you get your tickets so all our younger visitors get to see the man in the red suit with the big white beard. Santa’s grotto will be in the Museum Galleries.


The Museum workshops are now fully booked.

And there's more.....

Face painting, free gift wrapping in the Museum Shop, relaxing Museum Cafe ... what more can you and your family do on a Saturday leading up to Christmas?

This event is kindly supported by Mayo County Enterprise Board.

Contact: Bernie Byron, Marketing Manager, The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Tel: +353 94 90 31755; Mobile: 087 7987 439

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