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Christmas Open Day at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

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

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 bud with Yuletide fare ranging from Christmas cakes to chocolate truffles and from gingerbread men to the best of Country Markets. Come early and bring your shopping basket - business will be brisk! The Food Fair takes place in the Museum grounds.


Museum workshops are famous for being great fun. This special series of Christmas workshops includes gift wrapping, making Christmas cards and making decorations. There’s always huge demand so advance booking is required. As always, workshops are free of charge. Bookings 094 903 1751; Workshops take place in the Museum Galleries and are suitable for everyone over the age of seven years.

11.00am - Bring in your presents and learn new Christmas wrapping techniques with staff from the museum shop.

2.30pm - Join staff from the Education & Outreach Department to make Christmas cards.

3.30pm - Learn to make your own Christmas decorations with the Education & Outreach Department

Christmas Carols - Museum style

Don’t miss this carol singing extravaganza with both the Mayo Male Voice Choir and the wonderful energy of gospel singers. 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. Santa’s grotto will be in the Museum Galleries.


Bernie Byron, Marketing Executive,

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Tel: +353 94 90 31755

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