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Santa right on track at Donegal Railway Heritage Museum 15.12.20

CHILDREN in Donegal are in for a special treat this year as the Donegal Railway Heritage Museum has pulled out all the stops to arrange for personalised messages from Santa himself.
Niall McCaughan Museum Manager, realised earlier this year that their very successful ‘Santa Experience’ where children come to visit Santa, Mrs Claus and his elves at their workshop in Donegal was not going to happen this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Niall said ‘’We realised pretty early on this year that our very popular Santa Experience would not be possible in its current form, but we were still very eager to keep the tradition alive. After a lot of thought about how we could continue in a safe environment for the families of Donegal, we figured that instead of coming to visit Santa, he can instead come to you.’’
Each weekday until Thursday December 17th, parents or grandparents can contact Santa’s Elves at the museum and provide details of the child’s name and age and what they want for Christmas. Santa and Mrs Claus will then send a unique and personalised magical video message to give some Christmas cheer.
Niall concluded ‘’the response we’ve received so far has been fantastic. Everyone wants to give that little bit of festive cheer and Santa’s personalised message provides an opportunity for anyone to do this in the safety of their own homes. We’ve also heard some really thoughtful and heartfelt messages where callers have explained why and who they are doing this for. It really shows that the Christmas spirit, despite the challenges we’ve faced this year, is alive’’.
To arrange for a special Santa message, call 074 97 22655 between 10am to 4pm up until Thursday 17th December and provide a donation of €8 towards the funding of the campaign and experience. Check the museum’s Facebook Page for updates.

The museum also has a range of unique Donegal railway publications available for sale. Check out www.donegalrailway.com for further details. Donegal Railway Heritage Musuem is a registered charity and they hope that next year Santa can return in this iconic location with his big shiny Polar Express steam engine, but for now he is much too busy with video messages and of course making toys.
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