Santa right on
track at Donegal Railway Heritage Museum
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.