Christmas At Horkans

“Christmas at Horkans… the most wonderful time of the year!”

At Horkans, we love spreading some festive cheer, that’s why Christmas is our favourite time of year. Join us this Christmas at Horkans as we transform Horkans into a mesmerising, winter wonderland.  Our winter wonderland is sure to impress young and old, we have organised a whole host of festive activities. There is so much happening in the lead up to Christmas to get you in the festive spirit. We have Santa’s deer in store, Santa Claus and his helper elf, Christmas choirs, Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol and much much more. Christmas at Horkans is truly a special time of year!

What’s Happening During Christmas At Horkans?

Christmas Trees

Our real Christmas trees arrive in store on November 24th. Our specially selected premium Nordmann Fir Christmas trees are renowned for their rich green foliage and non-shedding needles. Why not make it a trip for the entire family this year and get down to Horkans to choose your real Christmas tree? Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in December we will have free hot chocolate for the children. We want to make your trip to select that perfect tree that extra bit special. 

We also have a fantastic range of artificial Christmas trees available, ranging from 2ft to 9ft. Some of these are pre-strung with Christmas lights so all you have to do is to add the decorations!

Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree
Decorated Christmas Tree
Santa's Deer

Santa Claus

Santa Claus in the Glen

On Saturday, December 8th, Santa Claus will be making a special visit to Horkans in the Glen of the Downs. He will be travelling in style – arriving by helicopter at 1pm. His reindeer’s will be resting ahead of their long journey on Christmas eve. Santa will collect all of the children’s letters and bring them back to the North Pole with him. There will be sweets and refreshments for all children on the day. 

Santa Claus in Castlebar

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of December, Santa Claus and his elf will be paying a special visit to Horkans Castlebar. He will arrive in store at 3pm greeting everyone, young and old, as he makes his way to his special grotto. There will be opportunities for your little ones to get a photo with Santa Claus, a memoir to treasure forever. As he heads off Santa will stop by his special Santa Post Box at 3.45pm. Here he will collect the Santa letters posted by all the boys and girls.

Christmas At Horkans Castlebar

*The following events are taking place in our Castlebar store only, but we invite everyone to come and join us in the festivities*

Throughout the month of December we are celebrating Christmas in a very special way in Horkans Castlebar. We have put together a magnificent line up of festive events to help spread the Christmas cheer.

Santa’s Deers

Saturday 24th November marks the start of our Christmas celebrations this year in Horkans. On this day Santa’s deer arrive in store. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted by these beautiful animals. We invite you all to come along and say hello to Santa’s special friends. They will be in-store right up until Christmas eve when they head off on some very special business. 


What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with some Christmas carols? At Horkans we recognise the beauty of music at this wonderful time of year and we have organised a whole host of choirs to join us as we celebrate Christmas in Horkans Castlebar.

  • Castlebar Panto kickstart the musical season on Saturday, December 8th from 1 – 2.30.
  • Castlebar Musical Society join us on Saturday, December 15th from 1 – 2.30.
  • The National Learning Network (Rehab) join us on Wednesday, December 19th at 11am.
  • The Mayo Youth Orchestra are in store on Saturday, December 22nd  from 1 – 2.30.
Christmas at Horkans Choirs
Christmas at Horkans Santa's Grotto

Christmas Reading

On Saturday, the 15th of December, Nicky O’Dowd will be in store to do a reading of her fabulously festive Christmas book, “Stumpa”. The book reading will happen from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Stumpa is sure to captivate the minds of your little ones so be sure to call in to our Christmas reading. 

Chase & Marshall

Christmas is a time for children. What better way to surprise them than bringing them to see Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol?

Chase & Marshall will be joining the Christmas celebrations in Horkans Castlebar on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of December. They will be in store from 1 – 2pm. 

There will be an extra treat on December 8th with lots of hot treats in store including s’mores, marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Christmas is a time full of magic and celebrations and we hope to see you very soon so you can share the experience with Horkans.

Do you have questions about Christmas at Horkans? If so, just contact your local store where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.