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Christmas at Fota Island Resort 

Each year, the magic of Christmas falls upon Fota Island Resort and we welcome families & friends to make unforgettable festive memories.

The Santa experience on the grounds of Fota Island Resort will not take place this year. However, we have partnered with our neighbours in Fota House who will have Santa onsite in December and residential guests at Fota Island Resort will be able to book a visit to Santa at Fota House. 

Details of the Fota Island Santa Accommodation Package can be found below. Please note that the Fota Island Santa Package will be for residents of the hotel and lodges only and will be subject to availability.

For those visiting Fota Island Resort this festive season, the magic and joy of Christmas will still be found. We endeavour to create a memorable experience for our Resort Guests, whilst adhering to public health guidelines. During your stay, embrace the magic as fairylights twinkle a warm glow, festive decorations adorn the hotel, and sweet melodies from our resident choir singers fill the air. Our experienced culinary team are onhand to create decadent festive menus which are sure to tantalise your tastebuds and surround you with scents of Christmas. Snuggle into your surroundings in the heart of your private island and indulge in 5 star luxury this Christmas. 


Contact Information

Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Co. Cork

Fota House Events

A Fairytale Christmas 

Be part of something really special with your family this Christmas at Fota House and Gardens. Explore the charming, seasonally decorated rooms of the regency house on your journey through and meet some seasonal characters before your visit to Santa. As part of this traditional experience, every child will receive a gift from Santa Claus and there will be lots of seasonal photo opportunities throughout the house – so don’t forget to bring your camera!

December 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th – 3:00pm to 8:15pm.

December 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd – 11:00am to 8:15pm.

*Closed December 6th & 13th.

Tickets are available from 10.00am on Tuesday 12th October on the Fota House & Gardens Website - Click Here.


Alpine Skate Trail | Get Your Skates On!

This winter sees the return of one of our favourite seasonal activities as ice skating comes back to Cork. Cork’s Alpine Skate Trail will be set among the trees in Fota House, providing a stunning backdrop which offers an authentic rustic feeling and a real festive mood. As well as the main trail itself, there will also be a small rink for younger skaters and a great selection of refreshments and other activities, which will make the overall experience a great destination for families and groups of all ages.

The Alpine Skate Trail is open from Thursday 12th November until Sunday 23rd January 2022, with sessions starting at 10.00am and the last session is at 8.30pm. Tickets are available online at, with limited early bird tickets on sale from 30th September for all sessions.

Monetary Gift Vouchers

Monetary Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of luxury, a 5-star experience and an opportunity to turn special moments into loving memories. Monetary gift cards for a specific value are now available & may be redeemed across all outlets of the Fota Collection- Fota Island Resort & The Kingsley. Please note, these gift vouchers can be used across all outlets of Fota Island Resort including Fota Island Golf and The Clubhouse.

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Spa Gift Vouchers

Spa Gift Vouchers

Gift love and care this Christmas in the award-winning luxurious Fota Island Spa. A gift of well-being, offering a unique combination that caters for both the restoration of personal energy and vitality or holistic relaxation and pampering. Mesmerising experiences that leave lasting effects.

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Golf Gift Voucher

Golf Gift Voucher

For golf enthusiasts, Fota Island Resort is a player’s paradise. Three time host to the Irish Open, the courses designed to challenge & thrill players of all skill sets. Fota Island Golf Academy offers a sophisticated analysis of swing, putt and technique, as well as, invaluable advice and expert tuition from professional trainers. Fota Island Golf Academy Memberships are the perfect gift for the aspiring golfer.

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