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With the festive season in full swing many people and families are eager to immerse in the Christmas spirit with a visit to Christmas themed shows for the whole family. One of the hottest tickets in Cork for Yuletide themed delights is that of “Believe” a magical Christmas themed realm of fantastic proportions set in the grounds surrounding the iconic Cork Hotel at Fota Island Resort. From the vision of Peter Kelly aka Franc of ‘Weddings by Franc’ fame, Believe is a winter wonderland world that marries parts of Narnia with the magical spirit of Christmas.  

Upon arriving at the east cork based resort visitors to the special Christmas themed extravaganza initially meet stalls of Christmas markets selling all manner of Yuletide treats. After browsing the Christmas stalls they can then go on a special train journey into the transformed the grounds of the 5 star hotel Cork accompanied by Santa’s elves to their chosen destination: Francs Winter Wonderland. A place where guests are greeted with hot chocolate and mulled wine to the sound of Christmas carols. Where wooden doors reveal a Narnia like land of snow covered forests populated by helpful elves sent by Santa. Here the elves help kids make special wishes with fairydust, interact with visitors taking letters to Santa and ultimately guide them to the main attraction: Santa’s cabin, where inside children get to meet the great man and walk away with a pre-Christmas day gift and an opportunity for a photo taken should they choose.

This fabulous event is the work of Kelly whose attention to detail and quality is legendary, temporarily transforming the East Cork based hotel near Cobh into a unique and wonderfully extravagant and magical experience which has entranced both children and adults alike. And Believe has quickly become the hottest ticket in town selling out within a week of tickets going on sale (tickets are priced at €20 for children over one, €12.50 for adults with €10 extra for a photo).  So popular has Believe at Fota Island become, that since then, the Resort have already added extra dates to the schedule to meet the increased demand. The new times for Believe, the ultimate Christmas experience can now be viewed and booked beforehand on their website.

For visitors to one of the premier family hotels in Ireland, it is worth noting a few things to make the most of the experience. If driving it is worth arriving 20 minutes early to find the best parking space, and if travelling by train bear in mind that the Fota Train Station does not take you as far as the Resort, so best be prepared by booking a taxi to take you there.

If interested in experiencing the true magic of Christmas in Cork with a visit to Believe then you can lookup all the latest times and book online at www.fotabelieve.ie.