Christmas magic at Hillmount

I recently had the great pleasure of taking my son to see Santa in his Grotto at Hillmount outside Belfast. It was a truly magical experience from start to finish; while queueing to see the man in red, Hillmount have wonderful Christmas displays to look at and a quiz to keep the kids occupied, with questions based on the displays… All helping to get everyone in a festive mood!

Very friendly Elves help things to run smoothly and show the kids in, when it is their turn to see Santa, who is just wonderful and has a real twinkle in his eye!

After a chat about what he would like for Christmas, my son had his photo taken with Santa and we then made our way out of the Grotto. We had a chat with the animals… Hillmount have Pygmy goats, donkeys and even a reindeer named Ruben, which were all lovely. The kids all seemed to enjoy the novelty of saying hello to a real reindeer!

We then made our way to The Gardener’s Rest, the restaurant at Hillmount and had an amazing lunch – the selection of food available was incredible and everything looked delicious… And what we had to eat certainly was!

It was then time to do some Christmas shopping! Hillmount has a fantastic range of gifts, clothing, cards and confectionery, as well as a huge variety of plants, gardening and barbecue equipment. There are lots of ideas for last minute Christmas presents!

If you haven’t yet been to see Santa this year, there is still time to pay a visit to Santa’s Grotto at Hillmount Belfast, with extended opening on Thursday, December 21 and Friday, December 22 from 10am until 8pm (shop is open from 9am until 8pm), as well as Saturday from 10am until 5pm (shop is open from 9am until 6pm). The cost is £12 per Child including a present from Father Christmas / £3 per Adult (12+). You are welcome to bring your own camera or professional photographs are available to buy as an optional extra – an 8×5 photo with Santa personalised with child’s name and year costs £10 each or you can purchase three for £20.


Hillmount have though of everything… You can even bring your dog to see Santa!

Santa is welcoming dogs at Hillmount Ards this Christmas! You can bring along your dog to see Santa on Saturday, December 23, between 2pm and 4pm at the garden lifestyle centre located on the corner of Ballyreagh and Movilla Road in Newtownards.

Meanwhile, at the Belfast store on Sunday, December 24 from 10am until 4pm (shop is open from 12 noon until 5pm), Hillmount will welcome owners and their dogs, at a cost of £10 per pet. Professional photos are an optional extra at £10 each or three for £20. No booking required!

For further information, please contact Hillmount on 028 9044 8213 or go to


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