Enchanted Winter Garden 2018


The Antrim Wheel

The Big Wheel

Once again the biggest and brightest star of the Enchanted Winter Garden is The Big Wheel. A 35m high Festive Ferris Wheel, which will take you beyond the tree, tops to star gaze at the enchanted gardens below and across Antrim Town and beyond. Just £3 per person or £10 for a family of 4, it will guarantee a memorable trip into the night sky where you’ll be surrounded by twinkling lights and can make Christmas wishes come true. 

Wave Swinger

Vintage Wave Swinger Thrill seekers will love the 8m high Wave Swinger – 32 seats at £3 per person will fly high in the night sky and swoop those who dare round and round in what is a thrilling ride and another Enchanted Garden ‘must do’!

The Victorian Helter Skelter

Step back in time and go for spin around this beautiful vintage traditional slide offering old fashioned fairground fun for all ages. At just £2 per person one that is not to be missed!


Our old-fashioned Carousel is the merriest go round in town. The children will love bobbing along on the beautiful painted horses who will have their passengers whooping with delight. £2 per person.

The Antrim Wheel

Enchanted Express to Santa’s Workshop

Jump on board the Enchanted Express for a jolly jaunt through the delightful Forest of Fire and candy cane trees. Our express engine will whisk you through the shimmering shadows to the final destination – Santa’s Workshop!

Santa will greet passengers with a warm wave and smile and happily pose for a quick selfie before the children collect their Christmas treat. 

£2 for children and £1 for adults

Sparkling Swings 
The sparkling swings twinkle and glitter in the Gardens each year and spin the little ones around whilst the lights dance and sparkle to the sounds of happy giggles. £2 per child

Sparkling Saucers
Like the Sparkling Swings as pretty as can be the spinning saucers will twinkle and delight the younger visitors in equal measure as they spin around in the gentlest way! £2 per child

Mallow Pit

The Mallow Pit was introduced for the first time in 2016 and was a huge hit with young and old alike. We even had a bridal party drop by to “toast” their special day.

A must do for everyone at Enchanted Winter Garden with the sizzling coals there to melt the scrumptious Mallow and make a delicious mouth-watering treat.  A really memorable experience not to be missed! 

Lighting Installation

This year’s event has been expanded with even more of the stunning Castle Gardens set to dazzle and delight as lighting installations transform the beautiful natural and built surroundings. Thousands of sparking bulbs and twinkling fairy lights wash the trees and turrets in colour, sparkle, and bring enchantment into our winter garden.  


From the Barbican Gate, Motte, Italian Tower through to Clotworthy Courtyard and the Parterre, lights will sparkle, dance and delight giving everything a festive glow like you’ve never seen before. 

Street Theatre


Keep a look out for our festive friends who will be out and about, adding to the enchantment this year. With their quirky carry-on, amazing antics and tricks galore, they will be spreading Christmas cher all the way. Gully the Elf, Fizz the Fairy, The Bouncy Elves and Okey Dokeyand their Rickety Rickshaw with their unique style of entertainement . 


Remember to stop and say hello!

Wonderland Wood

Come and be enchanted by Wonderland Wood but only if you have been frightfully good……..

Brand new in 2016 Wonderland Wood is back and expanded from last year to include even more of our beautiful wood, no trip to Enchanted Winter Garden would be complete without a meander through our Wonderland Wood where we invite you to take a stroll to the Sugar Drop Stop and wander through Lollipop Lane. 

Wonderland Wood is a magical place along the riverside where fairies, elves and Christmas pixies have sparkled their fairy dust and made the woods their magical fantastical Christmas home.

Santa Paws

Brand new for 2018 is Santa Paws a special Christmas treat for your four legged friends. In partnership with Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary we have created a magical experience in our special Furry Grotto for all the doggies where they can visit Furry Father Paws pose for a ‘wolfie’ and collect their Santa Paw Surprise! Tails will be wagging, fangs flashing and paws pattering when your furry family members get to experience their very own enchantment!

Free of charge however donations greatly welcome to the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary

Ye Olde Christmas Inn

Nestled in the heart of the Clotworthy Courtyard, Ye Olde Christmas Inn will be spreading festive cheer from hot chocolate mallow cups to mulled wine and hot fruit punch!

The Inn is open throughout the event and guaranteed to restore that rosy glow to all who visit. 

Festive Fayre

The Festive Fayre is a feast of tasty treats to compete the Enchanted Winter Garden experience where scrumptious food and drink offers are available. There will be lots of yummy yuletide and festive food available in our Festive Fayre market where seasonal smells will make al fresco festive dining under the stars an essential ingredient in your enchanted evening.

Enchanted Entrance via the Barbican Gate

For this year’s event there will be no entrance through the main Castle Gardens gates. Instead Enchantment awaits beyond the entrance of the sparkling and twinkling Barbican Gate right in the heart of Antrim Town Centre.

Let the enchantment experience begin as you pass through the Barbican Gate into a world of magic and wonder as the winter garden enfolds in front of you. 

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