Santa is hiring!


Santa looking for 85 elves

Rathwood Christmas jobs for enthusiastic helpers 

Carlow, Ireland… Santa will be back in Rathwood this winter and he is looking to recruit 85 enthusiastic elves and helpers for the popular Rathwood Santa Train Experience.

New activities are being included in this year’s Rathwood Santa Train which means Santa’s team of elves is expanding from 45 in 2011 to a team of 85 jolly helpers. The new elves and helpers must have a range of talents and skills.

“Santa is looking for helpers who love children and animals, as well as being enthusiastic and outgoing,” explains James Keogh, from Rathwood, who will be carrying out the selection process on Santa’s behalf. “Santa and Mrs Claus will be very busy sorting out presents, meeting children and getting everything ready for Christmas day. They need helpers that are organised, helpful and have a gift for entertainment so they can make the kids’ visit to Rathwood a memorable one.”

Located in the Carlow/Wicklow border, shopping and activity centre Rathwood employs 55 part-time and full-time staff on a permanent basis. For the Christmas season, Rathwood staff members are joined by a growing team of Santa’s helpers and elves. Over 30,000 people visited Santa at his woodland retreat in Rathwood last year, making it one of the most popular Santa visits in the country.

The Elf positions include:

-Santa’s personal helpers: assisting Santa in his Christmas duties.

-Mrs Claus personal assistant: helping Mrs Claus in her Christmas duties and storytelling.

-Woodlands elves: interacting with parents and children. The must know the way to Santa’s cabin.

-Teacher elves: they will help children with Elf School and must know well their elfabet!

-Postman elves: they will organise all the letters to Santa.

Requirements and Elf Skills:

-Good with kids and animals

-Theatrical/Entertainment/Storytelling skills

-Enthusiastic/Outgoing/Upbeat personality

-Ability to work as part of a team in a busy Christmassy environment

-Must love Christmas

-Reporting directly to Santa and Mrs Claus

*All the elves will be on hand to assist visitors – and will all be trained in ‘elf and safety.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 30th September.

Elves and Helpers will start working as part of the Santa’s Christmas team at Rathwood in late October.

Tickets for the Rathwood Santa Train go on sale on Thursday 1st September at

Rathwood’s Santa Train tickets cost €8 per adult and €15 per child.

More Information on Rathwood’s Christmas Jobs

More Information on Rathwood’s Santa Train and tickets

For more information on tickets or how to be part of Santa’s team at Rathwood:  (mention: Santa Helper Job in the subject line if applying for a job with Santa).

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