Santa’s Green Grotto to Benefit Barnardos

07 Dec 2011

Santa's Green Grotto with Airtricity

7 December 2011 - To celebrate the true spirit of Christmas, Airtricity is inviting boys and girls to visit Santa Claus entirely for free at their all-new Green Grotto at the Dublin Docklands Christmas Market 2011 in the IFSC. In turn, Ireland’s greenest energy provider is encouraging visitors of the Grotto to make a donation to Barnardos children’s charity or to leave an unwrapped gift at Santa’s Giving Tree which will be delivered to a child attending one of Barnardos services. 

Opening on Saturday 10 December for selected dates during the Market, young visitors to Santa’s Green Grotto will enjoy a magical and fascinating experience as they play in Santa’s Green Technology Workshop, before meeting Santa Claus himself. Santa’s Green Grotto is powered by Airtricity with green energy from the North Pole’s first-ever wind farm.

Santa’s Green Grotto is located indoors in the CHQ building and is open 12pm-7pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December, and on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December, before Santa returns home to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas Eve.

Official Switch-on of Christmas Lights by Santa, 4-6pm Thursday, 8 December

To celebrate Airtricity’s sponsorshop of Santa’s Green Grotto, Airtricity is hosting a magical celebration to welcome Santa to the IFSC on Thursday 8 December, from 4pm-6pm. Celebrations will include the arrival of Santa Claus and his elves, accompanied by Airtricity’s Captain Energy, after which Santa and Captain Energy will officially switch-on the Christmas Lights throughout the Dublin Dockland’s Christmas Market. 

Barnardos Fundraising and Marketing Director, Ruth Guy said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Airtricity for their support. We hope that a visit to Santa’s Green Grotto will be a memorable occasion for the many families who come to the Dublin Dockland Markets. Unfortunately Christmas can be a very difficult time for many of the children and families that we work with and we rely heavily on the generosity of companies like Airtricity and the support of the general public to help us continue our work. We would encourage visitors of Santa’s Green Grotto to give whatever they can to Barnardos.”

Airtricity Head of Corporate Communications, Jason Cooke said: “We’re very proud at Airtricity to be able to support Barnardos this Christmas and in doing so to create a memorable experience with Santa Claus for all the girls and boys who visit. Christmas is a magical time for most young people, however for many children in our society this Christmas will not be as joyous as it should be. The work that Barnardos do everyday to support Irish children and their families throughout its nationwide services is remarkable and inspiring. Through our Santa’s Green Grotto initiative, we want everyone to enjoy an opportunity to visit Santa for free and, if they feel they can do so, to join us in supporting Barnardos by making a donation to the children’s charity or by leaving an unwrapped gift at Santa’s Giving Tree. In this way, we can all help to change a child’s life.&rdquo ;


Notes to the Editor:

  1. For every euro, Barnardos spends 90 cent spent directly on the work with children and families. Nine cent is spent on generating funds and one cent is spent on governance.
  2. For those who choose to donate a toy to Barnardos, toys should be suitable for a child aged between 0 – 12 years of age. Visit for a list of suitable toys.

For further information, please contact:

Barnardos press office: 01 7080442
Airtricity press office: 01 655 6888

About Barnardos
Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity. 

About Airtricity

Airtricity is Ireland’s fastest-growing, greenest and largest independent energy provider, supplying over half a million domestic and commercial gas, electricity and home energy services customers. Airtricity is powered with renewable energy from the largest wind generation portfolio on the island of Ireland. The generation of the electricity supplied to all Airtricity customers results in 31% less CO2 emissions per MWh than the energy supplied to the average customer on the island of Ireland.