Santa Claus gets ready to leave the North Pole on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to children in Ireland.

In this report from Santa Land in the North Pole, Santa’s helpers make sure his sleigh is packed with presents for boys and girls in Ireland. 

Even Santa’s reindeers can sense the excitement as they wait for the long journey to Ireland. 

It’s been a busy time with Santa’s helpers scurrying here and there, gathering the toys and wrapping the parcels, and sorting out which ones go to which houses. Santa has workshops throughout the North Pole, and he’s been going to each one throughout the day, to collect the toys and gifts. 

Santa assured RTÉ News that he has received all the letters and notes sent to him, and enjoyed reading each one.  As everyone will be in bed asleep by the time he arrives, Santa has recorded a special Christmas greeting in Irish and English for all the Irish children and grownups.  He really enjoys visiting Ireland, because he knows that Irish children love him as much as he loves them.

The really exciting moment arrives when Santa puts a harness on Rudolph, and this means that they are ready to begin the round the world journey.

Try to remember to leave a little drink and some food for him, because he’ll be thirsty and hungry after his long trip.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 December 1996. The reporter is Colm Connolly.