Merry Christmas from Everyone at SOLAS Eco Garden Centre. See our seasonal opening hours below
Solas Garden Centre stands not only as a sanctuary for green-thumbed enthusiasts but also as a vibrant hub of community spirit. As we embrace the Christmas season and bid farewell to another remarkable year, it’s time to celebrate the heartwarming stories and festive experiences that have graced our haven in the past week.
Last weekend was nothing short of enchanting at Solas, with our craft markets and Santa’s Grotto witnessing a remarkable sell-out success. The charm of the season was further intensified by the cheerful crowds that flocked to the garden centre. A delightful festive buzz permeated the air, accompanied by the sweet sounds of live music, the warmth of mulled wine, and the twinkle of Christmas lights. Solas transformed into an enchanting party destination where joy knew no bounds.
In the midst of this holiday fervor, we must pay a special tribute to Lucy Levio, our beloved Elf 101, whose unwavering dedication shone brighter than Rudolph’s nose. Lucy’s stellar performance in welcoming families, managing bookings, and even braving the cold at our grotto entrance deserves an applause heard far and wide.
Co-owner John Carey expresses his heartfelt gratitude, saying, “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported us over the past year. We appreciate the business and the great community atmosphere here at Solas.”
For Full opening hours see below
Events @ SOLAS
Saturday Dec 16th:
- 10 am to 2 pm: The weekly Farmers Market, a haven for the finest local farm produce and crafts.
CHRISTMAS @ SOLAS Continues:
SOLAS Santa Experience
- Slots still available for Solas Santa Grotto Experience:
- Book online here: Book online.
- Running Until 23rd December, This year, we’re excited to share that Santa has embraced sustainability, bringing a touch of eco-friendliness to the festive season!
- Plastic-Free Presents
- Say goodbye to plastic packaging! Santa is committed to reducing his environmental impact by delivering gifts without any plastic wrapping. Let’s make this holiday season as green as it is merry!
- There’s still time to book a visit with Santa! Experience the joy of a plastic-free Christmas with SOLAS. Hurry, spots are filling up fast! https://ecogardenshop.ie/
- Dates and times available this weekend;
Thursday 14th- between 5-6pm slots
Friday 15th- Between 5-6pm slots
Saturday 16th- 3-4pm slots and 5-5.30 slot
Sunday 17th- 6-7pm slots available
For Group bookings for schools or clubs, contact our Georgina at [email protected].
Christmas & Vintage Markets
- Throughout December, we will be hosting Craft and Vintage markets every Sunday and Thursday evening, with live music to get you in the festive spirit. Ideal for that perfect unique, handmade gift. Contact Georgina at [email protected] or see our Events Page.
Mucky Picnic for toddlers
Tuesday 19th Dec 12-1pm
We are Delighted to welcome back Claire from Mucky Picnic. Claire will be running a Christmas themed Mucky picnic in Solas Eco Garden Shop
Bookings on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/…/messy-play-portarlington…
Food @ SOLAS
Nothing is more festive than a Gingerbread latte, homemade cookie and a mouthwatering Turkey and ham ciabatta made with G Jam’s cranberry sauce. Come and try them all and much more in Solas Food Court.
We have a delicious treat for all ages, from flavoured hot drinks, hot chocolates full of marshmallows, homemade cookies at a special price and many freshly baked mince pies.
Find us daily in Solas Food Court open daily Monday – Friday 10-4pm and weekends 10-5pm.
Plant of the Week – Hedera Helix (English Ivy) – a true garden classic.
Ivy is a great climber or a pretty spiller for tubs and containers. Plain or variegated it can feature in formal or informal garden designs and also makes a magnificent as an indoor plant, perfect for Christmas displays.
Pop into Solas and check out our discount on seasonal Bedding and of plant of the week: Hedera Helix (English Ivy)
Product of the week – Stocking Fillers
Stocking fillers here at SOLAS for your loved ones this Christmas,
Gardening Gloves or Rose patterned trowels for the fancy Gardener in your life,
Games & puzzles for the Children and Adults. Get 20% off our range of or Rose patterned tools and gloves until 24th Dec!!!!
We have Food & Wine choose from Irish and a huge range of local Laois Suppliers
If you cannot think what to get, we have premade hampers here for you.
SOLAS Weather Suitably mild weather is install to everyone who visits SOLAS this weekend. Temperatures are due to drop no lower than 7 degrees making conditions perfect for frequenting our markets and santa grotto.
Join us for a special winter weekend at SOLAS Eco Garden Centre, situated in Portarlington, Co. Laois R32 RPX8. We extend a warm invitation to visit us daily from 10 am to 6 pm. We can’t wait to welcome you!