Santa and his Elves, Harry Potter, Trolls, Beauty and the Beast transform OLCHC into a magical fantasy land

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12th December, 2017


Santa and his Elves, Harry Potter, Trolls, Beauty and the Beast transform

Our Ladys Childrens Hospital, Crumlin into a magical fantasy land

on their Annual Ho Ho Day


Gasps of delight and excitement could be heard around the wards of Our Lady’s Children’s hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) today as Santa Claus and his Elves paid a special visit to all of the patients. The excitement was palpable as news spread that Santa and his Elves were making their way around the wards with presents. They were joined by over 15 hospital departments dressed up under various themes such as Harry Potter (Dietetics Dept.), David Attenborough’s Blue Planet (Dept. of Clinical Genetics), Beauty & the Beast (Occupational Therapy), and Trolls (Physiotherapy Dept.) with remaining staff members decked out in their most Christmassy jumpers as part of the event.

Ho Ho Day is a special event organised every year by the Play Department and hospital staff to bring children, families and staff together for a magical day of festive celebration. The day includes face painting for the children, fancy dress competitions for the best dressed staff member(s), ward, department, and spot prizes for the children with festive entertainment provided by musicians from National Concert Hall Kids Classics, Magicians, Irish Dancers, Clown Doctors and the hospitals very own Staff Choir.

Speaking during the celebrations, Rachel Kenna, Director of Nursing at OLCHC said: “We look forward to this fun filled day in the hospital every year and the children and staff were so excited to see Santa and his elves today. They were also thrilled to see staff dressed up as various characters and had great fun trying to figure out who the staff were. Although we try to get as many children as we can home for Christmas, around 100 very ill children will spend Christmas Day in the hospital. Having a child with a serious illness puts a lot of strain on families, so we really try to ensure that each child who spends Christmas Day in hospital has a special experience.” 

This is an exciting time and an opportunity for children to enjoy some of the festivities but Christmas is also a crucial fundraising time of year.  CMRF Crumlin, is raising vital funds for essential supports to the hospital, for life saving equipment, paediatric research to find new cures and treatments, and critical supports for sick children and their families while they are on the 'Toughest Journey'. We are urging the public to spare a thought for OLCHC’s little patients and their families and to support our 'Toughest Journey’ Christmas appeal.

To support please call 1890 507 508 or go to


Ho Ho Day Collage