Help wanted! Do you have the Elf Factor? Santa Claus sends out his annual casting call for elf team helpers for Wish at Fota Island Resort, this year’s magical winter event for all the family

Last winter the gorgeous woodlands at Fota Island Resort were transformed by Santa and his magical elf helpers into a dramatic and exciting Christmas experience for the whole family, the second inspiring annual festive wonderland designed specially for this part of the world.

Now Santa is calling for a third year’s worth of assistants with the Elf Factor, looking for a selection of clever, funny, helpful and smart young lady and gentlemen elven helpers to help with Wish at Fota Island Resort, this winter’s thrilling new project.

“I’m looking for elf helpers with charisma,” said Mr. Claus, speaking in advance of his audition process – Elf Factor – taking place in Smock Alley on Monday 19th October, from 4 pm to 6 pm. “I don’t need any shy and retiring types, but helpers for the elf team with personality, common sense and a deep understanding of magic. Wish at Fota Island Resort will get a daily dusting of magic, so I need elf helpers up to speed with modern magical practices and complete masters of the art of totally suspending disbelief. It also helps if they can make toys super-quickly, read small children’s’ handwriting and the occasional reindeer-whisperer would be more than welcome.”

“Last year over 50,000 lucky guests experienced the lavish and thrilling Santa experience at 5-star Fota Island Resort so no blushing wallflowers need apply,” said Alabaster Snowball, the postmaster at Wish at Fota Island Resort, and the elf with the very important role of being in charge of the naughty/nice list. “We need helpers for our elves who like a bit of drama, a lot of hard work and some brilliant fun,” he added, “as they will be performing to a constantly changing audience of boys and girls, mums and dads over the course of this fantastic winter wonderland.”

If you think you fit the bill and would like to spend some time this winter making some people very happy indeed, please come along to Smock Alley on Monday 19th October, from 4 pm to 6 pm to audition at the Elf Factor to become one of the 100 lucky assistants to the elf team who will be selected to work at Wish at Fota Island Resort. As well as elves such as Shinny-up-a-tree, Marshmallow, Jingle and many more, other characters to be played may include Jack Frost, the Snow Queen, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with Wish train drivers, who must have a category D licence with a bubbly personality – rosy cheeks are optional! You are encouraged to come in character, and bring any props, make-up or costumes to make your audition a memorable one!

Applicants must be available from the 20th of November up until the 23rd of December 2015, you will be required to work outdoors
and applicants must be 16 or over. You can register online on but please bring the completed from with you.

Created by Santa Claus, assisted by Olivia Buckley Events, renowned for event production based on excellence, and the Fota Island Resort team, Wish at Fota Island Resort will harness all the power of ideas, theatre and surprise for which Olivia is so highly regarded. Olivia Buckley Events brings exceptional resources and skilled teams to bear in assisting Santa, his team of elves and everyone at Fota Island Resort in creating a highly individual and utterly unique event this winter with Wish at Fota Island Resort.

Wish at Fota Island Resort runs from the 27th of November to the 23rd of December. Individual tickets for Wish at Fota Island Resort cost from €13 to €15 per adult and €20 to €24 per child, depending on dates and times, with children under one free, and tickets will be available from 5th October on

For further details on great value family packages which include early bird tickets to Wish at Fota Island Resort see
Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Co. Cork
Tel: +353 21 488 3700

For further information and/or images please contact:
Gillian Duke Host & Co.
T: +353 1 855 8500 M: +353 87 9050287 E W: @hostandcompany