Christmas Charity Ride

Christmas Charity Ride

The First Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride took place in 2007 Organised by well known Saintfield Horse Woman Joan Cunningham to raise funds for under privileged children in Uganda and Rwanda via Rock Ministries N.I.Trust. The Mawamba Choir from Uganda visited Saintfield in 2007 and again in 2009. The choir was made up of children whose parents had either died from aids or had been murdered. The Ride since then has gone from strength to strength and is now famous throughout Ireland. Hundreds of Riders from all over the province both North and South of the Border dress up as Santa to take part in this most Unique and Spectacular Christmas Event.  Since 2007 many thousands of pounds have been raised.


The Annual Saintfield Christmas charity ride is sponsored by North Down Marquees, Ireland’s premier event specialists.



Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride takes place on Saturday 3rd.December 2016 and once again will be sponsored by North Down Marquees, Ireland’s
premier event specialists.The ride is preparing to celebrate it’s 10th Birthday and to mark this very special occasion organiser Joan Cunningham said a wonderfully magical festive day is being arranged.

The day will commence with Santas from all over the province arriving at Saintfield Livestock 11.00am for a mulled wine and mince pie reception.
At 12.00noon the Santas will mount their horses and ride into Saintfield town led by the real Santa in his magnificent horse drawn carriage.
At approx.1.00pm the Santas will swarm Saintfield Main St. welcomed by crowds of well wishers. The real Santa will alight from his carriage at the Christmas tree to meet and greet all the children.

Live Christmas music will ring out throughout the town from the fabulous Country Harmony and Box Car Brian who will entertain the crowds.
The Santas will then make their way back to the marquee at the Mart, where Santa will be able to take your Christmas list and perhaps have some surprises for the children. Lunch and a special 10th. Anniversary Christmas Party has been arranged from 2.00pm – 6pm. There will be live music from Panache, singing, dancing and great craic. everyone is welcome.
Prizes for the best dressed Santas will be awarded and every child 12 years and under who took part in the ride will receive an award.
The cost of the ride is Adults £20 and children £10 which includes the mulled wine and mince pie reception and Lunch on return.
Why not get yourself sponsored this money can also go towards paying for the ride. Prizes will be presented for who ever lifts the most sponsorship. The sponsorship forms can be downloaded below






Entrance to the marquee is free but anyone wishing to have lunch can do so for a donation of £5. Children can have lunch free.

The Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride would like to extend an extra special thank you to Brian & Geoffrey Murphy for the use of the Saintfield Livestock Mart.

 For further details contact Joan Cunningham 028 9751 9030 or 07775 860744 Email:



How to get to Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride

Download Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride Christmas Card in pdf format.