Christmas in Kilkenny is a feast for the senses, abundant displays of Christmas lights; and Yulefest celebrations provide a visual treat; the sounds of bells and carol singers provide a soul-soothing sound; and scents from markets where cinnamon fresh-baked cookies fill the air! Not to mention the possibilities of delicious treats at a Christmas Garden and the big man in red….It’s the time of year when Kilkenny becomes a winter wonderland!
We’ve rounded up just a few of the most unbelievable holiday attractions from around the County below.
Explore Butler House Christmas Garden
Experience the festive surrounds and soak in the atmosphere at the magnificent Christmas Garden at Butler House. Opening on Friday November 26th , the Garden transforms at dusk as light installations come to life. Kids will love the toy soldiers, reindeer and the frosty winter pond at the heart of the garden complete with their new Butler House miniature Train.
Family Friendly Seasonal Dining
Bring the family or catch up with friends as you sit back and enjoy festive drinks and treats in the Orangerie or dine in the Lady Eleanor for the ultimate Christmas fare!
Festive Afternoon Tea’s
Festive Afternoon Tea is something so sumptuous, it deserves to be savoured in the most fitting of surroundings. Soak in the festive atmosphere, the cracking fire and the elegant grandeur of a magnificent Georgian Manor House at Mount Juliet.
For extra sparkle, indulge in their Champagne Christmas Afternoon Tea.
Festive Afternoon Tea is available Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Sweet or Savoury? How about both, with Butler House new Festive Afternoon Tea Menu which will be launching on Friday November, 26th running until the weekend of January 6th.
Visit Santa at Nore Valley Park Christmas Experience
Experience the joy of visits to Santa this year with the annual Nore Valley Park Christmas Experience. This year, McDonagh Junction has been transformed to a winter wonderland village located in the Workhouse square. Meet Santa’s mischievous elves before entering the enchanted grotto where Santa awaits with gifts for all.
Tickets must be pre booked at: www.norevalleypark.com
Wander around Mountainview Christmas Market
With over a hundred stalls each day, Mountainview Christmas Market is the perfect place to #shoplocal for your Christmas gifts this year. They will also have Christmas trees available to purchase every Sunday from December 21st. The Market is open every Sunday from: November 21st.
Party Mountainview Style!
Mountain View’s Christmas Party Nights will be taking place December 3rd and 4th, the nights celebrations include drinks reception, three-course Christmas Dinner, Live Music and DJ till late.
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It’s time to the deck the halls in Kilkenny!
Be Drawn In This Winter
Escape to Mount Juliet Estate for an enchanting overnight winter’s break. Unwind in Hunter’s Yard for one cosy night of luxury, with an intimate dinner in The Hound and a delicious breakfast the next morning. Spoil yourself and your family with five-star magic this year. With 500 unforgettable acres to explore, we invite you to experience the special charms of Mount Juliet Estate, surrounded by luxury, laughter and loved ones.
Festive Fun at Pembroke
Savour a pre-Christmas treat in Kilkenny city centre with an overnight in the Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel! Shop for Christmas gifts in Kilkenny’s myriad of boutiques and craft & design shops. Followed by a festive cocktail, dinner with mulled wine in Statham’s and breakfast the next morning.
From €229 total
New Year's Eve Two Night Celebration
Get ready to greet 2022 in the heart of Kilkenny city! Enjoy two nights’ bed & breakfast in luxury bedrooms, dig into a four course dinner with the very best of locally sourced sustainable ingredients, and start the party with prosecco, live music and plenty of laughs.
From €568 total
All bookable at www.pembrokekilkenny.com
Yulefest: The Ultimate Festive Festival
From November 27th, visitors can expect winter markets, live music, elves workshops, outdoor movie screenings, pocket park, Santa visits and lots more at Kilkenny’s annual Christmas Festival – Yulefest!!
Santa Comes to Town!
Boating down the Nore, and cycling up to the Parade, Santa is arriving in Kilkenny city on Saturday the 27th of November at 2pm. Join him as he takes the green route across the city, by boat and by bike arriving on the Parade just in time to launch this year’s Yulefest!
Christmas Ceili Fun
The Parade ‘Goes Live’!
Hear the best of Kilkenny music and soak up the festive atmosphere on the Parade this Christmas season. The Yulefest Bandstand programme is packed with Kilkenny’s finest musicians, choirs and performers. Come down to the Parade and enjoy this free event.
Yulefest Christmas Market
Finding the perfect Christmas gift will be easy at this winter market. Local crafts, tasty food and delicious treats, created by local artisans and craftsmen & women each nestled in beautiful wooden huts. Open every Saturday and Sunday on the Parade in Kilkenny city.
Parliament Street Friday Beats
Yulefest and the Parliament Street restaurants are taking over the Watergate Pocket Park to bring you some festive Friday fun. Get together with friends to enjoy food and music in this festive urban pocket park, where the resident DJ will be on hand to get you in the Christmas party mood. Starting Friday the 3rd of December with DJ from 5-8pm.
Take a Guided Tour at Butler Gallery
This Christmas, spend an afternoon admiring some of the best art work at Butler Gallery. The gallery has weekend guided-tours running through Christmas, which provide an engaging walk-through modern and contemporary Irish art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Get Creative at a Print Workshop!
Be inspired to experiment with shapes, layers and pattern making using traditional wood blocks, geometric patterns and contemporary design to create your own patterns and prints. This class, led by Paul Bokslag, is an opportunity to explore your own design style using block print techniques which can easily be applied to every surface in your home!
Experience a Charity Auction
Works by Blaise Smith, Bernadette Kiely, Eamon Colman, Helen Comerford, Peter Curling, Barrie Cooke, Amelia Stein and many more well-known artists and businesses including Rudolf Heltzel jewellery and unique pottery from Nicholas Mosse, will be auctioned by Fonsie Mealy at the Butler Gallery Christmas Benefit Auction which will take place at Lyrath Estate on Friday 26th November.
It's Panto Time!!
Take a magical carpet ride to the Newpark Kilkenny Hotel for their Christmas Panto, Aladdin. An Arabian tale of true love, magic wishes and dastardly dealings, this year’s Panto promises to thrill both the adults and the kids! Running for three days from December 3rd.
For bookings: Newparkpopuppanto