Christmas Events in Kildare

Halloween is done and dusted. The cobwebs have been swept away, the pumpkins are gone and the ghouls and goblins have been packed away for another year. You know what this means? The festive season can officially begin! We know it may be a little early to begin the Christmas cheer, but no one said […]

Halloween is done and dusted. The cobwebs have been swept away, the pumpkins are gone and the ghouls and goblins have been packed away for another year. You know what this means? The festive season can officially begin!

We know it may be a little early to begin the Christmas cheer, but no one said anything about the preparations! Today at Into Kildare we’re bringing you the top festive experiences right here in the Thoroughbred County.

We’ve done the work so you don’t have to – we rounded up everything from Santa visits for the kids, Winter Wonderland experiences for groups and school tours, Christmas lunches and afternoon teas for family catch-ups, and even the best spaces to rent for those corporate Christmas parties.

Get booking quick as slots are sure to fill up for these amazing events!

Palmerstown House – Santa’s House Express



Dubbed “Ireland’s best Santa train experience”, this event is sure to knock the fluffy socks off kids and parents alike! Returning for its fifth year, the five star manor will play host to Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, performers, and more.

Check-in and receive your Boarding pass for Ireland’s Premier Christmas Santa Train and let your festive journey begin. Depart on Santa’s Polar Express Train through the beautiful grounds of Palmerstown House Estate till you reach the manor.

There are a tonne of new attractions and entertainment, including the amazing Family Festival Funfair! But that’s not all, enjoy free unlimited rides for all the family when you confirm your booking and join the member’s club!

Christmas at Fallons


For the entire month of December, Fallons restaurant in Kilcullen will be transformed into a stunning Winter Wonderland! Call in for a cup of mulled wine under the twinkling fairy lights. Enjoy a festive catch-up with friends by the fire with the aroma of acorns and roasted chestnuts in the air.

Fallons’ menus are imbued with festive goodies such as parsnip crisps, tipsy pudding and locally-sourced turkey. Check out the dedicated Christmas menus here.

Castletown House Christmas Market Fair and Live Crib



Why not bring the whole family for a Christmasy day out in Castletown House in Celbridge on December 9th. The Christmas Market Fair is back for another year, and is bigger and more festive than ever.

Enjoy live Christmas music and a live crib with real animals from Maperath Farm – something the kiddies are sure to love!

For more information, visit their website here.

The Snowman Live followed by sing-a-long songs to Disney’s Frozen


Castletown House are also hosting another Christmas event on December 6th for your little ones.

There will be a narration of the much-loved ‘Snowman’, accompanied by its ever popular music on piano. Then, sing along to songs from Disney’s ‘Frozen’. This is a ticketed event
Tickets: Child: €7, Adult €5, Family (2 adults, 3 children) €20, under 3s FREE.

For more information, visit their website here.

Lullymore Christmas – Winter Wonderland



Santa and his elves arrive in Lullymore on Saturday December 1st and departs for the North Pole on Sunday December 23rd. A magical experience for both young and old is guaranteed as the park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland of family fun with some very special guests to entertain you along the way!

Visit to Santa and gift from the elves on the Festive Train. The train will take you on a magical trip through ancient woodlands, glassy lakes and a beautiful peatland landscape.

Keep your eyes peeled for elf and Christmas fairy holograms in the woodland. Visit the crib scene in the old style thatched cottage with real animals like donkeys, goats and mini horses!

This event is booking fast, so make sure to reserve your tickets now.

Cliff at Lyons

Spend a Christmas night in the Kildare countryside! Put your sparkles on, get dolled up and come join the Christmas party night on Friday 14th December in Cliff at Lyons. Enjoy a Champagne snowcone and roasted chestnuts on arrival, priced at €85 per person.

Full of character and charm, this Christmas event in The Mill at Cliff is an unforgettable experience, from food and refreshments, through service and décor, this will be a festive night to remember.

Glenroyal Hotel – Christmas Craft Fair

The Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club would like to invite you to their Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 2nd for an afternoon of festive music, products from creative craft workers and skilled food producers.
If you would like to enquire about holding a stall at this year’s fair please contact Jade at
Don’t miss Santa himself arriving at 1pm at his Grotto!


Christmas at Kilashee – Christmas Afternoon Tea


If you’re looking to treat your Mum, sister, wife-to-be to a delightful pre-Christmas lunch, Kilashee House is the place to be.

For the month of December, Kilashee will be putting a festive spin on their favourite tradition, Afternoon Tea. Served twice a day (1.30pm and 3.30pm), in the serene surroundings of Turners Restaurant, it’s perfect treat for that someone special this season.

Chat over a delicious spread of dainty seasonal sandwiches, spoil yourself with some Christmas themed cakes, catch up over a steaming cuppa or simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous winter views of the Kilashee Gardens.

For more information, visit Kilashee online.

Kildare Farm Foods – School Tour Santa Visit



Enjoy a FREE entry and FREE gift when you bring the little ones (individual or school tours welcome) to visit Santa in Kildare Farm Foods this December. Open December 1st and 2nd, 8th and 9th, and 15th and 16th from 10am – 5pm.

Magic is guaranteed from the start. Be greeted by elves upon your arrival and brought via the Farm Shop Express to Santa’s Cottage. Spot Rudolf and the other reindeer before meeting Mr. Claus and posting your letter in the North Pole Post Box.

Back on board the Train to be brought from Santa’s Cottage to lunch. Enjoy lunch, chicken tenders or sausages & chips with a kid’s drink. Teachers & Carers accompany children free of charge. To reserve tickets, click here.

Burton House and Gardens – Something Christmassy for the Adults


Looking for the perfect space to host your Christmas parties, either corporate or private? Burton House is the place for you.

The Green Barn is the perfect space to host Christmas parties of all kinds from small to large, during the day or at night when it takes on a whole new festive feel. Its further complimented by 12 acres of flower, woodland and vegetable gardens to explore, all set within a totally unique interior and outdoor landscape.

With a specially designed menu to suit you, Burton House uses seasonal organic produce from their kitchen gardens.

Our interior spaces are impressively festive using trees and plants from their gardens, in a tasteful and artistic fashion, and can take on a variety of looks. There is also a selection of great musicians from jazz, singers to traditional music. For more information, visit Burton House online here.

Clandard Court Hotel – Santa’s Magical Trail

The Clanard Court Hotel invite you to join them on a wonderful journey through Santa’s Magical Trail – a fun filled and action-packed experience for everyone, young and old!??

This award-winning event is sure to be the highlight of the Christmas season! Why not make a night of it too with the extremely popular magical Sleep Over option!✨

Weekends and Selected Dates from 1st DECEMBER to 23rd DECEMBER 2017?

For more information, visit their website here.