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 a selection of Christmas Markets.
Get booking quick as slots are sure to fill up for these amazing events!
Browse through stalls filled with delights from local craft producers to find the ideal Christmas gift.
For more information on Christmas Markets please click here.
Dubbed “Ireland’s best Santa train experience”, this event is sure to knock the fluffy socks off kids and parents alike! Returning again this 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!
Visit Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Reindeer at The Old Courthouse, Kildare Town
Taking place from 3rd to 23 December
Santa’s Reindeer Hospital – Tickets on sale now please click here.
This event is brought to you each year by the Volunteers of Kildare Town Projects Group with the support of Kildare County Council.
The DAYTRIP Family Festive Meal + Santa Visit experience makes a return after proving such a bit hit over the past two years! This experience includes all the following:
🎄a 2 COURSE Festive Meal for Children & Adults; 🎄access to Santa’s Craftsy Workshop + Make-A-Teddy-Bear; 🎄Santa Visit + Santa Gift for Child / for Infant.
Between having your Festive Meal beforehand and the Santa Visit experience afterwards, the duration will be approximately 2 hours
You can also book Christmas Magical Sleepover,
Santa’s Magical Trail passes (60 mins in duration);
Family Dinner served by the Elves (Sample Menu Here – subject to change for 2022) – dinner call 7pm, dinner served 7.15pm;
Elf Entertainment + Magic Show during and after Dinner – with drinks table service;
Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation for at least one child and one adult to a maximum of a family of 6.
To book tickets or for more information click here.
Enjoy the festive season in Leixlip!
Leixlip Town Lights will be turned on Sunday 4th December 🌲
Celebrate the magical turning on of the Leixlip Town Christmas Lights this year with some complimentary Mulled Wine & Hot Chocolate outside in the main Court Yard Hotel area from 4:30pm!
There will also be a Christmas Market, Live Music, and a Special Guest appearance! Can you guess who? 🎅 from 2-7pm.
This is a local family friendly day out 🎄💫🎅
For more information and updates on event click here.
Make a visit to Santa at our magical Christmas experience, all in the beautiful setting of Barretstown. Sat 26 – Sun 27 Nov
Barretown’s Winter Wonderland is a must this Christmas! Browse the Christmas market stalls, soak up the festive music, play some family games, and cap it all off with a visit to Santa in the magical Christmas grotto!
Three separate slots are available for visiting Santa on both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November – 10.30am, 12.45pm & 3pm. Booking is essential for visiting Santa, limited tickets available.
Only Santa’s Grotto requires a ticket. All other parts of Barretown’s Winter Wonderland are free to access.
For more information click here.
A (virtual) rollercoster ride and journey around the farm to see Rudolf and his friends! Tickets will sell fast and include the following:
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a Festive Afternoon Tea. Catch up with family and friends in front of a cosy fire and let the hours pass by as you enjoy the decadence that is afternoon tea. Add bubbles, a hot toddy or mulled wine and an overnight stay to really make the most of the Christmas catch-up.
The PopUpArt Newbridge Christmas Art Fair – will host a two-day extravaganza of artistic delight from 10am till 5pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December when a collaboration of 26 amazingly talented Kildare Connected Artist, of all genres, will come together to showcase and sell their work in the beautifully restored Newbridge Town Hall
This is a great opportunity for all art lovers to come along, free of charge and view this eclectic work of so many talented local Kildare Connected Artists in such a wonderful setting.
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Make your Christmas memories extra special this year with a visit to Clonfert Pet Farm.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s 10am to 5pm to visit the animals, post your Santa letter and enjoy a hot chocolate amidst the magical illuminations. Or browse their selection of fresh Christmas trees or luxury goods at the barn farm shop.
Discover the magic of Christmas at Clonfert!