Guides & Trip Ideas

Christmas Events in Kildare

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!


Barberstown Castle – Christmas Craft Fair

Barberstown Castle Christmas Craft Fair 🎄⠀
Barberstown Castle would like to invite you to their Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, 11 December 2022 for festive music, products from creative crafters and skilled food producers  🍷⠀
Don’t miss the Santa Grotto experience with Santa himself arriving 12 pm 🎅 🎅
Mark the date in your calendar! 🗓⠀
Christmas Fair takes place from 11am to 4pm.

Christmas Markets

Naas Market

Browse through stalls filled with delights from local craft producers to find the ideal Christmas gift.

  • Naas Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 26 November, 3 December in Friary Road Car Park from 10 am to 4pm.
  • McAuley Place Christmas Craft Fair Saturday 26 November from 10am to 4pm.
  • Suncroft Craft Fair taking place on 26 November from 10 am – 4pm.
  • Tribe Christmas Craft Fair will take place on 27 November from 12 am – 5 pm at the Tribe Art Studio in Castledermot.
  • Christmas Craft Fair in Ballymore Eustace at Fogarty’s of Ballymore. On 27 November from 12 am- 5 pm.
  • Rathangan Christmas Fayre in the School House on Friday 2 December from 6.30pm.
  • St. Laurence’s annual Christmas food, art and craft fair takes place in the community complex on Saturday 3 December from noon to 6pm, Location: (R14 CX28)
  • Court Yard Hotel Christmas market, 4 December from 2 pm – 7 pm.
  • Kildangan Christmas Marketing, Kildangan Community Hall on Sunday 4 December from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Castletown Country Christmas Fair will take place on 4 December, in the Stable Courtyard, Castletown House.
  • Kilteel Christmas Market will take place on 11 December in Kilteel Hall from 10 am to 3pm.
  • Whitewater Christmas Market will take place daily throughout December from 12 am – 6 pm.
  • Straffan Christmas Market 10 & 11 December from 10am to 4pm.
  • Kilcock Christmas Market on 17 December in the Scout Hall from 2pm to 6pm.
  • Athy Christmas Market, 16-18 December on the banks of the canal at the Auld Shebeen Bar.
  • Twilight Christmas Market, Thursday in December in Market Square Kildare town from 6pm to 8.30pm.

For more information on Christmas Markets please click here.


Palmerstown House – Santa’s House Express

Santa Express

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!


Santa's Reindeer Hospital

Reindeer Hospital

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.


Family Festive Meal & Santa Experience

Clanard Santa Event

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,

This includes:

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.


Court Yard Hotel Christmas Celebrations

Court Yard Christmas Fair
Court Yard Christmas Fair

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.


Winter Wonderland at Barrestown

Ballymore Eustace
Barberstown Christmas Event

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.

  • Elves will keep everyone entertained with a variety of activities, as you wait to see Santa.
  • Each Family will visit Santa and get a photo opportunity with him.
  • Children will be able to write their letters and Santa will take those letters back with him to the North Pole.

Only Santa’s Grotto requires a ticket. All other parts of Barretown’s Winter Wonderland are free to access.

For more information click here.


Kildare Farm Foods Festive Experience

Rathmuck, Kildare
Kildare Farm Foods Santa
Kildare Farm Foods Santa

A (virtual) rollercoster ride and journey around the farm to see Rudolf and his friends! Tickets will sell fast and include the following:

  • A personal family visit with Santa and his Elves
  • Christmas gifts for all the children from Santa
  • Family gifts for all the parents
  • A magical ride on the new Christmas rollercoaster to the North Pole

Book here


Festive Afternoon Tea

Kilkea Festive Afternoon Tea 2022
Kilkea Festive Afternoon Tea 2022

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.


PopUpArt Newbridge

Newbridge Town Hall
Newbridge Pop Up Art Christmas 2022
Newbridge Pop Up Art Christmas 2022

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.


Christmas at Clonfert Pet Farm

Clonfert, Maynooth

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!