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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 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

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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.


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.


Glenroyal Hotel – Christmas Craft Fair

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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!