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The Best Christmas Light Displays in Kildare

Kildare is a beautiful county to visit during the Christmas season. From amazing shopping to cosy restaurants and pubs, Kildare has it all. At Into Kildare, we’re showcasing the true Christmas spirit in the county by compiling the top Christmas lights displays in the county which can be viewed throughout the month of December – read on to see if your area made the list!


Athy Town Centre


Crowds thronged the streets of Athy every year for the town’s Big Switch event. At least 2,000 locals enjoy a visit from Frosty the Snowman, Dora the Explorer, and of course the main man, Santa Claus himself. This year, the Athy Big Switch event will be held on Sunday 27 November 2022.

Athy is also home to Santa’s Magical Trail, at the Clanard Court Hotel. A great event for all the family, join Santa’s elves on a magical journey through the beautiful manor to meet Santa and all the gang!


Kildare Village


The outlet shopping centre is a beacon of Christmas decorations in Kildare from November each year! Kildare Village is the perfect place to get in the Christmas mood and enjoy some festive cheer. Buildings lit from head-to-toe, Christmas window displays, giant light-up reindeer, and more all await you at Kildare Village. Pop in for a day of present shopping and enjoy the festive season, hot cocoa in hand.

With show-stopping entertainment and lots of new brands to discover, it’s a great way to start your Christmas shopping.


Palmerstown House Estate


The stunning Palmerstown House Estate is once again home to the Drive – Thru Santa House Express this Christmas, and the festive decorations are bigger and better than ever.

Both inside and out, the estate is festively decorated from head to toe and tickets include use of the unlimited family fun fair. It is a truly magical experience visiting the elves, the Twinkle Avenue through to the Enchanted Forest and we can’t forget the big man himself in his Grotto. This lighting experience starts on the 25 November and runs straight up to 23 December 2022.


Whitewater Shopping Centre


Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge is really getting in the festive spirit this season!

Not only does the beautiful shopping centre have a giant light up Christmas tree and reindeer out front, it also features huge hanging baubles from the ceiling, regular festive performers by live bands and singers, a white and gold winter wonderland inside, and even a mini Christmas market outside!


Naas town


This year, Naas Christmas Lights Switch On will take place online. The Santa truck will make an appearance again this year to join the festivities in Naas on 26 November 2022 bringing Santa to his grotto on Basin Street where he will meet young guests from 12 to 4pm. The twinkling lights will be switched on at 4.30pm by the man himself.