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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. Today at Into Kildare, we’re showcasing the true Christmas spirit in the county by compiling the top Christmas lights displays in the county – read on to see if your area made the list!


Palmerstown House Estate


The stunning Palmerstown House Estate is once again home to the 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. The grand staircase is dressed in green and red garlands, with a Christmas tree in every corner. Mrs Claus takes her seat in front of a roaring fire, and everywhere you turn you are greeted with red poinsettias, twinkling lights and the smell of cinnamon and mulled wine.


Athy Town Centre



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Crowds thronged the streets of Athy last Sunday December 9th for the town’s Big Switch event. At least 2,000 locals enjoyed a visited from Frosty the Snowman, Dora the Explorer, and of course the main man, Santa Claus himself.

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



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The outlet shopping centre has been the beacon of Christmas decorations in Kildare since November! Officially switching on Christmas on November 14th, 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 coco in hand.


Whitewater Shopping Centre

Newbridge, Co. Kildare


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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!


Kildare Town



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The spectacular lights display in Kildare Town were switched on last Saturday, December 8th. Ollie’s Electrical owned y Ollie Kearns has been installing the Christmas lights in Kildare for the last 35 years and this year was no exception. The street is lined with beautiful twinkling lights, and the giant Christmas tree is located as usual in Market Square as per tradition. The Heritage Centre is also lit up this season. Here you will find Santa’s Reindeer Hospital, where you can tend to the reindeer, meet Santa and wander through the magical Christmas forest.

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