Embrace the magic of the festive season as we welcome you to experience the enchanting holiday spirit right here in Kildare!
In the coming weeks, Kildare is set to come alive with Christmas events that promise to make this winter season truly unforgettable. From the twinkling lights of Christmas markets to the melodious tunes of holiday concerts, the laughter-filled pantomime performances, and beyond – join us on a journey through the merry celebrations that await. Here are a few of our top recommendations for Christmas events happening in Kildare or within a short drive:
🎄 Naas Christmas Market (25th Nov & 2nd Dec)
Nestled in the heart of Naas (on Abbey Street), this vibrant market transforms the town into a winter wonderland, offering a magical shopping experience for all. With local artisans showcasing their finest creations, you can enjoy a stroll through the festively decorated stalls, perfect for finding that extra special Christmas gift this year.
On Saturday 25th Nov, expect a special day out as Santa Claus himself will travel down the main street of Naas at 12pm before seeing his small visitors, and at 4.30pm there will be extra celebrations as the Christmas lights are switched on in Naas town.
🎄 Winter Wonderland at Barretstown (25th & 26th Nov)
Step into a whimsical world of wonder and joy at Barretstown's Winter Wonderland. Nestled amidst the picturesque setting of Barretstown Castle, this enchanting event transforms the grounds into a magical wonderland, inviting families and friends to revel in the festive spirit. Children and adults alike can partake in a host of festive activities, from meeting Santa Claus in his charming grotto to enjoying seasonal treats and indulging in heartwarming entertainment. Find more information here: Winter Wonderland at Barretstown
🎄 Santa's House Express (26th Nov - 23rd Dec)
A magical world of holiday wonder awaits at Santa's House Express in Palmerstown, Kildare (only 10 minutes from Lawlor's). This festive attraction invites families to embark on an unforgettable journey to visit Santa Claus. The whimsical train ride, adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations, sets the stage for a joyful adventure. Children and adults alike are treated to a magical experience filled with festive cheer, interactive storytelling, and the chance to meet Santa in his charming abode. Find more information here: Santa's House Express.
🎄 Christmas Fun at the Irish National Stud (9th, 10th, 16th & 17th Dec)
Experience the enchantment of the festive season at the Irish National Stud, located in the heart of Kildare. Special events will take place from 12pm - 3pm on selected dates. While Santa is hard at work in the North Pole, he's sending some special Christmas characters to entertain with games, face painting, balloon-making, and more. All of the regular attractions will be open as usual, including the enchanting fairy trail, serene Japanese Gardens, and the thrilling Irish Racehorse Experience. The on-site restaurant will be serving up seasonal recipes and delectable treats to add to the festive cheer. Find more information at: Irish National Stud.
🎄 Christmas at Russburough House (various dates in December)
Dive into the magic of the season at Russborough House with a spectacular array of festive events lined up for December! Whether you're joining in for the children's decoration workshops, reveling in a night out at the opera, getting hands-on with wreath making workshops, or embarking on the enchanting Twilight Magic Christmas tours – there's something for everyone, young and old alike. Find out more at: Russborough House.
🎄 Christmas at Luggwoods
Luggwoods transforms into a winter wonderland each year, captivating visitors with its whimsical charm and holiday cheer. Embark on a magical journey through the enchanted forest, as you meet some of Santa's friends along the way. Children and adults alike will be delighted by interactive storytelling, festive characters, and the chance to meet the one and only Santa Claus. Luggwoods Christmas Experience goes beyond the ordinary, offering a unique blend of entertainment, adventure, and holiday spirit. Find out more here: Christmas at Luggwoods.
🎄 The Moat Theatre, Naas - Christmas Events (various dates)
Experience the magic of live entertainment this Christmas at the Moat Theatre in Naas. As we usher in the festive season, the Moat Theatre comes alive with a lineup of enchanting shows and lively musical events that promise to add a touch of sparkle to your winter nights. On this list you'll find the Pantomime, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a night with Naas Film Club screening 'Scrooge's Christmas Carol', a Christmas concert with Patrick Hyland and much, much more. The full lineup of events can be found here: The Moat Theatre.
🎄 The Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge - Christmas Events (various dates)
Located on the main street of Newbridge, this venue is set to captivate audiences with an array of festive shows and live music events in the upcoming weeks. As the holiday spirit fills the air, immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Riverbank Arts Centre, where creativity flourishes. Tickets are now available for shows such 'Polar Bear & Penguin', 'A Christmas Carol' and more. Find a list of upcoming shows and events here: Riverbank Arts Centre