Who can believe Christmas is only a couple of months away?! That means it is time to start planning the Christmas festivities, presents and even a holiday away! Whether that includes Christmas Day itself or just a holiday around the festive season, a bit of thought needs to go into planning your break, and our guide will help you decide on your destination.
Ireland is a fantastic place to visit all year round, especially during the winter months. The trees are bare, a chance of snow is in the air while shops and pubs feel cosy and welcoming.
These are the places to go for your Christmas family holidays in Ireland:
The capital is thriving at Christmas. There is the winter Funderland, the country’s largest Christmas theme park, carols by candlelight in the concert hall and the animal crib to start off with. The city centre is great for some last-minute shopping, and many of the pubs are open right up Christmas Eve for those looking for a Christmas tipple. For children, there will be pantomimes at several of the theatres around the city which are guaranteed to be a good laugh for the whole family. And for the daring, why not try a traditional Dublin Christmas activity? The Forty Foot Swim takes place each year, and it’s great for working up an appetite – just beware of the cold!
This city in the west of Ireland is a popular tourist destination throughout the year, and there are many fantastic things to enjoy about the city around Christmas, making it an ideal place for a family holiday in December. One of the best things about the city at Christmas includes the Galway Christmas Market, where there is food, crafts and gifts available to buy, sampling street food and having an Irish coffee to warm you up after all that shopping. You also won’t want to miss the carollers and buskers along Shop Street and High Street that are bringing the festive cheer to shoppers. Then there is ice skating, something the whole family can have a go at, and don’t miss seeing the city in the evening when the Christmas lights are at their best.
There is nowhere in Ireland that does Christmas like Cork. The quaint city has much to offer its residents and visitors, so you can be sure to find lots to do. Families will enjoy the entertainment that comes in the form of Christmas-themed theatre productions, pantomimes and ballet. Then there is Glow: A Cork Christmas Celebration. The full details of 2017’s event have not yet been released, but if it is to be like the previous years, expect a fabulous Christmas market, a funfair including a Ferris Wheel, Christmas choirs, and of course the Christmas lights to marvel at. The Cork City Christmas Lights are switched on in November but can be seen all over the festive season.
Limerick goes all out when it comes to celebrating the festive season, and the city truly sparkles at Christmas time. There is something for the whole family, with street performers, carousel rides and festive music to entertain the children, and maybe even a chance to visit Santa in his grotto! There are also workshops adults can enjoy as they learn how to make Christmas wreaths. Then at the Milk Market, you can indulge in all the Christmas foodie treats! There is a chance to try the best of Limerick’s food and drink at the market, from mulled wine to a traditional Irish coffee. Not to be missed are the Christmas lights, illuminating the markets and craft fairs, where you can do a spot of shopping.
The charming city of Kilkenny is a hugely popular place to visit around Christmas, and there are plenty of attractions and activities to occupy your time when on your holidays this Christmas. You can go ice skating at the city’s ice rink, which also has bungee trampolines and rodeo reindeer! Then there is the chance to meet Santa in his grotto in the centre of the city, where you can also fit in some shopping at big name brand shops, independent boutiques and the Christmas market. The city also hosts several festive events such as concerts and comedy shows, carol singers and pantomimes. And the biggest treat of all might just be the chocolate. You may not know that Kilkenny is home to the finest homemade chocolate in the whole of Ireland - be sure to sample delicious truffles and delightful hot chocolate at many of the stalls at the market!
Get in touch with Imagine Ireland today to start planning your Christmas holiday in Ireland today!