Christmas Week in Kilkenny

As the main day approaches, Yulefest Kilkenny have got something special in store. Catch up with friends and family and find that perfect gift at the covid-safe outdoor events all through-out Christmas week.
Come and celebrate Christmas in Kilkenny.
The week in Kilkenny begins with a bang with a fireworks display over the iconic Kilkenny Castle on Sunday the 19th of December, a joint initiative between Yulefest and the OPW. Tickets must be pre-booked and the €3 entry fee is donated entirely to Amber Women’s Refuge.
Continuing on from the weekend will be five final days of Kilkenny’s Christmas Market which will be open on Sunday 19th and Thursday 23rd from 10am to 6pm and from12-8pm on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd as the parade will become a jazz-lovers heaven each evening with sounds from some of Ireland’s most acclaimed musicians, as the long standing ‘Sofa Sessions’ moves from its home in Billy Byrne’s to the Bandstand to get us all into the Christmas spirit.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Fidelis Doherty commented “Yulefest, which is programmed, marketed and delivered by Kilkenny County Council has been a great success so far and I’m really looking forward to Christmas week where I will shop local at our delightful market and support our local artisans and craftsmen and women who are nestled in beautiful wooden huts and santa tents on the Parade. We are all conscious of the need to keep our business local and there’s plenty of christmas gift options and even more options of treats for yourself.’
On Wednesday 22nd the city will be a buzz again with the last Yulefest Movie Night showing Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated  Wolfwalkers. Plus, the last DJ Beats in the Watergate Pocket Park on Parliament Street. If you’ve missed this event so far, now is the time. Have a festive catch-up with friends, grab something from the Parliament eateries and enjoy great tunes from the Se7en Inch Collective.
There are plenty of activities for children too with Santa’s Woodland Reindeer Trail at Woodstock, the Christmas Garden at Butler House, the Elf Village at Castlecomer Discovery Park, plus lots more!
Mayor Andrew McGuinness said “There has been such a buzz around the city and after the year we’ve had it’s great to see. Everyone has really embraced the festive spirit. There is such a range of activities especially for the children. We’re looking forward to exploring some more of them this week.”
Get that festive feeling in Kilkenny this Christmas week!
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