The ultimate Christmas movie will be screened at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre this month as part of Yulefest Kilkenny

As part of Yulefest Kilkenny and Christmas in MacDonagh a pop-up outdoor cinema will screen a Christmas favourite, Elf. Released in 2003, Elf has become an iconic Christmas feel-good movie and family-friendly at its core.

Following on from the success of last years movie nights, the big screen is back, showing your favourite Christmas movie for one night only at a new location; Goods Shed Square in MacDonagh Junction. With ample parking and stores open until 9pm, there are lots of places to pick up snacks or eat beforehand in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, it’s an ideal location for this festive event.

On Thursday, 15th December wrap up warm and bring chairs, cushions, blankets and treats to join us for a magical night of cinema in the city. Get in the festive spirit, grab your family and enjoy a hot chocolate at this unique Yulefest event or plan a Christmas get-together with friends.

Marian Acreman, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre Manager commented “We’re looking forward to welcoming people to Goods Shed Square at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to watch this fun Christmas comedy. Come along and grab a bit beforehand, do some Christmas shopping and pick up some treats to munch on while watching Elf!”

Will Ferrell stars as the happy-go-lucky, Buddy, who as a baby crawled into Santa’s toy bag and was whisked off to the North Pole, where he was raised as an elf! Raised as an oversized elf after growing to three times the size of his elf family, Buddy is the epitome of the Christmas spirit. He travels from the North Pole to his birthplace of New York City to discover his roots and find his original family that includes his scrooge-like father and a cynical younger stepbrother who doesn’t believe in Santa. In New York, Buddy discovers that everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas and sets about to single-handedly save Christmas in New York, and win over his family in the process!

Cinema in the city will take place on Thursday 15th December from 5.30pm at Goods Shed Square, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Tickets are €3 and €10 for a family. At 5.30pm a short children’s movie will be screened at 5.30pm and Elf will begin at 7pm. Spaces will be limited and tickets will need to be purchased in advance at Please note: this is an outdoor event with no formal seating. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring picnic blankets, cushions or camp chairs. Due to noise levels we think it’s best to leave the pets at home.

Yulefest ‘Christmas in Kilkenny’ returned at the end of November and brings the festive spirit to Ireland’s Marble City until Friday 23rd December! During the festival Kilkenny’s Medieval City transforms into a Christmas Wonderland of festive cheer for all the family. After the success of last year’s festival, this year Yulefest has grown – with a larger Christmas Market on The Parade and an extended Christmas week programme.

Yulefest Kilkenny runs for five weeks and welcomes visitors to Kilkenny with a packed programme of Christmas activities including live music on the Yulefest Bandstand; the Kilkenny Christmas Market where you can pick up perfect presents for the ones you love; a Santa Run; Fireworks Display; and Elf Village in Castlecomer! New for Yulefest Kilkenny 2022 is an extended Christmas week programme beginning on Tuesday 20th December. The Kilkenny Christmas Market will be open throughout the week, along with live music on the Yulefest Bandstand and some very special treats that you won’t want to miss.

Yulefest Kilkenny is programmed, produced and marketed by Kilkenny County Council.


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