Kilkenny celebrates the festive season with Yulefest Kilkenny; a curated and inclusive Christmas festival that invites all to enjoy and participate in a range of high quality, fun and festive events in Kilkenny City and County throughout December.
Yulefest Kilkenny invites all ages to enjoy a wide range of free and affordable seasonal events added weekly throughout December. A Christmas festival for all types of visitors; perfectly suited to solo travellers, couples, families and small groups, to enjoy events at their own pace.
Easy to get to and easy to get around, Kilkenny’s merry medieval streets, seasonal events, festive lights, walkable shopping streets, award winning dining and vintage carousel provide the perfect atmospheric backdrop for elfies and selfies. Convenient access by bus, train or car, Kilkenny is also accessible to get around upon arrival. Its walkable shopping areas, cobbled, medieval streets, seasonal events, festive lights, award winning dining and Castle parklands provide the perfect atmospheric backdrop for seasonal fun and festive photographs.
Kilkenny is also known for its craft and design heritage with many high quality, handmade, Irish crafts and gifts available. Visitors can see artisans at work in their workshops throughout the city or take in a craft trail around Kilkenny’s unspoilt countryside. Within Kilkenny city there are also several galleries, historical attractions and scenic sights to enjoy within a comfortable walking distance. Flowing through Kilkenny City is the River Nore, which features several accessible walks alongside the picturesque river.
Feast your Christmas senses on:
* Festive Installations
* Seasonal Dining
* Christmas Shopping
* Kilkenny Castle & Parklands
* Victorian Carousel
* Ice Skating Rink
* Santa’s Grotto
* Festive Workshops
* Open Air Music
* Seasonal Surprises
Yulefest Kilkenny Festive Events include:
Vladimir’s Viennese Christmas Gala
12th December 2019. Tickets €35 - €39.50
Enjoy beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era with violinist Valadimir Jablokov and family, tenor Sean Costello, soprano Margaret Keys, 25 piece orchestra and 50 piece choir.
Christmas Tree Festival
Selected dates in December 2019. Admission from €3
120 trees will fill the cathedral, each a work of imagination and art. Telling the story of our local communities through the medium of Christmas trees. Each tree is uniquely made or decorated.
Butler House Christmas Garden
Selected dates in December 2019. Admission free
Unique 200 year old guesthouse in the city whose secluded gardens transform at dusk as light installations come to life. Enjoy toy soldiers, reindeer and a frosty winter garden pond complete with skating snowman.
With more festive events added weekly at festival website www.yulefestkilkenny.ie
The website showcases all events and facilitates online event bookings as necessary so festival goers can create personal, festive itineraries. Families, Christmas catch uppers, day trippers and festive aficionados, visitors and locals can customise their Christmas visit at yulefestkilkenny.ie