Winter Breaks With The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny

Winter Breaks With The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny

If you’ve never experienced Winter in Kilkenny, you’re in for a treat! Despite the typical Irish weather, our medieval city really shines in winter with everything from festive markets to fun winter activities in Kilkenny. If you’re looking for a fantastic winter hotel deal in Kilkenny, look no further than Hoban Hotel. Located on the edge of the city, Hoban offers you everything you could want from a Kilkenny hotel break while allowing you to enjoy a restful sleep without the sound of the city. Here are some of the benefits of a winter break in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny

Christmas Market in Kilkenny

We are delighted to welcome back Yulefest Winter Market, the highlight of a winter shopping trip to Kilkenny. From mid-November until 19th December you’ll find adorable log cabins dotted around the city selling fantastic gifts, food, drink, crafts and so much more – items you’d never find on the high street. Independent businesses, local artisans and craftspeople take centre stage at our Christmas Markets – the usual in Kilkenny. You can also enjoy live music on the bandstand and enjoy a lunch al fresco from the local vendors. It’s sure to be the highlight of your winter getaway in Kilkenny, The market opens on November 27 & 28th from 1pm and 10 – 6pm every Saturday and Sunday between 4-19th December

Winter Activities in Kilkenny

No matter what time of year you visit, you’re never guaranteed great weather so why note visit at the most wonderful time of the year and enjoy Yulefest. This curated and inclusive Christmas festival is a magical time for visitors and locals to enjoy a range of free and affordable winter events in Kilkenny throughout December. Festive activities include:

  • Victorian Carousel
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Santa’s Grotto
  • Festive Workshops
  • Christmas Shopping
  • Concerts
  • Theatre
  • Seasonal Dining
  • Open Air Music
  • Castle Parklands
  • Seasonal Surprises


New Year in Kilkenny

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in the excitement and possibilities of a new year. 2021 was a tough year for everyone and we’re excited to mark its end with a real knees up. Watch the sky light up with fireworks, enjoying a glass of bubbles and the company of friends and family in the heart of Kilkenny before retiring to the comfort and peace of Hoban Hotel. Each restaurant, pub and bar have its own special celebration but it’s a busy time so book your table and accommodation soon to avoid disappointment.

Last-Minute Gift Idea

What can you buy for the person who has everything? Hoban Hotel Kilkenny has solved this age-old riddle by offering the gift of choice. Your loved one can spend their vouchers as they wish on accommodation, dining and drinks in Hoban Hotel at a time that suits them. We also offer a distance gifting service meaning you can send a voucher to your loved one no matter where you are in the world to arrive in their inbox instantly.

Accommodation in Kilkenny

Our team have put together some very special packages to send off 2021 and welcome 2022 in style. 

Enjoy a two- or three-night stay with one of two evening meals with our special package which includes:

  • 2/3 night overnight stay
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning
  • A delicious 3-course evening meal with tea/coffee on a night of your choice in our 1801 Restaurant
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site car parking   
  • Free cancellation up to 4pm on the day prior to arrival

Get into the festive spirit and treat yourself to a merry and bright night away in Kilkenny with our festive spirit package which includes:

  • Rate includes full Irish breakfast each morning in 1801 restaurant
  • Mulled wine and mince pies on arrival with a soft drink and biscuits for the little ones
  • Late check out available Sunday to Thursday mornings
  • Always book here to save €10 per night with a complimentary drink
  • Free Wi-Fi and free car parking   
  • Free cancellation up to 4pm on the day prior to arrival
  • Enjoy the best of Kilkenny by reading our suggested holiday itineraries – click here


Please note, Hoban Hotel closes to give our staff a well-deserved Christmas break between 18th to 29th December. Our packages are exclusively available on our hotel website or via our friendly team. We look forward to being part of your favourite Christmas memories this year and for years to come.

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Sarah Corcoran

Sarah Corcoran

Our travel writer, Sarah, has a keen interest in travelling & writing and loves to explore the beautiful places in Ireland at every opportunity. From the most popular tourist spots to hidden gems, Sarah aims to find the best of our beautiful country so you can get the best out of your visit. Kilkenny is a second home to her and after spending many days and nights exploring the home of the Cats, she is full of recommendations from family holidays to city breaks.

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