Yule Fest Kilkenny

Yule Fest Kilkenny

We are delighted to welcome Yulefest 2022 to Kilkenny this year! From November 25th all the way to Christmas eve, the city is transformed into a winter wonderland with shopping, dining, family fun and so much more. Whether you’re looking for family activities or a romantic winter weekend for two, Kilkenny is the perfect destination for a festive break in Ireland. Located on the edge of the city, Hoban Hotel Kilkenny is perfectly situated for a festive break without the hustle and bustle of the city at night so you’re guaranteed a peaceful night’s sleep. Our festive packages and best available rates are exclusively available on our website.

Festival Favourites

There is fun for all of the family at Yulefest this year. We welcome the return of the beloved Christmas market, the medieval mile run, Yulefest Movie Night, Elf Village, the Yulefest Bandstand and much more, The festival brings an air of magic and excitement and we welcome thousands of visitors to Kilkenny from Ireland and around the world! The program of events has something for all ages and great shopping & food are all around as always in Kilkenny. Our historic buildings and landmarks are decorated and illuminated adding to the cheery festive vibe, even at night.

Santa City Cycle

The city festivities begin with Santa’s City Cycle, something Kilkenny has been enjoying for many years. This year, Yulefest is partnering with Cycle Kilkenny to help Santa on his journey to Kilkenny. Boating down the Nore and then cycling up to the Parade, Santa is arriving once again to Kilkenny on Saturday the 26th of November to switch on the Christmas lights and start the festivities in the city. Watch from the sidelines or saddle up and join Santa on the green route across the city to his final destination where he will say hello to all of the boys and girls.

Kilkenny Christmas Market

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas market and Kilkenny has a fantastic one this year. Bigger & better than ever in 2022, the market takes place every weekend and across the whole of Christmas week so you can enjoy the festive atmosphere, taste some fantastic local food and find that perfect gift for someone you love this Christmas in Kilkenny. As usual, there is an emphasis on local and independent suppliers this year meaning whatever you buy in the Kilkenny Christmas market is sure to be unique. You can spend a whole day browsing the stalls, and trying some delicious food and drink to warm you up along the way.

Christmas Tree Festival

St. Canice’s Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival is delighted to return in person this year as part of Yulefest. As in previous years, the Cathedral will transform into a forest of unusual trees and you are invited to help us create this magical spectacle. You are welcome to create a tree of your own to display in the festival, simply enter your tree before 25th November 2022. There will be a selection of seasonal stalls, musical entertainment, refreshments, a raffle and something fun for the little ones. Admission is just €4 for adults and €2 for children and it’s open from 1st  to 6th December.

Nore Valley Park at Christmas

The elves have been busy setting up a winter village in Nore Valley Park this Christmas to bring joy to visitors of all ages. Children will be kept entertained with fun and games and the whole family is invited to join the fun along with the mischievous elves before visiting Santa’s enchanting grotto. The visit to meet the big man includes a printed family photo, a hot chocolate for the little ones and a gift from the man himself. They even have a dedicated day to bring your pets to meet Santa – imagine how cute the pictures will be! The Christmas experience opens on select dates in December & you can buy tickets on their website.

If you’re planning a trip to Yulefest Kilkenny, be sure to book the perfect festive accommodation. Our festive packages, special offers and best rate guarantee are exclusively available on our website. Book your couples, family, or individual stay today to avoid disappointment during this very busy season.

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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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