Christmas in Kildare 2022

Its that time of year again to get out those sparkly clothes and accessories and visit magical places around Kildare to make the best memories and photo opps this Christmas Season. Herer are a few places we have found in the Kildare Area, if you are running an event no matter how big or small do get in touch we would be delighted to add you to our listing.

Santa's Reindeer Hospital - The Courthouse Kildare Town

Each year we are bombarded with requests for Santa's Reindeer Hospital and this year is no different. The amazing Kildare Town Projects Group are working hard behind the scenes to make your Christmas special this year again with a visit to the courthouse to see Santa, Mrs Clause and the Reindeer. If you are on the nice list you might even pick up a small surprise to tide you over until the big day.

Images by deanella.com

Santa's Reindeer Hospital - Tickets on Sale Now.

See the links below.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/santas-reindeer-hospital-2022-fri-sat-sun-and-high-peak-tickets-463565415637
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/santas-reindeer-hospital-2022-mid-week-and-off-peak-tickets-208892682637

€15 per child + 1 Adult free (€5 per Adult thereafter) (plus booking fee) Off peak weekdays

€18 per child (plus booking fee) High peak Fri-Sun

Newborn's 6mths and under are free (no gift)

€5 per Adult (plus booking fee) High Peak Fri-Sun Adult tickets should only be purchased with at least one child ticket.

Santa's Reindeer Hospital is run not for profit but to only cover costs. Our event aims to be affordable for all , which is why we have introduced our two tier pricing to cover the considerable increase in all our running costs this year.

This event is brought to you each year by the Volunteers of Kildare Town Projects Group with the support of Kildare County Council.

All tickets are on sale through eventbrite so please book there .

The Clanard Court - Athy Santa's Magical Trial

We are now live and taking bookings for the 2022 Santa Season ahead!

We have TWO Santa experiences on offer as follows for you…

1. Our famous OVERNIGHT Santa’s Magical Sleep Over which will again be like our two previous years and includes our Magical Trail experience with Santa Visit, your dinner, bed & breakfast stay and evening Elf Entertainment! LEARN MORE HERE

2. Our DAY TRIP Family Festive Meal & Santa Visit experience makes a return after proving such a big hit over the past two years! This includes a Meal, Visit to Santa’s Craftsy Workshop + Make-A-Teddy and then your Santa Visit + Gift LEARN MORE HERE 

Both experiences are running on select dates in December and will absolutely deliver on guaranteed FUN and oodles of Christmas Cheer! Something both our Elf Helpers and Santa Team simply excel at here at the Clanard Court Hotel, where these experiences magically happen every year. WE JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS!

***PLEASE NOTE for previous customers prior to 2020, the Family Festive Meal & Santa Visit is the replacement experience to the past Trail only experience for 2022 and does not include The Magical Trail***

We are now in our 14th YEAR of running our award-winning leading Kildare Santa experience…we really love all things Santa and believe in lots of FUN, MAGIC and SMILES along the way!!! To date Santa’s Magical Trail has raised €122,500 for children’s charities and local community projects. The main charity we are donating to this year is the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Santa's House Express , Johnstown

SANTA VISITS IN THE MANOR ARE Back!
Ireland's Favourite Santa Experience returns for 2022

SANTA’S HOUSE EXPRESS PRESENTS:
‘JOURNEY THROUGH SANTA'S KINGDOM’

Established in 2014, we have been welcoming families as part of their traditions for almost a decade now at the beautiful Palmerstown House Estate. Tickets are on sale now! 

Ireland's Premium Santa Experience returns for 2022.

SANTA’S HOUSE EXPRESS PRESENTS: ‘Journey Through Santa's Kingdom’. We have been welcoming families as part of their Christmas traditions for almost a decade now, and we can’t wait to see you this festive season!

Off-peak rates are available up until 27th Nov (all day), up to 3:45pm mid-week until 16th Dec and up to 2:45pm until 23rd Dec. All other times will be at the standard rate.

Buy Tickets now

Copper Beach Farm - Santa Christmas Experience

Welcome to Ireland’s voted number one Santa here at Copperbeech Farm!

At Copperbeech you can enjoy a rustic 400year old farm setting, with a stunning view of the Wicklow mountains, your adventure with us begins with a warm welcome from Santa’s Elves.  Discover the true meaning of christmas through the baby Jesus and ER the Donkey.

On to Santa’s Post Office, where you have the challenge of waking up Sleepy the Elf and kids post their wish list to santa! From here, you will make your way upto the ‘Elves Wonderful Workshop’ where you will get to see Santa’s Elves busy at work making presents, and even get the chance to make your very own Christmas decoration to bring home!

Next up is a surprise visit from the man himself! Save Christmas from the grumpy Grinch, as Santa will come down the chimney with lots of presents for all the boys & girls!

Santa Built a NEW & IMPROVED RUDOLPH’S BARN where you can meet Daisy the cow, her baby calf and barn full of animals in our `12 days of Christmas` theme along with Tom the tractor & Ciaran the combine. Next kiss under the mistletoe as you wait for your cherished family photo above the mantelpiece for years to come.

And with their magic golden ticket the kids receive an amazing surprise gift!

Relax & take in the Christmas Spirit as you watch your little ones face light up with joy here at Copperbeech farm!

Click here for more information and tickets

Winter Wonderland - Barretstown

Join us for the fantastic Christmas-filled experience that is Winter Wonderland at Barretstown. Set on our beautiful campus, on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November, you and your family will get to browse through the Christmas market stalls, soak up the Christmas music, enjoy some delicious food in Elizabeth’s Tree House, and take part in the Christmas raffle. And of course, you'll be able to top it all off with a visit to the man himself in our wonderful grotto...Santa!

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Admission to Winter Wonderland is free, with a ticket purchase necessary to visit to Santa in his Grotto. Booking is essential for visits to Santa, as spaces are limited. Please note no tickets for Santa visits will be available to purchase on the day at Barretstown.

Family (2 adults & 2 children) – €50
Adult – €10
Child – €18
Infant (Up to 1 years old) – Free

Please note:  Pets will not be permitted at this event, service dogs only.

Christmas Fair in Kildangan


It’s Sunday December 4th in kildangan community hall
From 12 -4
All proceeds go to 25th kildangan scout group
We have over 20 stalls
Coffee and treats horse box
And a huge raffle
Santa will be there from 1 pm

For more information contact Majella Carroll on facebook https://www.facebook.com/majella.carroll

Irish Nation Stud Countdown to Christmas

With a cram packed list of events on the lead up to Christmas you are sure to find something for everyone at the Irish National Stud. TO find out more and to book your tickets click here.

Halloween in Kildare

We have gathered a few events thta are happening in Kildare for Halloween this year we hope you enjoy, if you are running an event in the area plesae get in touch and we will add you to our listing.

Contact us my email info@kildareheritage.com , send us photos and information about your event and any website or facebook page you use.

The Story of Samhain - The Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge

VISUAL ART: A Way Home – An Slí Abhaile

Riverbank Arts Centre welcomes a new exhibition for children, showcasing the breadth of talent in contemporary Irish illustration, while retelling the story of Samhain (Halloween) for a new generation.

Two siblings get lost in the woods. There they meet a mysterious traveller and embark on an adventure that sees them encountering a cheeky púca, some lost souls, and a choir of banshees… This is a story of Halloween as told by children’s writer Olivia Hope.

A Way Home / An Sli Abhaile is brought to life through the collaboration of 20 artists and illustrators. Together they have created 46 artworks which will be displayed in our Children’s Gallery.

Saturday 3rd September, 2022 - 10:00 - Sunday 6th November, 2022 - 16:00

 | Free Admission

Halloween Festival - Clonfert Pet Farm

Visit Confert Pet Farm for a family-friendly Halloween Festival. Running from 22nd to 31st October 2022! Plenty of spooky family fun to create a truly memorable day out. So dig out your broomsticks and costumes and come join the fun.

TICKETS GOING ON SALE FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER AT 11AM!

Got a question? Please try our FAQ's page before contacting us.

For tickets and more information click here.

Halloween Happenings at Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Kildare

ITS BACK … Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park will host the infamous Halloween Happenings for TEN spooky days Saturday 29th October to Friday 4th November 2022 – ONLINE BOOKING ESSENTIAL – MORNING AND AFTERNOON SLOTS. NON TICKET HOLDERS WILL NOT GAIN ENTRY.

Lots of ghastly ghouls and terrifying treats in store at Lullymore including Haunted HologramsTerror Train Trips (be prepared for Zombie Attacks!!)Terror Treasure Hunts and freaky fun throughout the Park.

Prepare for the Fright of your Life. Come in fancy dress (optional).

*******WARNING*******

TERROR TRAIN TRIP may not be suitable for younger children and parent discretion is advised.

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co Kildare. Phone 045 870238 for more information.

Online booking is essential for this event (maximum stay is 3 hours). . One Terror Train Trip per family is included in your online booking.   Please arrive on time and call us at 045 870238 for more information on the event.

For further information or assistance with booking please email lullymorebookings@gmail.com 

Haloween Spooktacular at the Irish National Stud

Looking for the perfect day out? There are plenty of fun activities taking place at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co Kildare, over Halloween. From Saturday the 29th to Wednesday 2nd enjoy a fun-filled experience for all the family.

From 11-3 take part and try out our themed activities such as arts and crafts workshops, circus shows, spooky storytelling and much more. There will be giant games and other fun activities, sure to keep the little ones entertained.

For more information click here

The Greenfields Festival 28th, 29th and 30th October 2022


The Greenfields Festival is a new 3 day music festival taking place the October Bank Holiday weekend in Athy Co Kildare. Its a very unique line up with 3 different genres of music each day. Friday 28th October is all about the DJ's with one of Irelands top DJ's headlining with Jenny Greene, Saturday 29th sees the temp change to Folk and Pop with Ceol, The Tumbling Paddies and Electric Dreams taking to the stage and Sunday 30th its all about Irish and Ballad music with Dan McCabe headling and supported by Gary Og, Kevin Morrin & Band, Meadhbh Walsh Music and The Auld Bridage.

For more information check out their facebook page or email amanda@theauldshebeenbar.ie or call +353 86 333 0792

Silken Thomas Players host Murder in the Courthouse

Book you tickets for this special event in Kildare Town Court House

Contact Noreen on 087 2944 110 for tickets and more information.

Halloween - Forest School Camp

Send your little ones to this outdoor camp to start off their Mid Term in the great Outdoors

Connecting with nature at this time of year is always such a colourful and rewarding time, children learn so much in their play especially in the freedom of nature. This year we have the beautiful location of Kildare Town's Cherry Avenue to explore and enjoy.

This camp is fully outdoors for four hours so wrap up and join in the fun!

For more information and booking click here or visit www.kildaretownforestschool.com

Redhills - Halloween Camp

2 CAMPS, ONE WEEK!

Following the successful Summer Junior and Teen Camps 2022, Redhills are delighted as promised to bring you a unique and action packed Redhills Adventure Halloween Camp 2022.

They are running a 3 day Junior and Teen camp during the October mid-term. The camps are packed full of activities from Splatmaster to Airsoft Combat Games, learning new skills  to being active in the outdoors! Safety and fun is our number one priority. Our camp is all outdoors and will take place no matter what the weather. Places are limited so book your place early to avoid disappointment!

For more information please click here.

More Events

For more events and activities in Kildare for Halloween click here.

Derby Festival June 2022

Lots happening this year for Kildare Derby Festival 2022, check out the line up!

Call in to the heritage Centre for a full programme

June Bank Hoilday 2022

What is Happening?

Lots happening over the June Bank Hoilday Weekend and some continuing trhought the month. If you have an event or know of something happening in the Kildare area get in touch and we can add it to our list of happenings! 🙂

Kildare Town - Gordon Bennett Classic Car Run

The Gordon Bennett annual classic car run is back in Kildare town on Sunday 5th between 2.30pm- 4.00pm an array of Gordon Bennett Classic cars will make a ‘stopover’ on the square for about a 90min.

It takes you on an historic journey across spectacular Irish countryside.

Why not join us in the beautiful Irish Midlands to help commemorate "The Race that Saved Motor Sport", it is a free event enjoyed by all who attend , suitable for all ages.

For more information and details on the route please go to their website or click here to view the booklet in pdf.

Newbridge - June Fest Newbridge

Some of the upcoming highlights from this year’s June Fest which will take place in Newbridge from June 1st to June 30th 2022.

PopUpArt Newbridge at The Riverbank Art Centre

As a result of the success of Popup Art Newbridge, its four successful art exhibitions in 2021 and the establishment of  its Virtual Gallery www.popupartnewbridge.com PopUpArt Newbidge are delighted to advise that they will be  popping up all over Newbridge during the month of June coinciding with the June Fest .

We are delighted to be invited back to the Riverbank where a collaboration of 20 Local Kildare Artists, of all genres, will showcase their work from June 2nd – 25th inclusive.

Monster Family Fun Day

It’s back! Join us in St. Conleth’s GAA car park for a jampacked day of games, stalls, fun fair festivities & more. Led by local volunteer groups & charities, this is your chance to give back while having a blast!

We will also be joined by CelticCon Comic Convention who will be running events in Newbridge Town Hall. Come check out the comic village, artist alley, geek market, cosplayers & so much more!

Bark in The Park (KWWSPCA)

KWWSPCA will hold a ‘Bark in the Park’ with lots of fun filled activities, sponsored walk and great entertainment for dogs and their families in the Liffey Linear Park.

This is going to be a brilliant event for dog owners, dog lovers and for anyone looking for a fun day out. We will be holding all sorts of activities throughout the day with competitions, simple dog trials, raffles and general fun for all the dogs.

The Linear Park is a perfect place to bring your picnic and enjoy the festivities in the summer sunshine.

Date And Time

05-06-2022 @ 11:00 AM to
05-06-2022 @ 04:00 PM 

Location

Newbridge Liffey Linear Park

Bands on the Bank

Shake off the cobwebs with  Vagabonds and Thieves for this fabulous afternoon of music down by the banks of the Liffey, The lads from Vagabonds and Thieves will be joined by the cream of talent  from around the locality which promises to be one of the events to remember.

Special guests to be announced closer to the date.

Bring a picnic, the family and or your besties, and enjoy a delicious summer afternoon in our gorgeous park. Location The Watering Gates, Liffey Linear Park .

Date And Time

Sunday 05-06-2022 @ 03:00 PM to
Sunday 05-06-2022 @ 05:30 PM 

View list of upcoming events with more to be announced soon.

View list of upcoming events with more to be announced soon.

Download June Fest 2022 Programme Booklet here.

Kildare - The 6th Irish Military Seminar

6th Irish Military Seminar

4-11 June 2022

The Irish Military Seminar returns with an exciting full programme of lectures this year in venues across the county, including Castletown House, Celbridge, Naas and Newbridge Libraries and Newbridge Town Hall, featuring renowned historians and authors, including Stella Tillyard (Aristocrats and Citizen Lord) and Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, our keynote speaker who will give a talk based on his most recent book, Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War.

"It is not the duty of the historian to lecture the people of the past... on how they should have done better. The quest should be to understand and contextualise their positions, the lights that guided them and to humanise their dilemmas and the deadly consequences of their decisions."
Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter

Castletown House - Talk ' The World Turned Upside Down'

Join us on Saturday, 4 June at 15.00 in the Long Gallery, one of the most celebrated rooms in Castletown House, for Stella Tillyard's talk on 'The World Turned Upside Down: Lord Edward Fitzgerald, the British Army, and the battle for Irish Freedom'. Bring a picnic and take some time to enjoy the grounds of Castletown. Book at www.castletown.ie, cost €10.00.

Newbridge Community Library - Talk with James Durney

Local History Series Adolf Hitler: My part in his downfall. Mickser Mahon with James Durney

Local History Series
Adolf Hitler: My part in his downfall. Mickser Mahon with James Durney
In 1941 Mickser Mahon and his boyhood friend, Jackie Sheridan, left Naas and joined the British Army in Belfast. Months later they found themselves in North Africa at the decisive Battle of El Alamein. Next up was the campaign in Italy and the horrendous Battle of Monte Cassino. When Germany finally surrendered Mickser was detailed to forcibly send back ethnic Russians who had fought for the Wehrmacht.

Dates: 07 June 2022 - 07 June 2022 - Time: 7pm
Venue: Newbridge Library Athgarvan Road Newbridge Co Kildare
Organised by Newbridge Library
Contact Details: T 045 906130 E: newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie

Irish Working Sheepdog Demonstrations

Sheepdog DemonstrationsBased outside the village of Ballymore Eustace under the beautiful Wicklow mountains.We offer sheepdog demonstrations on our home farm to day trippers tourist bus tours corporate groups and team building an  informative fun experience.We also demonstrate in Glendalough and Russborough house. Booking is essential.We are also mobile and can demonstrate at your own venue .

The historical site at Russborough Country House is a wonderful location to experience a taste of Irish life and heritage. Overlooking some of the most stunning views in Ireland, our hard working sheepdogs will leave you feeling enchanted. There is a variety of fun for friends and family! See if you can whistle and command the dogs or simply sit back, relax and enjoy as Michael and his sheepdogs do their work with the sheep.

Irish Working Sheepdogs provide the perfect way to spend a day out. Whether it's with family and friends or as part of a tour group, we guarantee an experience to remember. To enquire about our sheepdog demonstrations or training sessions at Russborough house, simply fill in the booking form and we'll let you know about availability and cost by return.

Contact us

Ballybaught,
Ballymore Eustace,
Naas,
Co. Kildare,
W91P9H2

Phone:
Michael: (087) 8141391

Email:
irishworkingsheepdogs@gmail.com

Roal Canal Blueway Kildare Now

The Grand Canal Blueways Walking Routes

The Blueways Walking Routes

Have a look at the Blueways website for interactive maps for Kildare and the rest of the country. A network of stunning trails running on and alongside Ireland's most idyllic lakes, canals and rivers. Taking you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscapes. As you meander through inspiring, picturesque vistas, soak in the charming rural atmosphere and explore life at a different pace.

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The Barrow Way Walking Routes

Here the Barrow Way is divided up into six sections, ranging in length from 23 kilometres to 6 kilometres. ( Photo taken from http://www.riverbarrow.net/barrow-way.html )

Why not go and enjoy this scenic route into the heart of rural Ireland by canoe, bike or on foot. Connect with friends and family as you escape to unique natural environments.

Explore The Barrow Way Website

A comprehensive website with map and walking route details it also features activities and attractions and much more.

Photo taken from flip book ( https://www.kildare.ie/kildaresp/TowpathTrails/?page=1)

Towpath Trails Online Booklet

For more information on the Barrow Way other walking routes have a look at the Towpath Trails Booklet online. It gives information on The Royal Canal, The Grand Canal and The Barrow Line. A beautifully illustrated book which gives you the km/ miles for each trail so you can choose one that suits you best.

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The Royal Canal Greenway Walking Routes

The Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal Greenway is a walking route which starts from Maynooth and stretches as far as Enfield and beyond. It is a route along the canal and so is easy to access. There is lots to do along the route and plenty of nearby attractions.

Discover the Royal Canal Greenway, a 130km scenic walking and cycling route.

Click on the link below to bring you to the intokildare website for a printable map and more information

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