Christmas in Kilkenny 2021

Christmas Tree Festival in Kilkenny

Christmas in Kilkenny 2021

The best Christmas events in Kilkenny city and county

There are some magical Christmas events happening in Kilkenny city and county this year. From continental markets to traditional pantos, there’s plenty of Christmas cheer in the West this year.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Yulefest Kilkenny

22 November – 6 January, Kilkenny

Yulefest Kilkenny is a curated and inclusive Christmas festival that invites visitors and locals to enjoy a wide range of free and affordable seasonal events in Kilkenny City and County throughout December.
Easy to get to and easy to get around, explore all that our city and county seasonal programme has to offer. From gigs to Glüwein, singalongs to storm troopers, there’s something for everyone at Yulefest Kilkenny. 
Christmas Festival in Kilkenny

Christmas Tree Festival

2 – 7 December, St Canice’s Cathedral

After a hugely successful online festival last year, the Christmas Tree Festival in St. Canice’s Cathedral returns in-person. 

This amazing forest will be open to the public from the 2nd of December. Come along and enjoy a stroll through a magical forest of unknown species of Christmas trees. Bring your friends and enjoy the seasonal atmosphere in the beautiful surrounds of the Cathedral with music, stalls, teas, and crafts for children.

Christmas in Castlecomer

Christmas Spirit at Slieve Aughty

26 November,  Castlecomer

Castlecomer prepares to shine this November 26th. After last years break, The Festival of Light returns to town, marking the start of the Christmas season.
things to do this Christmas in Kilkenny


1 – 9 January, Kilkenny City

Cinderella, the most magical panto of all, is running at the Watergate Theatre in January 2022 and is sure to be a memorable night out for all the family to enjoy!

Forced to tend to her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters all day long, Cinderella gets by with a little help from her best friend, Buttons and his sister Bangles until her magical Fairy Godmother makes an unexpected appearance and transforms Cinders from rags to riches, but will her sisters ruin her chances of finding love at the ball before the stroke of midnight?

Kilkenny at Christmas

Kilkenny on Ice

22 November – 05 January, Cillin Hill

 Kilkenny is preparing for another big freeze this year as Kilkenny on Ice returns to The Hub in Cillin Hill. Get your skates on and book your tickets.

This year more that ever, it is important to shop and support local. Make sure you check out what’s happening in your town, and get involved in all the lovely local events that are planned. 


Finally, all details on our list of things to do are correct at time of publication. Please check with the organiser before finalising your plans. In addition, we ask that you are mindful of the current HSE Covid -19 guidelines at all times.

We are not just for Christmas…

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