Christmas in Carlow is full of magic with seasonal sparkle and twinkling lights on every street, the scent of hot chocolate and mince pies in every café and a wealth of choice from local businesses when choosing that extra-special Christmas gift for your loved ones. From gardening to art, food hampers to fine dining, the options are endless. This is the perfect time of the year to support the many members of Carlow Tourism who provide wonderful Christmas experiences. See events and upcoming attractions at this most wonderful time of the year!
With 16 individual gardens Delta Sensory Gardens presents an unrivalled Christmas Lights Display (Dec 4th – Dec 21st). There’s also an opportunity to buy that special Christmas gift amongst an array of local artists and craft makers. On-site Café Thyme sells a range of home-made Christmas bakes.
Santa sends his reindeer to Ireland to get ready for their long journey on Christmas Eve and they can now bevisited free of charge at Arboretum. For Christmas decorations this is the place to head – there is something to suit every home from the bright dazzle of The Darkest White to the rustic charm of Winter Bliss. Dreams of Christmas Past revels in traditional Christmas colours, while Blush Wonderland is a glimpse into a magical festive forest. A Christmas experience like no other – recently voted Irish Retailer of the Year 2021.
Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow December 3rd – 5th
Tinryland GAA is transforming for this weekend into Tinryland’s Christmas Village, with lots of stalls from food to arts and craft. Dublin GAA stars Barney and Dean Rock will open the weekend festivities on Friday. Carol singing by St Clare’s Choir will bring the night to a close when the the tree lights are switched on. Santa arrives at 12 noon on Saturday and the festivities continue until 8 pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.
This foodie’s paradise tantalises diners with meat from their own organic farm on the Carlow/Laois border. Coolanowle has a strong ethos of supporting local food producers and champions organic food. You can create your own hamper from delicious breads, cakes, meats, and even Irish Wild Food Foragers. A welcome find under any Christmas tree to suit every budget.
The Santa Train is back! This year, Spotlight Productions (the genius team behind The Late Late Toy Show) have created a vision like no other. This is an extremely popular event so please go to the website now to book your place and to take note of the COVID-19 guidelines. Make the most of your Rathwood experience and take in some seasonal shopping too.
Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Barrack Street Carlow W: www.formcarlow.com
2nd – 24th December 2021
Meet the makers of FORM this December in a special pop-up shop in Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Browse a selection of their latest high quality ceramics, textiles, stone sculpture and jewellery to give your Christmas gifts that extra bit of sparkle!
Rathvilly GAA are hosting a Family Fireworks display on December 11th (5pm) at Rathvilly GAA Club. The skies of northeast Carlow will be set alight and this event is bound
to be fun for all of the family.
Open each weekend in Nov and Dec until Christmas (11am – 4pm) for house and garden tours and estate walks. After your visit take a well-earned break in the beautiful tea rooms, selling a full range of goodies which make an ideal gift or stocking filler. Walk the fields and select your own top class Christmas tree or pick a pre-cut tree from the courtyard.
Dine out with family, colleagues or friends this Christmas in the beautiful surroundings of Ballykealey House in Carlow.
TD Molloy’s Restaurant offers intimate surroundings in which to enjoy the very best of Irish and international cuisine with a wonderful Christmas backdrop.
Offering contemporary Irish and international cuisine using the finest local products, along with daily specials from locally sourced suppliers.
The Plum Tree Bistro serves exquisite food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with delicious menus filled with American, French, British and local cuisine.
The Liberty Tree Restaurant is located on the ourth floor of the hotel providing a bird’s eye view of Carlow’s Christmas lights while you sample the delights of the menu.