Kilkenny is a medieval city situated in the sunny South East of Ireland, the hero county of Ireland’s Ancient East. An intimate city, with medieval streets and a 900 year old castle full of history and heritage alongside bustling villages and towns where beauty and adventure await. Festivals and events showcase our culture of Arts and creativity like Yulefest, celebrating Christmas in Kilkenny. from November through to January the city becomes magical with Christmas lights and decorations and events. From christmas markets to exhibitions, live music, and ice-skating, there is something for everyone. Local Kilkenny made crafts make perfect presents, and our food and drinks offering are second to none. Kilkenny can cover all your Christmas needs in a magical medieval package located less than an hour from Waterford and 2hrs from Dublin and Cork.
Join us for winter markets, outdoor movies, pop-up parks, live music, and lots more. Starting with Santa’s very special arrival into the city on Saturday the 27th of November, Yulefest in Kilkenny is the festive event not to be missed.
plan your visit
Located in the South East of the country, Kilkenny is never too far from where you land on our shores. Whether you’re coming by plane, boat or automobile we’re rarely more than 2 hours down the road.
There is plenty of Parking in the city with extra special arrangements made for Christmas (see the poster).