We are firmly into the Season of Christmas. It’s the season of fun, laughter, cheer, giving, meeting with families and friends and where better to enjoy the season than the Woodford Dolmen Hotel and Carlow with so much to offer this Christmas.  

Firstly, congratulations to everyone involved in the Candlelight Walk of Hope for Eist and the turning on of the Christmas Lights, what a wonderful celebration to kick start the festive season in Carlow.  

Carlow has a huge amount to offer this year for all the family whether it be shopping, entertainment, visit to Santa, cookery demonstrations, we will give you a bite size of some of the many events taking place.

As its Christmas, I think we will start with the little one’s where they can meet Santa Claus this Christmas. You have a wonderful choice of venues and settings. Visit Santa at one of Irelands premier destinations “Rathwood Santa Train” where many generations, from young and old have enjoyed this magical visit to Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. Enjoy a fun-filled hour of entertainment, storytelling, train ride, magical forest walk and presents for the children. Book your Santa Train experience now!

Christmas at Huntington Castle on December 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th and 17th the magical castle is staging an old world “Letter to Santa” experience – meet Santa’s Elf, go on a special Christmas tour of the decorated castle, see the Italian vintage crib and the magical winter model railway, meet Santa receive a gift and enjoy some delicious Hot Chocolate. Book now Huntington Castle now! Did you know you can walk the fields and select your very own Christmas Tree or a pre cut tree from the Courtyard every day in December.  

“Sensory Santa Experience” at Delta Centre Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th 12pm to 6pm at the Delta Centre, Strawhall Estate, Carlow. Delta multisensory facilities will turn into a Special Christmas cheer for children with special needs, autism and sensory disorders.  Rooms devoted to seeing, hearing, smelling and touching will complete this wonderful sensory experience.  Siblings welcome. Individual family visits to Santa.  Beautiful light displays in gardens. Wheelchair accessible, hoist and specialised changing facilities available. Booking essential on their official website.

Christmas at Rancho Reilly’s is open every weekend in December to 23rd December where you can make a special decoration for your tree with the Elves in the Elves Workshop.  Book today on their official website. How about sharing breakfast with Santa at the Arboretum or visit there wonderful Christmas shop, lots of Christmas decorating ideas on their website. Santa will be in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre and Carlow Shopping Centre during the run up to Christmas.  

Adult Activities & Events

Timeout from Santa, lets look at grown-up events in Carlow this Christmas. Carlow Culinary Christmas Food and Drink Festival is taking place on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre. Featuring nightly food stalls, giveaways and Food Demonstrations from Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon and Catherine Fulvio with each visitor getting a free bag of recipes and some free County Carlow products to use over the festive season.  Tickets priced €14.

The Visual have many wonderful shows this holiday period for you to enjoy, “Abba Forever” The Christmas Show, Striking Productions presents “A Christmas Carol”, Ballet Ireland brings Romeo & Juliet Wednesday 20th December, Liam Lawton in concert 22nd and 23rd December. The Visual have some wonderful acts coming in the New Year like Sharon Shannon, Jason Byrne, Derek Ryan, Charlie Landsborough, Reeling in the Showband Years and Neil Delamere. For more ticket information visit their official website.

Here at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel we are delighted with the wonderful entertainment shows we have lined up for you this Christmas and New Year.  Come along and enjoy Keith Barry 29th December, Michael English 1st Jan 2018, Mike Denver and guests 13th Jan, Brendan Grace 19th Jan.  The Kilkenny’s, Johnny McEvoy and Derek Ryan will be appearing in Feb and March.  These are wonderful gift ideas with tickets available from hotel reception for all the shows. Visit our Events Calendar for the full list of events.

Carlow Farmers Markets is open every Saturday 9am to 2pm. The market is proving hugely popular as customers embrace the wide variety of fresh fruit, conventional and organic vegetables, meats, juices and home baking on offer. Why not try something fresh for your Christmas dinner this year?

THE PERFECT GIFT this Christmas is a Love Carlow Gift Card. Shop and Support Local this Christmas with the Love Carlow Gift Card which is accepted by retailers across the county. Visit their website for details of where to purchase and all retailers accepting the card.  

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year in Carlow.

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Carlow Up Close blog by Woodford Dolmen Hotel

An up close look at the activities and amenities in and around Carlow as recommended by the Woodford Dolmen Hotel Marketing Team. This blog will look at different events and places of interest and recommend timely and seasonal things for both tourists and Carlovians to explore.

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