By Megan Millisky
Killarney, Ireland is an unbeatable place to spend your holidays. It’s full of stunning views, Christmas Markets, and you can even get a picture with Santa Claus at Santa’s Cottage! Discover all Killarney has to offer this December.
1. Forever Young Festival WinterFest 2019
This fun WinterFest, celebrate the best musicians of the 1980s! December 6-7, make fun memories as you rock out to all your old favorites. Over seven bands will be performing!
2. Great Santa Cycle
December 7, join an amazing cycling experience that helps charity! Dress up as Santa for this bike ride through some of Killarney’s best sights. You’ll start at the famous Muckross House, pedal past Ross Castle, and finish in Killarney Town.
3. Christmas Party Nights at The Brehon
Join the holiday merriment at these awesome Christmas Party Nights! December 6 and 14, try traditional Irish winter dishes. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to plan ahead for this dinner.
4. New Years Eve Celebratory Dining
This December 31, celebrate at the International Hotel. Located waterside, the hotel hosts a strawberries-and-champagne reception, followed by a four-course dinner. Then, enjoy live music and fireworks!
5. Killarney Park Run
Take a jaunt through Killarney Park in this weekly race. December 7, 14, 21, and 28, discover the gorgeous natural beauty of Killarney. You’ll pass by Muckross House, the National Park, and traditional farms and gardens. The race is free to enter.
Address: Co. Kerry, Ireland
6. TSP Tipp Town-HowsSheCuttin Walking Programme
December 4, head out on the last walking tour of the season. Group walks are about 2.5 miles long. Guests are encouraged to wear good walking shoes and must bring a high-visibility vest and flashlight.
7. Santa’s Cottage Old Market Lane
On select dates in December, visit Santa at his cottage for pictures and Christmas fun! Kids will love the North Pole Orb and the thousands of twinkling lights illuminating the festival.
8. Annual Kerry Charity Bikers Run
December 15, join in this bike ride for charity! The race begins at 11:30 AM at Sheehan’s Centra. Grab refreshments after the race at Scotts Hotel. In the evening, you can head to Christmas Rock Night where a DJ will be playing holiday hits.
9. Magic Parade
December 7, 14, 21, discover the magic of the Christmas season. Parades begin at 6 PM, with magical floats bobbing down the streets of Killarney. Christmas characters walk in the parade as well!