The magic of the Christmas festivities on the Iveragh peninsula is certainly something to not miss out on. With weekly Christmas parades, Ice skating rinks, Santas cottage and a Christmas concert, there’s lots to choose from and something for everyone this festive season
Things to do!
Christmas Parades -
Kick starting the celebrations is a Christmas parade in Killarney, starting on the 23rd November. You'll have an evening filled with an array of floats with your favourite childhood characters and many more surprises to come...
Parade dates - Saturday 23rd November and 7th, 14th and 21st December.
Santas cottage -
Santa Claus IS coming to town, and this year he's making a special appearance in his cottage in Old market lane in Killarney. Get to meet the big man and his hard working elf’s who are busy preparing for the big day! You can even leave your very own Christmas wish on the wishing tree. Don't miss out as he'll soon be heading back to the North pole for final preparations before Christmas day...
Starting on 30th November and continuing December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd in Old Market Lane.
Christmas concert -
Join violin sensation Vladimir for his annual Viennese Christmas Gala (18th December 2019) as he and his orchestra add a festive glow to some of the best Christmas songs and carols you know and love. It's the perfect way to get dressed up and celebrate the holidays.
Get your tickets here - https://inec.ie/gig/vladimirs-viennese-christmas-19-12-18/
Best places to eat
Wanting to stay in your holiday home and not have to worry about cooking on Christmas day? Don't worry Emilie's in Glenbeigh have got you covered! Emilie's is a fabulous bakery, cafe and restaurant who will prepare all your food! There's also lots of great restaurants to choose from, whether you're looking for a fine dining experience with exquisite food or delicious food at an affordable price, then look no further!
Kingdom 1795 -
This restaurant has a fantastic ambience with a warm and elegant interior and according to one review, "the restaurant is well on its way to getting highly recognized and should earn a star soon." This truly is fine dining at an affordable price.
Check out their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/kingdom.1795/
Sol y Sombra -
A quirky tapas bar and restaurant in a renovated church, which serves delicious tapas and a fine selection of wines which they import directly from Spain. Sol y Sombra also serves good craft beer and cocktails.
Check out their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/solysombraireland/
Jacks coastguard restaurant -
Jacks’ restaurant is located in the beautiful fishing village of Cromane and has stunning panoramic views of the the McGillicuddy Reeks, Inch Beach and Rossbeigh Peninsula. Jack's serves local seafood as a specialty but also caters for meat lovers and vegetarian tastes.
Check out their website here - http://jackscromane.com/
Best places to drink
Pubs in Killorglin
If you're looking for more traditional Irish pubs be sure to check out Falveys - a small, cosy and friendly pub open in the evenings and Francie Sheahans - a family run sports bar with live music in the evenings. Or if you're looking for a daytime pub then head straight to Bunkers and the Bianconi, both of whom serve food!
Pubs in Glenbeigh
Ashes pub is a cosy pub where you'll find lots of the locals. Or There's two hotels - 'The Glenbeigh' and 'Towers' which are great pubs with roaring log fires.
Where to stay
You can enjoy a cozy family Christmas in one our five star luxury homes -
Fishermans Rest is an extra special property that suits everyone's needs. Looking out the windows you have the sea in front of you. This home is newly built to the highest specification with comfortable, luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms and an elegant, bright living room, kitchen and dining area. As the sun goes down over the bay, in front of you, expect amazing lights and red skies.
Inis - A home which combines elegance, comfort and space. It has a huge expanse of panoramic glass in the kitchen giving great views of the stunning mountains behind and creating a light filled space. This house is perfect for entertaining friends and family with its spacious open plan kitchen and fabulous dining area. It’s a great house all year round with its large patio overlooking the mountains for the Summer and its roaring log fire making it very cosy in the winter.