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07th Nov 2023

Santa will arrive to Kilkenny by boat this month, to mark the launch of the city’s Christmas market

Fiona Frawley

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Santa enjoyed his boat trip to Kilkenny so much last year, the sleigh will be staying in the shed again this Christmas.

As children across Ireland continue ploughing their way through their trick-or-treat hauls, Santa is preparing for his journey to Kilkenny at the end of this month.

His arrival will mark the beginning of the Yulefest Christmas Market in Kilkenny, a twinkling assortment of festive treats, creative crafts, live music and family entertainment.

Santa will arrive to the city by boat on Saturday, 25th November, sailing up the River Nore before taking a trip around the city and finishing up at Kilkenny Castle. He’ll round off the evening with the important task of switching on Kilkenny’s Christmas lights as part of the Yulefest Parade. There’ll also be live music and a chance for some children to join Santa on his jaunt around town.


Details of a number of Yulefest events are live now, including a festive mile run, a Christmas tree festival, Mrs Claus’s family farm and a Christmas drumming workshop.

The wood-clad Christmas market will run from 11am-6pm every weekend from Saturday 25th November until Saturday the 23rd of December, with a local farmers market on the Parade on Thursdays from 11am-3pm. A large amount of the events are free to attend, and you’ll find more information on individual happenings via the Yulefest website.

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