Kinsale Warming up for a Merry Christmas 2016

THERE are lots of super events and activities happening in Kinsale during December and over the Christmas holiday season. Visitors are already enjoying winter warmer weekends and midweek breaks and families prepare to congregate in Kinsale for the Christmas festivities.

Members of Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business welcome free parking in the Town Car Park and Car park beside Kinsale Tourist office as well as free parking on Saturdays in December. Additions to the calendar of events will be updated live to on an ongoing basis.

Sunday 4th December – Turning on of Christmas Lights

There will be Carol Singing from 4.30pm in anticipation of Santa and Mrs Claus arriving by fire engine at 5.00pm to the Town Park. Santa will turn on the Christmas lights on the 8m tree. He will be joined by special guests, the Kinsale GAA Ladies Football team, who have reached the All Ireland Junior Final on 3rd December at Dr Cullen Park, Carlow. They are all winners in our eyes as everyone in Kinsale is so proud of their achievements winning the Munster Final and going so far in the competition.

Following the celebrations around the Christmas tree, there will be a torchlight parade to Kinsale Yacht Club for a children’s disco and plenty more fun!

Kinsale Hotels to host Christmas Party Nights

Whether it is your company Christmas party or a family gathering, check out for updates on the Christmas party nights. Trident Friday 9th and Saturday 17th, Actons Saturday 10th and Friday 16th or Macdonald Kinsale Hotel (formerly Carlton) on Friday 9th and 16th and Saturday 10th December.

Macdonald Kinsale Hotel also has Sunday lunch with Santa on 4th, 11th and 18th December and remains open for a traditional Christmas Day Lunch on 25th December. The Hotel will also host its traditional New Year’s Eve party on Saturday 31st December.

The Blue Haven has Christmas party nights and live music 7 nights a week including DJs in Hamlet’s Kinsale. See websites through

Kinsale Tri Club Santa Dash Sunday 11th at 11.30am Don your Santa outfits, Christmas jumpers and bring your friends and family to the Town park to run or walk 5k or 10k for the Kinsale Community School fundraising for the new all-weather pitch.

Also on Sunday 11th December – Blue Haven Xmas Market 3-7pm– puppet show 2pm (€5 kids)

Christmas Main Event – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December

Kinsale Temperance Hall in the centre of town will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, whereby children can meet Santa upstairs and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Bookings €5 children €3 Adults – all fundraising for the Town Christmas lights appeal. There will be a cakes and vintage clothes sale downstairs. All welcome.

Christmas Eve Breakfast with Santa at Aperitif @The Blue Haven. 24th December 9.30-11.30am

No need to book – just pop in and enjoy a delicious breakfast and meet Santa who will be happy to meet everyone and pose for family photos!

Christmas Day 25th December

Church Services in St. John’s Parish Church, The Friary and St. Multose Church of Ireland. These will be followed by Kinsale Lions Club Xmas day swim 1pm on the Pier road – all welcome!

New Year’s Eve – 31st December

Dine out at a Kinsale gourmet restaurant of your choice – early booking advisable! Also there is a Gala New Year’s Eve Party at the Macdonald Kinsale Hotel. See for booking information.

For all details of Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business events and activities, see