Festivals this December on the Island of Ireland
Snotty noses, frosty footpaths, the smell of burning wood and coal in the air. It’s December 2019 and winter is officially here! And if you’re a lover of Christmas Markets then this guide will interest you – The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Markets in Ireland 2019.
This month’s featured poet is Patrick Kavanagh, a Monaghan man who grew up on a farm and moved to the big schmoke, just like my own late father. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy Kavanagh’s poetry so much. For the time that’s in it – here is a beautiful example of his thought and image provoking work, a beautiful poem – A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh.
Top Festival Picks in Leinster this December 2019
Leinster: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
What’s On – Things to Do in Dublin | December 2019 | Full Listing here
Wicklow Christmas Market | Nov 23rd – Dec 15th | wicklowchristmasmarket.com
Yulefest Kilkenny | Kilkenny | Nov 22nd – Jan 7th | yulefestkilkenny.ie
Winter Solstice Experience | Meath | Dec 20th – 21st | wintersolstice.ie
Wonderlights | Palmerstown House, Kildare | Dec 27th – Jan 4th | wonderlights.ie
Top Festival Picks in Munster this December 2019
Munster: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.
Winterval | Waterford City | Nov 23rd – Dec 23rd | winterval.ie
Glow – A Cork Christmas Celebration | Nov 29th – Dec 22nd | corkchristmascelebration
Enchanted Garden Winter Light Fest | Tramore | Dec 6th-Jan 5th | lafcadiohearngardens
Top Festival Picks in Connacht this December 2019
Connacht: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.
Elf Town Galway | Galway Racecourse Ballybrit | Nov 29th – Dec 23rd | elftowngalway.com
Top Festival Picks in Ulster incl. Northern Ireland this December
Ulster (including Northern Ireland): Antrim, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone.
Walled City 400 | Derry / Londonderry | Mar 19 – Mar 2020 | walledcity400.com
Donegal’s Lapland | Doagh Famine Village | Nov 29th – Dec 22nd | donegalslapland.ie