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Everything You Need To Know About The Kilkenny Christmas Market 2022

Everything You Need To Know About The Kilkenny Christmas Market 2022

The Kilkenny Christmas market (Yulefest Kilkenny) is one of the lesser-known Christmas markets in Ireland.

And, although it’s one of the smaller markets on the island, it’s jam-packed events schedule packs a punch.

Below, you’ll find info on everything from when the markets are taking place to what events to look out for. Dive on in!

Some quick need to knows about the Kilkenny Christmas market 2022

Yulefest Kilkenny

Photo by Dylan Vaughan via Yulefest Kilkenny

Although a visit to the Kilkenny Christmas market is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.

1. Location + parking

The Kilkenny Christmas market takes place on The Parade in the heart of the city. If you’re driving, you can park in the Market Yard and the County Hall car parks (parking is free on the dates below).

2. Dates

It’s official – the Kilkenny Christmas Market returns on November 26th, 2022. They’ve yet to announce when it’ll finish, but we’ll update this guide when we know more.

3. Opening times

The opening times are still TBC but, based on last years event, the markets (including the various events) take place every weekend. They start at 10am and run until 6pm. There’s also numerous events, like open air movie nights, taking place during the week.

4. Heaps of events

Last year, the Christmas market in Kilkenny had a good mix of events tied into their roster, from Friday Night DJ Beats and the Yulefest Movie Nights to music, indoor events and much more (see below).

Things to do in and around the Christmas market in Kilkenny

Christmas market in Kilkenny

Photos by Dylan Vaughan via Yulefest Kilkenny

Now, there’s still nothing confirmed about the Christmas market in Kilkenny as of yet, but here’s what took place last year.

1. The stalls

As is the case with every Christmas market in Ireland, Yulefest Kilkenny boasts its fair share of stalls. Here, you’ll find local artisans tucked away in beautiful wooden huts selling everything from food and crafts to festive trinkets.

Last year, this section of the Kilkenny Christmas market was open on from 10am-6pm every Saturday and Sunday until the 19th Dec.

One of the more unique attractions at the Kilkenny Christmas market is the movie nights. Boasting a backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, the Yulefest movie nights feature Oscar nominated Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon movies.

They were shown at Canal Square every Wednesday (1st – 22nd December) at 7pm. Note: you needed to book tickets in advance. Tickets were €3 a pop or €10 for families (up to 5 people).

3. The Yulefest Bandstand

If movies aren’t your thing, you can soak up some festive atmosphere at The Parade every weekend. A mix of local musicians will be taking to the stage from now up to Christmas, for those of you looking for a bit of pre-dinner entertainment, before tipping into one of the many restaurants in Kilkenny.

4. Friday Night DJ Beats

Friday Night DJ Beats took place at Watergate Urban Park on Parliament Street on Fridays in December, from 17:00 – 20:00. Resident DJs the Se7en Inch Collective will be on hand to get you in the Christmas party mood. The park was also be decked out in festive gear, to add to the festive buzz.

5. Butler House Christmas Garden

Take the little ones to Butler House to experience their enchanting Christmas garden and festive fare (open each weekend from 12:00 – 18:00). You can expect everything from toy soldiers and reindeer to a miniature train, glittering lights and plenty more.

6. Yulefest Fireworks Display

Although this event is sold out, you’ll be able to see it taking place from across the city. The Kilkenny Christmas market fireworks display takes place on Sunday, December 19th at 19:30 from the spectacular setting of Kilkenny Castle.

More Irish markets like Yulefest Kilkenny

Christmas markets in Ireland

Photos via Shutterstock

If the Christmas market in Kilkenny doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s plenty of other markets dotted around Ireland to choose from:

FAQs about the Kilkenny Christmas Market

We’ve had a lot of questions over the last couple of days asking about everything from whats on at Yulefest Kilkenny to whether or not it’s worth visiting.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Does Kilkenny have a Christmas market?

Yes. Yulefest takes place on The Parade in the heart of the city over the course of December and boasts music, movies and stalls.

What are the Kilkenny Christmas market 2022 dates?

It’s official – the Kilkenny Christmas Market returns on November 26th, 2022. They’ve yet to announce when it’ll finish, but we’ll update this guide when we know more.

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