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Things To Do: Food Events & Festivals in Ireland for December 2016

Christmas is finally upon us.

A large part of that was highlighted to me by the fact I got to give Fairytale Of New York its first radio spin of the year on Thursday afternoon, but outside of that, because it’s December we can finally acknowledge that Christmas and all the festivities it brings, is here.

With December, as with Christmas, comes loads of wintery events, talks, demos, markets and more so here’s a few things you could dip your toes into through December.

Yulefest in Kilkenny

The #tastekilkenny stalls at the Yulefest Christmas Market
The #tastekilkenny stalls at the Yulefest Christmas Market

This one kicked off on Friday gone with a Christmas festival experience in Kilkenny city running each weekend heading into Christmas as well as the few days in Christmas week as well.

There’s plenty to do for the family at Butler House, Castlecomer Discovery Park, ‘Christmas On The Hill’ at Cillin Hill, plus food-wise there’s a food market set up at the front of Kilkenny Courthouse, while across the road in Rothe House, the front of the house has been transformed into a retail store for those involved in the Taste of Kilkenny experience and it’s packed with local produce. has more details.

Galway Christmas Market

Taking over Eyre Square, the Galway Christmas Market is a grand spot to lose yourself for a while, have the chats with local traders, grab a fresh bite to eat and do some Christmas shopping in Galway. Check out the video below for the bigger picture.

Keep an eye on the Christmas In Galway Facebook page for more.


Winterval, Waterford
Winterval, Waterford

Winterval is Waterford’s big Christmas experience. I spent four years living there during the college days so I do have a soft spot for the Deise, but the transformation the city undergoes when daylight goes down in the early evening make it a great place to walk around and soak up the Christmas buzz.

Food-wise, there’s plenty to pick up around the streets, plus Waterford is crammed with tasty spots to eat – Bodega, Emilianos, Burzza, The Olive Tree, Gino’s and loads more to make sure you don’t leave town hungry.

Check out the free events here.

GLOW: Christmas In Cork

Local producers will be out in force at the Cork Christmas Markets on Grand Parade
Local producers will be out in force at the Cork Christmas Markets on Grand Parade

Most events are clustered around Grand Parade the city centre, including Bishop Lucey Park which is just adjacent. The Christmas magic at the Park is free to attend and as it’ll be snowing (really) you are advised to wrap up warmly.

Last time I was down I’m pretty sure I spent the entire day pottering around Grand Parade. Loads to see, eat, drink, chat – plus, it’s Cork. Great spot.

There’s a Christmas Food Market, a 30-metre ferris wheel, a Narnia-themed park and loads more. The food markets run midday to around 8.30pm. Check out for the details.

Got your own event to add? Drop me an email – – with your event details this December and I’ll get them added to the list.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; Read my Irish food blog, Ken On Food.

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