If you’re visiting Ireland over the Christmas period, you’re in for a treat – there is nothing like the atmosphere of Christmas in Ireland! The weather is crisp, the fires are roaring, the food is just superb and, of course, festive cheer abounds wherever you go.

If you are spending Christmas and New Year’s in Ireland, these are the top 5 places we recommend staying:

Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork

Christmas at Hayfield Manor
Christmas at Hayfield Manor

Hayfield Manor Hotel is a luxury 5-star hotel in Cork city centre in Ireland. A stay at this Cork boutique hotel, which is an experience in itself, is particularly special at the Christmas period, with an exceptionally festive backdrop and ambiance from the moment you come through the front door.

Let the festivities begin with a seasonally themed Afternoon Tea service. As afternoon becomes Eve, soak up the cheerful atmosphere while sipping warmed mulled wine and being serenaded with heartwarming Christmas carols by the local choir.  Your evening celebrations continue with a festive meal of the finest local fare.

Following evening ceremonies or as a nightcap, enjoy warming hot port and mince pies in front of an open fire. 

Roaring Fires and Festive Cheer at Hayfield Manor Hotel

Christmas Day begins with Hayfield Manor’s famous Irish breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing in the luxury of your room or in a cozy corner in one of the resident lounges.  Christmas Day celebrations commence in earnest with a Champagne toast which precedes a Traditional Christmas Lunch – a gourmet spectacle featuring all your traditional festive favorites. The evening culminates with a light buffet supper. After that, relax by the fire with family and new-found friends to enjoy the enchanting tones of classical piano, or retire to the peace and luxury of your room for the final hours of Christmas Night. 

St Stephen’s Day, as we call December 26th, begins with a leisurely breakfast. Then opt to visit The Beautique Spa for some rejuvenating therapies or perhaps take to the city’s streets to enjoy the excitement of the commencement of the sales season.

In the evening, musical entertainment will add a lively note to the enjoyment of your St Stephen’s Night dinner. As bedtime beckons, slip away for a peaceful last night’s slumber at Hayfield Manor. Christmastime at Hayfield Manor is a truly magical experience!

The Westbury

The Westbury is ideally located just off Grafton Street, Dublin’s best shopping street.

Voted ‘Best Hotel in Ireland’ in the Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, The Westbury is one of Dublin’s best located and smartest 5-star hotels. Christmas is quite literally the most wonderful time of the year to experience the luxury and elegance of The Westbury.

Nestled in the heart of Dublin’s premier shopping district, guests can unwind post shopping and soak up the magical atmosphere of The Westbury this festive season. From the iconic Christmas Tree at the top of the stairs to Festive Afternoon Tea on The Gallery, overlooking the twinkling lights of Grafton Street, The Westbury is a most special place to enjoy time with family and friends.

Christmas Tea for two at the Westbury

Afternoon Tea at The Westbury is a much-loved tradition by locals and tourists alike. The Westbury’s pastry team led by Rey Encarnacion has created a divine seasonal menu, inspired by traditional Christmas treats, childhood memories and delicious flavors.

The Festive Afternoon Tea menu is filled with the aroma and tastes of Christmas and takes a twist on some traditional festive flavors.

Adare Manor

Christmas at Adare Manor Hotel

Arrive on Christmas Eve to Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, a luxury five-star hotel located in the village of Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, and enjoy a warm Irish welcome with seasonal treats and refreshments. Enjoy a Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea in The Gallery and then indulge in wine or whiskey tasting.

Take in the sights of the estate with a horse and carriage ride around the grounds before gathering in The Great Hall for a champagne and canapé reception with carol singers, complete with a visit from Santa. As the evening winds down, you can take advantage of the chauffeur service to the Christmas Eve Mass at the beautiful Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare.

A delicious Christmas Eve Dinner in The Oak Room or The Carriage House, Christmas storytelling for the little ones and a nightcap in The Tack Room bar are the perfect ends to a day full of celebration and joyful anticipation. What better way to get in the spirit of Christmas?

Ashford Castle

Christmas at Ashford Castle
Christmas at Ashford Castle

Your royal Christmas adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates of Ashford Castle, a remarkable 800-year-old castle, located on the Galway-Mayo border. Discover the exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, passionate team, a wealth of estate activities and a state-of-the-art spa.

As a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ireland’s top hotel destination and former home of the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is exceptional in every sense.

Christmas at Ashford castle is a sumptuous experience, with clay pigeon shooting, archery, gin tasting, cinema room and 8-course fine dining all on offer – all accompanied by the festive cheer and exceptional service that is is the standard at Ashford Castle.

Mount Juliet

A White Christmas at Mount Juliet
A White Christmas at Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet Estate is a beautifully luxurious 5-star hotel located in Co. Kilkenny. Mount Juliet at Christmas is a winter wonderland and there is no finer way to celebrate Christmas 2019 than to visit for a magical stay. Warm crackling fires and delicious cuisine will make your Christmas a special and memorable event.

A truly enchanting setting that captures the magic of Christmas with impeccable service throughout your stay. Spoil yourself and your family with a relaxing Christmas stay and experience the magic that Mount Juliet Estate can offer.

Contact us now to arrange your vacation to Ireland at Christmas and New Year 2019. We offer a full service, from suggesting itineraries, booking hotels, restaurants, and experiences, to our renowned Driver Guides escorting you around Ireland on a trip of a lifetime in our luxurious vehicles – book by 1st Dec and receive a 5% discount for travel in Nov and Dec 2019.