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Santa and the Kinsale Ladies Football Team pictured in Kinsale Town Park to turn on the lights for Christmas 2016.
Picture. John Allen

Kinsale is very much Open for Business this Christmas

Members of Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business are promoting an active #shoplocal campaign this December with a number of video messages from local retailers, promotions and customer evenings. Cork County Council has granted FREE Parking throughout December for 2 hours, that is greatly welcomed by all local businesses.

Visitors are already enjoying winter warmer weekends and midweek breaks and families prepare to congregate in Kinsale for the Christmas festivities. Kinsale Hotels will host Christmas Party nights and New Year celebrations.

There are lots of super events and activities happening in Kinsale during December and over the Christmas holiday season. Additions to the calendar of events will be updated live to

Friday 1st December – Altrusa Club of Kinsale Annual Christmas Fayre 10am-12.30pm at Kinsale Temperance Hall. Christmas Shopping, home baking, coffee morning raffle and much more €5 to support Kinsale Community Hospital, KYSS, Meals on Wheels.

Also, La Bougie Candles hosts its VIP Customer night with prosecco and perfume on Friday 1st December from 5pm. All welcome.

Saturday 2nd December – Super Saturday – a big shopping day in Kinsale with FREE parking and many great offers and promotions with 20% discount in many local retailers. Pick up your copy of The Kinsale Advertiser or see this weekend!

Saturday 2nd December – Kinsale Community School Fundraising Committee hosts an ‘80s Night at The White Lady from 9pm. Tickets €10 (over 18s). Prizes for best dressed lady and Don Johnson lookalike!

Sunday 3rd December – Kinsale Folk Group will warm up the crowd at 5pm as Santa will arrive by fire engine to turn on the Christmas Lights on the big tree in the Town Park at and the mast that lights up Kinsale at 5.30pm. This is followed by a torchlight parade to the Trident Hotel for a kiddies disco.At 7.30pm we will welcome home our GAA Ladies Team from the All Ireland Intermediate Final in Parnell Park, Dublin. Best of luck in the All Ireland Final Ladies – we are very proud of you whatever the result!

Sunday 3rd December 8pm – O Holy Night – A concert of favourite Christmas Songs with Fiona O’Reilly (Soprano) and Eoin Leahy (Baritone), Chorus & Orchestra of Opera Cork at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Kinsae. Tickets €15 (under 16s €5) in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Wednesday 6th December – the first Wednesday of every month is FREE Admission to Charles Fort – popular all year round. There are some lovely festive treats and of course the Fairy Door treasure hunt!

Thursday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Night at Nine Market Street – join in the festivities at one of Kinsale’s buzzing bistros with 2 courses of festive goodness a glass of mulled wine for €25. Ps wear your best Christmas Jumper!

Saturday 9th December – Macdonald Kinsale Hotel Christmas Party Night in conjunction with Occasions

Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th – for Two nights only! Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special supporting Kinsale Community Hospital, Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) and the Friary Restoration Fund. Tickets €10 selling quickly – some are still available at Kinsale Tourist Office.

BUMPER DAY !!  Sunday 10th December

11.30am – Kinsale Tri Club Santa Dash Don your Santa outfits, Christmas jumpers and bring your friends and family to the Town park to run or walk 5k.

12.30pm – Mr Scrooge & Santa Christmas Puppet Show at The Blue Haven Hotel €5per person followed by the Christmas Market at The Blue Haven from 2.00-5.00pm

5.00pm – Cadbury Christmas Parade, the highlight of the Cadbury’s #Cadvent celebrations. The Cadbury Christmas Parades will be the highlight of this year’s ‘Cadvent’ celebrations, with Parades in Dublin, Kinsale and Donegal. The parades will tell the story of a young child’s dream that takes him on a magical journey to meet the Master of Joy. The story will be brought to life with a wonderful array of wacky floats, novel characters and creative entertainment that brings to life the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes!

Friday 15th December – Christmas Party Night at The Trident Hotel with cocktails on arrival, festive dinner with DJ Anthony Collins of Glastonbury Fame & Late Bar €40 per person. Special overnight accommodation packages available. See

Christmas Eve – 24th December

Breakfast with Santa @ Aperitif at the Blue Haven Hotel – 9am-12midday – Booking essential

Christmas Eve – Grainne Ryan Live at Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa 6-9pm

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

New Year Celebrations at The Trident Hotel. Cocktail and canapes, four course gourmet dinner. Ring in 2018 with an ABBA Themed night with Billy Crosbie & Friends. €60 per person.

Ring in the New Year with Sharon Crosbie from 10pm. Enjoy a special New Year’s evening dinner menu at Aperitif and The Fish Market. Full a la carte menu in The Blue Haven Bar and the Newport Lounge.

There is also a lovely Christmas Video produced by Paragon Skies for click here for details

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

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