Christmas is just around the corner, and the Emerald Isle is lighting up to guide Santa and his reindeers on their merry way. Here are the best Christmas light festivals in Ireland this year.
If you’re looking for something fun and festive for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re sharing the best Christmas light festivals in Ireland this year.
From illuminated trails filled with fairytale characters to glittering Christmas lights brightening up some of Ireland’s most stunning gardens, there are plenty of festive events to brighten up those long winter nights.
So, if you’re on the lookout for a way to spread some festive cheer, read on.
5. Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Co. Down – discover the royal gardens illuminated in light
Located in the beautiful gardens of Hillsborough Castle, the official royal residence in Northern Ireland, is one of the best Christmas light festivals in Ireland this year.
Taking place from 3 December until 2 January, this is the perfect festive day out for the whole family.
Make your way through illuminated light tunnels, walk under giant baubles, and marvel at the twinkling trees. Warm yourself up with a spiced winter warmer or a hot chocolate from the café on site.
Adult tickets cost £19.50, child tickets cost £13.50, and family tickets cost £15.50 or £62 for a family of four.
Address: Castle and Gardens, Historic Royal Palaces, 349 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, BT26 6FT
4. Wonderlights at Malahide Castle and Gardens, Co. Dublin – discover the Castle of Light
Wonderlights is a truly immersive light display that is sure to get you feeling festive.
Following on from the hugely successful Wonderlights at Palmerstown House Estate in 2019, this year’s event is sure to be a hit with people from all across Ireland.
This year’s theme is ‘Castle of Light’ and will take place in the historic gardens of Malahide Castle. Discover a magical mix of fantastic light sculptures, colour, nature, and more on this enchanting night walk.
Meander your way through this 1.8 km (1.1 miles) trail, making your way through the enchanted forest, discovering wildlife by moonlight, and marvelling at the night sky.
Tickets are priced at €16.50 for children, students and OAPs. Adult tickets cost €19.50, and children under two going free.
Address: Malahide Demesne, Malahide, Co. Dublin, K36 C432, Ireland
3. The Enchanted Winter Garden at Antrim Castle, Co. Antrim – one of the best Christmas light events in Ireland this year
The Enchanted Winter Garden at Antrim Castle and Gardens is one of the most highly anticipated events of the festive season.
Taking place from 27 November until 21 December, this enchanting illuminated garden is a truly inspiring sight to behold.
Discover the twinkling lights bringing new life to the Barbican Gate, Motte, Parterre, and more. Or, hop on the big wheel and check out all the stunning light displays from above.
With an array of festival rides, food stalls, and more, this is the ultimate festive family day out. Tickets are priced at £6 for adults, £4 for children, and £18 for a family of four. Meanwhile, children under two go free.
Address: Randalstown Rd, Antrim, BT41 4LH
2. Land of Lights at Wells House and Gardens, Co. Wexford – lighting up the southeast
Land of Lights at Wells House and Gardens in County Wexford is sure to be a magical and unforgettable experience.
This immersive light festival is set on the stunning grounds of a historic Victorian mansion. Make your way along the illuminated forest trail and gaze at the historic buildings flooded in light.
With exhibitions such as the Troll Prison, the Stargate Portal, Battle of the Jedis, and an LED Forest DJ, there is plenty to discover along this immersive trail.
Taking place from 22 October to 19 December, general admission for the Land of Lights costs €18.50. Child and student tickets cost €14, and children under two go free. Meanwhile, family tickets are €60.
Address: Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
1. Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo, Co. Dublin – embark on a journey around the world
Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated festive events returning to Dublin this Christmas.
As one of the best Christmas light festivals in Ireland this year, visitors can become immersed in a trail full of illuminated light sculptures and characters on a journey ‘Around the World’.
Guests will be transported on a magical journey from Paris to Morocco, Spain to Egypt, all at the heart of Dublin Zoo.
This must-visit festive experience is taking place from 28 October until 9 January. Tickets cost €22 for adults, €18 for children, €19 for students and senior citizens. Children under three go free.
Address: Saint James’ (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin 8, Ireland