IRISH CHRISTMAS TRAVEL SPECIALS 2015
featuring Irish car tours and other package deals to Ireland in December and January.Christmas the way it should be.
|Irish Proverb: A turkey never voted for an early Christmas.|
Ireland BB, Festive Dromoland Castle vacation package 7 nights - Early booking is ESSENTIAL for this vacation.
After Christmas Treat-One Night B&B at Dromoland Castle. Dec. 28 (not available over Christmas or New Years)Rate per person in USD, Sharing a twin room
|Twelve Days of Christmas Song : Although most people say / sing "four calling birds", the actually birds are "four colley birds" (blackbirds).|
Christmas in Dublin
In Dublin, Christmas day is only the beginning of celebrating with friends that doesnt end until the Feast of Epiphany on the 6th of January. Christmas Shopping: Gifts so perfect that they could only come from Ireland. Dublin is a wonderful city to visit at Christmas. The Christmas lights are turned on in November and from that point on, the big Christmas shopping season will have commenced in earnest. Unique gifts are only part of the journey as you enhance your experience with tours of Europe's most picturesque cities. From shopping on Grafton Street and Henry Street, to listening to the carol singers and buskers on Grafton Street, and to the wonderful Christmas windows, Dublin City Center has loads to offer.
In general, the city has a buzz up to Christmas Eve, and much of the social activity centres around the pubs (as usual!) There are some outdoor activities on Christmas day, eg. outdoor walks, Christmas day swims for the hardy souls. Some hotels stay open over Christmas, with a "package" stay and organized activities. St. Stephen's Day (Boxing day) has pubs open again, but only a limited number of shops open. There will be plenty of sporting activities, however, much of it being of a "fun" nature. Restaurants will be open, except for Christmas Day. Airports, buses and trains do not operate on Christmas day, and will have a limited service on 26th. Shops will generally open about 27th December with sales - hectic for shopaholics.
CHRISTMAS AT THE MERRION, DUBLIN
Arrive on Christmas Eve and check into your luxurious room, complete with tempting seasonal delights. Anticipate Christmas by the crackling log fires in our lavishly dressed Drawing Rooms, unwind in the sumptuous Tethra Spa or relax in the warm ambiance of our Dublin cocktail bar, No 23. At 6pm on Christmas Eve, all our younger guests are invited to meet with Father Christmas around the magical Christmas tree in The Front Hall, where each child will receive a Christmas gift, and Mums and Dads can enjoy a glass of Champagne.
Wake up on Christmas Morning to a celebratory breakfast in the comfort of your own room or in The Cellar Restaurant. Later, enjoy traditional Christmas Lunch or Dinner in The Cellar Restaurant followed by a glass of Merrion mulled wine and mince pies in No 23.
For guests who would prefer to extend their celebrations, on St Stephens Day, December 26th, The Merrion is offering two Top Level Tickets to the renowned Leopardstown Christmas Race Festival, complete with coach transfers to and from the hotel. For those who would prefer to stay indoors, guests can opt for a sumptuous one-hour treatment per person in The Tethra Spa.
Rates per person for 2 nights $618
|Messiah, Handel's glorious oratorio,was first performed in Dublin in 1742, and the city celebrates with performances every December. The most ethereal is in the soaring vaults of St. Patrick's Cathedral.|
CHRISTMAS AT DROMOLAND CASTLE
Enjoy Christmas at Dromoland Castle. (This is priced on a per person sharing basis). Arrival on the 24th December (Christmas Eve) and enjoy a welcome reception with Canapes from 6pm followed by Dinner at 7pm or Dinner at 8.30pm for the last minute shoppers, Christmas Carols and visit from Santa. On Christmas Day enjoy a hearty breakfast, Traditional Christmas Day Lunch. Later that evening enjoy a Light "Pick & Go" Buffet Supper on your lap in front of the log fires or in any of our beautiful public area rooms. Before you leave us on 26th December enjoy another hearty breakfast.
Rates per person for 2 nights FROM $989 PER PERSON
Extra night $288 per person
Treat yourself to a 1 nights stay at Dromoland Castle including Accommodation, full Irish breakfast and Table d'Hote dinner and let us help you to celebrate the magical traditions of Christmas at Dromoland Castle. Indulge and unwind at the Spa, relax in deep sofas in front of roaring log fires and festive
decorated surroundings or enjoy falconry, golf or a horse drawn carriage tour. Toast the season in the Cocktail Bar with traditional entertainment,dine in the award winning Earl of Thomond Restaurant,or just soak up and enjoy the nostalgic Christmas atmosphere.
CHRISTMAS AT ASHFORD CASTLE
Christmas Eve - 24th December:
Check in from 12 noon - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served on your arrival to the Castle.
3.30pm Afternoon Tea Service in the Drawing Room.
7.15pm Welcome Cocktail Reception with Chamber Music, in the Drawing Room hosted by Niall Rochford, General Manager.
7.45pm Christmas Eve Dinner in the George V Restaurant.
10.00pm Santa Claus arrives with gifts for all guests.
10.30pm Carol Singing by St. Mary’s Church Choir.
10.45pm Seasonal songs & music.
Christmas Day - 25th December:
8.00am - 10.00am Breakfast in the George V Dining Room.
From 10.00am Morning Activities–Golf Stableford over 9 holes & our Christmas morning Cruise on Lough Corrib with traditional music and hot whiskeys on board.
1.00pm Festive Buffet lunch in the George V Restaurant.
4.00pm Treasure Hunt in the Grounds or Golf
7.30pm Cocktails in the Drawing Room with Chamber Music.
8.00pm Gala Black Tie dinner in the George V Dining Room.
10.00pm Dance the night away to Keith McDonald & the Show Band Show.
12 midnight enjoy Mulled Wine and mince pies before bed.
St. Stephen’s Day - 26th December:
9.00am - 1.00pm Jazz Brunch in the George V Restaurant with The Larry Hingerton Jazz Band.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast / brunch followed by a fond farewell.
Rates per person for 2 nights $1484BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
|An Irish Toast:May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door, and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas|
|Some Irish Christmas traditions:|
Did you know that the popular Christmas carol, Twelve Days of Christmas, is a remnant from the time when Catholicism was illegal and the gifts listed in the song are hidden references to Catholic dogma? It was used as a memory exercise for those who were secret adherents to Catholicism.
The lighting of candles in Ireland also has a religious significance. Some people would light candles (or one large candle) to signify symbolic hospitality for Mary and Joseph. The candle was a way of saying there was room for Jesus' parents in these homes even if there was none in Bethlehem. Some people even set extra places at their tables as a preparation for unexpected visitors.
Christmas Dinner Christmas dinners in Ireland usually consist of the standard fare; turkey, a ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. Among the more traditional Irish elements are spiced beef (spiced over several days, cooked, and then pressed) which can be served either hot or cold. The traditional dessert is usually composed of mince pies, Christmas pudding, and brandy or rum sauce.
Nollaig shona duit (Happy Christmas)
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