Christmas at Butler House & Garden

Step back in time this Christmas season in Kilkenny City Centre, where timeless traditions and the magic of our Christmas Garden will enchant you and your guests.

Butler House Christmas Garden Experience

Our Garden transforms at dusk as light installations come to life. Kids will love the toy soldiers, reindeer and the frosty winter pond at the heart of our garden complete with our new Butler House miniature Train. Take an "Elfie" with friends in Santa's sleigh or meet the big man himself in his outdoor grotto. The Glittering trees will lead you to our Christmas Post Office where you will find Santa has left a magic post-box for all his letters that go straight to the north pole. You can also pay a visit to our animals from Nore Valley Park.

So, come visit this unique destination in our secluded walled garden, enjoy festive fare, music and take some time away from the crowds to soak up a magical Christmas atmosphere in the very heart of Kilkenny.

Some of the highlights are;

  • Santa & his elves | €10 per child (No booking necessary)
  • Photo with Santa | €5
  • Animals from Nore Valley Park
  • Hot Chocolate, Donuts, Waffles and much more
  • Mulled Wine

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily from 9th December

Saturday & Sunday - 12noon - 6 p.m. - Christmas Garden, Food, Craft Fair from 7th December

Garden Open until 23rd December, and will re-open on 28th December to wander at leisure. (None of the above activities will be available)

Craft Fair

Our Christmas Craft Fair is open every Saturday and Sunday between 12 and 6 p.m. There will be lots of lovely unique gift ideas to choose from, including jewellery, fashion, art, and lots more. Enjoy some festive fare from the garden while you browse!

All-Day Dining 

If you are looking to catch up with friends and family over a bite to eat, then our delicious Lunch Menu will be available from 12noon - 4 p.m. daily.

Lady Eleanor Butler Afternoon Tea with a Seasonal Twist
Includes a glass of Bubbly or Pink Gin - €35 per person
Looking for something different for your office outing or catch-up with friends and family this Christmas? We have a stunning festive Afternoon Tea option for you and your colleagues in one of the most magnificent dining rooms in Kilkenny. Served daily from 12.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
(Pre-booking essential)
Butler House Gift Voucher
Treat that someone special this Christmas to a Butler House Gift Voucher and let them enjoy the history, charm, romance and a warm welcome.
Gift Vouchers are available to purchase from the reception or online, simply choose a gift or a value.
View our Christmas Brochure in full here.