Roscommon Christmas Festival Returns With Festive Magic

Experience the enchantment of the festive season in Roscommon and discover all the county has to offer this Christmas.

From December 9th-10th, the annual Roscommon Christmas Festival, presented by the Roscommon Town Team, Roscommon Leader Partnership, Roscommon Chamber, and supported by Roscommon County Council, will delight visitors with its festive ambiance and a wide range of exciting events.

But the magic doesn’t stop there! Explore the charming town of Roscommon and indulge in seasonal offerings and events right across the county, creating cherished festive memories that will last a lifetime. 

Highlights of Roscommon Christmas Festival include: 

An Enchanted Christmas Trail at Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon 9th & 10th December  

Loughnaneane Park will shine bright with an enchanting display of lights and Christmas characters, alongside nightly performances from Enchanted Croí Theatre in an all-new theatre production, The Night the Toys Sparkled”. The park will be transformed into a mesmerising winter wonderland with twinkling lights and Christmas scenes creating a truly magical ambiance.Discover a picturesque pond surrounded by a sculpture trail that offers breathtaking views of the historic landscape.  Entrance to the park is available from 5.30pm – 8pm each night.   

Bustling Markets in Roscommon Town Square  

The heart of the festival beats in Roscommon Town Square, where over 40 market stalls will showcase a delightful array of goods and products. From beautifully crafted items to locally sourced produce and tempting festive treats, there’s something to satisfy every taste. The market will also feature live entertainment, including carols, dance acts, street performances, and a captivating dinosaur display, and of course, the iconic Santa’s Grotto – a vibrant and joyous experience for all.   

Culinary Delights 

Get ready for a mouth-watering Christmas culinary experience and discover delightful festive recipes from award-winning TV Chef Sham on Sunday, 10th December, at 2pm in the Roscommon Town Square in an exclusive cooking demonstration. 

Grand Finale: A Spectacular Fireworks Display 

As the festival draws to a close, Sunday evening will culminate in a breathtaking firework display behind the castle. Be prepared to be mesmerized by vibrant colours and sparkling lights illuminating the sky, leaving visitors filled with the spirit of the season.  

Photo Brian Farrell

Beyond the Festival: 

For those seeking additional festive experiences throughout the county, Visit Roscommon recommends the following options: 

Roscommon Lights Switch on 26th November  

Join in the Square in Roscommon Town on Sunday 26th November at 5pm for the annual switching on of the spectacular Christmas Lights with a special guest appearance by Santa Claus himself. 

Santa’s Grotto 

Santa’s Grotto is back at the Harrison Centre in Roscommon Town on December 8th–10th, 15th–17th, and 22nd–23rd, along with a wonderful Christmas Market featuring local vendors and festive treats. There is a new online booking system to make visits magical, with all proceeds donated to Roscommon Cancer Support Service in Vita House Family Centre

Strokestown Christmas Market  

Strokestown Christmas is taking place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th December from 4pm-8pm on the grounds of Strokestown Park House.  It will be an excellent weekend with face-painting, Christmas carols, games and much more entertainment to enjoy. A vast array of goods offering Christmas decorations, knitted goods, toys, candles, jewellery, ornaments and much more to fill Christmas stockings! For the foodies a selection of pizzas, crepes and hot delights will be available and not forgetting those with a sweet tooth: cookies, toasted marshmallows, candyfloss, cakes and preserves, to mention just a few delights. 

Strokestown House 

Step into the transformed Strokestown House and embark on a magical festive adventure through the Palladian Mansion. The meticulously decorated mansion sets the stage for a truly immersive experience, celebrating the wonder and joy of Christmas. Let Strokestown House ignite imaginations and create cherished memories for all the family, from Saturday, 25th November. 

Arigna Mining Experience Santa Underground 

Prepare for a unique and unforgettable journey as Arigna Mining Experience is transformed into a festive wonderland from Saturday, 2nd December. Santa’s visit to the mining experience provides an exciting and fun-filled event for the whole family. 

Plan Your Stay at Kilronan Castle 

Make the festive season memorable at Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa. From festive Christmas getaways to intimate Christmas Party nights, Kilronan Castle has it all. Enjoy the magical surroundings of the Gothic Castle, decorated with the finest Christmas ornaments, roaring open fires, Christmas cocktails, and gourmet meals crafted by Executive Head Chef, Daniel Willimont. The Winter Warmer package starts from €578 and includes a two-night stay with Full Irish Breakfast each morning, Traditional Afternoon Tea, a delightful six-course evening meal at the award-winning Douglas Hyde Restaurant, and a one-hour experience in the thermal suites.  

Lisa Joy, Tourism Officer at Visit Roscommon, invites everyone to embrace the festivities at the highly anticipated Roscommon Christmas Festival and across the many attractions the county has to offer:  

“I am thrilled to invite everyone to experience the joy and wonder of the Christmas season in Roscommon at our enchanting Christmas Festival. With mesmerising light displays & theatre performances, bustling markets, and a wide range of entertainment for all ages, this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever before and promises unforgettable moments for all. Join us in celebrating the magic of Christmas in Roscommon.”