St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

The Cathedral Church of St Canice,
The Close, Coach Rd,
Kilkenny City, Ireland.

Phone : +353 (0)56 7764971

Mobile number: +353 (0)85 2527787

Email :

Christmas Tree Festival

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The tree festival will take place from Friday 7th to Wednesday 12th December 2018.

Thursday 13th December
Sadly the end of the tree festival. The Cathedral will be open from 10am to 4pm for the removal of trees.

Fridays 8p.m. Bell Ringing Practice. Please ring the Cathedral during opening hours to give your name if you would like to try out the art of campanology.

Friday 07th to Wednesday 12th December
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Thursday 6th December Set up your tree between 10am and 7pm.

7th -12th December.Your visit to the enchanted forest on the hill includes:
A stroll through the wonderful art work and creativity of our local community to view the trees in the magnificent setting of the Cathedral. Stop for refreshments from the 'Gourmet Monk' and stock up with a vast array of chutneys, jams, crafts and goodies at the Seasonal Stall. Great Christmas Hampers to be won in the raffle.
Adult €3.50. Children €2 Family Ticket €10

Friday 7th Opening of Festival 1pm. by Gerry Moran who no doubt wil have a witty take on Christmas Trees

6pm The Cathedral Junior Choristers will sing some beautiful Christmas Carols by the tree.
6.30pm St Canice's Cathedral Choir singing festive music.

Saturday 8th Open 10am -7pm.
11.30am Children's Hour: Interview with Ms Claus, Decorate a sparkly biscuit and taste it too.
Huge apologies from Fionn as he has to be with the children in Crumlin Hospital at 12 but intends to be back in the Cathedral by 6pm
Meet Fionn our local Army Irish Wolfhound and pose for a photo by the tree.

3pm. Illustrated talk on the Cathedral Bell Tower with Ian McCullagh followed by a climb to the belfry (not normally open to public and included in festival entry.)

Sunday 9th Open 2-7pm
3pm The new Dean will introduce himself to Ms Claus and ask some of those questions all children want to know or come with your own question. Then decorate some cookies and colour some Christmas scenes.

4pm Music with local quartet Arreglos for more seasonal atmosphere.

Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th Open 10am - 7pm

Enjoy visiting the Cathedral and soak up the atmosphere of this lovely event.

Thursday 13th December
Sadly the end of the tree festival. The Cathedral will be open from 10am to 4pm for the removal of trees.


Saturday 15th December Yulefest Finbar Furey SOLD OUT 8pm.

Sunday 16th December Carol Service 5pm

Monday 17th December Yulefest Vladamir Christmas Concert

Wednesday 19th December Alchemy: 6 piece ensemble. Time tbc

Thursday 20th December Kilkenny College Carol Service