Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Gardens plan enchanting Christmas season

Galway Daily life & style Christmas at Kylemore Abbey

The award winning Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens have an enchanting Christmas programme this December to enthral visitors with the magic of Christmas.

A stunning destination and visitor experience, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens is home to the Benedictine Community who will celebrate 100 years in Kylemore in 2020.

A beautiful location on the shores of Lough Pollacapall in Connemara, Kylemore Abbey is a perfect haven of tranquillity to get away from the Christmas rush for a few hours.

The main hall, drawing room, and dining room of this elegant Victorian home is decorated with Christmas trees, while garlands adorn the original fireplaces.

The highly talented Kylemore Abbey Tour Guides will enthral visitors young and old with their stories of Christmas at the Abbey since Victorian times.

They will also discuss how Christmas has been celebrated here by the Benedictine Sisters who have called Kylemore home for almost 100 years.

Children’s Christmas Story time in the main hall of the Abbey followed by a mini history tour for families, dedicated Christmas themed tours, Festive  Music and Choral Recitals in the Gothic Church and Sunday Carvery Lunch are just some of the events on this December.

The magical Gothic Church with it’s amazing acoustics will be home to Christmas Music and Choral recitals on selected dates, with live performances every weekend.

Sr Karol’s Annual Choral Evening is already fully booked,  and so a very special New Year Choral event with Galway’s Ignite Gospel Choir has been added to the Calendar on January 5 for Nollaig na mBan.

Filling the stocking

The Kylemore Abbey Craft and Design Shop will feature the best of local artisans this season, with everything from stocking fillers, Irish Fashion, personalised gifts, luxury soaps and candles, beautiful handbags, scarves, jewellery, and more.

Among those are a range of gifts and delicious treats made right here on the grounds of Kylemore Abbey itself.

Sr Genevieve’s Chocolate Kitchen at Kylemore has been busy making a most delicious assortment of handmade Chocolate treats including a yummy Kylemore Hot Chocolate Christmas Bauble and limited edition luxury chocolates.

A Christmas Kylemore Hamper is an ideal gift for family, friends, clients, or colleagues, with multiple themes to choose from and which can be customised online or in store to meet your needs.

Many more options are available including children’s toys and a wide array of homemade Christmas baked goods, with mince pies, Christmas puddings and more available to garnish any feast.

The Benedictine church holds mass daily at 12.15pm and on Sundays at 11.30am. Sr Karol’s Crib in the Benedictine Church is always unique along with an advent wreathe with its four advent candles.