As the countdown to Christmas continues, there’s no better place to plan for the festive season than Letterkenny. From brightly lit trees, to Christmas tunes and merry cheer, it truly is a wonderful time of year.

Situated in the heart of all the action, Letterkenny is the perfect destination to escape for a few days shopping and relaxation to re-charge the batteries in time for Christmas and New Year. Here are five great reasons to head northwest this December:


  1. Shopping

From local artisan craft shops to all the big names on the high street, Letterkenny has everything you need to tick off all the items on your Christmas list. Get every type of electrical gadget that may be on your loved one’s gift list, while treating yourself to those killer boots that you’ve been promising yourself all year long. All shops and shopping centres are within a short walking distance and you can always stop off along the way for a heart-warming cup of coffee with a dash of cinnamon and slice of deliciously good cake. Check out Dillon’s Hotel on Letterkenny’s main street for their exceptionally good bar menu.


  1. Christmas Markets

Mulled wine, local delicacies and hand-made crafts are the makings of a great Christmas Market. Off the Street Christmas Market and Food Festival takes place in the heart of Letterkenny on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December and there are lots of treats in store. There will be a host of award winning cookery demonstrations and master classes by chefs including Chris Molloy, Brian McMonagle and Eddie Attwell. You’ll also enjoy live music and a special performance by the Letterkenny & District Pipe Band. Heat yourself up with some hot chocolate and marshmallows in Gallagher’s Hotel located right across the road from the Christmas market. Or get something a little bit stronger and a bite to eat in the Warehouse Bar + Kitchen.


  1. Atmosphere and Culture

From cosy bars and music venues to live buskers on Letterkenny’s main street, you won’t have any trouble finding something to suit your taste. If you want to experience the best of Irish culture, the traditional Irish music night at the Dry Arch Inn is home to the Letterkenny branch of Comhaltas every Tuesday and you’re always guaranteed a great night.


  1. World Class Wilderness

When it comes to world class wilderness, Donegal tops the list. From breath-taking scenery and coastal drives, you won’t find yourself lost for things to do and places to see. Fanad Lighthouse is just 25 minutes from Letterkenny and Glenveagh National Park is a must-see when you’re in Donegal. Kids love exploring Glenveagh Castle and couples can enjoy a winter’s walk through the Bridal Path. And for those Wild Atlantic Days, Letterkenny has a host of indoor entertainment options including Arena 7.


  1. Star Wars

The long-awaited Star Wars: The Last Jedi film will premiere on Irish cinema screens in mid-December and what better place to see the movie than in Donegal where it was partially filmed? Extreme early booking is advised to catch the movie at Century Letterkenny. While you’re there, check out Backstage Bar and Grill for their delicious nachos.

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