Welcome to Laois This Christmas

#YoureWelcomeToLaois this Christmas

Looking to spend some quality time in Laois this Festive Season?

We’ve compiled the perfect Christmas blog to make sure you have a joyous time in Laois this December with Christmas shopping inspiration, Laois’ Christmas experiences and some of the best hotel Christmas breaks on offer!


There’s so much to see and do in Laois to get in the merry and bright mood this Christmas!

#YoureWelcomeToLaois for all your gifting needs:

For the Food Lovers

G’s Farmshop have some great gift bags for all the jam lovers out there! From a breakfast gift bag to relishes there’s something for everyone. They also have a selection of Christmas foods such as a Christmas marmalade, cranberry sauce and a jar of mincemeat for homemade mince pies made convenient.  To see if any of them would suit your loved ones visit their website.

Photo: The Merry Mill

The Merry Mill also have an Organic Artisan Gift Hamper. This delicious hamper is the ideal gift for a friend or family member that you want to remind of how much you love them! This hamper includes Organic Gluten-Free Porridge, Organic Gluten-Free Pancake Mix, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Roast Ground Coffee, and a Hand-painted card. 

If you have a lover of craft beer in your life then Ballykilcavan Farm and Brewery & 12 Acres Brewing Company are great options for gifts. Ballykilcavan Farm and Brewery also have some merchandise on their website such as branded clothing and glasses so you can gift a craft beer-themed gift without another can of beer! 

There are also so many local food producers that can be supported this Christmas and you get a great gift out of it, what’s not to love!?


For those that Love Handmade

There are so many creators in Laois that create a variety of handmade treats that are perfect for gifting! 

Photo: Naturally at the Wren’s Nest

Naturally at The Wrens Nest have many great gifts for your loved ones. From Christmas-themed handmade soaps to natural eco-friendly gift sets there’s something for everyone this Christmas! 

For those that love making things themselves check out Niav Riley Millenary’s Christmas shop. Choose from gift boxes for people to make their own headpieces or you can gift them the experience of her workshop bundle! Niav Riley Millenary also offers the option of a gift voucher so they can pick what they would like. 

Nook and Cranny Gift Shop is a great option to get a variety of locally produced gifts in one place. They even have a section for made in Laois and made in Ireland so you know you are supporting many local livelihoods while getting gifts they will love! 


For those that Crave a Laois Experience

Photo: Laois Chamber Gift Card

Not sure what to buy for the loved one who has it all? Or maybe they are trying to be more minimalist or sustainable? Give them the perfect gift by giving them a gift card for one of the many small businesses in Laois! 

Did you know Laois also has its own gift card that can be redeemed against so many businesses across Laois from larger chain stores to small local shops as well as restaurants and cafes? What more could you need!? To buy yours visit their website for a list of local shops supplying them or purchase online. You can also see the long list of places that accept it across Laois.

There are also many businesses across Laois that have their own gift vouchers available. Some great examples are Ballintubbert Gardens and House and Glamping Under The Stars with plenty more for you to explore.

Alternatively, what about an IrelandHotels.com Go Anywhere Gift Card? The gift card enables the recipient of your gift to redeem their card in three of Laois’ popular hotels. Check out where it can be used in Laois here. It also doesn’t expire for 5 years so plenty of time to redeem it on a Laois break! Buy the gift card here today and gift a loved one a Laois stay this Christmas!


#YoureWelcomeToLaois and all our Upcoming Festive Events:


Craft Millenary Christmas Wreath Workshop With Niav Riley At Inch House Laois

Photo: Niav Riley Millenary

Ongoing dates from 4th to 12th December 2021

Festive Wreath Making Classes followed by festive treats. Join Inch House Ireland and their professional millinery teacher in the workshop to design and create your own Millinery fabric and modern decor Christmas wreath.

Click here to learn more about this event



Christmas Wonderland Event At Castleview Open Farm

Ongoing dates from Saturday 11th to Wednesday 22nd December 10am to 4pm

The Magic Christmas Wonderland at Castleview Open Farm has everything from animals to feed to elves workshops. Of course Mr & Mrs Claus will both be there to chat,  they may even have a treat or two for any children on the nice list who visit. Write your letter to Santa with the elves and be sure to post it in their special post box that goes straight to the North Pole.

Click here to learn more about the event


Santa Show At Dunamaise Arts Centre

Photo: Dunamaise Arts Centre

Choice of 3 shows on 18th December 

Join Santa and his friends for a magical Sing-Along! Remember to dress up, bring your best singing voice and be ready to sing-along to all your favourite Christmas songs. Sing-Along with Santa and Friends is a fun-filled musical adventure for all the family! The show is ideal for little ones aged 3+ and runs 50minutes with no intermission.

Click here to learn more about this event




Solas Eco Garden Centre Portarlington Christmas Markets

Saturdays – Christmas Market, Food Fair & Farmers Market

Sundays – Christmas Crafts Market

Running every weekend throughout the month of December

If you’d like to see even more of Laois’ Christmas event offerings, check out our Laois Tourism ‘What’s On Guide’ where new events are added daily! 


Stays to choose from across County Laois this Christmas:

Midlands Park Hotel

Book >>here<<

Family Christmas Break – 2/3 Night Festive Break (from €504 total stay)

Photo: Midlands Park Hotel
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning 
  • 4 course meal on evening of choice
  • Hot chocolate treat for the kids
  • A family activity pass of your choice:


Check out the other packages Midlands Park Hotel have to offer >> here<<


Killeshin Hotel & Leisure Centre

Book >>here<< 

Christmas Breaks (From €89 per night)

Photo: Killeshin Hotel & Leisure Centre
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • 10% discount shopping voucher for Kildare Village
  • Complimentary access to Zest Leisure Club and Pool
  • Complimentary high-speed wifi access & free parking

They are also offering Christmas Get Together packages for festive meals, check them out >>here<<

Check out the packages The Killeshin Hotel have to offer >>here<<


The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

Book >>here<<

Couples Christmas Break (from €210 per night)

Photo: Abbeyleix Manor Hotel
  • Overnight luxury accommodation
  • Sumptuous A La Carte Meal with a bottle of red or white wine
  • Full Irish Breakfast the following morning
  • Prosecco and homemade macaroons in your room on arrival
  • Late checkout of 1pm


Family Christmas Break (from €252 per night)

  • Overnight luxury accommodation
  • Evening meal in the Manor Bar & Restaurant for all the family
  • Full Irish Breakfast the following morning
  • Homemade Festive Treat Box in your room on arrival

Check out the other packages The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel have to offer >> here<<


The Heritage Hotel, Portarlington

Book >>here<<

Cozy Christmas (from €219 total stay)

Photo: The Heritage
  • One night accommodation 
  • Full Irish Breakfast, cooked to order the following morning
  • Christmas Afternoon Tea
  • Selection of Christmas movie favorites include: Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, A Christmas Carol, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street
  • Christmas Sweet Treat Box & Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows
  • Late check-out 1 pm


Check out the other packages The Heritage Hotel have to offer >> here<<


So what are you waiting for? 

#YoureWelcomeToOurPlace to shop, experience and stay in Laois this Christmas!