How to spend Christmas in Ireland on a budget

The upscale Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland is offering a two-night, family-friendly Christmas Beyond Everything getaway, including parties with Champagne on both Christmas Eve and Day, a private car to a nearby church for holiday services and a treasure hunt on Christmas Day.
Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland is offering a two-night, family-friendly Christmas getaway, including parties with Christmas Eve and Day, a private car to a nearby church and a treasure hunt. – Adare Manor via The New York Times

Christmas and the days leading up to the holiday are a magical time to visit Ireland, according to Siobhan Byrne Learat, founder of Adams & Butler, a Dublin-based company selling trips to Ireland.

“The Irish go all out for Christmas with décor and celebrations, and the mood is cheerful and generous,” she said. “And over the years, it has become more of a cultural holiday for us than a religious one.”

Learat said that while pubs and restaurants throughout the country are full of revelers, hotels have a lull in business, which means that enticing, amenity-inclusive holiday deals abound.

— Lynott Tours has a seven-night Ireland Bed and Breakfast Christmas package that includes accommodations in your choice of more than 400 locations throughout Ireland, breakfast, a rental car and round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus from a dozen cities in the United States including Boston, Los Angeles and New York to Dublin International Airport. Valid from Dec. 21 to 29. From $1,568 a person. Book by calling 800-221-2474 or emailing ireland@lynotttours.com.

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— Authentic Ireland offers a four-night Christmas in Ireland package, which includes accommodations in two upscale castle hotels, Abbeyglen Castle and Contarf Castle. Breakfast and a rental car are also included. Valid from Dec. 24 to 28. From $1,648 a person. Book by calling 888-443-5259.

— The upscale Adare Manor in County Limerick offers a two-night, family-friendly Christmas Beyond Everything getaway. The package includes accommodations, breakfast, a Champagne afternoon tea, parties with Champagne on both Christmas Eve and Day, Christmas Day lunch with live music, multicourse dinners on both Christmas Eve and Day, a private car to a nearby church for holiday services on both Christmas Eve and Day and a treasure hunt on Christmas Day. You also get brunch with Champagne and live jazz on Dec. 26, and the choice of either a spa treatment or an activity like archery, falconry or clay pigeon shooting. Valid from Dec. 24 to 27. From 1,475 euros (about $1,768) per adult; each child is an additional 250 euros. Book by emailing reservations@adaremanor.com.

— Adams & Butler has the five-night Holiday in Dublin offer that includes accommodations at the upscale Dylan Hotel Dublin, located in the city center. The package also includes breakfast, airport transfers, a holiday lights tour on a vintage bus, a mulled wine reception, cookie decorating, ice skating and tickets to a holiday show of Rapunzel at Dublin’s Gaiety Theater on Christmas Eve. You also get a car and driver for a day to explore County Wicklow, followed by lunch at a farm in the countryside and a four-course Christmas Day dinner at the hotel. Also part of the package is admission to Leopardstown Racecourse near Dublin for the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, where watching the horse races is a local holiday tradition. From 5,000 euros for a family of four. Book by emailing sales@adamsandbutler.com or calling 800-894-5712.

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