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Christmas in Tralee will officially begin on November 26th when the Christmas lights are switched on by the Mayor of Tralee Cllr. Mikey Sheehy.

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s bringing some of his Christmas friends with him. Tralee the Christmas Kingdom will host a sleigh full of festive fun including a magical Elf Trail with live character interactions, daily competitions to search for the magic in Tralee, a spectacular festive stage production in the Square, a Festive Evening Market in the Island of Geese and even a naughty elf will be let loose, with all those lucky enough to spot him being entered into a competition to win a €1000.00 Gift Voucher.

Click the map to download the PDF and read about our festive activities below!

The Elf Trail

in partnership with Creative Ireland and Cara Credit Union

A magical Christmas adventure awaits you and your little ones with our Elf Trail this festive season. Explore the trail together with four wonderful themed wooden cabins along the way.

Visit the home of Lily the Elf at ‘The Naughty or Nice Test Centre’, visit Jingle the Elf at the ‘The North Pole Post Office’ to post your letter to Santa, make a wish at ‘The Wishing Well’ with Tinsel the Christmas Fairy and join Buddy the Elf and see Santa’s sleigh at ‘The Sleigh Shed’. Enjoy lots of joyful interactions and festive fun along the trail.

Dates & Times:  

Sunday 27th November                   1pm – 4pm             

Saturday 3rd December                   12pm – 4pm

Sunday 4th December                      2pm – 5pm

Saturday 10th December                 12pm – 4pm

Sunday 11th December                    2pm – 5pm

Saturday 17th December                 12pm – 4pm

Friday 23rd December                      2pm – 5pm

Saturday 24th December                 12pm – 4pm


Russell Street – (Outside Caball’s)

The Square – (Central Plaza)

The Mall – (Outside Penney’s)

Boherbee – (Outside Dom O’Donnell’s Furniture)

Santa Claus the Show

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s bringing his friends Frosty the Snowman, Fairy Twinkle, Ernie Elf and lots more along with him.

Enjoy a spectacular interactive festive stage production with a show jingle jam-packed with a sleigh full of Christmas fun, stories, songs, and dances to engage children and adults of all ages guaranteed to get everyone into the festive spirit.

The show which will feature many of our Christmas musical favourites and lots of surprises along the way will be staged in the Square each weekend in the lead up to Christmas.

Dates & Times:   

Saturday 3rd December                          2.00pm

Saturday 3rd December                          3.30pm

Saturday 10th December                        2.00pm

Saturday 10th December                        3.30pm

Saturday 17th December                        1.00pm –

(The Oliver Hurley School of Musical Theatre Senior Choir)

Saturday 17th December                        2.00pm

Saturday 17th December                        3.30pm

Saturday 24th December                        2.00pm

Saturday 24th December                        3.30pm


The Square

The Island Of Geese

Festive Evening Market

in partnership with Garvey’s Supervalu and Creative Ireland

Jingle all the way to the Island of Geese for a festive themed Christmas Market on Friday 9th December and Saturday 10th December. Soak up the magical atmosphere at this 2-day festive evening market which will consist of Christmas themed stalls offering lots of seasonal goods, delicious food and drink, live performances, festive character meet and greets, and lots more entertainment to spread the festive cheer.

Our Festive Evening Market will be a feast for your eyes and your bellies, promising to leave you with a warm, fuzzy glow that will melt even the grinchiest of hearts. The market will include a covered seating area for you to enjoy seasonal snacks and drinks as well as atmospheric music, live performances, choirs, carollers, buskers, and delightful Christmas characters.

Dates & Times:   

Friday 9th December                              5pm – 9pm      

Saturday 10th December                        5pm – 9pm


The Island of Geese

Elf on the Loose

in partnership with Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets

One of Santa’s naughty Elves has been let loose in Tralee in the run up to Christmas, and we need your help to find him! He has been popping up in various locations, getting up to some seasonal mischief in and around the streets of Tralee.

If you are lucky enough to spot him, you could win be a massive €1000 gift voucher and luxury hamper full of Christmas goods just in time for Christmas!

For your chance to win, simply report his whereabouts by tagging Tralee Chamber in your social media posts.

Date & Time:    From December 7th

Location:           Tralee Town

Search for the Magic

in partnership with AIB

Decorative lights, cheerful festive music, roaring fires, and Christmas jumpers – There is something magical about the Christmas season. This year, we want you to search for the MAGIC in Tralee.

From November 26th, the letters of the word MAGIC will be placed in different shopfront windows across the town, with one letter per shopfront window. Find all 5 letters to make up the word Magic and enter the daily draw to win a local business Gift Voucher.

The MAGIC letters will be moved from shopfront to shopfront and your Christmas quest is to search for each of these 5 letters to make up the word Magic.

To enter simply take a photo of each of the 5 letters at their five locations, and post it on your social media, making sure to tag Tralee Chamber in your post and use the hashtag #ChristmasInTralee

Date & Time:    From November 26th

Location:         Tralee Town

The Festive Hall (Sold Out)

Welcome one, welcome all to the magic realm of the Festive Hall! At Kerry County Museum the Medieval Experience transforms into a winter wonderland. Join the Snow Queen as she guides you through her woodland kingdom until you come to a village that is a flurry of activity, light and noise. The reason for all this hustle and bustle? Simple: this is where Santa and Mrs Claus live, and Christmas is just around the corner.


Child: €10

Adult: €8

Infant aged 2 and under: Free

Dates & Times:

Saturday and Sunday 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18 December

10.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 21 December

2.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday 22 December

10.00am – 5.55pm

New Year’s Eve

Family Celebration

Ring in the New Year with Family and Friends at the ultimate New Year’s Eve Street Party on Denny Street. Hosted by Brian Hurley, dance your way into 2023 from 6.30pm with a firework display from 7.00pm.


December 31st



7.00pm Fireworks


Denny Street

Christmas at Siamsa Tíre

Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, also have quite the festive lineup of events taking place this Christmas.

Dates & Events:

23rd November – Nutcracker Sweeties

11th December – Red Hurley & Mark Leen – A Night to Remember

13th December – A Christmas Country with the Stars

15th December – Abba Forever, The Christmas Show

16th December – Phil Coulter at Eighty

18th December – Whistleblast’s Winter Wonderland

28th – 30th December – Sleeping Beauty Christmas Panto

2nd – 3rd January – Sleeping Beauty Christmas Panto

For more information or to book any of these events, visit

Tralee 5KM Santa Fun Run

After a 2 year hiatus, the Annual Tralee 5km Santa Fun Run is back for 2022. This year’s event is in aid of Down Syndrome Kerry.


Sunday December 11th




Tralee Bay Wetlands


Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite here.

Festive Flair in The Square

Tralee’s Christmas Lights will be officially turned on by the Mayor of Tralee on Saturday November 26th in the Square. Festive Flair in the Square will see a full of programme of festivities including  spectacular seasonal live music, entertaining stage shows, Children’s Disco and it might even snow!


2.30pm      Festive Jazz with Dave Rath

3.30pm      The Oliver Hurley School of Musical Theatre Senior Choir

4.00pm      Santa Claus the Show

4.30pm      Children’s Disco with Brian Hurley and some of your favourite animated characters

5.00pm      Official turning on of the lights with the Mayor of Tralee and the main man himself Santa Claus


The Square

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