Christmas has arrived along the Royal Canal Greenway as a line-up of festive
things to do and see at its multiple trailheads are announced. The Royal Canal
Greenway is a must-visit place for a seasonal walk, run or cycle, with plenty
of merry pit stops this Christmas.
Owned and operated by Waterways Ireland, the Royal Canal
Greenway is a scenic 130KM trail that winds from cosmopolitan Maynooth, through
friendly Enfield and lively Mullingar to charming Cloondara in Longford.
Passing through picturesque waterside villages, visitors can let this magical
scenery be their backdrop for daytrips and staycations during the Christmas
Kris Kringle comes to Kildare
Visitors of the Royal Canal Greenway can veer off the Kildare stretch of the
path to experience a taste of Christmas with Festive Afternoon Tea at Carton
House, available Thursdays to Sunday.
Visitors keen to kick start their New Year health
resolutions early can hire a
bike from the Midlands Cycle Hub in Cloondara or at Ballymahon Greenway Cycles
to avail of seasonal special offers on bike hire over the December and
Christmas holiday period, giving you the chance to experience the beauty of the
Royal Canal Greenway in Winter.
Unwind and enjoy festive
entertainment after your Royal Canal Greenway visit with a performance of
Longford’s Snow White Christmas Pantomime which is running at St Mel’s College
from 20th December to 2nd January 2021.
Wrap up Christmas in Westmeath
into the Festive Spirit at Mullingar Arts Centre this Christmas with its
extensive programme of festive fun events and performances for all the family.
From the pantomime Snow Queen from the Mullingar Pantomime Group (running from
9th – 30th December), to Emmet Cahill and Ailish Tynan’s
New Year’s Eve concert Hello New, Goodbye Old, Royal Canal Greenway visitors of
all ages will find something to warm their smiles this season.
seeking to stay awhile along the Royal Canal Greenway can find respite at
popular accommodation options in Westmeath including the centrally
located Newbury Hotel and the family-run Annebrook House Hotel, situated
in the heart of Mullingar nearby and renowned locally for its annual
breath-taking Christmas foyer display.
at one of Westmeath’s picturesque eateries. Nanny Quinn’s located on the banks
of the Royal Canal Lock 18, at the Thomastown Harbour, is a must-taste
restaurant serving fresh, local home cooked fare and is adorned with Christmas
lights offering a charming festive experience.
Santa while you stop off in Westmeath at the Andean Alpacas Christmas
Experience where you can explore the festive pathways, visit the elves and
receive a gift from Santa. Pause your Royal Canal Greenway visit with
this visit to Andean Alpacas where your little elves can post a letter to Santa
in a special letterbox destined for the North Pole, feed the alpacas and site
and have story-time with Mrs Claus.
about the events planned for the festive season, Sharon Lavin, Head of
Marketing and Communications, Waterways Ireland said;
Ireland’s longest Greenway covering over 130kms across Kildare, Longford, Meath
and Westmeath, the Royal Canal Greenway has plenty of activity happening this
Christmas. There is an abundance of activities planned near our four main
trailheads, whether you are in the mood for a festive feast or taking the whole
family to see Santa, visitors can enjoy the seasonal beauty of the Royal Canal
Greenway while still partaking in the festive events and activities along the
out the Royal Canal Greenway on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter where more
information about events is being added daily. There’s something for
everyone to enjoy this Christmas on the Royal Canal Greenway.
Cookery Class with Fiona Egan (Runs throughout December, booking required: link here)
Hub (runs throughout December, booking recommended: link here).
Traditional Panto (20th December-2nd January, booking
required: link here)
All events running
at the Mullingar Arts Centre require reservations (Tickets can be found here)
Christmas Foyer (No booking required, runs throughout December. Link here
For a full list of events run by The Chambers in Mullingar throughout
December, see link here)
Centre by Mullingar Chamber (pre-book your message here)