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Posted: 16/12/2021

Celebrating Christmas along the Royal Canal Greenway

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 holidays.

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. 

Yuletide in Longford

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

Get 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.

Visitors 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.

Refuel 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.

See 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.

Speaking about the events planned for the festive season, Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing and Communications, Waterways Ireland said;

“As 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 way.”  

Check 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.


Festive Cookery Class with Fiona Egan (Runs throughout December, booking required: link here)

Midland Cycle Hub (runs throughout December, booking recommended: link here).

Longford’s 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)

Newbury Hotel 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)

Santa Call Centre by Mullingar Chamber (pre-book your message here)

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