Christmas bells are ringing in Kildare. The hot chocolate is on, the doughnuts are done and the waffles are fresh from the iron. Welcome to Kildare Village, Ireland’s festive answer to the North Pole during the month of December — and a place where you’re guaranteed to tick every gift off your Christmas list.
As one of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Kildare Village is home not just to lashings of Christmas cheer, but also nearly 100 boutiques from Brooks Brothers to Polo Ralph Lauren, all offering up to 60% off recommended retail prices all year round.
But the deals are just the icing on the Christmas cake. Kildare Village, nestled within landscaped grounds and with a genuine, authentic village feel to its streets, is the perfect destination for a day out from nearby Dublin — especially to see its halls decked for the festive season.
Trees are festooned in fairy lights, huge glowing reindeer stand in the thoroughfares and a life-size snow globe sits in the centre of the village. Live music and exclusive events are taking place throughout November and December, and there’s even a sleigh, draped in garlands and bows, for you to take a seasonal snap in front of.
And, adorned with icicle lights, are the many boutiques. From Aquascutum for a new winter raincoat, Armani for some timely accessories or Asics to upgrade your kicks, there’s everything you need for a style overhaul this winter. And that’s just the shops beginning with A…
Barbour jackets, Church’s shoes and Tumi luggage are also on offer and, at this time of the year, you can also find extra offers on top of the great savings. L’Occitane, Nike and Villeroy & Boch are just a handful of the brands where you could pick up an even-further reduced bargain for under the tree. And, if you’re a member of Aer Lingus’ AerClub, you can collect Avios points with every purchase.
And, as Christmas is all about indulging, your retail therapy should be followed by enough sweet treats to fill a gingerbread house. The Rolling Donut sells everything from a sugar cinnamon snack to a seasonal Terry’s Chocolate orange offering. Crêperie Angélie will whip you up a made-to-order restorative confection in front of your eyes, and Le Pain Quotidian will serve you up a local Irish Wheat beer to wash it all down in a suitably Christmassy manner.
And let’s not neglect to mention the finer details, because they can often make the biggest difference to your hectic shopping days. Kildare Village, in all its festive glory, is under an hour away from Dublin city centre, easily accessible by bus and train. There’s also free Wi-Fi, personal shoppers, valet parking and even dog kennels to make your day run that little bit smoother. So go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief, sit back, check your list twice and chart a course for Christmas.
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