Some little notes and ideas for our Christmas in Wexford

Music

The Carol Service in St Iberius Church in Wexford on Christmas Eve is quite lovely.

Listen to the Wexford Carol in its county!  This very beautiful old Christmas Carol associated with Enniscorthy is possibly one of the oldest extant Christmas Carols in Europe.

Morriscastle Beach is glorious for walking

For a special treat try to be there early in the morning or if it is a moonlit or starry night it is heavenly.
Wonderful walks that begin just beside your house are detailed in the Christmas folder in your house.  An ideal way to blow away the festive cobwebs and make the Christmas and New Year Holidays special.  Walk along the shore for a brisk 5- minute outing or plan a full ring walk of 4 to 5 miles along the beach and through the bordering Wexford country lanes.

Call in to Lawlors café in Morriscastle on the way back for a cup of their delicious Italian hot chocolate.

Sit by the open fire

Light the fire.  Sip a glass of wine and read from one of our library of Wexford authors; John Banville, Colm Toibin, Eoin Colfers books are available in your house as are Roddy Doyles books both for children and for adults. Roddy Doyle spent many of his summers in Morriscastle in his grand aunts farmhouse.

After a long walk on the beach download a film from our Apple TV store and have a night at home in front of the fire with the movies.    

Go Horse Riding

Sandra Maguires in Ballycanew is open on St.Stephens Day and all the days after Christmas.  You need to ring to arrange a time.  She will take children from about 3 years.

Go to the Hunt

Cahore on New Year’s Eve.  The Island hunt starts at about 11 am and hunts over the sea banks to Morriscastle.   Cahore is a pretty little harbour with lovely views to Wicklow Head.  It is about a 10 minute drive or you can walk along the Dunes.  Horgans is the local pub with commanding views over the bay and a super pint of Guinness.

Craanford on St Stephens Day is the starting point for the Island Hounds Christmas Meet.  On a frosty morning with sound of the bugles and the stomping of hooves it is an exciting spectacle.

Go to the Swim

  • New Year’s Day in Cahore at 1pm.   Vicariously experience the icy shock or better still take part your selves.

Visit a tSulach a Solais

Visit a tSulach a Solais at the top of Oulart Hill.  A Tsolach a Solais is a modern sculpture of international status is a short walk from the adjoining car park.   This powerful memorial to the insurgents in 1798 is a poignant and beautiful place to visit.  Within its domed space an open shaft visually links both Vinegar and Oulart Hills. Experiment whispering at one of the walls and catching the whisper on the other side of the dome. Visitors have come from as far away as Japan to experience the acoustics.

Visit Santa

Santa visits can be organised at both Kia Oar Farm and Blackwater Farm every day before Christmas.  In Kia Oar he even has his own Reindeer.  Kia Ora has a special evening on December 23rd.

In Wells House, a local mansion dating from 1834 Santa is resplendent in rural setting for most days of December. He is surrounded by forest walks including a children’s adventure walk and visiting him also offers the opportunity to explore the beautiful old house itself.   In its stately setting Wells House will also have its courtyards changed into a myriad of stalls and Christmas shops presided over by Santa.

Ballycross Apple Farm in its own very special setting will send an invitation to each child to visit Santa. The Invitation comes from the Master Elf and if they have an email with the Santa’s letter they will have customised presents and Santa well prepared for his meeting. A glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate make a visit very pleasant one for all the family

Christmas Markets

Wexford Historical town centre is transformed into a European style Christmas Market from early December.  The traditional Butter Market and the Bull Ring have log cabins selling local artesian food, craft items and Christmas fare.  Santa is firmly in place in a more urban setting and glasses of Gluwein and hot port ease the way for Christmas shopping.

Bird Watching

Visit the Bird Sanctuary between Castlebridge and Wexford town to see the White Fronted Geese and Whooper Swans who have come all the way from Greenland to winter on the North Slob. Go at dusk to hear them all chattering as they fly home for the night.  An observation tower and hides you will help you get closer to the birds as well as a simple and well-designed description of the birds themselves and their unusual habits.

Better still walk along the beach to the Cahore Polders where they often come to visit.  Binoculars are available on request and a Guide to the Birds of Ireland is in your house.

Visits a little further a field

  • Visit the Heritage Park reopening after Christmas on Dec 28th and every day over the holiday including New Year’s Day.

 

 

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