Sick of stressing over the stove on Christmas morning? Have a blended family looking for neutral ground to celebrate the holidays? No matter the reason, alternative accommodation can come in handy on the big day.
We have found five hotels across Ireland filled with mistletoe, turkey and mince pies on Christmas day. Fair warning though, many families book their stay months or even a year in advance. While it may be too late to book for 2017, it's never too early to plan for next year.
1. Harvey's Point, Co. Donegal
Harvey's Point will celebrate the festive season with Christmas themed dinner parties, cabaret shows and will even open on Christmas day for lunch.
For an overnight stay on Christmas day, guests must book in for a four-day package starting on December 23rd. The package includes three nights bed & breakfast with dinner on two evenings in the lakeside restaurant, Christmas day lunch and supper and plenty of activities. Prices start at €799 per person sharing (pps).
2. Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Co. Meath
The staff at Dunboyne Castle go all out for the holidays starting with a festive reception, an evening meal, and live entertainment on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Day, Santa Claus will drop by to visit the younger guests while the grown-ups enjoy a champagne breakfast. Christmas dinner is served in The IVY followed by an evening buffet and live entertainment. Guests will also have access to the Seoid Spa during their stay.
A two-night Christmas stay starts at €429 pps or €150 per child. Three-night packages start from €539 pps or €225 per child.
3. Farnham Estate, Co. Cavan
The Farnham Estate in Co. Cavan offers a two-night package starting on Christmas Eve. Guests will arrive from 3pm onwards and enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner in the Botanica Restaurant.
Christmas Day will start with a breakfast buffet and the activity of your choice; relax in the spa, walk through the woodlands or give a game of golf a go. Christmas lunch is served from 1pm followed by a buffet dinner and entertainment. Prices start at €449.
4. The Shelbourne, Co. Dublin
The Shelbourne has been part of Dublin’s social scene since 1824 which means they have had plenty of time to perfect their Christmas dinner. The menu includes lobster cocktail, 200g fillet of aged Charleville beef, Port Jus Shelbourne turkey & ham, warm Christmas pudding, warm chocolate fondant, and much more.
Christmas day dining is available as part of the overnight Christmas packages only. The packages include a one or two-night stay in a deluxe room, a five-course Christmas lunch or dinner, gifts for all guests, a visit from Santa Claus, stockings to be left outside the door of children’s room.
Rates for one night are from €450.00 per person, based on two pps. Rates for two nights are from €590 pps.
5. Castle Martyr Resort, Co. Cork
Warm up with a glass of mulled wine and take a stroll around the beautiful Castle Martyr estate. If you want to feel extra special, take a horse and carriage ride.
Christmas Eve begins with a cocktail reception followed by a five-course meal in the Bell Tower restaurant. In the evening, you can enjoy carols from the local choir and a special guest for the younger visitors.
A team of chefs will prepare Christmas dinner before you unwind in the Knights Bar or the Living Room with a selection of board games. The two-night Christmas break starts on Christmas Eve, December 24th and starts at €800 per night (based on two pps). The three-night Christmas break starts at €630 per night (based on two pps). (We're not 100% sure why that is but we're not questioning a good offer when we see one!)
Plenty of options and good to know that they're out there.