Christmas at King John's Castle

Join us this December at King John's Castle for a magical programme of festive activities including music, song, creative arts and more. Meet our colourful Christmas Characters as you explore this enchanting castle setting and take in the twinkling lights of Limerick City from the castle turrets.

December 3rd to 18th

Christmas is the season of giving and this year, King John's Castle is delighted to partner with the Children's Ark Unit in University Hospital Limerick on a very special Toy Appeal initative. 

Being in hospital during the festive season can be very tough and we want to help spread a little Christmas cheer. Simply drop in your unwrapped gift to the donation box located beside the Giving Tree in the Siege Cafe in King John's Castle.  All toys donated must be new and preferably unwrapped so they can be given to the appropriate child.

Commenting on the initiative, Kristina Buckley, Play Specialist at the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick said "We are delighted to be collaborating with King John’s Castle and Shannon Heritage on this very special Christmas Toy Appeal. All donations will be gratefully received and gifted to our child patients throughout the Christmas season. The remaining toys will be used in the Children’s Ark throughout the year.”

Kristina added:  “We are grateful for this thoughtful initiative. The gift of play can lighten the load for many and bring smiles to faces.”  Due to COVID-19,  we cannot receive any toys at UHL;  they can be gifted directly to King John’s Castle as part of this initiative.”

Christmas Toy Appeal in aid of Children's Ark Unit

Magical Festive Window Display

Planning a visit to the Treaty City this festive season?

From December 1st to January 6th we invite you to wrap up in winter woollies, follow the festive festoon lighting display along the Medieval Quarter and visit the castle’s Christmas window installation, specially designed by local Street Theatre Company, Lumen.

Located street side, a truly magical display for all to marvel and enjoy.

December 5th at 2pm

Join the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out with Strings team and celebrate the festive season with a selection of melodies and seasonal tunes to bring that festive warmth to these ancient but beautiful surrounds.

The ICO Sing Out with Strings revered programme delivers free weekly song writing, strings and singing lessons to 350 Limerick children since 2008. 

Normal Admission Rates Apply.


Sing Out With Strings Festive Performance

Lumen Christmas Kids Workshop

December 11th - 10am & 1.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortuntely due to Covid 19 restrictions this workshop has been cancelled. 

Fresh from their Samhain Hallowe’en Festival, Lumen turn their sights to the heart of King John’s Castle with 2 Christmas Craft workshops this December.

The Lumen team will share their knowledge and teach their holiday crafts set within the Walls of King John’s Castle, Participants will be inspired by their surroundings and will explore different art and crafts.

Lumens’ team has over 30 years of hands on experience devising, implementing and working with young people on a variety of Art and craft projects and camps. They bring enthusiasm, energy and fun to the exciting and educational projects within their diverse programme.

Cost is €35 for the 2.5 hour workshop which is inclusive of all materials.

The camps will be held in a dedicated education wing at King John’s Castle.

Numbers are limited to 14 places.. ages 8+

December 3rd & 10th

Enjoy Limerick after dark under twinkling festive lights at the Medieval Quarter Festive Night Fair and Visit King John's Castle after hours from 4pm-6.30pm (last admission 5.30pm).

Please note: Gatehouse and castle towers will be closed for safety reasons during this time.

Pick up some fabulous festive gifts in our craft and design store and take in the twinkling lights of Limerick's historic medieval quarter at the most magical time of the year!

Enjoy 20% off admission via the booking link below


King John's After Hours

Unity Gospel Choir Limerick

December 12th - 2pm

Get that festive feeling and join the Unity Gospel Choir Limerick for an enchanting afternoon performance of much loved Christmas classics all in the magical surrounds of King John's Castle.

Performing a wonderful array of Christmas carols and contemporary classics, what a wonderful way to spend a afternoon in the build up to the festive season.

Normal Admission Rates Apply

Kidz Science Festive Workshop

December 18th - 10am, 1.45pm & 3.30pm

Please note: Unfortuntely due to Covid 19 restrictions this workshop has been cancelled.

Planet Science Kidz Presents this 1 hour festive science workshop that will allow children to engage in the awesome world of chemistry, explore Glittery Slime and be amazed by intriguing polymers.

While the adults wait, King John’s Castle are offering €10 entrance into the castle to accompanying adults and a 20% discount in the gift shop on the day. One not to be missed!

Pre Booking Essential for Workshop.