Mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas carols, even a visit from Santa Claus – Ireland’s Ashford Castle has the recipe for a perfect holiday.

Here’s what they have in store for this year’s celebration:

With a 3-night package at the castle, the festivities begin on Christmas Eve. Afternoon tea is followed by a cocktail reception with chamber music. Then, head to the George V Restaurant for a holiday dinner. In the evening, Santa Claus arrives with gifts for everyone! Mulled wine and mince pies are served before bed.

On Christmas morning, enjoy 9 holes of golf before taking a cruise on Lough Corrib, accompanied by traditional music and hot whiskeys. After lunch, take part in a treasure hunt around the castle grounds, followed by cocktails, a Gala Black Tie dinner, and an evening of dancing.

The next morning, have brunch followed by your choice of activities: perhaps falconry, archery, sheep herding, or a historical village tour. Evening festivities include a lavish St Stephen’s Day dinner and entertainment in the Dungeon Bar.

After a leisurely breakfast the next day, bid a fond farewell to beautiful Ashford Castle.

While it may be a little late to plan a Christmas getaway for this year, it’s a great time to start looking ahead to the 2017 holiday. Call your Stellar Travel advisor today to get the ball rolling!

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