The festive season is approaching, and the Clayton Hotel Cork City has so much to offer. If you’re looking to book a Christmas party night, adventure the magical Alpine Skate Trail, visit Cork’s Christmas Markets, do some gift shopping, catch up with friends and family, or ring in the New Year in style, Clayton Hotel Cork City is the place to be this Christmas. Our ideal location puts us close to all of Cork’s wonderful amenities. This Christmas in Cork city, unwind and enjoy the festive atmosphere provided by our wonderful four-star hotel.

Christmas Activities in Cork

Cork is a very festive city, and there are various indoor and outdoor activities available for families, couples, and friends to enjoy while staying at the 4-Star Clayton Hotel Cork City.

Cork Panto

Cork Opera House

Nanny Nellie, everyone’s favourite pantomime star, returns to the Cork Opera House with her friends to transport you to Pantoland! Join Nanny, her nephew Jack, best friend Jill, and the outrageous Fairy Tonkerbell on a wondrous quest to save Pantoland. Nanny Nellie’s Adventures in Panto Land will feature all of the glitz, magic, and joy associated with the Cork Opera House Panto. Reservations are required and can be made online at

The Everyman

It has returned! Oh Yes, it is! The Everyman is delighted to announce Cork’s family pantomime’s come back. Aladdin, the show for this year, is certain to enchant children and delight audiences of all ages. A tremendous cave of wonders, the same zany gang returns, complete with magic carpets and lamps, and will be jam-packed with traditional pantomime fun, including audience interaction, singing, and some surreal dance-offs. Purchase tickets online at

The Adult Panto

For over a decade, Chattyboo Productions has been producing Adult Pantomime for Cork audiences. With their hilarious wit, they have had Cork audiences in fits of giggles as they  hi-jack traditional fairy tales and inject them with adult humour with jokes about today’s local and national gossip! This year, they are delighted to announce PETER PANA- at An Spailpin Fanach Bar, ensuring a memorable Christmas night out with friends or a date night with a twist! Tickets are only available to those over the age of 18 and can be purchased through their ticket portal.

Cork Christmas Markets


The Glow Festival Cork takes place annually on Grand Parade, just five minutes from us and you will be at magnificent Christmas Market, a massive Ferris Wheel, and family-friendly entertainment are all located here. It is most certainly worth a visit during the holiday season. (Due to Covid please check Glow webpage for updates)

Mariana Market

Take a stroll to Marina market to experience a truly magical Christmas market. Throughout December, the Marina Christmas Market will host a ‘Santa in the City’ experience with a decorated room and four grottos, as well as over 50 stalls serving a variety of food, crafts, and gifts to visitors seven days a week until Christmas Eve. With live music on weekends and a pop-up movie club. It’s ideal for local gift ideas, snacks, and hot Christmas beverages,

The Mardyke Market

Cork’s Newest Christmas Market has arrived within walking distance of us. They promise Carol singers and choirs that will perform a variety of choral and Christmas classics. Saturdays and Sundays will also feature live music for the enjoyment of all. There will be a Christmas tree stall and a Santa’s Grotto. If all of this excitement has left you hungry, marketgoers can stop by vendors such as The Huck Truck, Grilly McGrill Grill, Bad Boys BBQ, The Candied Pig Pic ‘n’ Mix, and Top Fries. Reservations are required and can be made via the ticket portal.

Cork Christmas Adventures

The Alpine Skate Trail

Alpine Skating Trail is organized by Cork on Ice and This is an outdoor event. Skate through the Fota woodlands for an entirely new and unique skating experience in Ireland. There is a children’s rink, which is staffed by support Penguins who assist small and not-so-small children! They may, however, be used only on the rink portion of the track and not on the actual track. Make the most of this exciting outdoor experience by bringing the entire family along. From November 12th to January 23rd, the Alpine Skate Trail is open. This event requires registration, which can be completed online.

The Santa Experience

The award-winning Santa Experience is not to be missed. As Santa makes his annual appearance on the top floor of Dunnes on Patrick Street, and this year is no exception! Families will be taken directly to Santa’s abode for a special meeting with Santa via a wonderful tunnel. Santa will remember something unique about each child and will offer them a present that is appropriate for their age. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the moment. Booking essential at

Cork Christmas Shopping

Opera Lane

Opera Lane has all your fabulous fashion, technology, and beauty gifts and pleasures covered. Opening Hours are extended throughout the month of December. Retailers generally open between 8 a.m. and 9.30 a.m., and can be verified on the outlet’s individual website.

Brown Thomas

They are well-known for their Christmas window displays, and this year they are celebrating the golden age of travel, with train-inspired windows, decorations, and entertainment, among other things. They drew inspiration from five fantastic sources for this year’s theme. Creating a genuinely amazing Christmas shopping experience as you browse through luxurious fashion brands.

Kilkenny Shop

With Ireland’s finest collection of Irish designers just a five-minute walk from us, the Kilkenny Shop has been at the forefront of promoting the best of Irish craft and design for over 50 years. Orla Kiely, Nicholas Mosse, Fee G. Caroline Kilkenny. Stephen Pearce. Waterford Crystal and John Rocha are just a few of the well-known Irish designers they offer.

Christmas Party Nights

Kick off the festive fun with a Christmas party at Clayton Hotel Cork City. With different options to suit your needs and fantastic accommodation rates, celebrate in style with your colleagues.



New Year’s Eve Celebrations’

At the Clayton Hotel Cork, ring in the new year in style. Enjoy a night of dinner, drinks, and dancing to celebrate the occasion.



Contact Us

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