As featured in the Sunday Independent, Drogheda Independent and Mid-Louth Independent...
While Christmas 2020 is set to be very different from what we’re all accustomed to, the Boyne Valley www.discoverboynevalley.ie is preparing to bring as much traditional Christmas cheer as possible during these unprecedented times.
The Christmas lights will be shining at Loughcrew Estate which will be illuminating its gardens from the 1st December to 6th January. The ‘Lightscape’ will feature illuminating gardens after dark and imaginative installations. The Loughcrew Lightscape extravaganza will absolutely be adhering to Covid-19 protocols with Covid bubbles, staggered entry and handling its drink-making procedures appropriately. Luckily, getting dressed up, wandering through a wonderland and having a glass of champagne can be made safe!! Visit www.loughcrew.com
“Can you stop the Cavalry?” is often sung at Christmas and this year Santa Claus himself will be stopping his Christmas train at the Irish Military War Museum and Family Fun Park from the 15th – 22nd December. Visitors will be able to wander through the indoor ice tunnel and pick up some treats before making their way out to the Christmas village where the elves will be working away getting ready to stock Santa’s sleigh. Then meet the man himself – Santa - in his specially adapted Train Station grotto. Due to Covid-19 ‘family pods’ of between four and six people will be created for the event to run safely and efficiently with reduced numbers. You must have a family of 4 ticket to enter the event (2 adults 2 children, or 3 adults and one child). €60 + booking fee. Visit www.eventbrite.ie or call the museum on 041-9819501.
Forget baking banana bread for a moment. Instead why not join Santa and Mrs Claus at Causey Farm for an interactive baking session? Mrs Claus will share her recipe for Santa’s favourite cookies while everyone can make them at home along with her. Once you book, you will get a festive shopping list outlining the ingredients you’ll need. Then all you have to do is set up your iPad or Laptop in the kitchen and Mrs. Claus will guide you and your children through this easy to follow recipe for some great Christmas fun for the whole family. Each video will be personalised based on the information which you will provide when booking. The last date for booking is December 16th and all videos will be delivered within two weeks of booking. Visit www.causey.ie/christmas/
We know that this Christmas it is more important than ever to support local businesses and here in the Boyne Valley we have lots of incredible retailers that are providing home grown and Irish made products that will make an ideal Christmas Gift. We’ve listed three businesses below to give a flavour of what the businesses in the region are doing for the festive season and you can read the full list of businesses on our two blog posts here: http://www.discoverboynevalley.ie/blog
Dan Kelly’s Cider at Stameen just outside Drogheda produces its own ciders and apple juices from its amazing orchards which cover 80 acres and boast 20 different apple varieties. These are fantastic gifts and as well as being a refreshing tipple, they will compliment your festive culinary delights. To shop online visit https://dankellyscider.com/shop/
Noreen Walshe has a beautiful shop and gallery at Garlow Cross just outside Navan. At the moment her online shop (which includes an amazing Christmas range) is an ideal place to find the perfect gift for family and friends. As well as paintings, prints and cards, Noreen’s work has been used to produce a wonderful range of homeware such as cushions, lampshades and table dressings. In addition to this, she has also produced a beautifully illustrated book called “The Christmas Parcel”. Visit https://noreenwalshe.com/ to shop online.
Boann Distillery is the culmination of the hard work and determination of the Cooney family. Based on the outskirts of Drogheda, and using only local and natural ingredients, the distillery is home to the award-winning “The Whistler” range of pot still whiskey. They also produce a beautiful Irish cream whiskey liqueur and their extra special “Bee Keepers Select” honey whiskey liqueur which uses honey from their own bee hives. To shop online visit http://boanndistillery.ie/online-store/
Make 2021 the year you rediscover the Boyne Valley. Visit: http://www.discoverboynevalley.ie/