Leopardstown Christmas Festival

26 - 29 December 2018


A not-to-be-missed traditional highlight of the Irish horse racing calendar (not to mention the social calendar!). The annual Leopardstown Christmas Festival offers national hunt racing at its best. The Racing Post day kicks off the first of four high calibre National Hunt race days.

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Wednesday 26th December 2018

General Admission (from £27.00)


Premium Level Access (from £54.00)


Thursday 27th December 2018

General Admission (from £27.00)


Premium Level Access (from £54.00)


Friday 28th December 2018

General Admission (from £27.00)


Premium Level Access (from £54.00)


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Christmas Festival Package

Thu 27 Dec 2018 - Sat 29 Dec 2018

  • Choose between: General Admission - Fri & Sat / Premium Level - Fri & Sat
  • Killashee Hotel

    Two Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Twin Room

per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information

Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival runs over four days from 26th-29th of December. The Christmas festival is filled with festivities, glamour and top class National Hunt racing.

Our package below incorporates the concluding two days of racing on Friday and Saturday, along with accommodation.

Your package includes:

  • Two nights accommodation at the Killashee Hotel
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Ticket to Friday & Saturday of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival

Hotel information

Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare is located only 30km from Dublin City and just 2km outside of Naas town. Set amidst the lush rolling countryside of County Kildare, Killashee is truly a special place. From the Victorian grandeur of the Original House, to the acres of splendid gardens and gloriously wild woodland and trails, there are so many hidden places to explore. A truly enchanted setting, with a wonderfully rich history, that’s just waiting to be discovered.

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Saturday 29th December 2018

General Admission (from £27.00)


Premium Level Access (from £54.00)



Where to be for the best views

General Enclosure

General Enclosure tickets give access to the entire racecourse enclosure including the lower level of the Grandstand. We have special Student, OAP and Online ticket prices available for each race day. Children under 18 years of age are admitted free of charge on all race days, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Premium Level Access

Located on the third floor of the grandstand, top level seats offer a reserved stadium seat for the day, access to the Top Level of the Grandstand and the Circle Lounge area on the 3rd floor.

Dress Codes

What to wear

From Couture to comfort, Leopardstown Racecourse embraces the diverse style desires of their patrons.Glamour appears at Leopardstown as regularly as the horses, with stylish racegoers dressing to impress each race day. Leopardstown celebrates this by hosting numerous ladies days and style awards, offering opportunities for the most fashionable individuals to display their style in the spotlight.You will also see plenty of horse racing fans in practical, smart-casual clothing. While there is no strict dress code at Leopardstown Racecourse, smart-casual attire is recommended.

Travel Information

How to find us


Public Transport

Leopardstown is ideally located on the outskirts of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, and therefore benefits from ample public transport options.


The LUAS offers a regular service from St. Stephen’s Green to Sandyford that takes about 20 minutes. The racecourse is only a short walk from the Sandyford station and Leopardstown also provide a complimentary shuttle bus service on race days. The bus service runs 30 minutes prior to gate opening times until 30 minutes after the bars on site close. This service runs from car park A on the Leopardstown Road.


There is a limited complimentary shuttle bus operating from Blackrock DART station to Leopardstown on selected race days. Priority will be given to patrons who have purchased a Race and Rail ticket on Leopardstown.com. although if there is room – the bus will accommodate your group. Please check our website in advance of travel for operating dates and times. Leopardstown Racecourse will be operating a complimentary return shuttle bus for this facility also.


Dublin Airport is about an hour's drive from Leopardstown racetrack. Aircoach operates a regular bus service between Dublin Airport and Burton Hall Road which is adjacent to the entrance to Leopardstown racecourse. There are also regular bus services into the city centre from the Airport.

By Car

Leopardstown is very accessible by car, easily accessed from the M50 motorway and offers complimentary car parking.
From the M50: take exit 15 and cross the flyover, following the signs for Leopardstown Racecourse. From Dublin city centre: Take the N11 (Stillorgan dual carriageway) heading towards the southeast, past Stillorgan. Turn right at traffic lights onto Leopardstown Road R113 signposted Leopardstown. Continue straight and Leopardstown's entrance is on the left just before the traffic lights in front of the roundabout.


Leopardstown boasts ample car parking and car park transport, all of which are complimentary. There are two entrances for cars to Leopardstown Racecourse on racedays.

The first entrance is off Leopardstown Road, near the junction linking Leopardstown Park Hospital, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate and Brewery Road. The second entrance is off the M50 at junction 15 (Carrickmines). Shuttle buses transport patrons to and from the car parks free of charge for the entirety of the race day until the official close of the racecourse grounds.

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