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Leopardstown Christmas Festival : 26th December 2018

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.

This event is brought to you courtesy of Leopardstown Racecourse

Event Details

26 to 29 December 2018
Leopardstown Racecourse
Contact Phone
01 289 0500
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More Information

  • 26th - 29th December 2018

The atmosphere at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival is unparalleled and an unmissable highlight of the Irish horse racing calendar. The annual Leopardstown Christmas Festival is the perfect venue to see prime horses competing in National Hunt racing at its best. 

The Leopardstown Christmas Festival features seven Grade 1 races, including the Racing Post Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) on Racing Post Day-Tuesday 26th, The Paddy Power Steeplechase (Grade B) on Paddy Power Day-Wednesday 27th, The Leopardstown Christmas Chase (Grade 1) on Thursday 28th and The Ryanair Hurdle (Grade 1) on Ryanair Day-Friday 29th

If you're still hungry after Christmas dinner, why not savour some of our festive food and drink? Warm up with a hot whiskey, or enjoy an all-inclusive dining package - there is something to suit all budgets and preferences at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival!

Make sure to be in the Festival Marquee at 11am before racing each day, where we host an exclusive Winning Line Tipster Panel on the morning of each race day. This is a complimentary event available to all Leopardstown attendees, so make sure to bring your pen to mark your card with the hot tipped horses for the day!


Premium Level Access €60 Advanced Adult admission €30 OAP / Student (Gate Only) €20
Tickets Terms & Conditions

Children under the age of 18 can avail of free entry once accompanied by a paying adult.
People aged 18 and above will be charged at the full admission price.

Racing at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival

Experience the thrill as you watch your chosen horse thunder past the stands, hear the crowd roar and feel the ground rumble beneath your feet. Soak in the unique atmosphere at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, with high class cards that boast no less than seven Grade 1 races. Both established and future stars of racing will be in attendance, so come to Leopardstown to see famous horses in the flesh, and spot future stars that will be remembered for years to come. With over 1.2 Million in prize money up for grabs, you don’t want to miss this top class racing festival.

Hospitality at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival

No matter which ticket you purchase, you have a plethora of areas to enjoy the atmosphere and racing enveloped in the warmth of Leopardstown Racecourse’s fantastic facilities. Whether you have a bird’s eye view of the racecourse in your very own suite, or are feeling the buzz in our Festival Marquee, you can relax and peruse your race card in top class facilities. We have an abundance of hot food and drinks available, as there is nothing like a hot whiskey to warm you from the inside out, or savour the plethora of hot food options available across the racecourse. We have an array of fantastic all-inclusive bundles and packages to suit all budgets.

Fashion at Leopardstown Christmas Festival

Thursday 28th December is the official ladies day of the Christmas Festival and features the CLIFF Style Awards. Fashion is a major aspect of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival and the key to winter racing style is to find the perfect balance between fashion and comfort. Stylish racegoers dress to impress each day at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Leopardstown celebrates celebrates fashion and offers the opportunity 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.

Special Offers

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