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  • 26th - 29th December 2017

    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.

    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! 


      Ticket Prices

      • Premium Level Access €60
      • Adult admission €30
      • OAP / Student (Gate Only) €20

      Tickets Terms & Conditions

      • Children under the age of 18 are only allowed into the racecourse when accompanied by a paying adult.
      • Students and those aged 16 or 17 must be in possession of the necessary identification in order to gain admittance into the racecourse at the reduced rate.
      • People aged 18 and above will be charged at the full admission price. 

      Blackrock DART shuttle bus ticket
      Complimentary Bus Shuttle From Blackrock DART Station at 10.45 | 11.30am | 12.00pm on any of the following 3 days:  27th/28th/ 29th December

      Customers who hold a Blackrock Shuttle Ticket get priority – therefore customers should purchase this ticket on Leopardstown.com as well as the time of the bus you wish to take for your chosen day  

      Please note there is no DART service on St. Stephens Day.

      Entertainment at The Leopardstown Christmas Event will include music from Mundy, Pop Gods, Conor McKeon band and more.

    • Racing at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival

      December 26th - 29th 2017.

      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.

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    • Hospitality at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival

      December 26th - 29th 2017.

      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. Make sure to visit the Winning line Panel located in the festival Marquee at 11am each morning, which is an expert tipster panel outlining their top picks of horses running that day. This event is provided free of charge to all patrons attending Leopardstown Christmas Festival. 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.

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    • Fashion at Leopardstown Christmas Festival

      December 26th - 29th 2017.

      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.

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    • Hospitality Packages

      • Admission to racing
      • Reserved seat in the viewing area of the grandstand
      • Access to exclusive circle lounge
      • Access to exclusive Larkspur Bar
      • Admission Ticket
      • €10 Food Voucher (which can be redeemed from any on-track retail outlet)
      • €5 TOTE bet
      • Admission Ticket
      • Race Programme
      • Reserved table in the Pavilion
      • Admission ticket
      • Race Programme
      • Reserved table
      • Panoramic Suite Ticket
      • Race Programme
      • Reserved table
      • Pavilion Admission ticket
      • Reserved table on the Mezzanine level of the Leopardstown Pavilion
      • Three-course gourmet lunch
      • Afternoon tea
      • Complimentary Race Programme & Tipster and Tote Betting Stations
      • Download Sample Menu
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