5 Glossy Places to Spend Christmas and New Year

Penny McCormick selects the TOP PLACES to party this season …

WHERE: The Morgan Hotel is celebrating its first festive season since reopening last month following a €15 million refurbishment. Its new restaurant, 10 Fleet Street, is offering a seven-course dinner on New Year’s Eve prepared by head chef Brian E Meehan and his team, which showcases their passion for seafood. Costing €55 per person including a glass of champagne, booking is essential. www.themorgan.com.

WHAT: Harvey’s Point Hotel on the shores of Lough Eske, outside Donegal Town, combines the ruggedness of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline with a cosy welcome. Celebrating 30 years of hospitality Deirdre McGlone will be welcoming guests for the New Year. Check into a suite and start the festivities in style with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies in Memories. Enjoy a winter woodland walk before joining a wine appreciation class. Later, guests will enjoy a sparkling wine reception followed by dinner and dance in the Lakeside Ballroom. From €439 per person sharing. www.harveyspoint.com.

HOW: For a unique experience with a touch of Art Deco elegance, ring in the New Year aboard The Pullman Restaurant on the grounds of Glenlo Abbey Hotel – comprising two dining carriages and dating back to 1927, when it was part of the original Orient Express. To welcome 2019, guests will be greeted by the conductor for the evening at the station platform, before boarding the train for a six-course New Year’s Eve menu, followed by entertainment and a Champagne toast. €85 per person. www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie.

WHY: Forget the oven gloves on Christmas Day and enjoy a glass of bubbles while the team at InterContinental Dublin serve you a five-course lunch or dinner with all the trimmings (€195) in the elegant surroundings of the hotel’s Ailesbury Ballroom or Seasons Restaurant. Alternatively there’s also a Christmas Eve lunch or dinner (from €75) or a relaxing St Stephen’s Day brunch (from €85) including a glass of Champagne. www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.

AND: Escape for a luxurious two-day break at Conrad Dublin. Arrive on Christmas Eve to a welcome of mulled wine and mince pies, before gathering in the evening for cocktails at Lemuel’s. Christmas morning begins with a hearty breakfast and is followed by a festive lunch at the Coburg in the afternoon. The two night package costs €550 per person sharing and includes accommodation, breakfast on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day, cocktails on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch. Father Christmas might pop in too! www.conradhotels.hilton.com.

WHEN: The Ivy Dawson Street will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with an evening of music by a range of Irish performers including pianist and vocalist Eibhin Eviston, electronic violinist Aoife Kelly, DJ Karl, followed by DJ Stricky and jazz musician Rick Swann. Guests will dine from the restaurant’s winter à la carte menu. www.theivydublin.ie.

Penny McCormick

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