Best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

26 February 2020

Celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, St. Patrick’s Day is adored around the world. Dating back to the early 17th century, this historic celebration – held annually on 17th March – showcases Ireland’s rich culture and fascinating heritage through parades, festivals, music and banquets. While Dublin is a great place to enjoy this spectacular event, there are countless other destinations across the globe that put on exceptional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.


Annually hosting three sensational Paddy’s Day parades, Chicago is an incredible place to enjoy the unique atmosphere that St. Patrick’s Day creates. Witness the dying of the Chicago river, where you’ll stand in awe as the gushing river turns Shamrock green.

Don your finest green attire and take an unforgettable scenic cruise around the city centre on the vibrant green Chicago river. Admire stunning performances, incredible floats and festive music at the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades and embrace Irish tradition at the family-orientated St. Patrick’s Festival where you’ll enjoy contemporary Irish music, dance, food and drink.

With a wealth of captivating museums, a plethora of bars and restaurants and a variety of blissful parks, you’ll have plenty to do in Chicago after experiencing an unforgettable Saint Patrick’s Day. Marvel at world-famous art at the Millennium Park, admire the city’s skyline at Willis Tower and enjoy the shops and restaurants of Navy Pier.

Buenos Aires

Boasting the world’s fifth largest urban Irish population, the magnificent city of Buenos Aires is home to the largest Irish community in any non-English speaking country. Bask in the blissful Argentinian sun at the Ba Celebra Irlanda, an open-air St. Patrick’s Day festival that honours Ireland’s charming culture through traditional music, drinks and cultural performances. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade through the city’s streets showcases its rich Irish heritage through dance, street parties and a variety of tantalising food stalls.

Also known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires boasts incredible historical landmarks, beautiful gardens and an enticing array of sumptuous restaurants and bars, making it the perfect destination for a Spring city getaway. Admire captivating Latin American art at Malba, revel in a unique cinematic experience at Planetario Galileo Galilei or unwind on the soft white sand of Buenos Aires Playa.

“With its thriving arts and music scene, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, opulent palaces and grand plaza, Buenos Aires is many people’s favourite city in Latin America “

Andrew, Travel Counsellor



Voted as one of the top 10 best destinations to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by National Geographic, Montreal treats locals and visitors to captivating floats, bands and dancers as part of the incredible Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade; held every year since 1824, this mesmeric three-hour cavalcade is truly spectacular. Alternatively, dance and drink your way across the city’s collection of authentic Irish bars.

Home to a delightful variety of luscious gardens and parks, fascinating museums and incredible markets, the city of Montreal is the perfect place to spend a blissful Spring getaway. Take a rejuvenating stroll around the Montreal Botanical Garden, marvel at the stunning Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal or peruse locally sourced goods at the tantalising Jean Talon Market in the city’s little Italy district.

New York

New York City hosts the world’s largest and oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade, making it one of the greatest destinations to experience the magic of Paddy’s day. Passing through the iconic fifth avenue, New York’s unrivalled St. Patrick's Day parade features a mesmerising display of talent from marching bands and bag pipers to traditional Celtic dancers. Experience New York’s rich Irish heritage by sipping on festively green Pints on a unique Irish pub crawl where you’ll enjoy an array of special deals and events across some of New York’s iconic Irish bars.

After an unforgettable St Paddy’s day experience, explore New York’s vibrant variety of truly unmissable landmarks. Take a snap of the world-famous skyline from the Empire State building, dine-out at some of the world’s finest restaurants, enjoy a spectacular Broadway show in Times Square, or simply take a refreshing leisurely stroll around the iconic Central park.

Treat yourself this St. Patrick’s Day and make it one to remember by contacting your Travel Counsellor today. You’ll enjoy exclusive benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay

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