A weekend like this only comes once every four years, so let's celebrate it in style.
Forget about getting down on one knee to propose to your boyfriend, there's no time now that Kildare Village has announced its leap year extravaganza.
Ireland's luxury shopping destination, just an hour outside of Dublin, is offering tonnes of special offers on designer boutiques this February 29, and all weekend long.
Whether you're planning a girls' day out, a date night with your significant other, or some wholesome family fun, here are 29 reasons to make Kildare Village your only stop this leap year weekend.
1. Lucky dip at Kate Spade
Try your luck in the Kate Spade New York boutique's lucky dip event on February 29 and March 1 for the chance to win sweet treats, savings and more.
2. Get cultured with Grainne Bath Enright
Irish artist Grainne’s illustrations have been specially commissioned for Kildare Village and can be viewed throughout the location. Get inspired and support Irish artists at the same time.
3. Dance to live music
Bring your dancing shoes as a series of live musicians will perform throughout the weekend to entertain guests at the Village.
4. Major savings at Joules
Joules boutique is offering a leaping 30% off the Village price on everything in the store.
5. Slide into the playground
The little ones won't want to leave the amazing playground with slides, bridges and look-out points. Maybe they can spot mum at the boutiques!
6. Discover brand new openings
The Village is always adding designer boutiques to the hundreds already on offer. Make sure to visit chic Parisian brand Karl Lagerfeld and American lifestyle and fashion brand Tory Burch for designer items for less.
7. Something for the boys
Kildare Village has some of the best menswear boutiques in Ireland from Savoy Taylors Guild and Brooks Brothers, to Reiss, Barbour and Sandro Homme. There is something to suit all styles... even if you're not proposing this weekend.
8. Make it fashion
For the fashionistas, the Village has an impressive range of boutiques including Sandro, Maje, Coccinelle, The Kooples, The White Company, Diane von Furstenberg, Vans, Dune, Kurt Geiger, Reiss and All Saints.
9. Scentsational beauty
With spring just around the corner, it's the perfect time to refresh your beauty routine. Premium brands such as Benefit Cosmetics, l’Occitane, Molton Brown, Rituals and Penhaligon’s are all located in the Village so you can get expert advice on how to rejuvenate your skincare regimen, refresh your make-up look or update your signature scent.
10. Get pumped with Diesel
Diesel’s brand new revamped boutique will relaunch on February 29. Guests can enjoy additional discounts, nibbles and an in-store DJ.
11. Valet park
Get some VIP treatment by leaving your car to be washed while you shop. There's nothing like a shiny new boot to put all of your designer buys into!
12. Rev it up
Driving to Kildare Village has never been more convenient. Just an hour outside of Dublin, parking is completely free and there are electric car charging units on site.
13. Marvel at The Drummer
Look out for the giant 15-foot tall hare sculpture, The Drummer by Barry Flanagan which stands pride of place at the entrance of the Village.
14. Get stuffed!
Enjoy a delicious array of international cuisines from Italian (Dunne & Crescenzi) to Belgian (Le Pain Quotidien), Thai (Saba Street Kitchen) to American Style (Nelson’s Food Truck). There is also coffee on the go and crêpes and delicious milkshakes to keep the children smiling.
15. Get spicy
There are plenty of food options available at the Village for adults and kids, but if you're feeling spicy, Saba Street Kitchen will have a pop-up on site serving up delicious Thai and Vietnamese food. It's the only outside Saba restaurant in Ireland!
16. Puppy love
Even the pet pooch is welcome in Kildare Village. There are dog kennels provided so you can shop 'till you drop knowing your beloved dog is being cared for.
17. Hands-free shopping
Went a little overboard? Kildare Village will carry your bags so you don't have to! Explore and shop over 100 of your favourite boutiques, then relax while the boutique assistants pack the purchases so they are ready for collection when you are ready to leave.
18. Shop and earn
To claim your frequent flyer points you must present your membership card (or proof of airline partner membership) and your shopping receipts at the Kildare Village Tourist Information Centre. For more information see here.
19. Limited edition Starbucks
Be one of the first to taste the Starbucks berry hot chocolate. Delicious.
20. Discover Kildare
Kildare Village is just one of many leading attractions in the county. Discover the fantastic Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware (housing fashion collections and artefacts of style icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace and the Beatles) to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens (a thoroughbred horse breeding facility and home to the most magnificent horses and glorious gardens) followed by dinner and maybe some shopping in Kildare Village. See shopping packages here.
21. Tracks and trails
For the adventurous, why not venture into Kildare town and walk one of the town’s famous trails such as St Brigid’s Trail? Discover the amazing life and work of St Brigid who founded the first monastery in Kildare. Educational and fun for the kids too.
22. N Peal special offer
Guests can enjoy an additional 20% off in N Peal when you buy two items this leap year.
23. Tory Burch special offer
Guests can enjoy an additional 20% off in Tory Burch excluding existing promotions this leap year.
24. Brooks Brother special offer
Guests can enjoy 20% off at Brooks Brothers when you spend €200 this leap year.
25. Jaeger special offer
Guests can enjoy a very special gift with purchase at Jaeger when you spend €200 this leap year.
26. All Saints special offer
Guests can enjoy an additional 30% off at All Saints this leap year.
27. Coach special offer
Guests can enjoy leather purses for just €29 at Coach this leap year.
28. Levi's special offer
Guests can enjoy 20% off with purchases of €150 or more this leap year.
29. Become a Privilege Member
Avail of exclusive offers and secret shopping events, special access to private sales and insider tips when you join Kildare Village’s Privilege Members. Privilege is Kildare Village’s VIP members programme which promises to make your shopping experience even better with unmissable extras from your favourite boutiques. Guests can become a member in a just a few simple steps, see here for more information.
Main photo: Kildare Village
Kildare Village is home to over 100 designer boutiques across fashion, beauty, homewares and jewellery. Guests can enjoy savings of up to 60% off RRP all year round. For more information on leap year activities and special offers plus Ts and Cs, see here.
For more information on how to get to the Village, see here.