10 Christmas Things to do in Dublin!

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Arnotts Santa Claus 

Date: 15 Nov 2015 – 24th Dec 2015

Venue: Arnotts, 12 Henry Street

Price: Free!

Santa arrived at Arnotts on the 15th of November! Santa is currently in his special grotto, located on the top floor, where he is meeting and greet children from all over the country, spreading festive cheer right up until Christmas Eve.

Also this year Arnotts has announced that they have included Temple Street Children’s Hospital in their Christmas wishes and they will be raising funds in store and also donating all the toys from their infamous Christmas window to its little patients.

Arnotts this year have a new system that will take the stress out of seeing Santa! The new system sends you a text to let you know when it’s your turn to see Santa! Amazing!

Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market by the Sea

Date: 21st November – 24th December

Venue: The front grounds of the Maritime Museum

This years Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market will provide a beautifully warm and welcoming atmosphere. There will be 20 seasonal wooden chalets hosting a wonderful range of artisan food & craft offerings.

In addition to the Christmas Market at the Maritime, the Museum will also play host to a number of seasonal concerts, events, children’s arts and crafts, plays & magic shows to coincide with market hours, full details of which will be available from their site. In addition to all of this Santa will make his big arrival to a firework display on the 21st of December!

Christmas at Dundrum Town Centre

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Date: 26th November

Venue: Dundrum Town Centre

Come see the stars at Dundrum Town Centre on the 26th of November at 5:30pm. There will be a BIG surprise as well as street entertainers, face painting and carol singers for the whole family to enjoy! Don’t forget that Dundrums on Ice is back better than ever until the 10th of Jan 2016. Tickets are from €11.

Smithfield Christmas Switch on Show

Time: 17:00

Date: 26th of November

Venue: Smithfield Square

Price: Free!

This event will take place on Smithfield Square as part of the overall Christmas event in Dublin city centre! A festive community based Christmas lighting celebration is always produced. The event will contain live music from some familiar faces such as Paddy Casey, the Original Rude Boys and the Geddes! Everyone enjoys the lighting of the lights and the live acts every year. It certainly will give a kick start to your Christmas cheer!

I BELIEVE – Ireland’s first Winter Food, Drink, Craft and Horticulture Festival.

Date: 26th Nov – 23rd Dec 2015

Venue: Custom Quarter House Dublin

Price: Free admission

With a focus on supporting Irish businesses, traders, craftspeople, producers and charities, I BELIEVE™ will run for 28 days in the lead-up to Christmas from Thursday, 26th November until Wednesday, 23rd December at the exceptional setting of Custom House Quarter in Dublin, which includes George’s Dock, The CHQ Building and its surrounding area.

I BELIEVE™ will be Ireland’s first winter food, drink, craft and horticulture festival centered on what will be the country’s most iconic Christmas tree, donated by Coillte to the people of Ireland. Standing at 50 foot tall, it will be inspired by the 82-year tradition behind the world-famous Rockefeller Tree in New York.

O’Connell Street Switch on Show

Time: 15:30

Date: 29th of November

Venue: O’Connell Street

Price: Free!

O Connell Street will glow beautifully this year like past years! Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh will be lighting up O’ Connell Streets Famous Tree. Al Porter will be presenting the event with live music from some familiar faces such as Melanie McCabe, Hometown, Dustin the Turkey and Dublin Gospel Choir! Remember to wrap up warm, in a Geansaí Nollaig (for later!) so you can enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Switching on the Christmas tree lights in O’ Connell Street has been a huge part of Christmas in Dublin for many years, and is one of the city’s landmark events in the run up to Christmas.

A fun event for all the family – not to be missed!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Time: 19:30

Date: 8th – 22nd of December

Venue: Smock Alley Theatre

Price: Starts from €12

What’s better than a Christmas classic to put all the family in the Christmas mood! This is a show for all the family, but be warned, it will feature the biggest (and scariest!) Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come ever to be seen on an Irish stage! This tale as old as time will capture your heart and will set you up for Christmas 2015. This is definitely a family friendly production but the age guideline is 8+.

The National Concert Hall Christmas Concert Featuring The Snowman

Date: 18th – 20th of December

Venue: The National Concert hall

Price: Adult €22, Child €17 & Family €73

A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall.

This is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen.

Leopardstown Christmas Festival

Date: 26th – 29th December

Venue: Leopardstown Race Course

Price: Adult €30, OPA/Student €20

Featuring seven Grade 1 races, this is world-class theatre where the best horses, jockeys, owners and trainers compete against each other.

A tradition since 1888, the Leopardstown Christmas Festival attracts people from Ireland, the UK and beyond. They converge on the Dublin racetrack for four days after Christmas to savour the drama, excitement and buzz of the festival.

12 Cocktails of Christmas – Dylan Hotel

Date: Christmas time!

Venue: Dylan Hotel

Price: From €10.50

This Christmas, Dylan Hotel will spice up the season’s traditional festive offerings with an exciting twist on the 12 days of Christmas; Dylan’s 12 cocktails of Christmas. The perfect accompaniment to any seasonal soiree, there are 12 bespoke concoctions to choose from, one for each day of the holidays. So why not get together some of your closest friends and instead of doing the 12 pubs of Christmas each one of you can sample one of Dylan’s 12 cocktails of Christmas?

Written by: Orlaith McIvor Davis Events