We all know how amazing Dublin is for hosting events; particularly at this time of year. But, unless you're up to speed with every social media platform and buzz word, it can be hard to uncover the best ones to get to. We asked girl-in-the-know Sarah Hanrahan to compile a list of her favourite events this side of Christmas so all you have to do is enjoy them.
From December 4th-18th there will be free showings of family favourites like Big and The Goonies in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square… bring a blanket and a flask of hot chocolate then sit back & soak up the festive cheer. Attendance is free but advanced booking required.
Their first ever Christmas Open Day takes place at the museum on Saturday, December 13th from 2pm-5pm. It includes a talk from UCC professor Regina Sexton on the festive foods we love so much, carol singing and much more. Entry is free.
Experience the joyful and uplifting sounds of the ESB Great Christmas Choir on Wednesday, December 13th in the National Concert Hall… the audience are welcome to join in so have those vocal chords warmed! Tickets start at €15 with concession prices and group discounts on offer.
Kicking off at 7.30pm on December 9th, enjoy amazing acoustics and sounds from The Boys of The Palestrina Choir, Eileen Coyle and The Island Of Ireland Peace Choir. Tickets cost €30.
Savor the most magical Christmas experience in Dublin with a trip to Malahide Castles until Dec 23rd (Check the website for dates and times)- enjoy tours of the castle and a visit to Santa and Mrs Claus with mince pies and mulled wine for the adults. Admission is €17 for children, €8 for adults.
The newly renovated Stella theatre in Rathmines is showing a great collection of both old and new movies over the festive period… why not pop in on December 24th at 12 pm for their showing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the ultimate seasonal feel-good film. Standard tickets are €19.
Try something a little different this Christmas with a fun run in aid of the Suttonians Rugby Football Club and the IRFU Charitable Trust. This event will start and finish outside St Fintans at 11 am on December 27th, all levels of runners welcome. Entry is priced at €23 plus registration fee.
Enjoy the classic sights and sounds of this phenomenally popular show in The Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Tickets priced from €15-26
Dublin Zoo's awe-inspiring trail of beautifully crafted giant lanterns inspired by wildlife is a must-do… perfect for those long, dark festive evenings. Admission from 5pm-9pm, this event runs until Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Adult tickets are €20, children €15 (under 3s go free), concessions available for students and OAPs
Dublin’s iconic flea market travels across the city to The Point Village for a weekend of festivity from 11am-6pm on December 7th-10th, a must-do for Dublin’s creatives and culture vultures alike.
Gloria has been delighting us with their sounds inside Dublin’s iconic Christ Church Cathedral for many Christmases now and they are yet to disappoint. Get down on December 15th from 8pm-10pm to see what all the fuss is about. Tickets priced at €15.
Farmleigh House is running an extensive Christmas programme of family-friendly events each Saturday and Sunday from 10am until December 18th. Expect a Christmas food market, storytelling, carols, puppet shows and lots more. Entry to Farmleigh is free.
There you have it, just some of the amazing events on offer this festive season around Dublin. Now it’s time to gather your loved ones and bask in some Christmas cheer!