I live in Dublin. And I love Christmas.
Yet, I always find myself doing the same old things year after year when the festive season kicks in.
So, to in an attempt to avoid the same thing happening again in 2018, I’m on a caffeine-and-duty-free-Toblerone-fuelled quest to find the best things to do in Dublin at Christmas.
In no particular order, here’s a load of deadly things to do in Dublin over the festive season to get the Christmassy buzz flowing!
This is a one-for-all type jobbie where I’ll be including things suitable for both kids and adults.
If there’s something great that I’ve missed, pop it into the comments section at the end of this article!
1 – An important one to kick things off with: A Mindful Christmas
I’ve never heard of anything like this before.
Ballyroan Library in Rathfarnam are running a mindfulness session for those that get a little stressed during Christmas, and are looking for ways to stay calm.
Here’s how they describe it:
‘Take time out of the Christmas rush to de-stress, unwind and relax.
Learn the skills to navigate back to calm when stress hits so that you can enjoy the good things the season brings.’
2 – Catch a festive flick on a screen the size of 2 double decker buses
Fancy watching the Santa Clause, ELF, Home Alone or Love Actually on a big ass screen from the comfort (hopefully!) of your car?
The lads at Retro Drive In are back at Leopardstown this year with a load of different Christmas moves for you to dive into.
3 – Make your own Christmas jumper at Dublin’s Science Gallery
The folks at the Science Gallery are running their 9th annual Christmas Jumper Make Night on December 4th.
Those that attend can create and customise their very own Christmas Jumper all in aid of the Irish Society for Autism.
This looks well worth a visit.
4 to 14 – Christmas shows, pantos and loads more
One of my favourite Christmas memories as a kid was being brought into town by my Nan to see a panto.
That was about 20 (lies, it was way more…) years ago now, and nothing much has changed – there are heaps of different pantos and shows you can drop into around Dublin.
I’ve used FamilyFun.ie to find a list of all of the Christmas shows on in Dublin – it’s a cracking website to add to your planning arsenal.
Here’s 11 shows you can check out:
- The Snow Queen at the Gaiety – 25th of November to January 6th – more info
- Beauty and the Beast at the drl Mill Theatre – December 7th to January 6th – more info
- Polly and the Magic Lamp at the Olympia – December 21st to January 6th – more info
- Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – 4th and 5th December at Smock Alley – more info here
- The Snow White Cheerio’s Panto – December 4th to January 13th – more info
- The National Concert Hall Presents This Way To Christmas – 21st to the 23rd of December – more info
- Rocket Around The Christmas Tree at Smock Alley Theatre – 16th to the 23rd of December – more info
- The Helix Christmas Panto – Robin Hood – 23rd of November to 20th of January – more info
- The Civic Theatre Christmas Panto – 6th of December to 8th of January – more info
- Cinderella: The Liberty Hall Theatre Christmas Panto – 19th of December to January 6th – more info
- Beauty and the Beast Christmas Panto – 28th of December to January 6th – more info
15 – Grab a festive bite to eat at YuleYard
YuleYard comes from the folks at EatYard.
Open until December 23rd, YuleYard is packed to the brim with festive food vendors serving up Christmassy delights.
Expect mulled wine, hot whiskeys, wood burning stoves and festive cocktails.
16 – Drop into the Dublin Christmas Flea Market
If you’re looking for a Christmas market in Dublin, then this’ll be right up your alley.
The Dublin Christmas Flea Market boasts 280 stall in total from the best up and coming irish-based creatives, start-ups and small businesses.
Expect cool stuff from artists, designers, retro makers, vintage clothing and wares, antique collectors and artisan food producers.
17 – Have a ramble around the city and check out the lights
Like many of Ireland’s towns and cities, Dublin is completely lit up during the festive period.
Grab a cup of coffee and take a little stroll around O’Connell Street, Henry Street, Grafton Street and just follow the lights.
Finish the festive ramble off with a bite to eat or a cosy pint!
18 – Visit some Christmassy pubs for a cosy pint and a chat with friends
Dublin’s home to many a pub, but some go all out during November and December
The Hole in the Wall pub is one of those places that you need to visit at Christmas if you haven’t nipped by already.
The folks here go all out decorating from November, and the result is incredibly special!
19 to 21 – Dabble in a bit of Ice Skating
Ice Skating is something that I’ve never been able to get the hang of, but it’s something that many people associate with a Christmas buzz.
There’s several places you can try your hand at ice skating in Dublin over the festive period:
- Dundrum on Ice – October 26th to January 13th – more info
- iSkate at the RDS – 26th of November to January 13th – more info
- Swords on Ice – 16th of November to January 6th – more info
22 – Give this Christmas challenge on wheels a bash
This seems like it’d be a bit of craic.
If you fancy an interactive Christmas show, then this’ll be right up your street.
Step onto a custom made ‘Santa Bus’ where you’ll join two elves on a mission to save Christmas.
You’ll help them to solve the clues, find the letters and prove you believe in all the good that Christmas can bring.
23 – Celebrate Christmas at Glasnevin (Santa, Christmas Market, and More)
Visit Santa at the Botanic Gardens and soak-up some of the festive atmosphere as you listen to a live choir.
There’s also a Christmas market with around 50 gorgeous stalls brimming with treats and gift ideas.
24 to 26 – Kick-back to some Christmas carols
There’s an absolute tonne of different Christmas carol events you can visit in Dublin over the coming weeks.
Here’s a little taste of what to expect if you visit the ones taking place at the National Concert Hall.
There’s hundreds of different carol services and concerts taking place across Dublin over the month of December. I’ve included some that tickled my fancy below, but you can find loads more (both free and paid) here:
- Carols By Candlelight at the National Concert Hall – December 19th – more info
- ‘Carols by Candlelight’ Christmas Concert at Christ Church – December 13th – more info
- Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol Concert at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – December 8th – more info
A Ceremony of Carols & other Christmas Favourites at Dublin Castle – December 16th – more info
And that’s a wrap! Are there any really great things to do in Dublin at Christmas that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!