Christmas is the time of the year during which many people who live in foreign countries return home. This is probably not only due to the need to come back after months of cold and hard work, but also because these festivities are probably best enjoyed with family and friends. However, not all of us are lucky enough to be able to go home for Christmas, either due to work commitments or because the countries we come from are too far away to go only for a couple of weeks.
It is hard to spend Christmas away from home, I know that very well. Nonetheless, Dublin is an excellent city with a lot of things to do that will cheer you up in so many ways. You will be happy to spend this period here as well! So, what’s on in the capital city? Check it out!
Christmas Markets are one of the principle elements of Dublin at Christmas so you can’t miss them! Artisanal products, Christmas decorations, craftspeople, designers, delicious food, lights, nature… everything in a unique environment full of positive energy, smiles and music. There are many options! More Information: http://dublinchristmasflea.ie/market/
It is a weekly indoor market located at The Grand Social every Saturday from noon until 5:00 PM until the 23rd of December. More information. Click here.
Situated only 20 minutes away by DART, this lovely market it will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the 18th December until the 23rd of December. Learn more.
Ice Skating Rinks
If you are one of those who loves winter sports I have found your favourite activity in Dublin: Ice Skating! It has become very popular in the past years so you can find a few around the city: Dundrum On ice, Swords On ice or Christmas Wonderland in City West. The price is around 14€ for an adult and 12€ for students. You won’t regret it! Find the one closest to you.
Visit Santa Claus
Have you ever dreamed of meeting Santa? Now you can meet him! The father of Christmas will be at his ‘grotto’, at the top floor of St. Stephen Green Shopping Centre, from the 25th of November every day until Saturday 23rd of December. Furthermore, you can also find him at Arnotts and enjoy the ‘Arnotts Santa Postal Parade’, a magical event celebrated at 12pm and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout December right up until Christmas Eve.
The Butlers Chocolate Experience
Are you a chocoholic? This event is going to drive you crazy! A chocolate experience run by Butlers Chocolate where you can enjoy a Butlers Chocolate movie, the chocolate museum, the real-life chocolate factory, a demonstration room where you can decorate your own chocolate Santa and… The opportunity to meet Santa Claus in Butlers Winter Wonderland! The entry is 12.85€ for adults and you will need to book your visit.
Dublin New Year’s Festival
Get ready because Dublin New Year’s Festival has prepared everything to make your last day of the year amazing! On the 31st of December enjoy with your friends a big event at the heart of the city: the early countdown event at Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee at 6:00 PM, Gavin James and Guests live from Custom House Quay for the 3Countdown Concert at 8:00 PM and a high-flying spectacle of lights and acrobatics in Liffey Lights Midnight Moment at 11:30 PM. You can check more information here.