Xmas itinerary: What’s happening around you this Christmas?


Dublin's Henry Street is looking festive as it gets ready for the big shopping season. Photo courtesy of Hilary Pidgeon

Dublin’s Henry Street is looking festive as it gets ready for the big shopping season. Photo courtesy of Hilary Pidgeon

Christmas Craft Fair

Browse through selected items from local and international craft makers at the Christmas Craft Fair. Up for grabs are goodies like jewellery, soaps, picture frames and completely unique hand-crafted items.  Bring the kids along too for face painting and sugary treats.  There will also be lots of Christmas fun, hot drinks and food for everyone to enjoy.

Venue: Trinity Bar and Venue, 46/49 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dates: 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 of December

The Christmas Concert Featuring ‘The Snowman

Sit back and listen to the magical Christmas tale loved by all, narrated by Pauline McLynn. The story of a boy and his beloved snowman that comes to life, will be simultaneously shown on the big screen.  You can also expect a live puppet animation of snippets from the Nutcracker, and traditional Christmas songs to be sung by a special guest, the enchanting Eimear Quinn.  Join the magic at the National Concert Hall this season.

Venue: The National Concert Hall

Prices: €20
Child Ticket: €15
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 Children): €65

The Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival

The docklands Christmas Festival is back for its 9th year in a row.  You can expect to see the usual favourites like the Victorian carnival, the artisan food and craft market, Santa’s grotto and an entertainment stage.   There have also been a few surprises added to the amazing line up this year, guaranteed to make this one of the best events of the season.

Venue: The IFSC

Dates: 12-23 December

Monday-Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
Thursday-Friday: 12pm-10pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 10am-8pm

Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House

Go see the launch of the live animal crib on the 11 December with a lifesize stable that depicts the story of the birth of Jesus Christ among real farm animals.  Hosted every year at the Mansion House, you can look forward to face painting, choral performances, street entertainment and so much more! Admission is free, but donations are accepted for the St Vincent de Paul Charity.

Venue: The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin
Dates: 10-24 December
11am-6pm daily.

Santa visits the Chocolate Warehouse

Come and see Santa Claus at the Chocolate Warehouse for a very special visit the kids will never forget.  Be greeted at the door by Santa’s helpers and walk down to his grotto to receive a special gift from the man in red himself.  Then the kids can go down to the Cracker Room and make their own unique crackers to bring home with them.  After all this you are invited to explore the mini chocolate factory at your own leisure.

Venue: Mulcahy Keane Industrial Estate, Greenhills Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12

Dates: 7-23 December
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
For midweek times, call 01 450 0080

Adults go free, €9 per child or €8 each for bookings of ten or more

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