Dublin is one of these cities that just suits the Christmas spirit, just like London or Vienna. The cobbled stones, the red-brick buildings, the Georgian doors, … it all looks a bit Dickensian this time of year. If you’re in Dublin during this Holiday season, there’s a ton of things to do and enjoy. That is if you can tear yourself from the warmth and cosiness of all the sparkly pubs. To make things easier for you, here’s a round-up of festive events I think you shouldn’t miss.
The Christmas Markets
There are so many Christmas markets around the city that one can get dizzy at the prospect of making a choice. This weekend is your ultimate chance to visit the ones you have missed so far as Christmas is literally on our doorstep. Last-minute shoppers, this is for you!
If you’re a foodie, Farmleigh Christmas market should be your number one destination.
If you’re into your crafts, check out the markets in the Dame District, Trinity Bar & Venue, the Dublin Castle and Dun Laoghaire.
If you like your Christmas shopping mixed with a bit of funfair fun, The Docklands, Winterfest and Christmas Wonderland are calling your name.
As mentioned above, the ultimate winter entertainment can be found at Christmas Wonderland, the Docklands and Winterfest where you can get a bit of ice-skating action and all the thrills of the attractions!
Also today is the Winter Solstice and Dublin is putting on a show to welcome the darkest day of the year in true Celtic spirit with parades and fire ceremonies (it starts at 6pm).
New Year’s Eve celebrations
Ha who needs the Time Square Ball drop when you can watch fireworks over the picturesque Dublin Bay?! They will be fired from Dun Laoghaire pier (at midnight, but also at 6pm on the 31st of December, so the young ones can also ooh and aah before their bedtime).
If you’re in the Dublin city centre, catch the People’s Procession of Lights. The parade will start at 6.30 from Stephen’s Green and make its way to South William Street and Grafton Street.
For more information, check out the visitdublin website and their nifty event grid. Many more events are listed such as pantomimes and choirs and other cheerful, seasonal happenings.