It’s that time of year again! Christmas is still five weeks away but the preparations have already begun. It’s time for fun, celebration, children, holidays, homecoming, entertainment and shopping.
Dublin has all these in abundance and at the end of a year which saw some recovery from the worst of the recession, visitors will have a little more money to spend and will be able to enjoy some of the delights Dublin has to offer.
I Believe in Christmas
From 26th November to 23rd December The Authentic Irish Christmas Village experience at Custom House Quarter called ‘I Believe’ will showcase a wide selection of food, drink, craft and horticulture products in the Christmas Village market. Clery’s Santa will be relocating his workshop and elves there and there will be a 50ft Irish Christmas tree.
See more at the I Believe website.
A Christmas Carol
The evergreen favourite ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens gets an airing at Smock Alley Theatre. from 08th December 22nd December. Featuring Scrooge, Bob Cratchett, Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, this is a great, if somewhat scary show for all the family.
Christmas Panto The Gaiety Theatre
From Sunday, 29th of November to Sunday, 10th of January the Christmas Panto will keep audiences in stitches at The Gaeity Theatre.
This year it is the turn of Little Red Riding Hood to provide the laughs, songs, and general hilarity with politicians and celebrities being at the receiving end of some stinging satire as usual.
Airfield Christmas Experience
Airfield is a 38 acre working farm, gardens, café and heritage experience in Dundrum in Dublin city. This is a wonderful place to spend a family day out at any time of year but it is especially fascinating at Christmas.
Giant nutcracker soldiers, twinkling lights, traditional Christmas decorations, Santa’s cottage, reindeers, a Christmas fairy trail, story-telling and giftsa re among the delights awaiting children, while the farm, gardens, house and restaurant will provide more than enough activities for the adults.
Dublin Docklands Christmas Market
The Docklands Christmas Market will have a variety of market stalls offering jewellery, Christmas decorations, beauty products and glassware, hand made arts and crafts, and many unique stocking fillers.
Hot chocolate, mulled wine, pastries, minced pies, gourmet treats, cheeses, cakes and other seasonal fare will tempt visitors. Santa, brassbands, and funfair will entertain everybody.
How Now Mrs Browns Cow
From 15th December to 19th December the inimitable Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown) and his hilarious family will have audiences cracked up with laughter at the 3Arena.
This show is likely to be booked out very fast so anyone thinking of going should head over to ticketmaster.ie ASAP.
Def Leppard & Whitesnake
Def Leppard and Whitesnake appear at 3Arena on December 6th as part of their UK & Ireland tour with support from Black Star Riders. Tickets from ticketmaster.ie
Mick Hucknall and Simply Red are at the 3Arena on 1st December on their 3oth Anniversary world tour Likely to be very popular as they sold out at The Olympia last year.
From 3rd December to 9th January the world’s favourite nanny is brought to life by Oscar-winning screen-writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and the award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
The Boomtown Rats
On 6th December at The Olympia Theatre, the ageless Bob Geldof and his Boomtown Rats will strut their stuff
Chamber Choir Ireland Carols at Christmas
On Friday 4 December at the Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoire, Chamber Choir Ireland choral ensemble will perform many favourite and beautiful Carols and seasonal pieces.
From 12th of December to 10th January Winter Funderland is on at The RDS. Skate on Ice, Fossetts Christmas Circus, A Santa Experience and a Continental Market are among the attractions at this ever popular venue which has been going for quite a few years.
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