From Christmas at Dublin Zoo to the Christmas Wonderland in the RDS Arena, from the Christmas Craft Fair in the Trinity bar area to Christmas shopping along the faerie light bejewelled avenues of O’Connell to Grafton Street, Dublin does Christmas for the family like Edinburgh does New Year for the more mature reveller. In short, spared no expense.
Celebrating a Culture of Community
Known the world over for their hospitality, ‘craic’, and gregarious love of music and story, the Irish cater well to the young imagination. Walking the cobbled streets of this ancient town it’s impossible to miss the majesty of its architecture, finely woven with a rich and living history, and attractions like The Book of Kells and the Guinness Storehouse are complemented by interactive exhibitions of culture and history designed with the express intention of catering to the family. Many of the live music venues are frequented by families with children of all ages, and regular events like ‘An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies‘ promise an encounter with the mythos of the land sure to entertain even the most demanding of young minds.
Christmas and New Year in Dublin
Visit Dublin provides the most comprehensive list of year round activities for families, while the Fountain Resource Group just published a comprehensive list of events over the festive season. The North Pole Experience presents a contemporary take on the festive spirit, while events like the Home Made Christmas Decorations workshop at Powerscourt in Wicklow allow young and old alike to explore the marriage of tradition and one’s individual creativity. Dublin itself is located close to many surrounding attractions, with County Wicklow being home to one of the most beautiful botanic gardens as well as Powerscourt House and Gardens. A car hire at Dublin airport will afford you the freedom to explore more fully, leaving you at liberty to roam before returning for Dublin’s four-day long New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Highlights of the Festive Season
With so much on offer it can be hard to work out what you and your family will enjoy most. Dublin has several main festive attractions, a love of celebration ensuring that they conjure a tangible festive spirit. Check out:
The Christmas Craft Fair: the very best of the traditional festive craft fair, the usual offerings of bespoke jewellery, paintings, soap, cards and clothes are combined with activities like face-painting for the young ones. If you’re still not satisfied, check out The Docklands Christmas Market and it’s Victorian Carnival.
Christmas at Dublin Zoo: Santa’s Grotto can be found in the grounds of Dublin Zoo every weekend until the Christmas Eve. Pick up a Dublin Pass for free entry to the zoo, and many more of Dublin’s premier attractions.
Christmas Winter Wonderland: Santa on Ice, the Funderland theme park, a continental market and resident illusionist – need we say more?
Three NYE, Dec. 29th – Jan 1st: a celebration characterised by live music events, fireworks and a breath-taking torch-lit process, New Year’s Eve is a four day event in Dublin, with something for all the family.
Perhaps because of the Irish love story and salubrious gatherings, something of a festive spirit remains the year round. An impressive number of theatres, gallery’s, music venues and fine restaurants cater to those looking for something a little special all the year round, but if you’re looking for the true spirit of Christmas or New Year you can’t go wrong with Dublin.