Things To Do In Dublin at Christmas

If you’re spending Christmas in Dublin this year and you’re looking for festive things to do for yourself and your family, then we’ve compiled a quick list of things to see and do during your time in this wonderful city.

Christmas Tree Switch On

There’s a fun filled Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Smithfield Square. It’s a real family affair and you can bring your whole family. There’ll be music from local Irish talent and festive visits from Santa’s team in the North Pole. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Dublin close to Christmas time, and it will really get you in the mood for the Christmas holiday.

Break a World Record

What does Christmas have in common with World Records? Well Geansai Nollag Day that’s what. This year there’s going to be an attempt to get a large gathering of people wearing Christmas jumpers in the same time and place so they can raise money for Debra Ireland. Fancy being part of it?

Last year’s figure was pretty impressive and the goal is to beat last year’s figure of 1297. This is a really great way of raising funds and collecting for charity, while at the same time creating a perfect opportunity for people to have fun around Christmas time. There’s on street entertainment as well as world record breaking jumper wearing, and the Christmas tree on is switched on by the Lord Mayer himself. Get yourself down there and have some fun, i’s on November 29th, so there’s time to do some shopping to.

The Henry Girls

Celebrate Christmas with the Henry Girls in a snow filled landscape to help you get into the festive mood. The Henry Girls will be hosting a music show in the snow for a proper winter wonderland. There’ll be sledding, frost and snow with a show that’s there to help children capture the magic of Christmas. You’ll find this extravaganza at The Ark on 11a Eustace St, and the show runs from the 2nd December to the 20th.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A reinterpretation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is awaiting you at the Smock Alley Theatre. You’ll find all the usual characters and some pretty awesome ghosts. You can find the Smock Alley Theatre at Exchange Street Lower, and the show runs from the 8th December through to 22nd December.

Santa's Grotto

Father Christmas will be at St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre until 23rd December. There’ll be elves and a gift for the little one. Every child deserves at least one visit from Santa so get yourselves down there for a lovely time with your little ones.

Visit the Christmas Village

There’s an I BELIEVE festival event this year running from the 26th November 2015 up until 23rd December at the Custom House Quarter. There’ll be food, crafts and drink with locally sourced food and what with the delicious smells and the seasonal atmosphere, you’re bound to have a great time. It’s free to enter so get yourselves down there if you’re here during the dates specified.

Visit a Live Animal Nativity Scene

How about a live animal crib? This is the 21st anniversary of the live nativity scene which is shared with Dublin Council and the Irish Farmer’s Association. It will open on 9th December and run until Christmas Eve. It’s open between 11am and 6pm, closing early on Christmas Eve at 2pm. You’ll find the crib at 2 Dawson Street, Dublin.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Use the free bag minding service up until 28th December around the north and south of the city and enjoy a little Christmas shopping. You’ll find the start of your shopping bonanza at Jervis Shopping Centre on Jervis Street.

We hope you’ve found our comprehensive list of things to do in Dublin at Christmas really useful and that it helps you to make the most of your time in Dublin during this wonderful festive period.