Things to Do in Dublin: This Christmas

Looking for things to do in Dublin this Christmas? If you’re spending time in Dublin over the festive period, then firstly: you’re very luck, second, there’s plenty to do in Dublin over Christmas, so you won’t be short of things to do.

We’ve come up with one or two things to get you started, so here’s to the Christmas season in Dublin, you’re bound to have a great time.

Lights and Atmosphere

If you love seeing the Christmas lights go up then Dublin city’s the place to be. They’re switched on in November and they’re pretty impressive with thousands of lights over a 15-metre tree, which you’ll find on O’Connell Street. From the lights to festivities that will kick of the Christmas season with carols and Christmas Markets. If you only look at the lights that’ll be enough to put you in a festive mood.

Smithfield Ice Rink

There’ll be an ice rink this year, after all, where would Christmas be without it? This year there’s also an Ice Igloo with food and crafts stalls, and there’ll Christmas Carol concerts with a workshop for Santa and of course his elves. Children will be able to paint their very own ginger bread men and meet Santa. What more could you possibly want at Christmas other than ginger bread men, ice igloos Santa and ice skating?


There are two pantos in Dublin this year, and these are Rapunzel and Polly and the Beanstalk. It’s great for the children and there’s opportunity for interaction, fun and laughter, there’s no better way to celebrate the Christmas season. There’s also a Snowman’s Christmas Special at the Bord Gais Theatre on 16th & 17th December which should be great fun!

Christmas Markets

There’ll be some Christmas Markets of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. There’s the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival from the 18th November to December 23rd with fireworks, food and gifts. There’s also the Docklands Christmas Festival with food, crafts gifts, and although dates and times have not yet been arranged, it’s going to be an amazing occasion for the family. There’s Clontarf which is the Red Stables Christmas Market too and that’s definitely one to look out for.

Temple Bar – Christmas On the Square

This is the Christmas Market of all Markets and it’s full of local art and crafts. There’s also a really impressive book market, which you’re going to love. So if you love books and you’re looking to get one for yourself or friends or family, then head down to the Temple Bar Christmas Market.

Escape Dublin

After you’ve shopped till you drop why not finish off with a visit to our escape games here in Dublin? You and some friends will be locked into a room with a theme of your choosing, you will then have to spend under 60 minutes to find cryptic clues and puzzles hidden away in different parts of the room in order to escape. Think you can do it? It’s the best kind of fun you could have – so why not have a go?