It’s the most wonderful time of the year, almost, and there’s so much to see and do if you’re in or around the capital for Christmas this year.
We’ve picked some of the best festive events taking place over the next couple of weeks:
Christmas at the Castle
Dublin Castle is getting a festive makeover this year as it’s set to transform into a magical Christmas experience this festive season.
Running from December 12 through to 22, ‘Christmas at the Castle’ will have plenty of fun and excitement for all the family.
There will be an open-air Christmas Market, evening carol singing, a Neapolitan crib and evening access to the festively decorated State apartments.
The historic courtyard of Dublin Castle will be filled with over 30 traditional alpine market stalls featuring an array of decorative crafts and inspiring gift ideas along with mouth-watering festive treats.
There’ll also be a vintage carousel on site for children, while weekend visitors to Christmas at the Castle can avail of horse carriage rides around the Castle grounds and gardens.
Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival
Take a stroll down memory lane and revel in the nostalgia of the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival will feature all things retro.
There will be a 55ft retro Ferris Wheel built in 1958 which is believed to have been featured in the original Grease movie.
And to add to the Hollywood theme, you can also take a ride on the vintage Chair-O-Planes that were used in the making of TV series Into the Badlands starring Daniel Wu.
Travel back in time as you can enjoy colourful Hobby Horses, candyfloss, a rollercoaster, Santa’s Post Box, as well as a Christmas Market filled with vendors selling handmade gifts and mouth-watering treats.
The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival runs every weekend from November 30 to December 23 on the Metals and opposite dlr LexIcon from 11am to 7pm.
An especially green Christmas
Keeping with the times, there’s a sustainable Christmas market setting up in Ballybough that will be perfect for those who want to enjoy a guilt-free holiday season.
You’ll find everything from high-quality designer wear, recycled bags, handmade natural skin and hair products, as well as art all sustainably made and ethically sourced.
The sustainable Christmas Market will run from Decemebr 6 to 8 at 46 N Great Clarence St, Ballybough. Times are as follows:
Fri: 4.00pm – 8.00pm
Christmas AND Guinness
Christmas is coming to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery this year as the iconic brewery is set to transform for the Guinness Winterfest this December.
The festive events promise delicious food from local vendors, as well as designers, gift makers, DJs, bands, comedians and choirs.
Foodies can tuck into sweet treats such as churros, or, if that’s not your thing, bubbling cheese toasties – but either can be paired with a pint of the black stuff.
Visitors can stroll through festival stalls as vendors will be offering unique stocking fillers and plenty of festive treats, but there’ll also be music and entertainment with live DJs and bands lighting up the stage.
Guinness Winterfest is set to take place from Thursday December 5 to Sunday December 8, 2019 and from Thursday December 12 to Sunday December 15, 2019.
It’ll be open to members of the public, aged 18 and over, from 4-10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from 1-10pm on Saturdays and from 1-7pm on Sundays.
Tickets are available from €10 per person on eventbrite and include access to Guinness Winterfest plus a pint of Guinness or one of the festive-inspired Guinness Open Gate brewer’s experimental beers.