One of the most historic cities in the world, Dublin’s history is intertwined with Christianity. As such, during the Christmas period, Dublin host several traditional events in addition to an ensemble of modern events. With accommodation across the city, thesqua.re- through accumulated knowledge- has lived Christmas in Dublin. Here is thesqua.re’s guide to Christmas in Dublin.
Carols by Candlelight, National Concert Hall
Christmas carols, decorations, candle light and a opulent hall, the Carols by Candlelight is a popular event with families as they get into the Christmas spirit. This year’s event at the National Concert Hall features the Mozart Festival Chorus and Orchestra, fully dressed in period costume.
Leopardstown Christmas Festival
Famed for its horse racing course, Leopardstown opens its doors for their annual festive event starting on the 26th December. Running for four days straight, Leopardstown Racecourse is the only horse racing event in the world where it is not only acceptable- but actively encouraged- for attendees to wear Christmas baubles as earrings. With a host of celebrities, politicians and festive fun over the course of the four days, Leopardstown Christmas Festival has a long tradition in Dublin.
Visit a Pantomime
Although Dublin doesn’t possess an acclaimed theatre district like London or New York, the city boasts several high profile theatres. During the Christmas season, many of these theatres host pantomimes- which are a great way to keep the family entertained during the festive period. Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf are running from now until January 24th at the Gaiety Theatre. Freezin’: The Story of the Snow Queen, starring Al Porter, has recently opened at the Olympia; Jack and the Beanstalk will be running at The Helix until January 10 and this year’s Cheerios Panto will be held at the Tivoli.
Located in Ballsbridge- a district just ten minutes outside central Dublin- Winter Funderland starts in December and claims to be Ireland’s largest Christmas theme park. With new attractions lined up for 2018- including the Funderland Loop- Winter Funderland continues to grow on a yearly basis. Additionally, favourites such as Fossett’s Christmas Circus, the iSkate on Ice Rink and the Christmas market return.
Grafton Street Lights
Dublin’s most famous shopping street, Grafton Street cuts through the heart of Dublin city centre. During the festive period, Grafton Street is illuminated by Christmas lights, with many of the street’s stores adorning their windows with creative festive displays.