Dublin has much to offer over the Christmas season...from festive markets and fairs to concerts, pantos and much more besides!
Staying in Dublin City offers access to many of the events nearby while Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Luas allow ease of access to those highlights outside of the city. Public transport in Dublin typically runs on normal schedule until lunchtime on Christmas Eve while a special holiday schedule is in place for the time between 24th December and New Year's Day. Visitors should note that there is no bus, train or Luas services on Christmas day however taxi services would still be available but we would recommend booking in advance.
We Dubliners love Christmas...we love the build up through the month of December, Christmas day with Friends and family and the wind down into the new year. This year there will be a Christmas Market (with a Magical German Twist!!) down at the Dublin Docklands from the 3rd to the 22nd of December to help us get ready for our favourite day. The Docklands Christmas Market has been running for 5 years now and features fantastic stalls from some of Germany’s more experienced marketers creating that magically festive atmosphere that can only be associated with Christmas.
The market this year will be filled with seasonal German stalls, some of our very own Irish stalls as well as some new and unusual African traders all housed in festively decorated wooden huts and chalets and selling a vast array of gifts, decorations and hand made arts and crafts. Visitors will also be able to enjoy some of the traditional fare associated with Christmas markets – roasted nuts and raisins or a warm glass of steaming Gluhein wine for example.
There is no entrance fee and opening times are:
Mon-Thurs: 12.00 pm - 08.30 pm
Friday: 12.00 pm - 09.30 pm
Saturday 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am - 8.00 pm
Visitdublin.com for more information
Tickets from €15 for Children and €20 for Adults (Family tickets also available)
December 12th, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm
December 18th, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm
December 22nd, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm
December 23rd, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm
Nch.ie for more information
For those that are feeling more energetic then why not check out ‘7UP Christmas on Ice’?
This year 7UP Christmas on Ice opens on the rooftop of Arnotts from 12th November as well as in the RDS, Simmonscourt from the 3rd of December – both will run until the 9th of January. At Arnotts they plan some exciting themed events including School Skate, Decks on Ice and a Silent Disco on Ice!
Each ice rink will be open daily, closing only on Christmas Day and there will be nine hourly skating sessions daily; the RDS rink will be open from 10.30am to 10.30am while Arnotts will open from 9.30am to 9.30pm.
christmasonice.ie for more information