What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?

We took to the streets of Dublin to find out exactly what people look forward to most during the festive season in the city.

From the annual traditions like sipping pints of Guinness in festive Dublin pubs decked out in Christmas decor, to new traditions like checking out some of our 14 locations for this year’s Winter Lights festival, the city comes alive this time of year.

With a buzzing atmosphere, twinkling lights, incredible restaurants and cafés and all of your shopping needs catered for, walking around the city is sure to put you in the festive spirit.

If you’d like to learn more about some of the amazing Christmas events happening around the city this December, head over to our What’s On section.

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Grace

Bewley's Cafe Theatre

James Joyce’s Grace is a tale of booze, bombast and religious confusion that brilliantly satirises the role of the Catholic Church in early twentieth century Irish life. When struggling salesman, Tom Kernan, is found drunk and injured in a pub toilet and brought home in disgrace to his long suffering wife, his friends hatch a plot to save him from his errant ways. This new production of the classic Dubliners story, features the actor and comedian, Terry O’Neill, who brings to life Joyce’s rare collection of characters and takes you on a hilarious journey from purgatory to paradise

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Fairytale of New York

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Direct from the West End and after two sell-out tours of Europe, the ultimate feel good Irish-inspired Christmas show is back in Dublin with an even bigger production for 2024. From the producers of Seven Drunken Nights-The Story of The Dubliners and featuring an international cast of singers, musicians and dancers Fairytale of New York brings you all of your favorite Christmas songs including Driving home for Christmas, White Christmas, Oh Holy Night, Winter’s Tale, Silent Night and of course The Fairytale of New York. ……and just when you think the party couldn’t get any better,