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.
On the hunt for a Christmas gift with a difference?
Dublin has a wealth of markets and independent traders, making it the ideal shopping hub for alternative gifts this Christmas. There are a plethora of options so even if you’re buying for the most difficult people you’re sure to find something unique and thoughtful.
We spoke to three small, independent and sustainable Irish businesses that you will find in the city centre this Christmas.
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It’s an addiction. It’s life threatening. It’s awesome.
Huddling together in the bitter cold, on Friday the 13th, under a weak and feeble January sun, they all argue that there’s nothing better. Sure, there’s dramatic stories of nearly dying. But the group is adamant that the buzz is worth it. Great, they say, for the mental health. “It’s the perfect anti-depressant,” photographer Barry Delaney says. Listening to them, you hear the language of addiction, of love, of religion even.
I didn’t miss a single day last year. I would feel absolutely guilty if I did
Welcome to Sandycove’s famous Forty Foot and
Dublin’s vintage scene is thriving. With more vintage stores opening in the city centre, the competition is hotting-up, but so is the demand. So, why the sudden increase in vintage fashion?
The inclusion of vintage inspirations by current fashion designers and the media has driven a change in people’s attitudes towards wearing second-hand clothes. You could say the recession has had an impact too. People are more resourceful because of it. They’re more likely to buy second hand now and generally the clothes are longer lasting than high street fashion.
There’s also the fact that, thanks to a recent surge in bohemian and hipster trends, Dubliners are striving for mor