Get a taste of what’s happening around Dublin this Christmas

From markets to theatre, Christmas festivals to carol singing, you could even try your hand (or feet) at ice skating….there’s something for everyone in Dublin this Christmas.

Gaiety Panto | The Snow Queen

Gaiety Theatre

This is no ordinary panto, it's the Gaiety Panto! It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto! The Gaiety Theatre has hosted the annual Christmas Panto each year since 1873.  Today, families come from far and wide to experience  the Gaiety Christmas Panto and for many it has become as much a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself! This year's fabulous Gaiety Theatre pantomime is The Snow Queen. Group Discounts 10% off each ticket for 10 or more Teachers go free with school groups Group rates from €17  

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Winter Lights

Thirteen city sites, 157k LEDs, a beautiful winter spectacle. After a year in planning, ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’, proudly presented by Dublin City Council, is live. The ambitious project to illuminate the city this Christmas, in 13 locations for 31 nights until January 2nd 2019, was conceived to elevate Dublin to take its place amongst the iconic ‘Cities of Light’ around the world. ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’ features iconic sites illuminated and animated using customised projections. The projections illuminate City Hall, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, Civic Offices, GPO, The Mansion House, Hugh Lane Gallery, Custom House and

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Christmas at Ardgillan Castle

Ardgillan Castle

Santa Claus is coming to Ardgillan Castle! You can visit him every weekend from the 8th of December through to the 23rd of December. Your visit to Santa will include a small gift for every child and afterwards you will have admission to the new indoor Christmas Trail which you can explore at your own pace. The Christmas trail is a celebration of Christmas traditions from around the world and is set inside the beautiful period rooms of the castle. This is an experience for children of all ages and adults too! Weekend admission: Includes visit to Santa Claus & Christmas Trail - Child:

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I-Skate at the RDS

RDS

Ice Skating has become part of an Irish Christmas. iSkate-on-Ice was introduced to the RDS in 2012 with huge success. iSkate-on-Ice is now located in Ring 4 at the RDS. Covering an area of 1000 Sq. metres. iSkate-on-Ice presented to you by Funderland - is Ireland’s only OUTDOOR ice skating rink –offering an unrivalled ice skating experience. For Junior skaters, iSkate provides a kiddie rink for children from age 3 upwards with its balancing aids and double-bladed skates. iSkate will provide the ultimate outdoor ice skating experience this Christmas season. Ice Skates are included

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A Gospel Christmas on Gardiner Street

St Francis Xavier's Church, Gardiner Street

Join the renowned Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and some very special guests for THE ultimate toe-tapping, sing-along Christmas celebration of the year.

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Olympia Panto | Polly and the Magic Lamp

The Olympia Theatre

It's that time of year... This year the Olympia is Ireland's most Star-studded panto!!! With family madness to rival Mrs Browns Boys set in our own Fair City of Panto Land, this is the fun filled Polly and the Magic Lamp! This hilarious twist on Aladdin has showstopping numbers that will have you Dancing with the Stars and epic singalongs with one of Ireland's biggest new music sensations! The baddy has a West End touch... Plus there's a magic Genie that'll have you and Mammy Snapchatting the whole family..! WARNING: If you are a sourpuss, a scrooge, a spoil sport or a bah humbug we ad

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The Moving Crib

St. Martin Apostolate

Yet again, one of Dublin’s oldest treasures, The Moving Crib at 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 will be opening its doors this Christmas Season from the 27th of November. This is its 62nd year captivating generations of families. Children and adults alike and best of all it’s FREE! It’s history and old world charm is unchanged and has led to many describing it as a wonderful hidden gem in Dublin City and "a real Dublin Institution" that will give you "a warm glow for the true meaning of Christmas". Winding your way down to the basement of this stunning Georgian building, you are g

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Christmas Experience at Malahide Castle & Gardens

Malahide Castle & Gardens

It's back again, Dublin's most loved Christmas Experience at Malahide Castle & Gardens. One of the most magical experiences this Christmas - a trip to see Santa & Mrs Claus in their cosy grotto in the enchanted surrounds of Malahide Castle! The fun doesn't stop there! All families are invited to tour the beautiful rooms of the castle where we have special guests awaiting them. This year Santa & Mrs Claus have invited their forest friends, Robin Hood, Maid Marian and Friar Tuck, to entertain Santa's visitors. An experience not to be missed! Make it your special day out thi

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Various Events

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Pavilion Theatre

Direct from the West End, the smash-hit stage adaptation of Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt is coming to Pavilion Theatre! An unmissable adventure through gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the oozy, squelchy mud in search of a bear. Brought vividly and noisily to life by Sally Cookson's imaginative direction and Benji Bower's versatile lively score, this production is the perfect treat for families and groups with children aged 3 and up. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure! Performance Dates and Times Wed 19 Dec:

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Liberty Panto | Cinderella

Liberty Hall Theatre

It's that time of year. Dublin City is rammed, there are fewer choccies left in your advent calendar, and you've already lost your granny twice in Arnotts. But, this Christmas, the Liberty Hall Theatre has got its tinsel back. Yep, there's a panto coming to the Liberty Hall Theatre Dublin 2018. It's Cinderella. Praise be to Santa! ​Pantomime factory Tempus Productions has splashed out. Their production pulls out all the stops, boasting a star-studded cast this year including John Lovett Red Rock, The Tudors & Panto Dame extraordinaire. And Eric Lalor - Comedian & Fair City bad g

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Route 66 Big Band at Christmas

dlr Mill Theatre

Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert return with a Christmas Themed Show. With a programme that takes the audience on a magical music trip from the Big Band music of the 40's right up to date with numbers made famous by Glen Miller, Sinatra, Tom Jones, Adele, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Joe Dolan and many more there is something to please everyone. These numbers, played with a fabulous big band sound, have received standing ovations at every show and a magnificent night's entertainment is guaranteed, definitely a show not to be missed.

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Noël - Mornington Singers Christmas Concert

Christ Church Cathederal

Mornington Singers and conductor Orla Flanagan return to Christ Church Cathedral for their annual Christmas concert. Soak up the festive atmosphere with a treasury of Christmas carols through the centuries, in this beautiful, ancient cathedral. Online booking finishes at 4.00pm on the day of the concert and any remaining tickets will be available to purchase on the door.

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Dundrum on Ice

Dundrum Town Centre

Ice Skating on real ice in Dundrum Town Centre every Winter since 2010. We are located in the Pembroke District down from the Mill Pond beside the Port House Ibericos. Whether you are just starting out with ice skating or are a seasoned pro, Dundrum On Ice offers the highest quality seasonal ice skating experience in Dublin today. Book for individual sessions as an individual or small group.

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Beauty and the Beast

dlr Mill Theatre

A tale as old as time, featuring a host of well-loved characters and lovable crockery! Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle and the dreaded Beast in his lonely castle. Belle is beautiful, the Beast is – ahem – beastly, and Gaston is still totally in love, with himself! A story of friendship and love, mixing magic and adventure with spectacular song and dance routines and special effects to entertain all the family! *Family Ticket: €55 | Running time: 1 hour | Suitable for ages 4+

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