Dublin was recently named one of the most festive cities in the world, in part because there are so many things to do this Christmas in Dublin. From Christmas markets to magical lights, the city’s abuzz with festive experiences.
This year, Dublin’s Christmas markets are back in full force. Whether you’re looking for something smaller and local or a bigger fancier affair, there’s something for everyone. There is even a Christmas circus happening this year!
On December 22 and 23, the gorgeous St. Andrew’s Parish Church will host some stunning Candlelight concerts. The talented Castle String Quartet will perform songs from festive films like Elf and Home Alone, lit by the glow of hundreds of candles.
There are over 1000 lanterns at Dublin Zoo’s Wild Lights, from coral reefs to magnificent birds of pray, a dizzying array of species are represented this year and it’s truly unmissable. It’s definitely one of the best things to do this Christmas in Dublin, with tickets costing €23 per adult and €17 per child.
4. Visit The Moving Crib
In the basement of St. Martin Apostolates you can see an incredible festive display and best of all, it’s completely free! The Moving Crib is open to the public until January 8 and you can visit any day of the week between 11 am – 6 pm. Kids and adults alike will be impressed with the charming display.
Until January 1 Dublin will be illuminated with stunning lightworks, including an illuminated Viking boat on the River Liffey, which is new this year. In total, there are sixteen different installations to visit and six of them are completely new this year!
6. Get the Christmas Experience at Airfield Estate
The Christmas Experience is great if you’re looking for things to do with kids this Christmas. Tickets cost €13.50 per adult and €23.50 per child, and it gets you a glass of mulled wine, some delicious Jersey milk hot chocolate and a visit to Ledgewood Cottage and Santa’s post box.
Plus, kids can visit Santa and leave with a little bag of gifts. Airfield Estate looks pretty magical this time of year in all of its festive garb and it makes for a fantastic family day out. You can book tickets on the website.
Just 25 minutes from Dublin sits the stunning Malahide Castle and right now it looks more beautiful than at any other time of year. The grounds around the castle are illuminated by magical lights that will enchant kids and adults alike.
Tickets are €20 for adults and €16.50 for children, and the theme this year is ‘The Night Sky’, so you can expect to see a galaxy, a frozen forest and even the Northern Lights. Wonderlights will run until January 3.
There are plenty of fantastic, festive things to do this Christmas in Dublin and although it can be tempting to sit at home and hibernate during the winter months, the festive period really is when Dublin sparkles. After all, Christmas is a special time of year in the city.