Dublin is officially one of the best places to spend Christmas in the world but sometimes it’s hard to appreciate just how stunning this city is when you walk its rainy streets every day. So why has Conde Nast chosen Dublin to feature on its list of the ultimate festive cities?
Well, it’s no secret that visiting Dublin is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. The gorgeous green island of Ireland attracts around 18,771,100 visitors a year (pre-covid figures) and in 2019 there were 4.27 tourists to every local in Dublin.
Around this time of year the city is particularly charming and Conde Nast have detailed where this charm comes from:
‘If your idea of Christmas merriment includes an authentic Irish pub crawl (we get it), then Dublin is your place. There’s no better way to warm up on a cold Christmas night than with some black pudding and a few pints—and trust us, this city has enough cozy bars to last you through New Year’s.
But the Irish capital isn’t just about drinking, of course. Holiday offerings include Christmas markets, decked-out shops on Grafton Street, and tree-lighting ceremonies galore.’
We do love a good pub crawl, and the magazine also mentions one of our favourite things that Dublin has to offer this time of year, The Moving Crib at St. Martin Apostolates. The Mechanical figures play out scenes like Noah’s Ark and it’s completely free!
The magazine’s favourite hotel in Dublin during the holidays is The Westbury, which does have stunning views of Grafton Street Christmas lights but also one of the best afternoon teas in Dublin.
Overall, 32 cities across the world feature in the list of best places to spend Christmas, from Vilnius in Lithuania to Quebec City in Canada. London’s obviously on there, plus Paris and Rome, and then cities like Sydney, where they enjoy warm weather over Christmas. You can read the full article here.