Events - WorkshopsDrop-In Drawing Sessions a casual approach to learning a new craft with Drop-In Drawing at the Chester Beatty Library on 14th December. Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in the drawing pack provided, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective. Sessions are free, limited to 15 participants and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable for children aged 13+ and adults. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only.   Yuletide Greeting @ National Museum of Ireland you know that many popular Christmas traditions have their roots in the Viking celebration of mid-winter known as Yule? If you didn’t, why not bring the kids to the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology to learn all about Yule traditions and much more. A free, drop-in event, create your own runic (ancient Germanic language of Northern Europe) Yule tree decorations to take home, and discover what other elements of their traditions we’ve adopted today. Pop in from 11am - 12pm, or 2pm - 3pm on 13th December. Suitable for ages 6+, no is booking required for this event. Venue Learning Resource Room (first floor) National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Kildare Street Dublin 2   Medieval Christmas @ National Museum of Ireland Archaeology just what Christmas was like in Medieval times with an afternoon of exploration at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology on 7th December. From the atmospheric smells and tastes, to the sights and skills of the period, there’s so much festive fun to to be had. Enjoy candlemaking with the chandler, superb seasonal music played on the hurdy gurdy, harp, lute and recorder, a scriptor cleric will be present to help kids with their letters, and an array of authentic food and spices to taste.  With Medieval games, and maybe even some magic, don’t miss captivating Christmas event for all ages. Free, with no booking required. Christmas Card Lino Printing Weekend Workshop you a fan of the personal touch? Like to surprise friends with your handmade creations? Then Jackie Rafferty’s Christmas Card Lino Printing Weekend Workshop is for you. Make and personalise this year’s Christmas cards and learn the innovative technique of lino printing - a medium made famous by Pablo Picasso - to create unique festive images and text. The ideal way to get crafty and Christmassy all at once, the workshop is limited to 15 places and is suitable for adults only. Dates 6th December, 11am-4pm 7th December, 1pm-4pm Price €60 per person Materials are provided and booking is essential.   Christmas Elves Family Workshop in some Christmas festivities with the kids thanks to Draíocht’s Christmas Elves Family Workshop on 29th November. Join artist and puppet maker Jane Fogarty and get crafty making some Christmas elf puppets. Escape the sheer shopping madness and spend a fun Saturday with your little elves at this creative workshop. All materials are provided but do wear old clothes or an overall to remain mess-free. Be sure to book early, as these popular workshops sell out fast. Workshop One: 4-6 years, 11am-12.30pm Workshop Two: 7-9 years, 1pm-2.30pm All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Please adhere to age recommendations - workshops have been especially catered for this age range. Tickets €10 per child, accompanying adult goes free. Christmas Workshop: Festive Lights your creative skills and get festive at the same time with a Christmas craft workshop from designer Gráinne Lyons at the National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts and History. Enjoy a fascinating workshop that affords participants the opportunity to develop their design skills by creating a lampshade from concept to finish.  Through discussion, demonstration and hands-on experimentation, attendees will gain an awareness of 3D design and the design process, while effectively honing their own creative process.  Booking for this workshop is essential, cost of admission goes towards necessary materials. Suitable for adults only.  Christmas Crochet Snowflake Workshop into the creative Christmas spirit and spend a crafty afternoon at Laura’s Crochet Snowflake Workshop on 23rd November. Crochet your own snowflake decoration, learn how to transform your creation into much more, and adorn your Christmas tree with your beautiful hand-crafted trinket. Once you learn how, you can personalise your gifts, tree, dinner table and more using these pretty, festive patterns. With a materials pack provided, just bring your own 3.5mm crochet hook and that Christmassy feeling, and soon you’ll be bringing home two complete decorations along with patterns and ideas for more you can do yourself. Places are limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment.  Food and Wine Magazine Christmas Show three-day food and drink extravaganza, that will show you how to recreate world class dishes in the comfort of your own home! The RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend. Santa will be there all weekend as our guest of honour with gifts for all! (ALL FOR FREE!!) The Chef’s Kitchen which will be the heart of the show featuring Ireland’s top chefs.  Learn from the masters and recreate some of their favourite Christmas dishes at home with fabulous produce available in our Artisan Village.  The Drinks Zone is also ideal for wine enthusiasts and experts who want to learn more about wine matches, tasting, grape varietals and even how to pull a cork with flair! Between demos on the chef’s stage, there are a host of fantastic free masterclasses to enjoy.  Inspired by Ireland’s top FOOD&WINE Magazine experts in our FREE Master classes, which will cover topics such as Wine & Champagne tasting, Cocktail-making, Cheeses and Chocolates and much more! Click here for bookings and information   Christmas Elf Art Experience your little ones into the Christmas spirit with Draíocht’s Tiny Tots Christmas Elf Art Experience. Taking place on Thursdays for five weeks (6th November - 4th December), artist Orla Kelly’s carefully created, exciting series of weekly workshops encourage parents and children to have fun while learning through the arts. The sessions are designed around the show Elf Factory, which parents and children will attend at the workshops’ end, 11th December at 10am. Using themes from the Elf Factory show, Kelly’s sessions explore a variety of creative and playful elements that include storytelling, movement, painting, building, creative investigation, music making, exploration of colours and shapes, drawing and so much more. Early booking is advised as places are limited. These sessions are suitable for children aged two to four years. Price €35 for five-week workshop. Show attendance (Elf Factory) forms a vital part of this project and is at an additional cost of €5 per child and €6 per adult.