Events - ChristmasJack & The Beanstalk Christmas Pantomimehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jack_and_The_Beanstalk_Christmas_PantomimeEnjoy that most family-friendly of all festive activities by taking the whole gang along to Draiocht’s Christmas pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk this January. Things are not going well in Happy Valley where Mother Magee lives with her son Jack. All the crops and livestock are vanishing – even the King’s hen that lays the golden eggs has disappeared.  Mother Magee is getting worried that her cow Daisy will soon disappear too. But trusty Jack is trying to find a solution to it all. Fairy Snow gives Jack some magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk. As Jack climbs up through the clouds he sees a castle which is home to a cruel giant.  Can Jack battle the monstrous giant and rescue the young princess held captive in the castle? Find out at this fantastic festive pantomime for all the family. Performances 3rd January: 2pm, 7.30pm 4th January: 1pm, 5pm 8th - 9th January: 7.30pm 10th January: 2pm, 7.30pm 11th January: 1pm, 5pm 15th - 16th January: 7.30pm 17th January: 2pm, 7.30pm 18th January: 2pm Tickets Full price €20 Concession €16 New Year's Festival: Resolution Dayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Fest_ResolutionDayAfter all the celebrations, revelry and hootenanny hoolies; begin 2015 with a day of fun, fitness and fresh air at Resolution Day on 1st January. Get up, get out and get active to kick off the New Year as you mean to go on!  Part of the lively city-wide New Year’s Festival, get down to Dublin Castle and welcome the new year with great food, music and entertainment, along with a host of activites to help you kick start the year - focusing on renewal, health and wellbeing.  Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day 5km Fun Run through the city, starting at 12 noon; while a host of free mind, body and fitness events, including group exercise classes, will also take place in the city's green spaces.  And after New Year's workout, be sure to enjoy the feast of entertainment happening at the NYF Food Village in Dublin Castle too. With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st to get 2015 off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! More details on registering for these fantastic events are coming soon. New Year’s Festival: Procession of Lighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Procession_of_LightExperience the incredible festive atmosphere of Dublin city on New Year’s Eve with the vibrant Procession of Light, 31st December. See the city erupt enchanted, as some of Dublin’s most well-loved streets burst in a stunning procession with dazzling light installations, music and dance performers! The Procession of Light journeys from St Stephen's Green, through Temple Bar towards Dublin Castle led by Luxe, Ireland’s leading specialists in visually stunning spectacles. Travel with us towards 2015 and share a magical Mini Midnight Moment with family and friends of all ages at Dublin Castle. What better way to experience the city’s lively atmosphere than by the warm light of this yuletide parade? Kicking off at 7pm, the Procession of Light is a fantastic free family-friendly event, with a magical mood that's simply unmissable! New Year’s Festival: Countdown Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Countdown_ConcertRing in 2015 in the heart of the capital with Dublin’s New Year’s Festival Countdown Concert on 31st December. Gather your friends and family together and enjoy the most exciting New Year's celebration Dublin has ever seen! NYF Dublin is delighted to invite you to ring in the New Year with our headline act Kodaline plus very special guests James Vincent McMorrow, The Dublin Legends, Walking on Cars and The Whereabouts. Celebrate in the heart of the city at College Green from 8pm – 12.30am and witness an utterly unforgettable New Year's Eve that will also be broadcast live on RTE television. Kodaline One of the biggest Irish bands to emerge in recent years, Kodaline are currently enjoying 3x Platinum Irish sales and counting, and have played to maximum capacity crowds at the former O2 Arena (now 3Arena), Electric Picnic and Longitude at Marlay Park. In 2013 they joined a distinguished group of artists to achieve nine weeks at No.1 – the last to do this was Adele with her album 21, in 2011. Don't miss these hometown heroes at this special festive concert. James Vincent McMorrow With his acclaimed debut album, Early in the Morning, having reached number 1, gone platinum and picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination upon its release in 2010, James Vincent McMorrow's star has simply risen and risen.  Along the way, there were shows everywhere from the Royal Festival Hall to BBC's Later… with Jools Holland. McMorrow released his highly acclaimed second album, Post Tropical, in Ireland in January 2014. Experience his pensive lyricism and unrivalled voice at this incredible concert. The Dublin Legends Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O’Connor and Paul Watchorn are all true legends of Irish folk music. With Sean and Eamonn having been members of The Dubliners for close to 30 years, Gerry having joined them for the final leg of their 50th anniversary tour, and Paul Watchorn earning the accolade of one of the Ireland's best banjo players; these are a quartet of considerable renown. 'The Lads' are looking forward to entertaining the crowds, and meeting all their old friends and fans at NYF Dublin and are set to showcase all the classic songs and ballads the genre's known for worldwide. Walking on Cars Hailing from the tiny Irish coastal town of Dingle with a population of just 1,500, these Irish chart toppers have been selling out shows in their homeland for the past year, and have amassed a huge live and online following. Their single Hand In Hand was an iTunes #1 and remained in the iTunes Top 10 for a number of weeks after its release. Catch these vibrant up and comers at the NYF Countdown Concert on 31st December. Tickets Tickets for the over 18s event are priced at €25.40 including booking fee and go on sale nationwide on Friday 7th November at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Buy Online at www.ticketmaster.ie   Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year’s Eve Galahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Berliner_Philharmoniker_Live_New_Years_Eve_GalaRing in 2015 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, renowned pianist Menahem Pressler and conductor Sir Simon Rattle with a live concert screened in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema on 31st December. Now in its fourth year, the New Year’s Eve Gala continues to grow, this year showcasing legendary pianist Menahem Pressler’s virtuosity and skill. Pressler has made recording and interpretation history for more than half a century with the Beaux Arts Trio, which he founded in 1955; and only last year made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut at the age of 90. For this year’s concert, Pressler has selected Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488, composed during Mozart’s prime in Vienna and one of his most beautiful contributions to the genre. Enjoy all this and more for a New Year’s Eve with a difference this December. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12.50 New Year's Festival: Music Trailhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYF_Music_TrailEnjoy the live music and powerhouse performances that Ireland’s known for with the NYF Music Trail across superb city-centre venues from 30th - 31st December. An array of excellent bands, DJs, and choirs will perform across the city as revellers gather from all over the world to experience Dublin’s New Year countdown in style. Follow the trail which includes live performances from dance-frenzy inducing four-piece Le Galaxie at Meeting House Square, Ruby Works Sessions at Dublin Castle’s Chapel Royal, and unique pop-up live music and DJ sessions across the city’s pubs and bars. Christ Church Cathedral will also host a special Gala Concert with the renowned Dublin Gospel Choir ringing in 2015 at this atmospheric venue. Audiences can also enjoy a post-concert champagne reception in the cathedral’s crypt, followed by a countdown to the ringing of Christ Church’s iconic bells at midnight in the cathedral grounds. Tickets Tickets for Meeting House Square gigs go on sale mid-November at www.ticketmaster.ie. Tickets for the Christ Church Gala Concert are on sale now: https://entertainment.ticketsolve.com/shows/873521874/events Check back in here at the end of November for the full list of events, book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!   New Year’s Festival: Luminosityhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_LuminositySee the stunning facades of some of Dublin’s best known landmarks come to life with spectacular 3D light projections from 30th December - 1st January. Part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival, Luminosity will illuminate Dublin Castle, Wolfe Tone Square, and Trinity College. Appreciate and celebrate these incredible structures with a new, vibrant perspective thanks to these impressive light installations. Watch in wonder as Luminosity springs these buildings to life, telling a story with cutting edge 3D digital displays from 5pm to 12 midnight each evening. Locations Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 1 Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1 Trinity College, Dame Street, Dublin 2 New Year’s Festival: Food Villagehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Food_VillageThe hub of the city’s New Year’s Festival, be sure to pop down to the exquisite grounds of iconic Dublin Castle as it's transformed into the NYF Food Village over three indulgent days from 30th December to 1st January. With plenty of Irish food markets serving an array of tasty treats, loads of live entertainment to keep your toes tapping, and the launch of the Irish Year of Design 2015 - a year long programme celebrating and promoting all forms of Irish design - historic Dublin Castle is the place to be. Treat yourself to delicious artisan food and enjoy the stunning castle setting, as it becomes a hive of activity, filled with free family-friendly entertainment plus performances in contemporary music and spoken word. NYF Dublin will launch 'In the Making' the Irish Year of Design 2015, the inaugural exhibition of Irish Design 2015, opening on December 30th in The Coach House, Dublin Castle, to coincide with the New Year's Eve festival. 'In the Making' is a touring exhibition organised by the Design Museum, London and curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  Please see www.irishdesign2015.ie for more details. Be sure to check back here in December for a list of all the superb food traders catering the NYF Food Village.     Open 30th December - 1st January, 12pm-7.30pm       New Year’s Festival: Love Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Love_DublinShow your love and appreciation for the capital on 30th and 31st December with a host of Love Dublin events as part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival. Uncover the best the city has to offer with superb cultural events spanning art, spoken word and live entertainment.  NYF Art Trail Follow the incredible NYF Art Trail to explore Dublin city’s established galleries which are putting on special NYF guided tours and talks from established artists, and special showcases from up and coming ones too. Join the trail and experience something new with this wonderfully accessible programme. Participating galleries include Temple Bar Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland, Cross Gallery, Kerlin Gallery, Green on Red Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Ireland, and the Hugh Lane Gallery. Check back here in December for the full NYF Art Trail schedule.  Dublin Discovery Trail Explore more of the capital’s hidden delights with the Dublin Discovery Trail, tailor-made for those only visiting Dublin for a few days. Pick and choose from the list of Dublin city’s top 20 cultural venues offering special NYF discounts and great guided tours.  Sign up to our NYF newsletter here and we will send you an earlier Christmas present with the NYF coupon to avail of the discounts in December! Dublin Bikes Dublin… walk it, bike it, DIY it! Our festival friends over at Dublin Bikes are offering special NYF 25% discount to take you to some of these trail destinations with their own special twist - experiencing some local hidden gems while in the saddle. Visit www.seedublinbybike.ie for more details on their tours and enter promo code 6j3audew5abd for the 25% discount on advance bookings. NYF Spoken Word Festival Enjoy a wealth of compelling culture with the spectacular NYF Spoken Word Festival events. They say the Irish have the gift of the gab; so come experience the talent at the NYF Spoken Word Festival, which gathers the very best of Irish wit, poetry slam, literature, lively discussion and debate, into one compelling, cultural bundle.  With so much to discover this festive season, your holiday diary will be full to the brim.     New Year Festival Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYF_DublinNYF Dublin - the ultimate New Year's Eve party! This new and exciting city-wide music and arts festival boasts three days of festivities in Dublin, kicking off on the 30th December, running right through to January 1st. Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s celebration the city has ever seen! Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert, and follow the captivating Music and Arts Trails across the city, which showcase live music in superb settings and stunning Irish and international art and culture. Sample some delicious artisan food at Dublin Castle's NYF Food Village, and watch as the city's streetscapes come alive with thrilling 3D animations at the Luminosity events.  Join in the magical Procession of Light and see the city dazzle, or become utterly immersed in the inspiring Spoken Word Festival which boasts poetry slams, literature, discussion and debate like you've never seen them before.  For visitors who only have a few days to spend in Dublin, it couldn't be simpler with our NYF Dublin Discovery Trail. This allows you to explore the best of the city over two perfectly planned days. Pick and choose from our list of Dublin city's top 20 cultural venues offering special NYF discounts and guided tours.  And what better way to start 2015 off to a properly positive start than with Resolution Day? Which includes a 5km fun run at Dublin Castle, exercise classes, and more awesome activities that'll have you hit the ground running in 2015. With all this and a spectacular array of surprises and secret performances across the city too, the countdown is most definitely on! 50th Annual Christmas Family Art Holidayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/50th_Annual_Christmas_Family_Art_HolidayBring the whole gang over to the National Gallery of Ireland this festive season to celebrate their 50th Annual Christmas Family Art Holiday from 27th - 31st December. The longest running museum activity in Ireland, the fun, creative, cultural event is now firmly part of the tradition of Christmas in the capital. The event includes family art workshops in the gallery’s atrium, fascinating family tours, and music in the Millennium Wing. All the events events are free, with booking only necessary for the afternoon workshops (27th - 29th December). Be sure to bring sketchpads and colours to get culturally creative at this now legendary occasion Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. To book, contact the Education Department education@ngi.ie from 1st December. Leopardstown Christmas Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Leopardstown_Christmas_Festival_2014The Leopardstown Christmas Festival runs from the 26-29th December each year and is one of the highlights of the Irish racing and social calendar featuring seven Grade 1 races over four days. The Racing Post day kicks off the first of four high calibre National Hunt race days and features the Racing Post Novice Handicap (Grade 1). Day two of the Christmas meeting is the Paddy Power Day and features The Paddy Power Chase, The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) and The Paddy Power Future Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1). Ladies day at the Lexus Chase is one of the most anticipated fashion events on the Irish social calendar. Fashion and glamour polish off a perfect race day. Ladies day is a chance to showcase your winter gems, enjoy a day out with friends, fine dining and entertainment. The day guarantees to be the most stylish day of the Christmas festival. The day features the Lexus Steeplechase (Grade 1), The Topaz Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) and the Woodies DIY Hurdle (Grade 1). Leopardstown has a number of dining options to choose from - the Winter Warmer, St Stephen's Day Luncheon in the Pavilion, the Christmas Festival Restaurant and private suite packages. Click here for more details Civic Theatre Pantomime: Sleeping Beautyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Sleeping_Beauty_PantomimeGet the whole gang together for all the fun of the festive pantomime with Sleeping Beauty at the Civic Theatre on selected dates between 22nd December and 4th January. A royal party is being thrown to celebrate the arrival of the new baby, Princess Aurora, but the local witch isn’t invited – leading her to get very grumpy indeed. When the disgruntled witch gatecrashes the do, things start to go spectacularly downhill. With her wicked spells flying, everybody in the village had better look out! Will the princess be protected? Will the princess prick her finger on a spinning wheel? Will the villagers have to pay the new charges for breathing air? Find out at this year’s mad Christmas panto from the superb Causeway Productions at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Performances   Monday, 22nd December 2014 – 7.30pm Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 – 7.30pm Saturday, 27th December 2014 – 2.30pm and 6.30pm Sunday, 28th December 2014 – 2.30pm and 6.30pm Monday, 29th December 2014 – 7.30pm Tuesday, 30th December 2014 – 7.30pm Thursday, 1st January 2015 – 6.30pm Friday, 2nd January 2015 – 7.30pm Saturday, 3rd January 2015 – 2.30pm (sold out) and 6.30pm Sunday, 4th January 2015 – 2.30pm and 6.30pm  Winter Solstice Special Tourhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/WinterSolsticeTourCelebrate the winter solstice, 21st December - the shortest day of the year, by discovering just how the ancient people of the Northern Hemisphere marked it - with a tour of the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology.  View grave goods from the Neolithic passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth, Co. Meath, and discover the skills used to create some of Ireland’s most famous monuments and artefacts.  Places are limited to 20 and no booking is required on this intriguing seasonal tour. Suitable for ages 12+. Free Event. Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Nutcrackerhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Nutcracker_LiveAn incredible opportunity to experience the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet perform live from Moscow via satellite, enjoy their performance of The Nutcracker from the comfort of Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema on 21st December. Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the world’ great classics. On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically spring to life! The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army. With exquisite and iconic music by Tchaikovsky, audiences will revel at the enchanting sets and costumes in this beautiful tale of love, power and evil. This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker. Tickets Adults €20 Child/student €10 Christmas & Hanukkah Light Installationhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Light_InstallationEnjoy a slice of culture and creativity amid the Christmas shopping rush with a light installation at Clarke Square, Collins Barracks on 21st December. Drop by the square on the shortest day of the year and see the existing installation - Pebbledash House - illuminated as the Christmas and Hanukkah ‘Living Room’ Light installation. Along with the captivating installation, Keren Rosenberg perform some contemporary dance too. A free event with no booking required, it’s suitable for all ages.   White Christmashttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/White_ChristmasStep back to the golden age of Hollywood musicals with the classic 1954 festive favourite White Christmas on 21st December. A veritable treasure trove of composer Irving Berlin’s classics, including Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Sisters, Blue Skies, audiences might just be moved to sing along to the perennial seasonal tune, White Christmas, too.  Starring the iconic Bing Crosby and the inimitable Danny Kaye as two talented song-and-dance men who team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business, one winter they join forces with a talented sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek out to Vermont for a white Christmas. With plenty of the requisite fun and schmoozing with the ladies, the real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover that the inn they’re staying at is run by their old army general who's now in dire financial trouble. Will some snazzy showbiz save the day?  The results are the stuff that the silver screen was made for, in this classic, old-fashioned cinematic gem.  Carols for Christmashttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Carols_for_ChristmasCelebrate Christmas with the international award-winning New Dublin Voices, as they create a cosy festive atmosphere with carols, songs, readings and poems at Draiocht this December. Young or old, audiences won’t fail to be in high spirits with laughs, stories, fun and festivities in the auditorium that’s set to be buzzing with good cheer. So pop in from the cold, and sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas and the cherished goodwill that it brings. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12 Family of four €40 The Christmas Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Christmas_ConcertWith Special Guest Meav and live shadow puppet animation by Matthew Robbins. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. For 2014, alongside the Walking in the Air and the festive classics, we are pleased to add magical live puppet animation by Matthew Robins and traditional Christmas songs with special guest, the beautiful singer, Meav for a magical and musical Christmas Celebration. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen.   A phenomenally popular festive concert, early booking is recommended. Click here for bookings   Eimear Quinnhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/EimearQuinnReturning once more after three consecutive years of sell-out festive shows at the Pavilion Theatre, don’t miss renowned singer and Eurovision winner, Eimear Quinn on 19th - 20th December. "A beautiful young woman with a cherubs voice that floats in an ethereal cloud of it's own making" - The Sunday Independent A lauded singer with a particular flair for choral music, since winning the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo for her performance of The Voice, Eimear has been composing and performing worldwide. In 2007 Eimear released O Holy Night, a collection of carols, ancient chants and new self-penned compositions. Her most recent accomplishments include a special performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to mark her State Visit to Ireland in 2011 and in April this year Eimear was honoured to be asked to sing at Ceiliuradh, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during President Higgins' State Visit to Britain. In this intimate evening, Eimear will bring her own special rendition of Christmas songs and carols that make for a memorable, festive treat. Eimear's ethereal voice will blend beautifully with the Mamisa String Quartet, featuring Maria and Michelle Mason, also performing on the night. "Her voice is soft and pure, yet full and strong." - The Celtic Cafe Elf the Musicalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ElftheMusicalFor months Irish theatre enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating what big show will be unveiled as this year’s Christmas show, at the theatre. We have been tight lipped until now as we have been working on something really special! We are so excited and delighted to reveal that The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will host ‘ELF THE MUSICAL’ this December. The show will open on December 16th 2014 for a strictly limited season. Join the festive fun as this magical Christmas extravagance comes to Dublin – but don't be on the naughty list by missing out, make sure you book your tickets! Miracle on 34th Streethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Miracle_on_34th_Street_DraiochtEnjoy some magical festive cinema with the heartwarming Miracle on 34th Street at Draiocht on 16th December. Starring the late Richard Attenborough as old St Nick, a little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus, and so doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. With two showings, at 4pm and 7.30pm, don’t miss this festive favourite. Local film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan will also provide a brief introduction to the film and lead a free discussion afterwards. Ticket price includes an optional small pre-film hot chocolate at Draiocht's Betelnut Cafe. Tickets Adults €8.50 Concession €7 Children €5   Christmas Crooners: Baby It's Cold Outside!http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_CroonersEnjoy Christmas entertainment in that old schmoozing lounge-lizard style with Christmas Crooners at the Mill Theatre this December. The ultimate in suave and sophisticated performance, The Crooners give the audience a show full of swinging Christmas cheer and witty festive banter, getting you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers along in no time. Guaranteed to get you in the yuletide mood, come and sing along to great songs from cool Christmases past with seasonal hits from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year - and with The Crooners on stage, it’s the smoothest too.   Sean Keane: Christmas by the Hearthhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Sean_Keane_Christmas_by_the_HearthEnjoy a sparkling evening with renowned Irish singer and musician Sean Keane, as he brings his hugely successful Christmas by the Hearth tour to the Civic Theatre on 14th December. Lauded for his sean-nós style, Sean will perform his much-requested favourites, as well as a host of new and old Christmas classics at this festive show. Sean will be joined by Fergus Feely on mandcello, Pat Coyne on guitar and Stephen Doherty on piano, flute and accordion. On the night Sean will also play tin whistle, low whistle, flute and harmonica, in this yuletide show that’s sure to delight all ages.   Christmas Craft & Food Fair @ Seamus Ennis Centrehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ChristmasCraftFoodFairGet well and truly into that Christmas spirit with the annual Christmas Craft & Food Fair at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre on 14th December. Indulge in all manner of yuletide treats including mulled wine and a wide array of seasonal, high quality, crafts and food. With superbly crafted pottery, jewellery, stained glass, kids’ clothes, soaps, willow baskets, handmade cheese, jams, chutneys, Christmas cakes and much more available on the day, you might find that perfect gift for someone too.  Children from Clonalvy National School will also be entertaining shoppers with Christmas carols under the old chestnut tree outside the centre at 3pm. Yuletide Greeting @ National Museum of Irelandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Yuletide_GreetingDid 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   Christmas Cracker Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Cracker_MarketBack for its fifth year of festive fun, treasures and trinkets, don’t miss the Dublin Flea & Block T Christmas Cracker Market from 12th - 14th December. Taking place on the second weekend of December, get cosy and Christmassy in the capital at this glorious mix of flea, vintage, retro, furniture, vinyl, clothes, craft, art, handmade, and great value goods in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Showcasing the very best of Dublin’s independent trading scene, bargain hunters can also relax after a hard day’s haggle with delicious food, coffees and scrumptious seasonal treats. The perfect way to spread and share the Christmas cheer in twinkling, fairy-lit, delightful Dublin.     The Nutcracker Suite & The Snow Queenhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Nutcracker_Suite_The_Snow_QueenExperience the talent, skill and majesty of the Irish National Youth Ballet as they present The Nutcracker Suite & The Snow Queen this December. A seasonal offering that’s nothing short of mesmerising, exciting and magical, Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without revelling in this truly festive production.  The Nutcracker Suite Marvel as 40 of Ireland’s most talented young dancers perform, delight and dazzle everyone from the youngest to the most seasoned theater-goers.  With  snowflakes and flowers, Chinese and Spanish dances, all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s glorious, tinkling music score, it’s a festive family treat. The Snow Queen Gerda is walking with her grandmother and dear friend Kay when a sudden snow storm surrounds them, in the midst of which swirls the Snow Queen.  The Snow Queen bewitches young Kay and entices him to fly with her. Distraught to have lost her friend, Gerda, together with her grandmother, embarks on a journey to find him.  Along the way they are set upon by a band of gypsy robbers but are helped by the Raven Prince and his flock of birds. When a wing of doves show Gerda a vision of Kay, locked in the land of snow, she goes straight to him only to find she’s unable to free him from his cage of icicles. Distraught, Gerda bursts into tears, the warmth of which, and her friendship, melts the ice and snow away.  Friends Kay and Gerda manage to get back home, although have become several years wiser after their encounter with the Snow Queen. Performances Friday 12th, 12noon & 8pm Saturday 13th, 3pm & 8pm Sunday 14th, 2pm Tickets 12th December, 12pm - All seats €8 13th - 14th December, matinee performances: Adults €17.50 Children/Concessions €13 Groups of 10+, €10 12th - 13th December, evening performances: Adults €20 Children/Concessions €15 Groups of 10+, €12 Carols by Candlelighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Carols_by_CandlelightGet into the true spirit of Christmas with Carols by Candlelight, sung by the renowned choir of Christ Church Cathedral, on 10th - 11th December. The acclaimed annual Christmas Concert showcases the stunning acoustics of the cathedral and the resonating force of its resident choir, under the direction of Ian Keatley. Accompanied by organist and composer, David Bremner, audiences won’t fail to be awed by the joy of these Christmas carols heard in such a magnificent and memorable setting. Singing a wide variety of classic carols and modern favourites, the renowned choir will inspire and entertain, and rouse the spirit with audience carols also included in the concert programme. Sing along with old favourites such as O Come, All Ye Faithful, be inspired by glorious choral gems such as Good King Wenceslas, all topped off with a magical selection of popular Christmas tunes, sung by the stellar voices of the Cathedral Choir in this beautiful candle-lit venue. With complimentary mulled wine and mince pies served during the interval, who could resist such a festive treat? This annual concert is known for selling out fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are €25, with proceeds going toward the Christ Church Cathedral Music Fund.   Live Animal Crib @ Mansion Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib_Mansion_HouseThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke hosts the Live Animal Crib outside his home, the historic Mansion House, on Dawson Street this December. This year the crib will be launched on the 9th of December at 11am (further details to be confirmed). The launch will see performances from local choirs, street entertainers and even some face painting for the children. The live crib is constructed so it is the actual size of the nativity stable to give everyone an idea of what kind of conditions people lived in during biblical times. The animals don’t stay in the stable each night, but are brought in every morning and returned to the farm in the evening. The crib will close for another year at approximately 2pm on 24th December. Although admission is free the public may give a contribution.     Lunchtime Concert: Love in a Cold Climatehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Love_in_a_Cold_Climate_ConcertEnjoy some delightful lunchtime music courtesy of the renowned RTE Symphony Orchestra this December with Love in a Cold Climate. Boasting a programme of composers including Glazunov, Mozart, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, the darkening December days provide the perfect excuse to be reminded of the chilly romance of Winter with these seasonal works. Enjoy the glistening beauty of Glazunov’s frosty portrait, marvel at the seasonal sparkles of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and the promise of warmer times ahead with Rachmaninoff’s Spring Waters. Three of opera’s larger than life characters are vibrantly brought to life by tenor Patrick Hyland, from Mozart’s libidinous Don Giovanni to earnest lover Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and the ill-fated suitor Lensky from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; audiences are in for quite a treat this lunchtime. Red Riding Hood's Dangerous Christmas Adventurehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Red_Riding_Hood_ShowGet the family together for some all-ages Christmas entertainment with Red Riding Hood’s Dangerous Christmas Adventure! It's Christmas Eve and Red Riding Hood is on her way to Granny's house for Christmas. She has some of Granny’s favourite mince pies, some chocolate fingers and a huge marshmallow. Just in case Santa forgets she won't be in her own house, she has written him a note letting him know just where to leave her Christmas surprise. But! Danger lurks... It's way past lunchtime and the Big Bad Wolf is watching, his tummy rumbling with hunger. He loves chocolate fingers and simply adores marshmallows. To the hungry Big Bad Wolf, Red Riding Hood is looking pretty delicious, and he intends to gobble everything up - including Granny! If Santa arrives, will the Big Bad Wolf gobble him too? Who can save Red Riding Hood from becoming lunch, or will she summon some Girl Power? Perhaps a mysterious figure will come out of the woodwork to help... With songs to sing along to and plenty of opportunities to hiss and boo the wonderfully wicked Big Bad Wolf, cheer on the brave and lovely little Red Riding Hood at the Mill Theatre’s fantastic Christmas show. It’s Big, Bad and Bonkers! Performances Monday - Friday, 10am and 11.15am from 8th December. Weekends 13th - 14th, 20th - 21st, and Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd - shows twice daily at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets Adults €12.50 Children under-12 €10 Family of four €40 Drawing Room Opera Co: The Magic of Christmashttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Drawing_Room_Opera_CompanyEnjoy an evening of popular classics and beloved Christmas carols with the renowned Drawing Room Opera Company at the Mill Theatre on 7th December. Ireland's first professional international concert opera company, they’ve been firmly established since 1997, and are delighted to entertain audiences with this lively festive concert. Sure to get you into that magical yuletide spirit, experience the stunning voices of Liz Ryan (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Linehan (Tenor), Kay Lynch (Soprano), and Rory Musgrave (Baritone) on 7th December.   Medieval Christmas @ National Museum of Ireland Archaeologyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/MedievalChristmasDiscover 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 Workshophttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Card_Lino_Printing_Weekend_WorkshopAre 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.   Dublin Gospel Choirhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Gospel_Choir_PavilionGetting you in the feel good, festive spirit are The Dublin Gospel Choir, as they take to the Pavilion Theatre on 6th December. With fantastic collaborations as diverse as Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Riverdance, Rod Stewart, The Chieftains and Ennio Morricone under their collective belt, audiences can rest assured they’re in for an incredible show. Having formed in the mid 90s, this unique group boast the accolade of being the only gospel artist to break into the Top 20 Irish Chart, and the only act to play the Main Stage of the lively Electric Picnic festival every year. With a setlist that boasts the most uplifting and powerful gospel choir arrangements of songs by artists as wide ranging as Coldplay to Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder to U2, the choir also pull out all the stops with spiritual numbers that have a festive Christmas feel. Prepare for a fabulous show that will fill you with all the joys of the Christmas season. Winter Funderlandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Winter_FunderlandCapture all the magic of Christmas with Winter Funderland, a fantastic festival of family entertainment all packed into Dublin’s RDS, from 5th December to 11th January. Enjoy all the thrills of Funderland, glide around with iSkate on Ice - Ireland’s largest Christmas ice rink, and delight at Fossett's Christmas Circus. iSkate Ice skating has become an exciting part of an Irish Christmas, when you get your skates at the RDS you'll cover an astonishing area in excess of 1,000 sq. metres. Enjoy an unrivalled skating experience, with junior skaters catered for with the Magic Vacations rink for children ages 3+ upwards, and special off-peak, group and family rates. Glide across the ice this festive season for some truly wonderful memories.  Funderland An integral part of Christmas in Dublin, it has been said that Funderland is an annual appointment for thousands of families. The largest indoor themepark in Europe, Funderland boasts rides of all shapes and sizes, from Bounceworld and the Fun Factory, to the Take Off and Inversion XXL “white-knuckle” attractions.   Ideal for all ages and tastes, delight in a host of games of skill and chance, and maybe even win one of Funderland’s famous soft toys. Besides being able to Pay-As-You-Go Funderland offers a wristband option that may be used for any three consecutive hours of your choice for unlimited rides - subject to the usual height and safety restrictions. If you buy wristbands online you save money and get an additional bonus hour, so your wristband can be used an unlimited number of times for any four consecutive hours! Fossett's Christmas Circus Sit back, relax and enter the Magical World of Circus  - where the impossible can (and does) happen! Marvel at the dexterity of the circus' jugglers, the skills of its acrobats and the sheer bravery of the aerial daredevils. Stare in wonder at the contortionist and be amazed by the Circus Illusionist! Cry with laughter as Clown Otto tries to help Santa make his way back to the North Pole in time for that very special night.Join Marion Fossett as she leads the circus artists and audience in a seasonal sing-a-long. Presented by the world famous Fossett family, Fossett's Christmas Circus will thrill, amaze and entertain you and your family this festive season. See the Winter Funderland website for more information. Handel's Messiah at Christ Churchhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Handels_Messiah_Christ_ChurchExperience the joy and sheer power of George Frideric Handel’s renowned 18th-century oratorio, Messiah, in the exceptional environment of Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral this December. Performed by the Irish Baroque Orchestra and renowned conductor and baritone Eamonn Dougan, this is an unrivalled chance to hear Handel's masterpiece brought to life mere metres from the very first place it was ever heard on Fishamble Street, 13th April 1742. A stunning setting for a powerful and stirring piece of music, hear Handel’s extraordinary work on 5th December. Tickets Unreserved full price €30 Unreserved concession €25 Students €10 Children under-12 €5 Christmas Experience at Malahide Castlehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ChristmasExpMalahideCastleExperience the magic of Christmas with your little ones this festive season at Santa’s Grotto in the beautiful surrounds of Malahide Castle, between 5th and 23rd December. The ideal yuletide day out for the whole family, meet Santa, Mrs Claus and their team of happy elves and spread the Christmas cheer. Enjoy a magical guided tour of the stunning castle and hear some wonderful storytelling from a few of Santa's friends. But watch out! There may be one or two not-so-festive characters hanging around too... but luckily the beautiful Snow Queen will be on hand to sprinkle you with a magical Christmas wish! Grown-ups can enjoy mince pies and mulled wine while taking the magical Christmas tour with their little ones.  Santa’s visits are set to be incredibly popular, so be sure to book in advance. Tickets Children €15 Adults €6 Switching On Smithfield Square’s Christmas Tree Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Smithfield_Christmas_LightsSpread the Christmas cheer across Smithfield Square on 4th December. With a free, open-air concert to mark the square’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the place will be brimming with fun and festivities, and a host of very special guests who are yet to be announced. Watch this yuletide space! Hypnotic Brass Ensemblehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Hypnotic_Brass_EnsembleGet the festive season rolling in style, with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s three-night residency at The Sugar Club from 4th - 6th December. Returning with a brand new album, these eight Chicago brothers will be supported on the night by rising star Lauriana Mae. Coming from an extraordinary musical family of singers and professional musicians, from the late 90s the brothers started drawing on this background of musicianship, jazz roots and hip hop sensibilities by busking across Chicago to widespread acclaim. Crucial to the mix was their burgeoning skills as composers, which meant the music they played was truly their own. With some legendary gigs in New York and an array of European cities under their collective belt (including support slots with Mos Def and Erykah Badu), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have rightfully become known as one of the hottest and most unique bands around.   Festival of Carols and Readingshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Festival_of_Carols_and_ReadingsCelebrate the season with some festive cheer at the Chester Beatty Library on 4th December. The Occasional Singers, conducted by Robin Moore, return to the serene city-centre venue for a festive performance of music and words full of yuletide sentiment and good will. Aromatic mulled wine and tasty mince pies will be served after the performance. Booking is essential.   Gala Christmas Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Gala_ConcertGet ready for some festive cheer and yuletide tunes with Draiocht’s Christmas Gala Concert on 3rd December. The Blanchardstown Brass Band and the Dublin Male Voice Choir shall combine their talents once again for this seasonal showcase in aid of the Coolmine Therapeutic Community. Get the family together, sit back, relax and herald in the Christmas season at this lively evening of festive fun. With Zdenek Ondrousek and Áine Mulvey as musical directors, expect solo items and audience participation on an evening that will appeal to people of all ages. That much-loved sprinkling of cosy Christmas magic just might come a little early this year thanks to this feel good show.   The ESB Great Christmas Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ESBChristmasConcertGet the family together and find yourselves spellbound by the festive entertainment at The ESB Great Christmas Concert presented by the Dublin Choral Foundation, on 3rd December. Sing along to all your favourite carols under the magic baton of Dr Ite O’Donovan with the Lassus Scholars, Piccolo Lasso Children’s Choir, The Orlando Chamber Orchestra and wonderful guest soloists including soprano Kim Sheehan. A fantastic way to kick off the festive season, this family event is suitable for children young and old, and is sure to have both entranced in the Christmas spirit.  With a programme of incredible choral performances; instrumental soloists, appearances by ESB Feis Ceoil winners; and plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along to those festive favourites - the Christmas cheer will be palpable throughout the National Concert Hall. Time: 8pm Price: €10 - €30 It's a Wonderful Life - On Stagehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Its_a_Wonderful_Life_PlayExperience George Bailey’s Christmas epiphany in a special stage-adaptation of the 1946 cinema classic It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Mill Theatre from 2nd - 6th December. Adapted for the stage from Frank Capra’s film by Anthony Palermo, affable George Bailey just can't seem to get a break. Though eager to see the world, family loyalty sees him stay at home, sacrificing his dreams to his father's savings and loan business. While George does end up with an ideal with a marriage, a big house and a family - disaster strikes when money from his business is misplaced, causing George to reach his lowest ebb. With the intervention from a bumbling angel named Clarence, will George realise the value of what he has and the people who need him? A fresh yet faithful stage adaptation of the classic film about dreams, sacrifice and redemption in small town America, audiences will be filled with Christmas cheer at this fantastic production. Tickets Full price €20 Concession €18 Dublin Docklands Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Docklands_Christmas_MarketEveryone's favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 10th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George's Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one. Opening hours: - Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm  - Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10pm  - Saturday 10am to 10p  - Sunday 10am to 8pm Click here for more information   Peter Pan Christmas Pantominehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Peter_Pan_Christmas_PantomineThe Gaiety Theatre presents Peter Pan, its 2014 Christmas Panto! Associated with The Gaiety Theatre almost since the theatre first opened, the licence granted to The Gaiety’s original owners, John and Michael Gunn included permission to stage pantomime which they presented for the first time in December 1873. Both the Theatre Royal and the Queen’s have long since been demolished but The Gaiety and her annual pantomime continue to deliver fun and excitement to new generations. While an outside company used to be responsible for presenting the panto, it has been produced by The Gaiety since 1996. Switching On O'Connell Street Christmas Tree Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/OConnell_Street_Christmas_TreePop over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street and see Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights, ringing in the festive season for the capital. On Sunday 30th November, spread the yuletide cheer and join in the festivities with the Geansai Nollaig (Christmas jumper) World Record attempt happening there too. Crowds of people will arrive in their suitably festive jumpers and try to break the record for the most people wearing them all at one time. Christmas is sure to arrive in Dublin in fine, reindeer-patterned style. Santa @ Butlers Chocolate Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Santa_Butlers_Chocolate_ExperienceBring the little ones to meet Santa Claus this Christmas at Butlers Chocolate Experience, Dublin between 30th November and 23rd December. Indulge in the magic and wonder of a festive version of the Ultimate Chocolate Experience tour at Butlers Chocolate Experience, and then visit Santa himself - completely free! Kids and adults can dive right into the most wonderful time of the year and get their picture taken with Santa for an additional €5, after enjoying the fun, festive tour. With hot chocolate, delicious Christmas chocolate treats and gifts in the onsite Butlers Chocolate Café, it’s the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season with the whole family. Dates Santa visits on November 30th, December, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd only. Tickets Entry is €13.50 and must be pre-booked. Savings of 5% can be made when booked online. Christmas Workshop: Festive Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Workshop_Festive_LightsDevelop 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.  Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/DunLaoghaireChristmasFestivalCelebrate the joy of the yuletide season in the pictorial seaside town of Dun Laoghaire with its fantastic Christmas Festival from 29th November to 23rd December.  Swap the busy, city-centre crowds and shopping centres for a stroll along the pier and a dip in Dun Laoghaire’s palpable festive spirit.   Browse, shop, relax and soak up the atmosphere at the open-air Christmas Market, get nostalgic with old-world children’s amusements, marvel at fireworks displays, take on the free treasure hunts, watch the enchanting lantern procession, visit Santa’s Grotto, see the traditional Christmas crib, join in the carol singing, and even be part of a World Record attempt at this fantastic array of seasonal events. Discover Christmas along Dublin’s coastline at lively Dun Laoghaire in 2014. The festival runs Fridays to Sundays from 29th November to 23rd December, it also runs on the Monday and Tuesday of Christmas week. Santa’s Grotto at Dublin Zoohttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/SantaDublinZooExperience the magic of Christmas at the ever-popular Dublin Zoo this festive season and take the little ones to meet Santa Claus himself, between 29th November and 24th December. Enjoy a trip through the enchanting grotto and receive a warm welcome from Santa’s happy elves in the toy workshop. Then meet the man of the moment, Santa Claus! Each child will have their picture taken with Santa and receive a special gift to take home too. After meeting Santa, children can explore the wonders of Dublin Zoo by visiting the latest new arrivals, such as the three Asian elephant calves, two Asian lion cubs, a zebra foal and a Rothschild giraffe. Children can also take part in fun Christmas activities in Roberts House every Saturday and Sunday from 29th November from 12noon – 3pm.   Dates 29th - 30th November: 10am - 4pm 6th - 7th December: 10am - 4pm 13th - 14th December: 10am - 4pm 20th - 24th December: 10am - 4pm Tickets Children €9 (non-annual pass holders) Children €8 (annual pass holders) Normal admission rates to Dublin Zoo apply. Last entry to Santa is 3pm. Christmas Elves Family Workshophttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ChristmasElves_FamilyWorkshopIndulge 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. A Most Peculiar Wintry Thinghttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Most_Peculiar_Wintry_ThingCosy up and discover the wonder in all things snowy at The Ark’s A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing from 22nd November to 21st December. Winter is the most enchanting of seasons, as the nights draw in and the days get colder, a rolling snowball of four fantastic musicians and some light fingered animation will explore the magic and mystery of all things snowy. Looking back on our favourite memories of winter and creating some new ones too, this specially commissioned show will capture everyone’s imagination. Featuring a dynamic blend of original music, improvisation and audience interaction, this brand new festive music show by composer Brian Irvine is the ideal way to begin the festive season and share the festive spirit. Performances Preview - Saturday 22nd November: 2pm, 4pm Saturday 29th November: 2pm, 4pm Saturday 13th and Sun 14th December: 2pm, 4pm Saturday 20th and 21st December: 2pm, 4pm Tickets €9 - €12 Family ticket €40 for four people Suitable for ages 4+ St Stephen's Green Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Stephens_Green_Christmas_MarketWith more than 60 trade concessions located in traditional wooden chalets along the exterior of St Stephen’s Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, the Market will offer a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, preserves and prints, as well as seasonal food and drinks to include charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, chocolate fountain, gluhwein, and other seasonal non-alcoholic drinks.  Traditional Christmas Markets originate from the centre of Europe, and are extremely popular in countries including Austria, Germany, Northern Italy and France. While Christmas is a peak time for retailers, Christmas Markets have proven to be extremely successful in attracting additional people into town centres and encouraging consumers to spend their money locally as opposed to shopping online.  Entertainment from local choirs and carollers will also help get visitors into the festive spirit. The market will be organised in conjunction with the official Dublin at Christmas celebrations, which is a partnership between Dublin City BID and Dublin City Council. It will be launched on 13th November, the same day that the Grafton Street Christmas lights are turned on, transforming the city centre into a wonderful winter wonderland.   The market will be free to the public and will open daily from 12 noon to 8pm.    Dublin's Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Christmas_LightsThe real marker of when Christmas begins is when the city starts to feel like a sparkling seasonal wonderland, so kick off the festive period in style and see Dublin's Christmas lights get switched on, on various dates between 13th and 30th November. Grafton Street, 13th November, 4pm The switching on of Grafton Street's lights also marks the opening of the Dublin at Christmas Market on St Stephen's Green. Dublin's first ever traditional, city-centre Christmas market, more than 60 traders will be dotted around the exterior of St Stephen's Green park and Merrion Row, all in cosy wooden chalets. Visitors can peruse a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, preserves and prints, as well as scrumptious seasonal food and drink; with charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, a chocolate fountain, and glühwein all available.  As always, a well known face or two will switch on the lights and this year is no exception with Dublin natives Original Rudeboys doing the honours. Joining them is actor Laurence Kinlan, lauded for his role as Elmo in RTE's Love/Hate, who'll help kick off the capital's festive feeling. Henry Street, 16th November, 3pm Spread the cosy Christmas cheer and see Henry Street’s Christmas lights illuminate the city on Sunday 16th November. Dublin group Original Rudeboys will be doing the illumination honours on the day, spreading that captivating Christmas feeling in the capital.  O'Connell Street, 30th November, 3.30pm Pop over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street on 30th November to see Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights and ring in the festive season for the capital. Spread the yuletide cheer and join in the festivities with the Geansai Nollaig (Christmas jumper) World Record attempt happening there too. Crowds of people will arrive in their suitably festive jumpers and try to break the record for the most people wearing them all at one time. Christmas is sure to arrive in Dublin in fine, reindeer-patterned style. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  Christmas Elf Art Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Elf_Art_ExperienceGet 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.