Events - ChristmasNew 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. 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 at the festival’s Food Village. Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day Fun Run, or bring beloved pooches to the Family Fun Dog Walk. A host of mind, body and fitness events will also take place to make sure 2015 gets off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st.   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. Part of the city’s New Year’s Festival, it’s the ideal way to kick-off the evening’s celebrations and is perfect for revellers of all ages. Watch the glowing procession parade through the city-centre, finishing at the iconic Dublin Castle on Dame Street. With fire-breathers, stilt walkers, dancers and all manner of street entertainers, this magical procession is guaranteed to capture the imaginations of everyone, young or old. What better way to experience the city’s lively atmosphere than by the warm light of this yuletide parade? 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. A televised event with music, revelry and plenty of good cheer, this is one New Year’s Eve you won’t forget. Enjoy entertainment from five top secret music acts, boogie the night away with the festive crowd and say goodbye to 2014 in style at this unmissable outdoor event on College Green. This event is ticketed, price to be confirmed. New Year Festival Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYF_Dublin NYF Dublin, the ultimate New Year's Eve party, is the new and exciting city wide music and arts festival boasting 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, follow the Music, Comedy and Art trails across the city. Sample some delicious artisan food at the NYF Food Village. Watch as city streetscapes come alive with 3D animations. Join in the magical Procession of Light and become immersed in the Dublin Genius spoken word festival. Experience the very best talent across   We can’t give it all away now..…but prepare yourself for a whole host of surprises and secret performances across the city! The Countdown is on! 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 Leinster House, Wolfe Tone Square, the Sir John Grey statue on O’Connell Street, and Trinity College. Appreciate and celebrate these incredible structures with a new, vibrant perspective thanks to these impressive light installations. Locations Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1 Sir John Grey statue, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Trinity College, Dame Street, Dublin 2 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 a superb Arts Trail, explore the capital’s hidden delights with the Dublin Discovery Trail and enjoy a wealth of compelling culture with the Dublin Genius events too. With so much to discover this festive season, your holiday diary will be full to the brim.   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 Dublin Castle to indulge in all sorts of delicious treats and entertainment 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 - a year long programme celebrating and promoting all forms of Irish design - historic Dublin Castle is the place to be. Open 30th December - 1st January, 12pm-7.30pm 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 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   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.   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 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.     Live Animal Cribhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib_Mansion_HouseThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn hosts the Live Animal Crib outside the historic Dublin Mansion House, his home, on Dawson Street. This year they will launch the crib on the 11th of December at 10.30 (To Be Confirmed). The launch will have 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 so it will give everyone an idea of what they had to live in back when Jesus was born. The animals don’t stay in the stable but are brought in every morning and returned to the farm in the evening. Although admission is free the public may give a contribution   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.   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 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. 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.   Christmas Wonderlandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_WonderlandChristmas Wonderland aims to capture the magic of Christmas.  ISkate:  Ice Skating has become part of an Irish Christmas. iSkate On Ice - Ireland’s largest Christmas ice rink – was introduced to the RDS in 2012 with huge success. iSkate now becomes part of GloHealth Christmas Wonderland. Covering an area in excess of 1,000 Sq. metres, iSkate offers an unrivalled skating experience. For Junior skaters, iSkate provides the Magic Vacations rink for children from age 3 upwards with its penguin balancing aids and double-bladed skates. With special off-peak, group and family rates, iSkate at GloHealth Christmas Wonderland will provide the ultimate fun experience at Christmas Funderland: 2013 sees Funderland celebrate its 40th anniversary at the RDS. A part of Christmas in Dublin, it has been said that Funderland is an annual appointment for thousands of families. This year Funderland becomes part of GloHealth Christmas Wonderland, and will once again present the best thrill rides and family attractions in the European fairground. From Bounceworld and the Fun Factory to the Take Off and Inversion XXL “white-knuckle” rides,  Funderland will present an array of attractions to suit all ages and tastes. For those who prefer to remain on “terra firma” lots of games of skill and chance will offer hours of pure fun and the opportunity to 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 3 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 4 consecutive hours! Santa’s Christmas Circus: This Christmas give your family and friends a very special gift......the gift of Circus Magic!! We invite you to sit back, relax and come with us into our Magical World of Circus where the impossible can (and does) happen! Marvel at the dexterity of our jugglers, the skills of our acrobats and the sheer bravery of our aerial daredevils. Stare in wonder at our contortionist and be amazed by our 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 with Marion Fossett as she leads the circus artists and audience in a seasonal sing-a-long. Presented by the world famous Fossett family, Santa's Christmas Circus will thrill, amaze and entertain you and your family. Click here for more information Suitable for children....of all ages! 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 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.   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.   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.   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 Oisin Quinn 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. 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. Food and Wine Magazine Christmas Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Food_and_Wine_Magazine_Christmas_ShowA 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   Henry Street Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Henry_Street_Christmas_LightsSpread the cosy Christmas cheer and see Dublin at its very best with the switching on of Henry Street’s Christmas lights on Sunday 16th November. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to get kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  Grafton Street Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Grafton_Street_Christmas_LightsGet the festive season off to a twinkling start and see Grafton Street’s Christmas lights being switched on, on Thursday 13th November. The switching on of the 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.  With plenty of good cheer, you might find that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 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.    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.