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A New Year in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

5th November 2017

Dublin City is alight with imagination and wonder for New Year’s Festival Dublin, hosting a series of spectacular events that annually grow more ambitious. Gather in the heart of Dublin with friends and family to celebrate the countdown to midnight, and then explore the best of what this unforgettable city has to offer at the outset of a fresh new year.

New Year’s Festival Dublin

Winter is a magical time in Dublin, and the post-Christmas landscape is one of crisp air, festoons of lights and an abiding festive joviality. New Year’s Festival Dublin offers an innovative programme, helping you to start the New Year immersed in fun and a party atmosphere. Events over the years of this festival have included aerial stunts on the River Liffey, symphonic light displays, street performances and the 3Countdown Concert at the Custom House. New Year’s Day provides lots of family-friendly fun, including face-painting and pop-up street performances by jugglers, mime artists, and stilt walkers.

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Reflect in Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is an urban park and one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces in Europe. The site encompasses vast areas of beautiful grassland and has been home to wild deer since the 17th century. Going for a quiet stroll and then spending a while watching the wild deer rest and graze is a meditative act – perfect for contemplating the year gone by and making resolutions for the new year to come. Wrap up cosily, pack a wool blanket for resting on benches, and bring a nice flask of tea with you.

Wild deer in Phoenix Park

Go on a walking tour

One way to step into the year is to spend a little time considering lessons from the past. If you like to run your own schedule and are fascinated with curios and tales from history, use the Dublin Discovery Trails app to go on a free walking tour and unlock the treasures and stories of this fascinating city. There are eight different trails to follow; you’ll pass sites such as Kilmainham Gaol, Glasnevin Cemetery, and St Stephen’s Green, watching these landmarks come alive as you learn their story.

The imposing exterior of Kilmainham Gaol

Take a scenic DART trip

We believe that Dublin’s native beauty is unrivalled, and one of the best and most picturesque ways to explore it is by taking a scenic train journey on the DART. Try the train to Killiney and opt for a gentle walk up Killiney Hill; you’ll be rewarded with some stunning views of Dublin Bay, Bray Head, and even the Dublin Mountains. Magnificent vistas such as this prove great for inspiration – ideal for making plans!

Scenic view of Killiney Beach and DART on cliffs

Eat your resolutions

The New Year is the perfect time to go on the hunt for healthy yet tasty food, to help kick off your wellness resolutions. Fear not: healthy doesn’t always mean overly crunchy or tasteless. It’s perfectly possible to begin your new habits while still enjoying a festive vibe in Dublin. The streets are rich with cafes and restaurants, many of which are suitable for vegans, vegetarians, or those with food intolerances. Cornucopia on Wicklow Street, a casual dining, vegetarian restaurant, provides a cosy environment with reasonably priced options that cater for a wide range of diets and tastes. The Eatyard on Richmond Street South features a variety of street foods from Thursdays to Sundays, 12pm to 10pm – and for any chill that ails you in this outdoor market, they have kindly made a Winter Warmer bar to help you defrost. The food at Brother Hubbard is another healthy option to make you salivate, with every menu item freshly made from scratch.

Two men smiling outside Brother Hubbard cafe

The above is merely a minute taste of what Dublin has to offer! To help plan the rest of your itinerary, take a look at the abundant festivals, events and exhibitions happening in Dublin.

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