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Enjoy Amazing Events this Winter in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

15th December 2020

The Christmas buzz in the capital is back, with a calendar packed full of unforgettable festive activities. This Winter in Dublin it's time to celebrate.

The city streets are at their most dazzling as we prepare for a season of fun and festivities. Whether you want to visit Santa in an iconic Dublin location, shop for Irish design at a Yuletide market or are already making big plans to ring in 2022, there's an event with your name on it.

Discover all the things to do in Dublin this winter. You'll feel like all your Christmases have come at once.

Dublin Winter Lights | Until Jan 1

Dublin City Council has brought back Winter Lights for its 4th year. The cityscape is transformed between sunset and 2am with thousands of lights strung around and clever animations projected onto the capital's landmarks. 21 locations provide two walking trails (one each on the Northside and Southside) to brighten your city wanderings no matter where you roam.

See the Winter Lights illuminating the city

Santa Afternoon Tea with Vintage Tea Trips | Until Dec 23

See whether you've made the 'nice' list on a special Santa Afternoon Tea journey. You'll tuck into treats, including mince pies, as you roll through town on the Vintage Tea Trips 1960s Routemaster bus. The upper deck is a winter wonderland complete with elves, while in Santa's Grotto below kids can have that all important word in Santy's ear.

Enjoy treats and meet Santa on a Vintage Tea Trip 

Winterfest at Guinness Storehouse | Nov 27–Jan 2

There's something festive brewing over seven floors at the Guinness Storehouse. The newly launched Winterfest will add extra merriment to the Storehouse with a stunning Christmas tree curated by Dublin based designer Annie Atkins. There will be live music from the likes of The Fundamentals, light shows and projections. Expect plenty of delicious seasonal food (mulled Guinness anyone?) and more.

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo | Until Jan 9

Experience Dublin Zoo once the sun goes down as Wild Lights returns. Travel Around the World and explore the ancient Egyptian pyramids, take a romantic stroll by the Eiffel Tower and blast off for outer space. You'll be walking in a fairyland of giant glowing silk lanterns in their hundreds.

Tour the world's iconic sights at Wild Lights

Winter Pride | Nov 29–Dec 11

Dublin Pride has filled this year's Winter Pride celebration with a range of performances, festive events and guided tours of some of Dublin's most iconic LGBTQ+ places. Go in search of clues on the Winter Pride 2021 Treasure Hunt, join the Wilde About Pride walking tour or pick up some great Christmas gifts at the Winter Pride Hub at CHQ.

Gifted at the RDS | Dec 1–5

Find the perfect present for a loved one or the office Secret Santa, and perhaps pick up a little something for yourself. Ireland's biggest craft fair, Gifted at the RDS brings together hundreds of the country's most talented artists and producers. You'll find loads of independent choices including sustainable and ethical gifts, healthy ideas and vegetarian and vegan foods.

Find something for everyone at Gifted

Christmas at the Castle | Dec 8–21

Back for 2021, the Christmas at the Castle event at Dublin Castle brings crafts and artisan gifts to the Upper Yard, and the best of Irish design to Bedford Hall. In a courtyard brimming with festive atmosphere, check out the vintage carousel. Browse and enjoy festive food while humming along to songs courtesy of the Dublin Gospel Choir and other live performers. 

Wonderlights at Malahide Castle | Nov 18–Dec 23

Leave the twinkle of city lights behind and be enchanted by the woodland illuminations at Malahide Castle and Gardens. The Wonderlights event offers projections to amaze and night walks through magical forests bathed in colourful lights. This year's Castle of Light display is a memorable treat for all ages. 

Walk through an enchanted wood at Wonderlights

The Little Mermaid at The Gaiety | Nov 28–Jan 9

Christmas and pantomime go hand in hand, but this is no ordinary panto, it's the Gaiety Panto! This year, The Gaiety Theatre celebrates 150 years of holiday theatre magic when it brings The Little Mermaid to the stage. Take the family under the sea with Ariel on a trip guaranteed to be funny, silly, and full of shouts of "He's behind you". 

Winter at IMMA | Nov-Jan

Get immersed in a season of art and activities at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) when you visit Winter at IMMA. See the new installation by Irish artist Aoife Dunne in the Courtyard from mid-December and an exhibition celebrating three decades of the museum. There will be activities in The People’s Pavilion, treats at The Flying Dog café and unique gifts in the IMMA Shop.

Experience a season of art at IMMA

Ice Skating at Blanchardstown | Until Jan 30

Glide your way into the festive spirit by lacing up some skates. Wrap up in your scarf and hat and head to Ice Skating at Blanchardstown to test out Ireland's largest rink, with fresh ice every hour. Afterwards, you can pop next door to the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to pick up those last few items on your list.

Live Nativity at Christ Church Cathedral | Dec 19-20

Visit Christ Church Cathedral for a journey to Bethlehem at their Outdoor Live Nativity. See all the familiar figures as they gather in person at the manger, along with a pair of real donkeys. A delight for everyone in the family, 20 minute showings take place on the Cathedral's grounds on the hour and half hour, from 17.30 to 19.30.

See the nativity come to life at Christ Church Cathedral

Jazz nights at The Blind Pig | Throughout Jan

Put a swing in your post-Christmas step at The Blind Pig Speakeasy. Find this spot behind its fake shopfront and head into the underground bar for a night of Prohibition era glamour. Enjoy incredible food and expertly mixed cocktails while tapping your toes to some of Dublin's best jazz performers. 

With so much going on in town, Dublin is the place to celebrate this holiday season. Stay up to date with all the fantastic events with our What’s On listings to ensure you don't miss out.  

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