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Join us for Winter in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

26th October 2021

Dublin is all dressed up and ready to celebrate. The stage is set, live acts are primed to return for passionate performances, and the lively social whirl is back.

The doors have been thrown wide open, and the red carpet rolled out. With events and excitement to be found year-round, there's always something to see and do in the capital. But with a glittering selection box of theatre, comedy, music, pantomime and more to choose from, this year winter in Dublin has a special sparkle all its own. 


Hometown of Bram Stoker, author of the creepy classic novel Dracula, what better place to spend Halloween than Dublin? From gentle surprises to genuine scares, there are plenty of great 'spooky season' treats (and tricks) in store.

Travel Around the World at Dublin Zoo with their after-dark adventure, Wild Lights. Explore the ancient Egyptian pyramids, take a romantic stroll by the Eiffel Tower and head for outer space – all as you wander through hundreds of giant glowing silk lanterns. For horror fans, The Nightmare Realm at the RDS needs fresh victims. Survive a terrifying run-in with the Red Woman in an abandoned village, or shriek your way through the Panic Attack house. With some proper frights, this is for over 13s.

Live in the City

Live entertainment in Dublin is back with a bang. Running throughout November, get up close and feel the electricity of in-person shows once again in venues throughout the capital. Big gigs, intimate concerts, stand-up comedy, sport, theatre, literature and more are bringing back the buzz. 'Live' is returning to our lives in a big way. Check out our What's On listings for further details of the many events turning the spotlights back on in Dublin's venues. 

Winter Lights at The Millennium Bridge

The Festive Season

From a magically lit-up Trinity College to amazing animations on the Samuel Beckett Bridge, the darkest December nights are brightened by Winter Lights. In 2021, the theme is Dublin’s Winter Wildlife, and we're eager to see what luminous creatures appear. Wonderlights at Malahide Castle and Gardens provides further delight after sunset, as the stunning grounds fill with immersive enchantment for all ages. 

Take in one of Dublin’s epic pantomimes. Stroll under the shimmering lights on Henry and Grafton Streets and soak up the hustle and bustle of shoppers hurrying home with their treasures. Pick up everything on your gift list, or just gaze in wonder at the elaborate window displays at Arnotts and Brown Thomas. Come New Year’s Eve, ring in 2022 at the NYF Dublin New Year’s Festival. Stirring live music, a brilliant light show and a jaw-dropping firework display will begin the New Year in style.

Dublin Castle, a TradFest venue


Each January, music fans flock to Dublin for toe-tapping tunes and sing-along sessions in standout venues, from cosy pubs to beautiful churches to iconic Dublin Castle. 

In 2022, as TradFest lyrically say themselves “We’re bringing it back, we’re turning the page. Live music is coming, and Trad’s taking centre stage…” as Dublin welcomes audiences again with open arms. There will be lots of other events taking place across the city too, making January particularly joyous this year.

With so much to look forward to this winter, there’s always something to see and do in Dublin. Whether you’re checking out museums with the kids or heading out for the evening, our What’s On listings are ready to inspire.

Remember to keep yourself and others around you safe by adhering to government recommendations and checking the HSE guidelines and for any updated COVID-19 information. All individuals and businesses will need to continue to monitor the ongoing risk from the disease and take personal responsibility as they take steps individually and collectively in their everyday lives to keep this risk under control.

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