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The Moving Crib

21st November 2017 - 8th January 2018 at 42 Parnell Street, Dublin 1.

The Moving Crib is located at Saint Martin’s Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, just a 5 minute walk from The Castle Hotel. The Moving Crib has been running for many years and is one of the most memorable assets of Christmas in Dublin City. It has fascinated generations of families from Dublin and visitors from all over the world for over 50 years and reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas in an unforgettable and fascinating manner.

There are over 100 figures in the crib and all are made from Paper-Mache and dressed in miniature clothes. There are motors programmed inside to control the movement of their arms, head and legs. The Moving Crib is like an expanded Nativity Play which covers various episodes of the New and Old Testament going back to Adam and Eve and finishing after the crib scene with the young Jesus teaching the doctors in the Temple.The Moving crib is open every year from end November to the first week in January, it is a cost free event and well worth a visit.

A Night Before Christmas

17th December 2017 at the the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire. 

A story is told at every Irish gathering, no matter the occasion. So, if you are lucky to be in Ireland during the December period and you like to listen to stories that will fill you of joy and he holiday feeling, you will have to go to the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire and listen to some of Ireland’s most talented actors and musicians as they will take to the stage to perform magnificent stories to lull you into that peaceful yuletide mood.

Christmas Craft Fair - RDS

5th - 10th December 2017 at the RDS Arena

Whether you are a confirmed shopaholic or completely phobic about shopping, the annual Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, is just the place for you. For those who love shopping it’s the chance to browse and enjoy the unique work of more than 500 designers, artists, and craftspeople who will be taking part in the country’s largest celebration of crafts. But if shopping just isn’t your thing, think of it as a heaven sent opportunity to buy all your Christmas gifts in a single shopping session! This annual fair is widely recognised as Ireland’s premier commercial craftwork showcase. Many of Ireland’s most respected craftspeople will be there, showing and selling top quality goods. The range is dazzling – everything from chocolates to high fashion, and because the goods are handmade by craftspeople, they have the added distinction of each one being unique.

Tuesday 5th December 10am-10pm
Wednesday 6th December 10am-10pm
(10% courtesy discount available on all purchases this day only)
Thursday 7th December 10am-10pm
Friday 8th December 10am-10pm
Saturday 9th December 10am-7pm
Sunday 10th December 10am-7pm

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Adults: €10.
OAPs: €8
Children under 16 accompanied by a parent or guardian: Free

Winter Wonderland

14th Dec - 7th Jan at The RDS Arena 

Christmas is about sharing with family and friends about creating a store of memories. Winter Wonderland aims to capture the magic of Christmas. A festival of family entertainment in one location. Funderland, iSkate on Ice- Ireland’s only outdoor ice rink, and a Continental Christmas Market. Winter Wonderland will be a festival to delight the senses and capture the joy and fun of the season – all in one location at the RDS in Hall 8C.

It's a Wonderful Life Movie Night at the RDS

15th December 2017 - It's a Wonderful Life Movie Night at the RDS Arena 

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra. The 

film is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.
The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

Member: €45
Non-Member: €50
Prices (including dinner and movie)

Santa Dash

3rd December Bull Island 

Santa Dash is proudly supporting the purchase of medical equipment to help support a teenage girl with a neural tube defect - encephalocele. A fun family fun run with a 5K and a 10K option.

All participants get a full Santa Suit and a choice from 5 medals.
All kids get a free present from the 'Real Santa' in his igloo too.
Come and Run for a Good Clause!
Tickets are from €20-€25
The run will take place in Bull Island

Celine Byrne Christmas Gala

15th December 2017 - Celine Byrne Christmas Gala at The  Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Celine Byrne is one of Ireland’s foremost operatic stars having made her debut in Scottish Opera’s La bohème, and going on to perform at some of the world’s most illustrious venues including the Royal Opera House in London. 
If you follow classical and opera music, you will love hearing Celine Byrne shake up her repertoire with some festive treats for the ears. 
Tickets are from €25

London Concertante - Christmas Baroque by Candlelight

16h December London Concertante - Christmas Baroque by Candlelight at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The London Concertante perform a gorgeous candlelit evening of Baroque music at St Patrick’s Cathedral. 
This particular concert will see the ensemble take on Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Vivaldi’s Winter from the Four Seasons, and Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor alongside music from Telemann, Handel and Piazzolla. 
Whisk yourself away from the everyday bustle of the city and escape into what will feel like a time long since past.
Tickets are from €28 - €42

Vladimir's Viennese Christmas

20th December - Vladimir's Viennese Christmas at The National Concert Hall

Vladimir arrived in Ireland from Slovakia 10 years ago. Originally only planning to stay in Ireland for a few months; he soon found work and money hard to come by. Having little English, he quickly decided to let his music do the talking and started busking on Grafton Street. Getting a taste for live performance, he formed the Slovak Festival Quartet in 2006 with some friends.
Relax in the gorgeous auditorium and hear Vladimir, accompanied by soprano Claudia Boyle, tenor Sean Constello and the Jablokov family, perform favourite Christmas sounds like In Dulci Jubilo, Ave Maria, and O Holy Night. 
The national Concert Hall €15-€40

The Snowman

16th & 17th December at The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

What would Christmas be without The Snowman! 
he Snowman is Raymond Brigg’s classic tale of a little boy who cannot believe his eyes when a snowman comes to life and they go on an adventure together. 
This festive favourite is always a hit with all the family from grandparents to great-grandkids. Generations can gather in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to watch the classic film
Your heart will glow with the joy of this family-focused event.
€15

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

3rd November - 7th January - Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

This is sure to be a a magical event, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife.
You can follow the enchanted trail where you will discover the dazzling array of beautifully crafted giant silk lanterns.
There will also be Chinese performers and a Chinese craft market! You can enjoy some lovely Chinese foods and warm drinks this winter at Dublin Zoo!
Wild Lights promises to be a truly unforgettable experience where friends, families and groups can come together to celebrate the festive period.

Tickets from €20

An Irish Carol, Christmas Trees, and a Rose

9th December 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral 

This year’s Chamber Choir Ireland concert An Irish Carol, Christmas Trees, and a Rose is a real treat for the senses in the run up to the holidays.
In this unique Christmas programme, the wonderful Christmas Story by one of Germany’s finest 20th-century composers, Hugo Distler, is told in chant-like solos with choral interventions, threaded through with a series of choral variations on the lovely Christmas hymn ‘Es ist ein Ros entsprungen‘. 
Tickets are from €5 - €15

Santa at Croke Park

25th November until 23rd December - Santa at Croke Park

This wonderful new winter experience for families is sure to be a hit, especially those with a passion for Gaelic games. There will be plenty of beautiful festive family photo opportunities with Santa and Stitch during the tour, and a professional photographer will also be on hand to capture the moment.  
This event also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, where families can discover two floors of interactive exhibits. Children can pick up their Junior Explorer passport and follow the special route which highlights some of the most fascinating and famous exhibitions, including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups. A highlight for many is the museum’s Interactive Games Zone, where you can test your own hurling and football skills – see how fast your family can react, check your passing skills and practice a fingertip save or the art of the high catch!   
The festivities get underway from Saturday, November 25th, and will run on select dates until Saturday, December 23rd. Dates sell quickly and pre-booking online is essential to avoid disappointment. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and tickets, priced at €10 for adults, €16 for children 2 years and over, and €8 for children aged 1–2, are now available via the link below. Children under 1 go free. 

A Christmassy Concert with Brian Kennedy

11th December - Brian Kennedy at St. Ann's Church

Brian Kennedy performs at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street on Monday December 11th. Tickest range from €25 - €30.
If you’re a big fan of Brian Kennedy or you just love Christmas music, you’re in for a wonderful night. At this intimate gig, you will enjoy a selection of songs from Christmassy, Kennedy’s new album of Yuletide favourites.

Cara Dillon

15th December - Cara Dillon at Pavilion Theatre

Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she'll remain there for a very long time.
Taking place in the intimate setting of the Pavilion Theatre, Cara will be performing classic carols, hymns and seasonal favourites, as well as selected songs from her own Christmas album, Upon a Winter’s Night.
If you're looking for a memorable night of Christmas songs to put you in the mood for the season of goodwill, don't miss this magical performance by Cara Dillon.
Tickets are from €24

Noël by the Mornington Singers a Christmas Concert

16th December - Noël at Christ Church Cathedral

Treat yourself to a magical Christmas experience you’ll always cherish by attending the wonderful Mornington Singers Christmas Concert.
Led by conductor Orla Flanagan, Mornington Singers return to the historic cathedral for a Christmas concert that has become a seasonal tradition for many people. This award-winning chamber choir will be digging deep into their musical repertoire to delight you with carols from centuries past.
Tickets are from €12 and this concert will take place on Saturday December 16th.

Christmas Stocking Making Afternoon Tea Class

17th December - Stocking making at  The Design House’s

On the 17th of December spend your Sunday afternoon getting crafty at The Design House’s fun Christmas Stocking Making Afternoon Tea Class and create a unique gift for a loved one.
You’ll learn how to sew your own colourful Christmas stocking.
Tickets are from €60 but this will include all the matericals that you will need for making your stocking and also tea :)

Christmas Joy with the Palestrina Choir

19th December - at The national Concert Hall 

Settle in for an evening of seasonal songs introduced by Mary Kennedy and performed by the boys and gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir at St.Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. This wonderful evening of music will make your heart swell with Christmas-themed happiness. 
Tickets will range from €20 - €30

Smithfield Lights

26th November at Smithfield Square


One of the main Dublin Christmas events is back this year and it's even bigger than previous years.
This ia a FREE event!
This is an event full of festive entertainment.
The main tree lighting event will take place at 7.10pm, with VIP Santa himself in attendance!
There will be market stalls with a range of delicious foods, arts and crafts.

The event schedule includes:

-Market Stalls open at 3.00pm
-Snow Globe, Carousel, Children’s Workshops & Face Painting open at 4.00pm
-Screening of movie The Snowman at 5.00pm – 5.30pm
-Sam Maguire on display at 5.00pm – 6.00pm
-Performance from Stanhope Street Girls Choir at 5.45pm - 6.05pm
-Performance from Red Empire 6.15pm – 7.00pm
-Children’s Workshops & Face Painting finishes at 7.00pm
-Lord Mayor gives a short speech on stage with Santa, followed by The Riptide Movement switching on the Christmas lights at 7.10pm
-Performance from The Riptide Movement at 7.20pm – 8.00pm
-All Entertainment (Carousel, Snow Globe etc) finishes at 8.00pm
-Christmas Market remains open until 9.00pm

If you are here in Dublin for this, it is a definite must go to ! 

Santa's Grotto at Stephen's Green Shopping Centre

25th November until 23rd December 

Visit Santa and his elves in his grotto in Stephens Green Shopping Centre. Get your picture taken with Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes :)

Dates and Times:
Nov 25th – 26th: 11am – 5pm
Nov 27th – Dec 1st: 12pm – 5pm
Dec 2nd – 23rd: 10am – 5pm

Price list:
Visit with present: €10
Visit, present and a souvenir photo: €15
Photo reprint: €5

Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker Market

7th December - 10th December at The Point Square in Dublin

This is a FREE event which will take place at the beginning of December and it will hopefully be able to get your Christmas shopping underway!
It will open from about 11am / 1pm until 6pm / 8pm.
The Christmas Cracker Market has always been about supporting local independent traders at Christmas time, and giving you the best selection of design, craft, vintage, second hand, upcycled, downcycled, and hand made gifts for Christmas..

Après Dublin

30th November - 23rd December at CHQ Building grand Canal Dock

Après Dublin will see the entire George’s Dock venue turned into a giant custom-built ski lodge, with fun Après social activities, delicious street food options and an in-house DJ & band set to provide highly memorable nights out for friends and the backdrop for a Christmas party like no other.

The LODGE will be the ultimate place for some Christmas catch-ups in the evening!

What to expect in the LODGE:

•  Selection of tasty food options
•  Full Après band and DJ every evening
•  Wide selection of drinks available
•  Après Ski themed games for all
•  Après ski photobooths
•  Snow machines and lots of festive treats
•  Open from 5.30pm each night
•  Fancy dress encouraged but not essential!

Don’t miss the Christmas party event of the year taking place at CHQ in Dublin this December.

Food served until 9.30pm every night :)

June Rodgers at The Red Cow Moran

30th November until 22nd December - The Red Cow Moran

June has performed in many stage shows, pantomimes and has appeared on TV shwos. She is known as one of Ireland's top comic performers.
Cather her this Christmas time performing her new 2017 Christmas show!
Tickets are from €35

Dublin Gay Men's Chorus Presents 'Home For Christmas'

8th December at Christ Church Cathedral 

Following the phenomenal sell out success of their Christmas concert last year, the Dublin Gay Men's Chorus return this year bigger and better and present to you 'Home For Christmas'. Set in the prestigious and legendary Christ Church Cathedral, the gentlemen of the choir will be creating seasonal magic and spreading Christmas cheer to their biggest audience yet. Featuring festive Christmas favourites, contemporary seasonal tunes, and a few surprises thrown in for good measure, this is a performance you won't want to miss!

Tickets are from €5

Christmas Appeal: Laughter Lounge Comedy Night

30th November at The Laughter Lounge Dublin

Are you ready for a night of festive fun and laughter?!
On Thursday, 30th November, as part of the Christmas Appeal, DIT Mental Health Society will be running another festive comedy night in the prestigious and historic Laugher Lounge on Eden Quay!
The event will be starting from 7pm, with the first act expected on at 8:30pm!

Downtown Big Band Christmas Show! Fundraiser for the Simon Community!

6th December at The Sugar Club

This year's Christmas Show will have a 21 pieve jazz band with special guest singers! This  incredible lineup with music from artists such as Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, Gordon Goodwin and plenty of funky Christmas Tunes to get you up on the floor dancing!!
This show will be in aid of The Simon Community to help support them in the work that they do for the homeless community in Ireland.
All proceeds from this show will be donated to the charity so grab a ticket, sit back and get ready for a night of dancing, drinks and Big Band Music!

Craft your own Christmas decoration with textile artist Katie Hanlan

2nd December at Christ Church Cathedral 

Have your decorations in your home looking like you paid out the door for them while you make them under the guidance of Katie Hanlan.
From felted berries to crochet stars, this workshop will appeal to anyone with a desire to make something truly unique for their tree. This workshop is suitable for all ages from 8 upwards, places limited to 15 people.

Fiddle Duo Manus & Séamus McGuire at ITMA

25h December at Merrion Square 

Both award winning musicians, they have recorded a number of albums together including Humours of Lisadell and Carousel. In the 1980s they formed the band Buttons and Bows with Jakie Daly and Garry O’Brien, a group that would prove to be one of the most influential in Ireland at the time.
Irish Traditional Music Archive is delighted to welcome Manus & Séamus to Merrion Square for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music.