6 Things To Do at Christmas in Dublin

It’s the time of year when we can finally mention the C word, Christmas. We’ve picked six of the best things to do in Dublin.

There can be lots to do at this time of year. Eating all the quality street sweets is one of my favourite activities. But what if you want to be more adventurous? What if you want to have your own GirlCrew event but don’t know where to start? Here at GirlCrew HQ, we’ve put together a list of six things to do at Christmas in Dublin.

1. Hit the Markets

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One the best places to find gifts are the numerous markets dotted around the city. From local food producers, Irish designers, homewares, and contemporary jewellery, these spots are great ways to pick up something a little different. There will be load popping up – but some of our faves include: Christmas Fair – Newmarket Square; Dún Laoghaire Town Market; the Dublin Flea Market; the MART; the Contemporary Craft & Design Fair; UPMarket, Studio 10, Wicklow St.; and FROST.

2. Catch a Show

One of our fave theatres in the city, are showing The Grimm Tale of Cinderella – and it promises to be a real treat. Written by Katie McCann the story follows Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as they seek shelter from a terrible storm. A chance encounter with an old woman leads to tales being swapped, including one about a girl named Ella. Smock Alley are offering an exclusive GirlCrew discount on show tickets for group bookings – normally €18pp you can nab one for just €14pp. On selected dates you can also enjoy dinner and a show (€30 adult), or brunch and a show (€25 adult). The menus feature warming winter dishes like mushroom rarebit, coq au vin pie, and potato hash. The show runs from 5th-23rd December.

3. Skiing but without breaking a leg

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Custom House Quay is to be transformed into a ski resort – complete with a giant custom-built ski lodge for a night out with a difference. Full Après band and DJ every evening, Après Ski themed games for all, Après ski photobooths. Snow machines and lots of festive treats. Fancy dress encouraged but not essential! You can find out how to book tickets and more info on the Après Dublin site here.

4. Catch the Christmas Coca Cola Truck

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Imagine you are the little kid in the ad, running in the snow, trying to catch a glimpse of the infamous Coca Cola truck. Well now you can do that for real. The truck is coming to Liffey Valley December 3rd and Smithfield December 16th, both between 2 and 8pm. You can also enjoy free Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Classic in a ‘winter wonderland’ setting.

5. The ultimate Bouncy Castle experience

One for the Tallaght folk, the ultimate Bouncy Castle experience is coming to the National Basketball Arena and it looks epic. ‘At an unbelievable 272m long , The Beast is the ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults. Run, bounce and dance your way around our phenomenal 32 obstacles. From 14-17 December hosted in The National Basketball Arena. Live DJs combined with an extraordinary sound and lighting show that will complete the most ridiculously fun day out you could possibly imagine.’ You can buy tickets here.

6. Catch a movie at the drive in

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Who doesn’t Love Actually? I think it’s *actually* impossible. And what better way to watch one of the best Christmas movies ever, then by going to your local drive in. The Leopardstown Racecourse is showing it on the 8th December and you can buy tickets here.

So what do you think? What are your favourite things to do at Christmas? Leave them in the comments below and download the GirlCrew app today to organise your own Christmas event.

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Ellie Smyth

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Community Manager for GirlCrew Dublin, YouTuber and podcast addict. Follow my Tweets on @xLadySmythx

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8 comments

  1. Been to Dublin three years ago to spend my holidays during Christmas holidays. I loved the ambience and the spirit of the people. Thoroughly enjoyed my holidays. Merry Christmas in advance.

  2. Folks like me who don’t celebrate Xmas, it’s sometimes difficult finding something to do when everything is closed. So I personally appreciated many of the items on this list.

  3. Skiing and the bouncy castle experience look like a great option which I personally would love to do if I would have been in Dublin. But for sure, we are making it to watch some shows and have a family vacation.

  4. I’ve never been to Dublin but sounds like a great place that will keep me plenty busy for Christmas! Everything looks so fun!! For us, we love driving around neighborhoods to tour Christmas lights all over the city.

  5. Oh how much I love Dublin! I would love to hit the christmas markets and then catch a movie and a drink in my fave city! Love, love,love! I miss Ireland so much!

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