Five Things to Do in Dublin At Christmas


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This Christmas, Dublin is playing host to a number of festivals, one-off events and activities. Running from November 2022 to January 2023, the city kicks off the festivities with Live in the City, where you will be hard-pressed to find a day without live music, comedy gigs, exhibitions or sports!

December will focus on the gathering of friends and family, as Dublin turns on the acclaimed Christmas lights throughout the city.

Finally, January will celebrate of culture and creativity. There’s still so much to see and do, like joining in the party at Temple Bar Tradfest.

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

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Dublin Zoo’s acclaimed night-time experience, Wild Lights, is back with a brand new theme – The Magic of Life!

Running from November to January, this breath-taking experience will have you travel through illuminated woodland scenes and nature’s most remarkable transformations

Discover the abundance and diversity of life in the tree tops of our rainforests and then dive underwater and witness some of the most beautiful sea creatures and the mesmerising coral – all lit up through magical hand-crafted traditional Chinese lanterns.

Through this transformation of Dublin Zoo visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the Magic of Life and also the role they can play to help our planet.

Catch a Show at Bord Gais Energy Theatre

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There’s no better way to warm up on a dark evening than to immerse yourself in the magic of theatre.

Bord Gais Energy Theatre is Ireland’s premier, state-of-the-art theatre which opened in 2010.

The theatre provides a diverse series of programmes all year round and this winter is no exception as Jersey Boys, Swan Lake, Beauty & the Beast and The Rocky Horror Show to name but a few will be taking to the stage.

Explore St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the must-see buildings to visit in Dublin, as it is one of the few structures that remains from medieval times.

Tours are available and guides guests on a journey into the past, and what better time to do it than with winter’s magical weather. As you stroll through the site, you’ll see breathtaking paintings, sparkling mosaics, and picturesque gardens.

Although the cathedral is around 800 years old, you’ll find a modern Discovery Space in the building. St. Patrick’s Discovery Space features iPads playing melodies from the choir. It also provides intriguing information about the site’s history.

Warm Up at Jameson Whiskey Distillery

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A great way to combat the cold winter weather in Dublin is to partake in a tour of Jameson Distillery in the heart of the city.

Irish whiskey was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe, and Ireland has been manufacturing whiskey for more than 200 years. As such, a trip to the city would be incomplete without visiting the famous distillery where Jameson Irish Whiskey was produced until the 1970s.

Your tour includes a premium whiskey tasting experience as well as learning some of the steps that it takes to blend best-selling whiskey.

You can also get a personalised Jameson Whiskey bottle with your name printed on it and make an ideal gift at Christmas.

Finish Your Day with a Cosy Meal

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The best way to finish a day of sightseeing in Dublin, Ireland, is dining at a cosy restaurant to escape the outside chill. The city is home to many snug establishments offering hearty meals. Why not sample the warm, welcoming environment of Suesey Street.

Suesey Street is an award-winning restaurant in the heart of Dublin’s Georgian district. The restaurant uses the freshest, locally produced products to prepare a menu that best compliments the season.

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