Christmas in Dublin: 5 things to do with the family

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a short city break, or a full week or two away.  Dublin glitters in all its glory this time of year and you will not be disappointed.

The capital city is more alive than ever and there are few cities in Ireland which seem to capture the magic of Christmas quite like Dublin. If you’re thinking about spending a bit of Christmas in Dublin, here are a few activities your family is sure to enjoy.

Christmas Wonderland

Santa, soft toys and some serious fun. The RDS Arena is home to Christmas Wonderland. There are so many different aspects to the winter wonderland that there is sure to be something for everyone. Some of the great things you can look forward to include an ice rink, Funderland, Santa’s Christmas circus, Santa’s grotto, a puppet theatre, an illusionist and of course, what’s a Christmas Wonderland without a continental market? Make magnificent Christmas memories at the Christmas Wonderland this year from the 6th of December to the 12th of January.

Christmas Craft Fair

Throughout history, the Irish have been known as some of the most creative, artistic and resourceful people in the world, proudly carrying their Celtic tradition from hundreds of years ago right through to today. There has never been a better time to view the talented creations of Ireland’s finest than the Christmas craft fair at the Trinity bar area in Dublin. Although there will be lots for grownups (including goods like jewellery, knitwear, soaps, cakes, paintings, cards, clothing, framed photography, wood turning, pottery, hats and totally unique hand crafted goodies), you can expect lots of fun for kids too! Toys in abundance, face painting and lots of sugary goodies.

Christmas at Dublin Zoo

Few families would visit Dublin for a day or a weekend and not consider the zoo, and with good reason. Dublin Zoo is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of the biggest attractions in Dublin. Christmas is the perfect time to visit the zoo with your family as Santa makes an appearance every weekend (from November 30th to December 24th). You can see Santa and his army of elves and you and your family can enjoy the traditional Santa’s grotto.  Christmas at the Zoo will be a memory to treasure forever.

Santa at Dublin Zoo
Santa at Dublin Zoo Photo credit: Dublin Zoo

Christmas at Dublin Castle

Meet and greet with your favourite characters, listen to storytelling, see the traditional craft fair and hear the choir sing. To get you well and truly into the festive mood, be sure to visit Dublin Castle. Children will even get the chance to meet Santa himself at Dublin castle and have the chance to post their letter, right there and then. Dublin castle kicks of its festivities on November 30th and runs right through the December 22nd.

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle Photo credit: Dublin Castle

Christmas Shopping

Taking kids shopping is not often considered a family activity, but this is different in Dublin at Christmas time. Magic lines the streets of Dublin, from O’ Connell Street to Grafton Street; you will be guided by an array of lights and colour. Window displays will fascinate both parent and child and you can fill up on lots of pastries, hot chocolate and all the sweets your heart desires! Hit the streets of Dublin to shop in the traditional markets and fall in love with Dublin this Christmas.

Christmas in Dublin - Grafton Street
Christmas in Dublin – Grafton Street Photo credit: Christmas in Ireland

Whatever you decide to do this Christmas, Dublin city is simply a hub for all things Christmas. There is so much to do and see for all the family, it will be a perfect Christmas experience. Stay close to Dublin city centre to avoid travelling in and out and place your family at the forefront of all the Christmas magic.

Jody Halsted
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