What: Multicultural Christmas Carols 2019, Dublin
When: Sunday, 8 December, 6pm
Where: Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim St. Parish, Dublin 7
One of Dublin’s most acclaimed Christmas events returns to The Church of Holy Family this festive season. Nine different choirs from international communities will sing a selection of wonderfully authentic Christmas carols right in the heart of Stoneybatter.
The event is free to attend but a charitable donation in aid of Saint Vincent de Paul is always welcome!
What: Puppy Play Dates, Rathfarnham
When: Saturday, 7 December, 10am - 10.45 am
Where: DSPCA, Mount Venus Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Every dog has its day and this Saturday is that day! It is very important for puppies (up to 16 weeks) to be properly socialised with both other dogs and a wide variety of humans to avoid developing behavioural problems such as fear-based aggression later in life. That’s why ‘Puppy Play Dates’ are essential to properly socialising puppies by creating a warm, safe, educational environment where families and puppies can develop together. The moderating trainer is available for questions or concerns, so please don’t hesitate to make use of them as a valuable puppy parenting resource. Responsible dog ownership is very important and please remember: a dog is for life not just for Christmas.
A dog is for life not just for Christmas. That’s why it’s so important for puppies (up to 16 weeks) to be properly socialised with both other dogs and a wide variety of humans. ‘Puppy Play Dates’ create a warm, safe, educational environment where families and puppies can develop together. Our moderating trainer is available for questions or concerns, so please don’t hesitate to make use of them as a valuable puppy parenting resource.
What: Sustainable Christmas Market, Dublin
When: Saturday and Sunday, 8 December, 11am – Mid-day
Where: D-Light Studios, 46 North Great Clarence St., Dublin 1
Following their highly successful Sustainable Fashion Show last April, Native Events, together with D-Light Studios present: the Sustainable Christmas Market.
FREE to attend, this sustainable indoor market will take place in the heart of Dublin 1, just a minute’s walk from the historical Five Lamps area and only five minutes from Connolly Station.
What: Tearaways Pet Farm, Offaly
When: All Weekend, 11am - 6pm
Where: Tearaways Pet Farm, Clonmona, Rathcabbin, Tipperary
Admission: €10 per child. Adults and Under 1s go free
Looking for something to keep your energetic kids occupied? Tearaways Pet Farm and Activity Centre offers families the delights of a Pet Farm as well as an exciting go-cart track for wanna-be young rally drivers, a playground, football area, sandpits, Barrel train and Sledge run. The farm’s purpose-built 6,000 indoor activity centre guarantees that the fun won’t stop even if it rains!
What: Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival
When: All weekend; 9am - 6pm
Where: St Canice's Cathedral, The Close, Coach Rd, Kilkenny
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas treat! St.Canice’s Cathedral will be filled with 120 creative and imaginative Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes this weekend. Come along and enjoy the workshops, decorate some gingerbread or just try the festive fruit punch! This unmissable event will also feature a rare belfry tour (which is not usually available to the general public). Don’t miss this fantastic civic event!
What: Saturday Art Club
When: Saturday, 7 December, 10.30am – Mid-day
Where: The Moat Theatre, Abbey Street, Naas, Kildare
Martina Shannon, a children’s entertainer for over 20 years, will be running a Saturday Art Club where kids will have great fun creating all sorts of wonderful things and learn tons of important techniques and processes. Martina is fully Garda vetted and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Textiles, Art and Artifacts from NCAD. All materials used will be sustainable and participating children will learn more about recycling and up-cycling.
What: Cóisir ar an Sean-Nós
When: Saturday, 7 December, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: 7 Slaney Lane, Wexford
Join us this Saturday for an afternoon of dance, music, fun and friendship – and all accompanied by live musicians! Enniscorthy Sean-Nós Dancers will join dancers from Trad Dance Wexford and Ceoltóirí Munna to demonstrate their wonderful talents and teach new steps in a real sean-nós setting to live music. All levels are welcome – including complete beginners!
What: Wicklow Gaol Daytime Tour
When: Sunday, 8 December, Hourly from 10.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town
Admission: Children €6.50, Adult €9.50
Step into the past with a tour of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. This unforgettable experience in one of Ireland’s most historic buildings is not to be missed. Discover firsthand what it was like to board a convict ship and keep an eye out for familiar faces along the way!
Partially guided tours and free multilingual audio guides available
What: Free Coding Class for Adults, Cork
When: Saturday, 7 December, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork T12 NT99
Are you interested in learning basic computer coding? The best way to learn about computers is bit by bit! So come along to the City Library and join a 6 week course starting in December 2019 (and resuming in January 2020).
Spaces limited, booking essential.
Call 021 4924911 or email: [email protected]
What: Cóisir na Nollag, Limerick
When: Saturday, 7 December, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Conradh na Gaeilge, Halla Íde, 18 Thomas Street, Limerick
Tá Daidí na Nollag ag teacht le bualadh leis na paistí agus a dtuismitheoirí agus Féiríní beaga leis - Fáilte roimh gach éinne!
(Santa’s on his way and he coming to meet all the children and their parents with gifts for everyone. Come along and join the fun!)
What: Enchanted Garden – Winter Lights Festival, Waterford
When: All Weekend; 5pm – 8pm
Where: Pond Road, Tramore, Waterford.
Admission: €2 - €5
Now in its 4th year, the 'Enchanted Garden-Winter Light Festival' is quickly becoming one of the most stunning Winter Light Displays in Ireland. The trees, structures and landscape are all tastefully lit with fantastic, mesmerising lighting designs and music will accompany you on your journey through this magical winter wonderland. Visitors will also enjoy coffee, glühwein and hot chocolate by the fire.
What: Meditation in Dingle
When: Saturday, 7 December, 10 am
Where: An Díseart, Green Street, Dingle, Ireland
Admission: €10 or €5 for retired/unwaged.
Explore different techniques of meditation and breathing from Buddhist, Hindu and Druidic traditions by partaking in an hour dedicated to mindfulness, stress release, peace and self-care.
What: Christmas Record and CD fair, Tipperary
When: Sunday, 8 December, 11am – 5pm
Where: St. Mary’s Church, Irishtown, Clonmel, Tipperary
Browse mountains of classic and vintage vinyl and heaps of CDs at The Clonmel Record & CD fair - Christmas Edition! Find that special pressie for the one you love, that treat you've been promising yourself or just enjoy some banter and bargains with the traders at the Parish Hall, St. Mary’s Church!
What: Traditional Irish Music Seisiún, Sligo
When: Sunday, 8 December, 9.30pm – 23.55pm
Where: Thomas Connolly, Markievicz Rd., Abbeyquarter North, Sligo
Led by Leonard Barry, Brian Mc Donagh and Rick Epping, the Sunday Seisiún brings together some of the best Irish musicians in the region and features regular guest musicians.
What: Women of Galway Tour
When: Saturday, 7 December, Mid-day – 1.30pm
Where: Meeting outside the Skeff Bar, 27 Eyre Square, Galway
Admission: Child €5, Student €8, Adult €10
Marteen Lane, an experienced guide and member of the Independent Tour Guides Association, will regale you with stories of some truly remarkable women associated with Galway City.
What: Strokestown Christmas Market
When: All Weekend; 2pm – 6pm
Where: Strokestown Town Centre, Roscommon
Nothing beats the festive feeling of a Christmas Market! Delight in some cute gifts, seasonal music, delicious food and savour the sweet, tempting aromas in the air. In 2019, Christmas begins in Strokestown.
What: Carols on the Quay, Ballina
When: Sunday, 8 December, 6pm – 8pm
Where: The Quay Road, Ballina, Mayo
Everybody is welcome to this free, family-friendly Christmas carol event! Indulge in some delicious refreshments (mulled wine and mince pies - yum!) and join us to celebrate Christmas hope and joy.
What: Christmas Coffee Morning and Bake Sale, Donegal
When: Sunday, 8 December, 10.30am – 1pm
Where: Kilbarron House, College Street, Ballyshannon, Donegal
Try some Home Baking, Carol Singing, Cookie Decorating and lots, lots more at our festive fundraiser event in favour of Ballyshannon Musical Society. All support greatly appreciated.
What: Family Roller Disco
When: Saturday, 7 December, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Kingsway, Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 9
Admission: £3, includes skate hire and safety gear
Looking for a great family-friendly chance to have fun and stay fit? Then get your skates on and check out the Kelly’s family roller disco night. All are welcome. Skates sizes go from kids 10 to adult size 11 and admission includes both skate hire and safety gear.
What: Armagh Live Christmas Nativity
When: Saturday, 7 December, 11am – 4pm
Where: vibe Armagh, 1 Barrack St, Armagh
Marvel at a festively fantastic Live Christmas Nativity featuring REAL animals: including a donkey, lamb, chicks, rabbits, pygmy goats and much, much more. Indulge in some mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies while the children can find out the story and create something Christmassy to take home
What: Green Lough Eco Park
When: All Weekend
Where: Green Lough Eco Park, Dublin Rd, Cavan
Enjoy lovely lakeside walks (with accessible pathways and picnic benches), the animal footprints trail and the insect hotel at Green Lough Eco Park on the outskirts of Cavan Town. Children will have great fun discovering all about the park’s flora and fauna.
Family Roller Disco
Saturday, 7 December, 6pm–7pm
Kingsway, Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 9
£3, includes skate hire and safety gear
Welcome to Kelly’s family roller disco night. Great fitness and fun all rolled into one. All are welcome. Skates sizes go from kids 10 to adult size 11 and admission includes both skate hire and safety gear. Get your skates on and come along