- Santa’s Grotto at EPIC
Saturday 15th December & Sunday 16th December, Saturday 22nd December & Sun 23rd December
Join us for an unforgettable Christmas experience with Santa’s Grotto at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum! Begin your magical journey in the atmospheric vaults of The CHQ Building in Dublin’s City Centre. Your family will be welcomed by Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves before meeting Santa in his magical grotto. What’s included: Visit Santa in his magical grotto and receive a special gift, Help Mrs. Claus create her world famous recipe of reindeer food and take home your very own pouch to feed the reindeers on Christmas Eve, Write and post your letter to Santa, visit our award winning interactive museum, and take part in our Discovery Trail map to find out intriguing Christmas facts from around the world.
- Father Christmas Workshop at Powerscourt Centre
Saturday 1st December - Sunday 2nd December, Saturday 8th December - Sunday 9th December, Saturday 15th December - Sunday 16th December, Saturday 22nd December - Sunday 23rd December
Home to “Dublin’s Most Authentic Father Christmas”, the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is the perfect place to experience the true magic of Christmas this year. Dublin's most popular Father Christmas returns to the Powerscourt Centre on December 1st at 12 noon and will be there every weekend until December 23rd. During his special arrival on December 1st he will be arriving to the joyful melodies of Piccolo Lasso Children’s Choir alongside Mrs. Claus and the playful elves. Filled with 18th century charm, Father Christmas’s workshop is a must see for all the family. Greeted by a toasty fire and twinkling lights, you will really feel like you have just landed in the North Pole.
- Designer Christmas Market at College Green
Friday 7th December
Visit the Designer Christmas Market at Bank of Ireland, College Green and enjoy the wonderful Irish made Christmas gifts. Enjoy Christmas this year at the unique Designer Christmas Market at the Bank of Ireland Forecourt where stalls will be selling a variety of Christmas gifts you can spoil your loved ones with or find new pieces to decorate the house. They have everything from fashion and jewellery to toys, craft and festive food items too, all which are handcrafted in Ireland. The Designer Christmas Market will be open for one day only, on Friday 7th December from 10am until 8pm. So, tell your family and friends, and enjoy the Christmas festivities in the heart of Dublin Town!
- Classics at Christmas in St. Ann's Church
Wednesday 12th December
Get ready for a night of wonderful music in the beautiful surrounds of St. Anne's Church. On December 12th join renowned soprano Rebecca Winckworth, multi-instrumentalist Andy Dempsey and award-winning violinist Denice Doyle. This is a special musical evening not to be missed. With music ranging from classical to contemporary, jazz to pop and of course some old Christmas favourites too you'll have a very jolly Christmas night this December 12th.
- Dublin Flea Christmas Market 2018
Thursday 6th December - Sunday 9th December, Thursday 13th December - Sunday 16th December
The annual Dublin Flea Christmas Market returns this Christmas and this year it's taking place over TWO weekends in December. Due to unprecedented demand for stalls The Dublin Flea organisers extended their Christmas Market over two weekends - 6th- 9th & 13th-16th December. Featuring 280 stalls in total there's 140 entirely different selection of stalls on each weekend, all under one roof at The Point Village, Dublin 1. Dublin Flea Christmas Market, a free-to-enter family-friendly event, specialises in providing a platform for Ireland’s best up and coming designers, craftspeople, artists, collectors and creative start-ups. Highly curated, with no two stalls the same, the market has an incredible variety of quality contemporary and vintage items including craft, art, design, jewellery, fashion, furniture, skincare, homeware, antiques and collectables. These all sit alongside Irish artisan food producers selling locally produced edible gifts and a café as well as entertainment such as musical performances and mulled wine.
- Christmas Special Panto Bus Tour
Monday 3rd December - Monday 24th December
The Bus That Stole Christmas is coming to December for a very special festive Panto!
Join Hidden Dublin Tours on a storytelling adventure, as you question if you've been good or bad, and see whether you can persuade the elves that your name should indeed be on Santa’s good list! You'll join two of Santa's elves on the Christmas Bus on a puzzling adventure to save the Magic of Christmas. Solve the clues, find the letters and prove that you believe in all the good that Christmas can bring in order to save Christmas. But be wary - some of the elves that may seem nice...might actually be naughty! "The letters are missing, and Santa is sick, we have to save Christmas for jolly old St. Nick!" The special Christmas Special Panto Bus will run from Monday 3rd to Monday 24th December, on the hour at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 6pm. Each tour will be 45 minutes start to finish, departing from 61 Upper O'Connell St (outside Flanagans Restaurant) and returns to the same spot. Tickets cost €15 per seat. Anyone over 2 years old must have their own seat, while under 2's can sit on laps. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Buy your ticket via their website here.
- 3Countdown Event New Year’s Eve 2018
Monday 31st December
As part of New Year’s Festival Dublin, MCD is proud to announce the 3Countdown Concert featuring Gavin James with special guests Hudson Taylor, Wild Youth & Inhaler! Now in its seventh year, New Year’s Festival Dublin (NYF Dublin) have announced 3 spectacular New Year’s Eve events to ring in 2019 in celebratory style. A Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council initiative, produced and promoted by MCD Productions, the festival will play host to a spectacular line up of Irish music and entertainment.
- The Moving Crib Returns
Tuesday 27th November - Sunday 6th January
Yet again, one of Dublin’s oldest treasures, The Moving Crib will be opening its doors this Christmas Season from the 27th of November. This is its 62nd year captivating generations of families. Children and adults alike and best of all it’s FREE! It’s history and old world charm is unchanged and has led to many describing it as a wonderful hidden gem in Dublin City and a real Dublin Institution that will give you a warm glow for the true meaning of Christmas. Don’t miss the wonderful Bray Gospel Choir whose passion for Gospel and Soul music is renowned and who will be performing here on Sunday 9th December
Saturday 1st December - Sunday 23rd December 2018
Santa arrives in Lullymore on Saturday 1 December and departs for the North Pole on Sunday 23 December 2018. A magical experience for both young and old is guaranteed as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland of family fun with some very special guests to entertain you along the way! Your 2018 Christmas visit will include: Visit to Santa and gift from Elves in workshop. Festive train trip – the road train "The Christmas Express" will take you on a magical trip through ancient woodlands, glassy lakes and a beautiful peatland landscape. Elf Hologram in new stone age house in woodland. Christmas fairy hologram in old style thatched cottage and make sure to visit the illuminated magical Fairy Bower. Visit the crib scene in the old style thatched cottage. Animals such as donkeys, goats and miniature horses will be in paddocks beside centre. Post your letter to Santa. Lullymore is the place to meet Santa and the merry gang of elf helpers - enjoy a truly traditional and memorable Christmas treat!
- Festival of Light Castlecomer
Friday 30th November - Monday 24th December 2018
A unique festival to celebrate community, creativity and Christmas. Be sure a visit to Castlecomer is on your wish list this Christmas. Kick start your Christmas with the family fun launch of the Festival of Light in Castlecomer on Friday 30 November. Make your own lantern and participate in The Parade of Light, watch Santa Claus as he lights up the Square, Castlecomer. Throughout December, wrap up warm and experience a magical Winter Wonderland located in the heart of The Discovery Park woodlands. Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and The Elves in the stunning festive igloos. Meet the talented makers at the Craft Yard Castlecomer Estate, and source unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate or a tasty sausage roll while you wander through the streets and enjoy the Magical Silhouettes in our windows. This event is part of Yulefest Kilkenny.
b) Yulefest Kilkenny Christmas Festival
Saturday 1st December - Sunday 6th January 2019
Easy to get to and easy to get around, explore all that Kilkenny has to offer in the seasonal programme, from family friendly, festive events to fine dining; customise your Christmas at Yulefest Kilkenny. Combine shopping with skating or browsing with brunch, see light installations, hear choirs, visit Santa or take a whirl in our vintage Victorian carousel. Sip hot chocolates or crafted cocktails against the backdrop of the atmospheric city. From gigs to Glüwein, singalongs to storm troopers, there’s something for everyone at Yulefest Kilkenny. Dip in and out of different weekly festive events. With a range of free and affordable events there’s something for everyone. Celebrate the season and create magical memories with a special Kilkenny Christmas. Meander through merry medieval streets, hear choirs sing whilst lights twinkle against a festive backdrop of seasonal installations. Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal surprises like fire performance artists, catch an exhibition or book in for a workshop!
Slane Distillery Christmas Market
Friday November 30th - Sunday 23rd December
Join us at Slane Distillery for our festive Christmas Markets throughout December. Our 250 years old stable courtyards will play host to a log cabin market with a variety of giftware and locally made artisan produce on offer, all for you to enjoy. Couple that with delicious food, live music, two unique bars and tours of our wonderful world class working whiskey distillery, where else would you want to be? Entry is FREE, so get in the festive SPIRIT and join us this Christmas at Slane Distillery! Visitors have the opportunity to pick up the perfect stocking filler, along with a little something for themselves. They will also have the chance to avail of a range of tasty food offerings available at the food trucks in the distillery, coupled with a Slane Winter Spiced Apple Punch, a warming Slane Irish Whiskey cocktail made with local Cockagee Cider for those feeling the winter chill.
- The Holly King
Saturday 1st December - Sunday 23rd December 2018
Open each Weekend in December from the 1st-23rd. In ancient times it was believed a seasonal battle took place between the Oak King in the Summer and the Holly King in the Winter. Trees were sacred to the Celts as they saw them as a force which took care of life on earth. Their most sacred tree was the Oak known as “Crann Bethadh” the Tree of Life. They called the Oak tree duir/doire which is where we get our word door from, as they were an entry point to great wisdom and knowledge and the first language in Ireland Ogham was a tree alphabet. Fore, the town of the springs, in North Westmeath is an ancient place close to Lough Derravaragh “The Lake of the Oaks” home to the Children of Lir and is an ideal location to visit The Holly King in. A visit to The Holly King this Christmas in his indoor sacred grove at Fore will be an unique natural experience where children will learn about trees, receive as a gift, an Oak Tree sapling, a Candy Cane treat and get to make a Christmas wish. You are free to take your own pictures of the visit. The visit is suitable for children over 4 years and the grove is located below the stone cut Fore Abbey tearooms, which will also be open for refreshments. You can also enjoy a walk around the 13th Century Fore Abbey or take the 3km Fore Abbey Trail where there is an Oak plantation. This Christmas get a gift that will last for 200 years.
- Wexford Winterland Festival
Saturday 24th November - Sunday 6th January 2019
The Wexford Winterland Festival brings the magic of Christmas to Wexford Town. The whole family can take part in the action packed programme of events which includes The Winterland Parade and The Christmas Express. Also, get your skates on and twirl, jump, pirouette, or glide around the rink at Wexford on Ice which will have stability aids on-hand for less experienced skaters. Wander through The Enchanted Forest, The Elves’ Village, The Workshop and Santa’s Reindeer Stables before meeting Santa Claus himself at Santa’s North Pole Experience and with dedicated sensory friendly sessions available at Wexford on Ice and Santa’s North Pole Experience, along with wheelchair family skate sessions, there really is something for everyone at Wexford Winterland Festival. Soak in the festive atmosphere of the Christmas light-illuminated streets of Wexford Town when the Wexford Winterland Festival takes over for Christmas in Wexford 2018.
b) Wexford on Ice
Saturday 24th November - Sunday 6th January 2019
Wexford On Ice is a great way for the whole family to experience the magic of Christmas in Wexford Town this festive season. The ice-rink is housed in an all-weather marquee, so it doesn’t matter if the rain is lashing or the wind is howling, you’ll be able to skate your entire Torvill and Dean routine undisturbed. The rink is situated, for the first time, on Wexford Quay. There will be skating sessions starting on the hour, with stability aids provided for new skaters, so there’s no need to be afraid to try if you’re a novice on the blades. There will also be family skating sessions each Saturday morning for those with special needs taking place between 10am and 11am free of charge. There really is no excuse not to literally and metaphorically get your skates on and get down to Wexford On Ice this Christmas.
Wicklow Christmas Market
Saturday 8th December - Saturday 22nd December
Wicklow Christmas Market is set within the magical Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town featuring traditional German style stalls, workshops, Alpaca experience, artisan food, live music, funfair craft market, Santa Claus. Open on December 8, 9, 15, 16 and 22nd from 12 noon-18:00.
- GLOW – A Cork Christmas Celebration 2018
Friday 30th November - Saturday 22nd December
Join us for the return of GLOW 2018. Visit our festive installation in Bishop Lucey Park, soar high above Cork on a giant Ferris wheel and indulge in our festive market and entertainment on the Grand Parade this Christmas. Glow will take place on: Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December, Friday 7th December to Sunday 9th December,
Friday 14th December to Sunday 16th December, Thursday 20th December to Saturday 22nd December. The Ferris Wheel will open each day from 12 noon to 9pm from Friday, 30th November 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019.
b) Believe at Fota Island Resort
Saturday 24th November - Sunday 23rd December
First you Believed, Wished, Imagined, Discovered and then you went Beyond. This winter SEEK out the magic deep within at Fota Island Resort. Now in its sixth year, the gorgeous woodlands at Fota Island Resort are set to be transformed into an exciting and magical Christmas experience for the whole family. The wondrous wintertime journey runs from 24th November to 23rd December and as always, the details of the Christmas experience are a surprise, but guests can expect plenty of festive magic, snowy surprises and yuletide cheer as they find the magic hidden deep within the woods at Fota Island Resort.
The Christmas in Killarney Magic Parade!
Saturday 26th Nov 1st Dec, 8th Dec, 15th Dec, 22nd December
We are so excited to present the Big Opening Christmas in Killarney Parade & Turning on of Christmas Lights! Santa is being very generous with his time this Christmas by agreeing to take part in not one but 5 parades before he Jets back to Lapland to finalize his naughty or nice list! The Opening Parade is taking place on Saturday, November 24th @ 6pm.
Christmas at the Milk Market 2018
Wednesday 28th November - Monday 31st December
Christmas at the Milk Market 2018 features artisan, local and seasonal food, charity Santa Claus, a Youth Christmas Market, handmade and Christmas crafts, Christmas décor, local fashion, Santa letter service, Christmas craft fair, choirs and local musicians.
Saturday 17th November - Sunday 23rd December 2018
Attracting over 500,000 visitors each year, Waterford City transforms into a magical winter wonderland for the duration of Winterval. New attractions include Enchanted Christmas, a brand-new Santa experience and the free 12 Days of Christmas attraction, taking place across Waterford city. There will also be a wonderful new Christmas attraction by the award-winning street arts and spectacle company, Spraoi, at Wyse Park. Winterval welcomes back Winterval Illuminates, fantastic markets, selfie stations, the Winterval Express Train and Sleigh, and a 600 sqm ice rink at the Waterside car park with Winterval on Ice. Other highlights include the Waterford Eye, the iconic Big Wheel on Merchants Quay. A giant post box for Santa letters, situated at The Apple Market, will see free special performances from the Waterford Academy of Music and Arts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon during the festival.
Admission: Free - €15
b) Enchanted Garden - Winter Light Festival
Monday 7th December - Monday 31st December 2018
The magic begins as you walk through the entrance gates and you are immediately transported into a world of light and wonderment. The dazzling laser beam display on Tramore House and a beautifully lit magnolia tree surrounded by candlelight guide you on your way. The transition garden twinkles as lighted pathways take you through the garden towards the grotto with its sparkling waterfall of light and spellbinding music. Adults are mesmerised by the whole experience, while children of all ages are enchanted as they make their way through this magical winter wonderland. Meet the Winter Fairy in the Fairy Dome and on your way to and from the Enchanted Garden, follow the Elf and Fairy Trail through Tramore Town Centre. Fairies and elves to be found in the windows and doors. Enjoy Gluhwein and hot chocolate by the fire. This event is magical for all who visit adults and children alike.
Galway Continental Christmas Market
Friday 16th November - Saturday 22nd December 2018
The Galway Continental Christmas Market makes its return to the City Of The Tribes from 6pm on Friday 16th November until Saturday 22nd December 2018. The Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 350,000 visitors last year and there were more than 50 wooden chalets located Eyre Square along with the Santa's Grotto, the German Bier Keller numerous other theatrical delights throughout the four week fair. The 2018 Christmas Market is the ninth year of the market in Galway and visitors can expect to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and stalls located in Eyre Square in Galway City centre. This year will feature amusement rides including a 32 metre high Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel along with live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events will feature. Once again, Santa's Grotto will be run by local charities and the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the Market's duration. Food lovers can feast on a bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels or confectionery, crêpes and waffles, while beer lovers can sample a stein at the German Bierkeller, offering a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine. The 2018 Market will also feature artisan food products and Christmas gift ideas from both local and European traders.
The Mistletoe Market and Frosty Ale Fest
Saturday 8th December - Sunday 9th December
The Mistletoe Market and Frosty Ale Fest will take place from Saturday 8th December to Sunday 9th December in the Military Quarter, off Pearse Street and beside the Market Square from 12 pm to 7 pm. It is a European Style Market where the decorated stalls will showcase all their best local traditional crafts and artisan foods. It will be a feast for the senses! There will be carol singers, festive tunes and Santa will wait for children in his Grotto. The Frosty Ale Fest will return this year. The event will introduce visitors to the flavours of the craft beer made in Mayo and surrounds.
Strandhill People’s Christmas Market
Friday December 14th & 21st, Sunday December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Up to 20,000 people are expected to visit the annual Christmas celebrations at SPM from December 1st – 22nd. Artisan food and craft producers from all over the west will descend on the village for the seven festive markets throughout the month. You’ll be pleased to hear that the hugely popular night markets are making a return. They will be opening from 5pm -9pm every Friday in December while the day markets will run every Sunday from 11-4pm.
The Enniskillen Castle Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 15th December
Enniskillen Castle Christmas Craft Fair will showcase a wide range of bespoke craft items created by craft designer-makers and artists from the Fermanagh & Omagh District. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 15th December 2018 during the hours of 11am – 5pm. The fair will take place in the historical Enniskillen Castle & the event aims to attract a large number of visitors looking for that special gift or purchase. The Enniskillen Castle Christmas Craft Fair aims to promote emerging artists & artisans from the local craft industry. It is the event of choice for many makers and artists as no imported or bought in work is allowed at the event, with all of the goods on display being handmade in the Fermanagh & Omagh District
Thursday 13th December - Sunday 16th December
Have yourself a Derry little Christmas at the Winterland Market with food stalls, festive bar serving craft and artisan drinks, live music and for the kids-a special appearance from arctic polar creature Bjorn the Bear!
- Christmas Twilight Market
Tuesday 11th December - Wednesday 12th December.
Visitors can sample local food, drink and craft stalls, as well as enjoy a programme of live entertainment and cookery demonstrations against a spectacular backdrop of twinkling twilights. Please note: all of our Twilight Market events are strictly over 18s after 9pm.
b) Ballycastle Christmas Artisan Market
Sunday 9th December
Naturally North Cost and Glens will kick-start the festivities with a seasonally sensational and spectacular Christmas Market in the Marine Hotel, so pop the date in the diary and bring your family and friends along to enjoy the start of the Christmas fun. You never know the big man himself might event make an appearance!! A fabulous festive fanfare is in store for all, the market will be festooned with artisan treats galore, quirky gift ideas, aromas of mulled wine, sumptuous hand crafted treats and more. Filled to bursting with eclectic treasures, delicious seasonal temptations and quirky handcrafted gifts from the very finest artisans. So why not come along and enjoy a sensational start to the festive season? Everyone’s welcome.
c) Lisburn Light Festival
Thursday 22nd November - Friday 25th January 2019
Share the Magic of the Season at Lisburn Light Festival. Over one million lights will illuminate the City Centre with a spectacular Light Canopy, glimmering the length of Bow Street. Experience our dazzling 40 foot Christmas Tree in Market Square and get into the festive spirit as you dance on the interactive light floor below glistening disco balls. The amazing light attractions truly will fill you with festive cheer as you enjoy extended late night opening hours in shops and eateries. Don't miss the amazing calendar of events and entertainment which will run during Lisburn Light Festival. A fantastic line up of FREE events not to be missed!
d) Belfast Christmas Market
Saturday 17th November 2018 - Saturday 22nd December 2018
The popular Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall and offers an authentic feast of quality Christmas international cuisine alongside a carefully curated mix of handcrafted goods and bespoke artisan products. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Belfast City Hall, Belfast Christmas Market in the heart of the city is the perfect pit stop for coach parties, day-trippers and city shoppers, offering a unique and exciting festive experience. If culinary delights are a passion, enjoy a warming mug of hot Glühwein, feast on a hog roast, indulge in some mouth-watering Belgian chocolates, baklava, crepes and specialty cheeses, or savour the delicate flavours of meats from across the continent, all in an atmosphere overflowing with Christmas cheer. Local producers make up over 40% of the market, selling a variety of tasty treats and products: lobster burgers from celebrated local restaurateurs Mourne Seafood, men's grooming products from the quirky Belfast Beard Company and even ice-cream from the famous North Belfast family run company Rossi's. Experience the outdoor food court and indulge in a spot of people watching or enjoy the Continental Bar and Lavery's traditional Irish Bar where you can hear some great live music.
e) Christmas at St George’s Market
Friday 21st December 2018 - Sunday 30th December 2018
While Santa spreads his festive cheer, the traders will bear treats for one and all. From locally grown ingredients for that mouth-watering Christmas feast to one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for that perfect treat. And you can count on a cracker selection of live performances from local musicians to help get you in the festive mood, while the children’s activities will help add a touch of magic to your little one’s Christmas experience.
The Festive Yuletide Fair
Saturday 15th December
This event will feature up to 50 sellers of beautiful artisan crafts, vintage & antique items and much more, including fashion accessories, jewellery, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, art and photography, health and beauty, artisan food, Christmas decor and gifts, & much more besides! Everything you will need to complete ticking off those Christmas gift lists!
A Yuletide Evening in with the Celts
Friday 7th December
Experience a peaceful Mid Winter’s evening with the Celts during this period of ritual, reflection and renewal. Listen to stories and learn of Celtic customs associated with this time of year before the customary fire cleansing. You are also invited to participate in the Yule Log Ceremony, traditionally lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year. Live, relaxing music and light seasonal refreshments are sure to get you in the spirit. Pre-booking is essential.