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What: Solstice Sunrise Swim
When: Saturday, 21 December, 8am
Where: Seapoint Beach, Dublin
Admission: Free
Join our third seasonal dip into the Irish Sea at the Sunrise Sea Swim on the Winter Solstice. Connect with nature and our growing community at this great event! This Sunrise Sea Swim will most likely be our coldest to date - both in and out of the water - so be sure to wrap up warm. (Wetsuits are very welcome – no judgement!)
There will be shore support, but please note everyone swims and dips at their own risk. Our first priorities are having fun and everyone being safe!
There will be coffee - please bring reusable cups and some snacks to share around.
What: Family Friendly Art Tour
When: Sunday, 22 December, 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Where: National Galley of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin
Admission: Free
Every Sunday we have free family friendly tours of the Gallery! These adventures are specially designed for younger audiences and their aim is to make the artworks fun and engaging for kids. Families and visitors of all ages are welcome. To take part – just meet your guide at the Merrion Square desk, no booking required!
What: Seisiúin Cheoil
When: Saturday, 21 December, 9.30pm
Where: Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Orchard Road, Clontarf, Dublin 22
Admission: Free
Looking for a Traditional Irish Music Session in a unique and memorable setting? Then look no further than the Seisiúin Cheoil at Áras Chrónáin Ionad Cultúrtha! Beidh caint, comhluadar, craic agus ceol ó 9.30pm ar aghaidh. Tá fáilte romhat.
What: Outdoor Movie Night: The Grinch, Kildare
When: Saturday, 21 December, 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Where: The Court Yard Hotel, Main St. Leixlip, Co. Kildare
Admission: Free
Following the success of our Halloween screening we’ve got a Christmas for the whole family! Pop down to our Festive Outdoor Movie Night for a screening of the modern Christmas classic The Grinch. It’s bound to put even the biggest Scrooge in the festive spirit!

What: Butler House Christmas Garden Experience, Kilkenny
When: Saturday, 21 December, 9am - 5pm
Where: Butler House, 16 Patrick Street, Kilkenny,
Admission: Children €10. No booking necessary.
The magic of our timeless Christmas Garden will enchant you and your family. The kids will love the toy soldiers, reindeer, frosty winter pond and our new Butler House miniature train! At dusk the garden transforms as the light installations come to life. Glittering trees will lead you to our Christmas Post Office where you will find Santa has left a magic post-box for all his letters that go straight to the North Pole. Take an "Elfie" with friends in Santa's sleigh or even meet the big man himself in his outdoor grotto.
What: Winter Solstice at Newgrange
When: Saturday, 21 December, site opens 7am
Where: Newgrange, Donore, Meath
Admission: Free
Experience one of Ireland’s most historical landmarks at the most beautiful time of the year. Once you get to Newgrange, there will be a queue on the road but everyone will be allowed on site from 8.30am (once it begins to get light) until 9.30am. Sunrise is at 8.54am. There is no charge to go on site. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience.
What: Candlelit Solstice Yoga Class, Louth
When: Saturday, 21 December, 8am - 9am
Where: Oriel Yoga and Pilates
Admission: Free. Donations welcome.
Join us for a one-hour candlelit Yoga Class. Suitable for all, this class is open to everyone and all money collected will go to charity. Experience incredible energy and the positive vibrations at the most magic time of the year!
What: Kids Christmas Cupcake Class, Clare
When: Saturday, 21 December, 3pm - 4.30pm
Where: Irish Crafts, Doolin
Admission: €5
Take part in a fun, festive workshop for creative kids. In the class we'll learn how to decorate Christmas Cupcakes and each child will get to take home 2 spectacular cupcakes!
What: Create a Christmas Mural, Limerick
When: Saturday, 21 December, 11am - 3pm
Where: Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland St, Limerick
Admission: Free
Housing over 2,500 artifacts from both Ireland and abroad, the Hunt Museum includes works by Picasso, Yeats and Gauguin. This Christmas, come visit and help us create our Christmas Mural. All ages welcome and free entry for all children.
What: Christmas in Killarney Mini Parade
When: Saturday, 21 December, 6 pm
Where: Across East Ave Road, College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street and New Street
Admission: Free
This Mini Parade festival featuring floats and fun aims to bring a little Christmas magic to the streets of Killarney. Starting at 6 pm and run by the local community, the Christmas in Killarney festival is looking forward to welcoming you!
What: Pyjama Party, Tipperary
When: Saturday, 21 December, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Where: Tipperary Excel Heritage Centre, Mitchell Street, Tipperary
Admission: €10
Join our Annual Pyjama Party for a fun, festive screening of the Christmas classic, Home Alone. So throw on your PJs, don a fluffy cap, bring a blanket and don’t forget teddy!
What: Art Workshop and Guided Tour, Cork
When: Sunday 22 December, 2-3.30pm
Where: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
Admission: Free
Take a well-earned rest from the busy streets for some FREE festive fun and Christmas creativity at the Crawford Art Gallery.

2pm - 3.30pm
Julie Kelleher’s ART WORKSHOP will be creating Christmas characters and fashioning decorative silhouettes and other festive images! Join us for a flurry of colourful colouring, cutting and creation.
Michael Waldron’s GUIDED TOUR will explore the new exhibition, MYSTERY & IMAGINATION, and delve into the creative imagination of one of Ireland’s best-loved artists, Harry Clarke.
What: Christmas Lunchtime Recital Series, Waterford
When: Saturday, 21 December, 2-4pm
Where: House of Waterford Crystal, 28 The Mall, Waterford
Admission: Free
Grab a coffee and then relax and unwind with one of 20 free lunchtime recitals featuring local musicians. Brought to you by Project Music and House of Waterford Crystal, this Lunchtime Recital Series will take place in the splendid surroundings of the House of Waterford Crystal showroom.
What: Dickens' A Christmas Carol - An Evening of Story and Song, Galway
When: Saturday, 21 December, 8pm - 11pm
Where: All Saints Heritage Centre, An Fhairche, Clonbur, Co. Galway
Admission: Adults €10, €5 Children
Marvel at a thrilling retelling of the timeless Christmas tale of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Plus we’ll have Christmas treats and beverages to help everyone celebrate this most magical time of year. Join us for this dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and let your voice sing out when the choir starts singing Christmas carols!
What: Ballina Santa Run4Fun
When: Sunday, 22 December, 11am-12pm
Where: Starts at Ballina Town Soccer Club, Ballina Town, Mayo
Admission: Adults €10, Children €5
Take part in this family friendly Run4Fun and help a great cause! There will be a 5k for adults as well as a 1.5k kids run and, to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, the first 200 participants will receive medals! The fun run will start from Ballina Town Soccer Club at 11 am and all proceeds will go to River Moy Search and Rescue.
What: Sligo Cathedral Annual Christmas Carol Service
When: Sunday, 22 December, 8.15pm - 9pm
Where: Sligo Cathedral, Temple Street, Sligo, Ireland
Admission: Free
The joy-filled candlelit Annual Service of Readings and Carols will take place in our magnificent Cathedral on Sunday. Featuring the celebrated Sligo Cathedral Choir the doors open at 8pm. Family and child friendly this event is welcome to all!
What: Belfast Flea Christmas Market
When: Sunday, 22 December, 2pm - 8pm
Where: Sunflower Public House and Live Music, 65 Union Street, Belfast
Admission: Free
The Belfast Flea gets Christmassy with visiting DJs, live music, Christmas movies, Christmas pizzas, mulled wine and minced pies. Best of all there will be over 25 of the best bits and bobs everyone needs for that last minute stocking filler! Come for a drink or even to just find out what a Christmas pizza looks like.
What: It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas Charity Screening, Donegal
When: Sunday, 22 December, 6pm - 9pm
Where: Regional Cultural Centre, Cove Hill, Port Road, Letterkenny
Admission: Free. Donations welcome.
Take part in our annual Christmas Film Screening in aid of the local St. Vincent de Paul branch. This year’s Christmas classic is the cinematic masterpiece, It’s A Wonderful Life. Join us at 6 pm for mince pies, mulled wine and live Christmas music followed by the Jimmy Stewart starring main event at 7pm!
Booking is not required but be sure to arrive early to guarantee a seat. Donations taken at the door.
What: Causeway Speciality Christmas Market, Derry
When: Saturday, 21 December, 9am - 4pm
Where: Causeway Speciality Market Coleraine, The Diamond, Coleraine, Derry
Admission: Free
Check out this extra special Christmas edition of the Causeway Speciality Market with a variety of stalls on the day, as well as tea, coffee and festive treats. Come one, come all and get into the Christmas spirit!
What:  Christmas at the Ulster American Folk Park, Tyrone
When: All weekend, 11am - 4pm
Where: Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown Omagh, Tyrone
Admission: Adults £9, Children over 5 £5.50, Children under 5 go free.
Step back in time to explore a 19th century Christmas in rural Ulster and Pioneer America. Discover the origin of a number of mid-winter customs, taste home-baked fruit loaf or soda bread, learn about how traditional Christmas decorations are made and have a go at making your own paper and popcorn chains to decorate your tree.
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