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A Merry Irish Christmas

For any visitors to Dublin this Christmas, you’ll be in for a treat, because for a spot of festive cheer, with a real cosy and friendly vibe, you couldn’t do much better than a visit to the Emerald Isle’s premier spot. You can book your Dublin hotel with HotelDirect.co.uk

Dublin isn’t just a city, because cities generally have an unfriendly, occasionally cold atmosphere, and Dublin certainly isn’t that kind of place; you’ll find plentiful activities to occupy your time, as well as sights to see. Having said that, Christmas is one of those times of year where money seems to drain out of our pockets like sand out of a timer, but there are plenty of inexpensive activities you can enjoy, and if you’re clever with your accommodation options, then you will find you don’t come away after Christmas feeling like you need a lottery win to get you into January!

So, if you’re planning on heading over the Irish Sea this Christmas, what can you look forward to?

Christmas lights

This is one of those inexpensive activities we were talking about, because unless you happen to go into a shop or buy a drink, it’s free! Henry Street Christmas lights and Powerscourt Centre Christmas lights are epic, but for sheer scale and awe, head to Grafton Street, and remember your camera!


Head to St Patrick’s Cathedral for the Peter McVerry Trust’s Christmas carol concert in early December, however if you miss this then you’ll find plenty of church services where you can enjoy a spot of hymn singing, whilst appreciating the true meaning of Christmas, nearer the big day.

Visit Santa

If you’re heading to Dublin with kids, the St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre is your destination, where your little ones can meet the big man himself, and hand in their Christmas list. Have they been good this year?

Dublin Zoo

If you fancy saying Merry Christmas to the inhabitants of the zoo, then had to Phoenix Park in the centre of the city. Get wrapped up against the cold and enjoy a crisp wander around.

St Stephen’s Green Christmas Market

There’s nothing more festive than a Christmas market with food and drink to keep you warm against the elements, and plenty of Christmas presents to buy as you wander around, with plenty of choice on the 60 or so stalls! You don’t have to spend a fortune to soak up the atmosphere.

“It’s behind you!”

Panto is probably one of the staples of the festive season, and The Gaiety is your destination for a spot of ‘boo hiss’, and ‘oh no it isn’t!’ Pre-book your seats to avoid disappointment, although you might be lucky on the day if you head to the Box Office.

A strange tradition

On Christmas Day it’s tradition to head to Forty Foot, and dive into the freezing cold depths of the Irish Sea for a refreshing festive swim! Whether you partake or not, which probably depends on how crazy you are not, it’s certainly a fantastic sight to see!

A Christmas night out

Temple Bar is your spot for fantastic night-life in whatever guise you fancy, be it an old fashioned Irish sing-along with a pint of Guinness, a party the night away club, or a hot toddy in front of a roaring fire kind of pub vibe. Whatever you fancy, you’ll find it.

A merry Irish Christmas!


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