Things to do in the capital this Christmas

With the lights switched on in the city centre, the Late Late Toy Show done and dusted, and the DCU MPS 24 Hour Broadcast just around the corner, it really is the season to be jolly. Dublin promises to be a hub of activity and excitement in the run up to the festive season.

On December 5th & 6th, Smock Alley Christmas Fayre will see the theatre’s spectacular Banquet Hall brimming with market stalls selling everything from crafts and jewellery to clothing and books. There will also be readings by lamplight and Christmas film screenings of Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life.

For 28 days in the lead-up to Christmas from November 26th until December 23rd the I BELIEVE Christmas Village will ignite the Christmas spirit at Custom House Quarter in the heart of the city. There will be a magical world-class Christmas Village market experience which focuses on Irish food, drink, craft, design and horticulture.

Get your skates on because Ice Skating Blanchardstown is back again this year at the Millennium Park beside the Blanchardstown Centre. Dundrum on Ice is also set to return to Dundrum Town Centre.

If you want to connect with your inner child, pantomime season is just around the corner and there are plenty of shows to tickle your fancy in the capital this Christmas. Freezin’ the Panto is set to grace the stage at the Olympia, Little Red Riding Hood will run at the Gaiety, while Jack and the Beanstalk is at the Helix and Beauty and the Beast is at the Tivoli. Mary Poppins the musical runs at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and it promises to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

So dust down your Christmas jumper because it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Alison Spillane

Image Credit: Chai Brady

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