It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a short city break, or a full week or two away. Dublin glitters in all its glory this time of year and you will not be disappointed. The Irish capital is more alive than ever and there are few cities in Ireland which seem to capture the magic of Christmas quite like Dublin. If you’re thinking about spending a bit of Christmas in Dublin, here are a few activities you and your family are sure to enjoy.

Noël – Mornington Singers Christmas Concert 2019

For a hearty dose of Christmas spirit look no further than the Noël concert performed by the prestigious Mornington Singers. Held against the cinematic backdrop of Christ Church Cathedral, this is bound to be a postcard-quality Christmas experience.

Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin’s most impressive ancient cathedral set in the heart of Dublin city. Founded c.1030 is a lasting example of medieval architecture in the capital and oozes character and history, making it an ideal location for such a momentous performance.

Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 2, Ireland.

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THE Christmas Craft Fair 2019

Christmas Craft Fair Throughout history, the Irish have been known as some of the most creative, artistic and resourceful people in the world, proudly carrying their Celtic tradition from hundreds of years ago right through to today. There has never been a better time to view the talented creations of Ireland’s finest than the Christmas craft fair at the Trinity bar area in Dublin. Although there will be lots for grownups (including goods like jewellery, knitwear, soaps, cakes, paintings, cards, clothing, framed photography, wood turning, pottery, hats and totally unique hand crafted goodies), you can expect lots of fun for kids too! Toys in abundance, face painting and lots of sugary goodies.

Location: Trinity bar area in Dublin.

Santa Special Train 2019

For those looking to give the little ones the ride of their lives this Christmas season, the Santa Special Train is just the ticket. The Santa Special is a return journey by vintage train, with an on-board visit from Santa and selection boxes for children. There will be plenty of opportunity for photographs with the man in red beside the train.

There will be music and singing. The train will have a dining car servicing teas, coffees and light. Plus we have a full bar service, including drought beer and a craft beer selection.

Location: Santa Special Train, Connolly Train Station, Dublin 1, Ireland.

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Ice Skating Blanchardstown 2019

Check out Dublin’s best ice-skating rink this holiday season in Blanchardstown. The rink is 1,000 square metres offering space for all levels of skaters to let loose and have fun. There is also the kid’s rink for ages 3-10 years, as well as the “Penguin Club” which helps little ones take to the ice.

Only moments from Blanchardstown, this ice skating rink is considered the best in Dublin so book in advance – preferably online as it is considerably cheaper – to avoid disappointment.

Location: Ice Skating Blanchardstown, Millennium Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland.

The Christmas Mood at Dublin Castle

Christmas at Dublin Castle Meet and greet with your favourite characters, listen to storytelling, see the traditional craft fair and hear the choir sing. To get you well and truly into the festive mood, be sure to visit Dublin Castle. Children will even get the chance to meet Santa himself at Dublin castle and have the chance to post their letter, right there and then. Dublin castle kicks of its festivities on November 30th and runs right through the December 22nd.

Location: Dublin Castle

Whatever you decide to do this Christmas, Dublin city is simply a hub for all things Christmas. There is so much to do and see for all the family, it will be a perfect Christmas experience. Stay close to Dublin city center to avoid travelling in and out and place your family at the forefront of all the Christmas magic.