Are you sitting at home twiddling your thumbs? Wondering what Dublin could possibly offer you this December? Fear not!
I know that we’re already a few days into this Christmas month, but there are so many great and curious things on in Dublin city at the moment that I couldn’t resist putting together a short list.
Here are a few events and happenings that might tickle your fancy and not all are Christmas specific!
December 8th – 10th
Poetry Ireland Pop-Up Christmas Shop
11 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Expect an Aladdin’s Cave of literary-leaning gifts and creative goodies from leading Irish publishers, theatres, designers, photographers and musicians. There’ll also be mulled wine and festive treats to nibble on while you browse. So come along, escape the hordes, and support local artists this Christmas.
Products on offer will include gorgeous publications, gift memberships and subscriptions, art and photographic prints, Christmas cards and albums from Poetry Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, Irish Heritage Trust, The Landmark Trust, Abbey Theatre, The Ark, Blackstaff, Niamh Flanagan, The Gallery Press, Gate Theatre, Gorse, Little Island, Lisa Lambe, The O’Brien Press, Paula McGloin, The Moth, Hugh O’Conor and more.
Vocalist Lisa Lambe will also perform in the space on 10 December at 1pm, so Saturday shoppers will be in for a treat!
More details can be found here.
Two Fairies and a Jar of Summer Lights
James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin
Presenting a unique event of contemporary music created for children by The Iride Project, a duo of musician and composer Massimo Davi and poet and performer Monica Miuccio! Part of the Association of Irish Composers Other Directions concert series, this piece explores the many facets of contemporary music in Ireland, supported by Arts Council Ireland.
This electroacoustic fairytale is written by Monica Miuccio, narrated by Bernard Clarke and supported by live electronics. Words are revealed through sound as an innovative way of telling a story that introduces the children to electroacoustic music.
Tickets from €9.11, you can find out more here.
December 9th – 11th
Dublin Christmas Flea Market
The Point Village Shopping Centre
Last minute shopping, anyone? Back again at The Point Village shopping centre with over 100 stalls, this market will probably have something for someone.
Friday 9 Dec 12pm – 7pm
Saturday 10 Dec 11pm – 6pm
Sunday 11 Dec 11pm – 6pm
Aware Christmas Run!
Over 2,500 people take part in the Aware Christmas Run every year to raise funds for the organisation’s depression support, education and information services.
Last year over €80,000 was raised to help maintain and develop Aware’s vital services which thousands of people across Ireland benefit from each year. The Aware team will be there to cheer you on all the way!
Tickets to participate are from €27.25, more details here.
Elf Screening with… Santa!
The Sugar Club
Is smiling your favourite? Come out and hang with Buddy for a screening of Elf. If you’re coming you can expect to sit on Santa’s knee, eat the elves’ four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Decorate your own gingerbread, drink syrup cocktails, play make-and-do with your own Christmas decorations, and perhaps even hold hands or snuggle all while watching your favourite Elf.
For inner children only! Over 18s event. Tickets from €9.87. More info here.
Creating History Tour
National Gallery of Ireland
Creating History is the National Gallery of Ireland’s principal contribution to the Decade of Centenaries. This event by art historian Arran Hendrson, on the evening of Thursday 15th December, is a guided discussion, exploring the artworks, the historic events they depict and the time they were produced in, and for.
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'Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art' is our autumn exhibition, now open on level one. Admission free. (Image shows detail from Charles Russell (1852-1910), 'The O'Connell Centenary Celebrations', 1875. © NGI) #CreatingHistoryIRL #irishart #irishhistory #decadeofcentenaries
The tour starts at 6pm sharp, tickets from €16.55, more information here.
A Glórious Christmas
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Christmas and choirs, yes please! Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir return to their festive home of St Patrick’s Cathedral for their usual mix of yuletide favourites, Glória classics and some new carols which we know you will love! Doors at 7:30pm.
Tickets from €15, you can buy them here.
Celine Byrne: Home for Christmas
The Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Christmas always reminds us of CAROLS and angelic song, and what better way to get in the spirit than to head to see someone who has an outstanding and beautiful voice. Celine Byrne is an Irish Soprano whose captivating performances have won her universal acclaim – her voice is simply stunning.
Celine will perform the best-known and loved operatic arias along with some seasonal favourites, including, of course, O Holy Night. Joined by the Festive Orchestra under the direction of Conductor David Brophy, together they will perform arias such as Un bel Di from Madame Butterfly and the famous Jewel Song from Faust.
Tickets range from €28.50 – €75 and are available from Ticketmaster.
City of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival
DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7
Slí an Chroí and Smashing Times Theatre Company, supported by Grangegorman Public Art and Dublin City Council will be hosting the 7th annual City of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival on Wednesday December 21st from 6 to 8pm.
Indoor Festival: 6-7pm, DIT Grangegorman Campus
The gathering begins. All are welcome to come and enjoy storytelling sessions, poetry readings, face painting and craft making to work on masks, banners and wreaths for the parade.
Outdoor Festival and Parade Assembly: 7pm, An Croí – DIT Grangegorman Campus
Parade assembles at 7pm and starts at 7.10pm, moving from DIT Grangegorman Campus to Smithfield Square and culminates in the Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony.
This family festival is a colourful gathering of local communities with national and international visitors celebrating the Winter Solstice! See more here.
Irish Cuddle Salon
Common Ground, Beverly Studios, Church Terrace, Bray (South Dublin)
Let’s face it, 2016 has been a difficult year. What better way to end it than with the warm, friendly and fun human connection of a cuddle party? Join Cuddle Party Ireland to say goodbye (or good riddance!) to the past and co-create a new, brighter and warmer future together.
But wait, what’s a cuddle party? “A Cuddle Party is a non-sexual, experiential, consensual touch and communication event – part workshop, part social gathering. It is an opportunity for you to experiment with and practice consensual, non-sexual touch in a safe, comfortable environment facilitated by an experienced and certified touch professional”
Price: €20-€25, sliding scale (please give what you are able and feel comfortable with to support this work). Tickets here.
Please note: We have no affiliation with any of these events, they just sounded like they could be very enjoyable or fascinating to attend!