December is a great time to visit the nation’s capital. It gives you a chance to explore at your own pace, avoiding the summer crowds & queues and enjoying Dublin at a slower pace -just make sure you bring a good winter coat! Aside from the obvious -giving and receiving presents, eating to excess and shopping until we drop –Dublin has so much more than you would expect. Read our guide to the ultimate Christmas in Dublin for inspiration for your festive break.
Historically Dublin doesn’t have an annual Christmas Market but in the last few years, we’ve seen more and more pop up, from small gatherings at the Guinness Storehouse to a full-on Christmas market set up at Dublin Castle. You’ll often find impromptu markets in local and community halls, car parks and the traditional stalls along the middle of one of the main shopping streets in the city, Henry St. Book free tickets for the Dublin Castle Market, running from 8th to 21st December, on their website soon to avoid disappointment. Aside from markets, Dublin has some of the best Christmas shopping options in Europe with huge designer names sitting alongside tiny boutiques and independent shops.
Panto in Dublin
Panto has been a tradition for families and groups in Ireland for as long as we can remember. We’re spoiled for choice in Dublin with shows ranging from small community and family events to large scale, theatre-style performances. Buy tickets to see The Little Mermaid in The Gaiety Theatre, Olly Polly and The Beanstalk in the 3Olympia Theatre, Red Riding Hood in The Helix or Aladdin in the National Stadium. You’re always guaranteed riotous comedy, excellent costumes and scripts, jokes that go way over little heads and plenty of ‘he’s behind you!’.
Christmas Lights in Dublin
The Christmas Lights in Dublin are worth travelling for. Every corner, laneway and window in the city turn into an illuminated wonderland. Enjoy a stroll down Grafton Street with a warming hot chocolate and admire the thousands of twinkling Christmas lights while busy shoppers mill around trying to pick up ‘the last few bits’. Make sure to stop and admire the iconic Brown Thomas shop windows which are more impressive every year.
Wild Lights Dublin Zoo
For an extra special festive activity, book a visit to Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo this Christmas. From 28th of October 2021 until Sunday, 9th January 2022, the already magical Dublin Zoo turns into an illuminated Winter Wonderland with hundreds of lights and lanterns taking us on a very special journey. This year the theme is ‘around the world’ and guests will be treated to sculptures of some of the most iconic landmarks from around the globe. It’s become a tradition for families and groups in the past few years and promises to be a highlight of Christmas in Dublin.
There’s no place like home at Christmas and if you book a stay in PREMIER SUITES Sandyford, we have the next best thing. Our Suites offer visitors a home from home experience with all of the space, facilities and comfort you’d expect from your own home. Our special offers allow guests to explore the city like a local.
Book our ‘Christmas is better when families are together’ offer and make up for lost time with your loved one with plenty of space for parents, children, grandparents and everyone in between. You can enjoy a late check out and some welcome gifts on us to help you settle in.
Our Making Memories Christmas offer is ideal if you love discovering new places, making memories with your loved ones. Each of our PREMIER SUITES properties is conveniently located close to the city centre of its city, easily reachable by public transport.
If you love a bargain, keep an eye on our websites on Black Friday – 26th of November –for an exclusive special offer that is only available when you book direct. PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments Dublin are looking forward to being a small part of your favourite Christmas Memories.