With thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas shopping and a packed schedule of festive events, Christmas is magical in Dublin. The list of things to do in Dublin just got longer with the addition of Christmas markets, panto, ice skating and more. Ballsbridge is the perfect place to stay for your festive break. It’s a stone’s throw from the heart of the city and just as beautifully decorated. PREMIER SUITES Ballsbridge offers flexible, comfortable accommodation in Dublin 2, ideal for tourists getting into the Christmas spirit or those looking for a comfortable place to stay while visiting family in Dublin.
Christmas Shopping in Dublin
Dublin is a great place to start or, if you’re lucky, finish your Christmas list. We’re lucky to have a great selection of high street and high-end brands in our shopping areas, ideal for all budgets and tastes. The main shopping streets are Henry and Grafton Street but the boutiques and independent shops on the side streets make Dublin a truly eclectic place to shop. You’ll find local brands rubbing shoulders with household names in department shops like Brown Thomas and Arnott’s and there are plenty of alternative shops to find something unique.
We’re delighted to see the return of the Christmas Market in Dublin Castle in 2023. Held within the hallowed grounds of one of Dublin’s most important buildings, the market is a chance for local and independent businesses to sell their creations, including a whole host of festive food and drink. The official dates have yet to be announced but it’s expected to run between December 8th to the 21st. Entry is free, but you do need to book in advance and it’s guaranteed to sell out.
Panto in Dublin
Panto has been a family tradition in Dublin since 1873 and they seem to get bigger and better each year. Gaiety Theatre is celebrating its 150th year in Dublin and is said to be one of the first in Ireland. PREMIER SUTES Ballsbridge offer comfortable, spacious accommodation for the whole family this Christmas. Gather your nearest and dearest and enjoy a family trip to a theatre in Dublin to one of the many Pantos showing in 2023 including;
- Rapunzel in Liberty Halls from December 18th to 31st
- Cinderella in Gaiety Theatre from November 26th to January 7th
- Treasure Island in The Helix from November 24th to January 14th
- Sammy Buffy and the Beanstalk at the National Stadium from December 12th to January 7th
- Sleeping Beauty at dlr Mill Theatre from December 7th to January 7th
- Olly, Polly and the Magic Lamp, 3Olympia Theatre from December 20th to January 7th
Christmas in Ballsbridge
Dublin 2 illuminates from mid-November with one of the most impressive decoration displays in Dublin. There are dozens of local restaurants with special Christmas menus, ideal for families, couples or groups. If you’re lucky enough to be in Dubin between 6 10th December, pop into our neighbour, the RDS, for the biggest craft fair in Ireland. The Irish Craft, Design and Food Fair has over 400 exhibitors, designers, makers & independent retailers. You’ll find more than 100 artisan food and drink merchants with everything you could possibly need for your Christmas entertaining. The show is open to the public and costs just €12 per adult and children under 16 go free).
New Years Celebration in Dublin
December 31st is extra special in Dublin, especially if you’re attending the New Year’s Festival. Taking place over 4 days this year from 29th December 2023 through to 1 January 2024, the festival brings together some of Ireland’s best talents for a host of events. Kicking off on Saturday, 30th December, Dublin Castle will host New Year’s Festival Dublin’s headline concerts across three days with a brilliant lineup to be announced. Soak up the festive atmosphere in Collins Barracks with live entertainment including music, DJs, food and pop-up street performances. Meeting House Square will have live performers and fun-filled family-friendly festivities. You may need tickets for select events.
Book the ideal family accommodation in Dublin with PREMIER SUITES Ballsbridge. Our comfortable one or two-bedroom suites give the whole family the space and facilities to feel right at home. Book on our website for our best available rates and exclusive access to our special offers. We look forward to welcoming you for a festive break in Dublin.