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Top Things To Do In Dublin This Christmas

From fairy lights and Christmas trees, carolling and movies, ice skating and beautiful frosty parks, Dublin is a winter wonderland! Aside from the usual Christmas activities like shopping, enjoying festive drinks and dining, there are a myriad of festive things to do in Dublin with something for all ages and tastes. No matter how you spend your break, choose a ‘one size fits all’ suite as your accommodation in Dublin. PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments on Leeson Street are in the heart of the action, perfect for families, couples and groups. Here are some things to do in Dublin for your festive break.

Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo

A zoo isn’t the first place you think of in Winter, but Dublin Zoo is different. Wild Lights started as a pilot event and has grown to be one of the most popular and beloved winter activities in the city. From Friday, 28th October until Monday, 9th January 2023 with various opening hours, Dublin Zoo comes to life in the evening. Over a thousand intricate and beautiful lanterns illuminate the dark nights and are admired by thousands of visitors. This year the theme is biodiversity, an appropriate topic and a great way to educate little ones about conserving the earth. Tickets must be booked in advance and this popular event sells out every year so don’t delay if you’re planning a trip!

Ice Skating in Dublin

After what feels like an age of missing out, we are delighted that Dublin will have an ice rink this year. From November 18th to 29th January 2023 a fantastic 800 square meter ice rink will open in Millennium Park beside Blanchardstown Centre. Spend a session perfecting your double axel or watching your loved one’s audition for Bambi on Ice. It’s a family-friendly activity for adults and children alike and is sure to leave you with lasting and hilarious memories you’ll treasure. Eager skaters can book early bird tickets from just €14 for a 50-minute session and everything you need is provided including skates and children’s skating aids. Dublin Buses from Leeson Street will take you close to the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre where you can also do some Christmas shopping.

Christmas Markets in Dublin

We love the array of high street and high-end shopping areas in Dublin but nothing beats browsing stalls from local independent traders. While Dublin doesn’t have an official Christmas Market, there are so many great mini-markets that you’re sure to find some unique treasures. The Terenure Market is a one-day event on the fits Saturday in December and hosts over 50 stalls with everything from candles to clothing. Mistletown is the best of Dublin’s Christmas markets, held on St Michan’s Street in the old fruit and veg market. It has an impressive variety of stalls and some great local food and drinks to keep you going. If you fancy a trip to the seaside, Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market starts on Saturday, November 26th to Friday, December 23rd. Keep an eye on local groups and pages for more information.

Christmas Panto in Dublin

Nothing says Christmas like excited children screaming ‘he’s behind you!!’. Panto is a Christmas staple for many couples, groups and families across Ireland and nowhere has a better variety of shows than Dublin. The Helix Panto 2022 returns on November 25th for a run of Hansel and Gretel which promises much colour and many laughs. Join the cast and crew in Gaiety Theatre for a tropical adventure with Mowgli, as he swings and sings his way through the jungle in a festive version of Disney’s all singing all dancing The Jungle Book. The Liberty Panto will take you on a magical carpet ride to a whole new world with Aladdin and Jasmine gracing the stage. Check individual venues for availability and tickets.

Whether you’re here for a family panto or want to spend a romantic weekend shopping trip in Dublin, PREMIER SUITES is a perfect choice of accommodation in Dublin. Our suites offer comfort, facilities and space unrivalled by traditional hotel stays in Dublin with excellent value for money as a bonus. Make Dublin your home from home this Christmas in PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments on Leeson Street.


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