Things to do during the Christmas holidays!

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Exploring Dublin

My name is Adnan and I am the current Marketing Intern. If you are staying in Dublin during Christmas (like me), there are lots of cool things to do over the next two weeks. Here are just a few I picked out.  

Explore the city – Dublin Discovery Trails:

First, I advise you to download the “Dublin Discovery Trails” app. This useful app will enable you to visit the city through 8 trails : The Dubline, Dublin’s Northside 1, Dublin’s Northside 2, The ‘Real’ Dublin, Rebellion, Echoes of War, Story of Dublin, Empire.

Every monument or location in the trails are illustrated with a photograph and an audio document. The app provides also a map with the different steps of the trails.

This app is free and available on Google Play and App store

Watch a rugby game – Guinness PRO14 Leinster v Connacht :

Rugby is a very popular sport in Ireland. On the New Year’s Day, this 2 Irish teams will compete at Dublin’s RDS for Guinness PRO14. If you are into sport this would be a great option. 

RDS, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge.

Tickets are available on and cost €25.

Go back in time – Discovering the Bronze Age :

The Archaeology Department of the National Museum on Kildare Street offers a free exhibition called Ór – Ireland’s Gold. This collection has different types of jewellery from different ages which dates from as far back as 2200 BC.

This exhibition will take place the 4th January at The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology Department, Kildare Street.


For art lovers – Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art :

The National Gallery created an exhibition which showcases over 70 Frederic William Burton’s works and some others artists’ works such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones.

The most famous painting of this exhibition is the Meeting on the Turret Stairs made by Burton. It was voted the nation’s favourite painting in 2012.

You can visit this exhibition from the 25th October to the 14th January, at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West.

Tickets are available on and cost €10.

Go on a roller coaster – Funderland’s Winter Wonderland :

You might be tired of hearing about history or looking at art… now, I suggest to you to concentrate on fun.

This event is the best way to enjoy of your holidays. Of course, I am speaking about the Winter Wonderland, also known as Winter Funderland’s.

This is the place where the whole family can have fun and do some bonding over white knuckle rides.

There will be ice skating, merry-go-rounds, delicious festive food and also some stand to buy your Christmas gifts.

You are welcome to Funderland at the RDS, Ballsbridge, from the 14th December to the 14th January.

Tickets cost between €3 to €33.50 and are available on

Go to the theatre – The Red Shoes :

Do you know the famous fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen and named The Red Shoes ?

This show, which combine theatre and dance, is an exciting version of the tale. It deals with an orphan girl who is adopted by a wealthy family. In order to welcome her, they offer her a pair of beautiful red shoes.

But they are not the kind of family that she was expected.

This play takes place at the Gate Theatre, Cavendish Row, Parnell Square from the 29th November to the 27th January.

Tickets are available on and cost between €25 and €40.

See a photography exhibition – Alone together :

The Powerscourt Centre present Ste Murray’s recent work. He specialises in photography of architecture.

A lot of the photographs taken when he was abroad, are from Asia. He uses the same context and lighting to take his photograph in order to maintain imprint.

You can see this free exhibition at Powerscourt Town Centre, 59 South William Street.

It is open from the 7th December to the 31st January


See a Modern Exhibition – Digital_self :

Have you ever wonder how new technologies influence our lives ?

The digital self is all the devices which represent today a big part of human lives and impact their ideas.

This exhibition include both Irish and international artists’ works in order to examine digital self from different point of vue and different perspectives.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art offers a series of talks hosted to put light on many of the ideas that are central to digital_self.

This exhibition is free and will take place from the 1st December to the 25th February at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Military Road, Kilmainham.

Celebrate the New Year – New Year’s Festival Dublin :

One of the best events happening is on New Year’s eve.

Dublin City offers you a festival three magical events for this occasion.

– It will begin with the “Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee” from 6.30pm to 7.00pm. You will have the opportunity to watch colorful aerial and aquatic acrobats which will be performed in the streets, the sky and the river Liffey.

You will be able to admire some performances from Heliosphere’s high flying acrobats and flyboarders.

For this event, tickets are free but you will need to booked it in advance.

– Then, you will enjoy the “3 Countdown Concert” which will occur on Custom House Quay at 8.00pm.

Tickets are €45.05 but this concerts are allowed only for people over 18 years old.

– Lastly, Dublin invites you to the “Liffey Lights Midnight Moment” at George’s Quay at 11.30pm.

Added to the previous performances of acrobats, you will see spins and spirals through the sky made by artists attached to giant balloons.

Tickets is also free but I advise you to book in advance.

Watch a film – Paul Thomas Anderson 35mm Retrospective :

After New years you might want to relax. During some specials days you will have the opportunity to revisit the greatest films of a celebrated Hollywood film maker : Paul Thomas Anderson

For example : Boogie Nights, Magnolia or There Will Be Blood

You will watch is previous films in the Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield.

The entrance costs between €8 and €10 and tickets are available on

This retrospective is open several days between the 4th January to the 31st January.

If you are still looking for things to do, I recommend checking out these blog posts:

7 keys into the secret doors of literature

9 amazing places in Dublin tourist guides won’t tell you about

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You will find additional information about those events are on :

You will find also some events to pay tribute to David Bowie.

However, information about New Year’s Eve are available on :