Dublin is a lovely city to visit any time of year, but there is something particularly magical about going during Christmas. Although they may not be as devout as they once were, Irish people still have a deep love for all things Christmas.
You have arrived at the appropriate location if you are planning to spend Christmas in Dublin. This article will offer you some suggestions for the top Christmas activities in Dublin. So let's get things started!
Check Out The Lights on Grafton Street
Grafton Street is probably the most well-known streets in Ireland and no visit to our country is complete without traversing the length of the street.There are always people performing up and down Grafton and you could easily spend an afternoon listening to the talented musicians who are playing for the shoppers passing by.During the winter period, Grafton Street becomes absolutely magical when they switch on the lights which stretch up and down the length of the street.
Go Ice Skating
During the holiday season, several ice rinks will typically pop up around Dublin.
Whether you're looking for a fun family activity or you just want to participate in the festivities, this is an excellent option.
Here are a few of the best ice skating rinks in Dublin:
Swords on Ice
iSkate at the RDS
Dundrum on Ice
Liffey Valley on Ice
Blanchardstown on Ice
You'll want to check their websites for dates and opening times.
We would recommend checking out Dundrum on Ice, which is a rink in Dundrum Town Center. It would take you about 30 minutes to get there from the City Center if you are travelling via public transport.
Visit the Christmas Markets of Dublin
There is almost always a Christmas Market in Dublin each year.
While some websites have not been updated for 2022, because they took place last year, we have faith that they will return again.
The Dublin Castle Market has over 25 vendors, also selling holiday crafts and food, along with Christmas Trees. As expected, it's held on the grounds of Dublin Castle.
In addition to this option, we also recommend visiting the well known Stephen's Green Christmas Market. This is for those who enjoy holiday treats like mulled wine, hot chocolate, and more.
Take the Kids to Dublin Zoo
During the month of December, the Dublin Zoo will be hosting an event called Wild Lights.
This attraction will feature lighting displays based on this year's these of "The Magic of Life!".
With a theme about that takes you through an illuminated and magical woodland, you'll be sure to be captivated.
In December, Wild Lights is open 7 days a week:
€23/Adults | €19/Children | €20/Seniors, Students
Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm
Closed on: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Stephen's Day
Learn more about Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo.
Drink in the Christmas Spirit at The Temple Bar
Just for those out of the loop, Temple Bar is a region in Dublin that most tourists like to check out… There are hundreds of pubs to choose from that are usually blasting out live music.
The Temple Bar is one pub that is in Temple Bar area and the epicenter of the whole area.
We have a love/hate relationship with the famous pub, The Temple Bar. It is definitely one of the most expensive and touristy pubs in Dublin and there are times when you won’t actually find any Irish people in the pub!
A pint of Guinness here costs something in the region of €6.50 which is a good bit higher than the average cost which is around €5.45.
That being said, they really do go all out for the Christmas season and the interior is hard to beat on a cold, winter night in Dublin.
Warm-up With a Hot Chocolate in Butlers
There is nothing better on a cold day in the city than to heat up with a hot chocolate. In Dublin, there are loads to choose from. Brother Hubbard on Capel Street has an incredibly rich, hot chocolate that is hard to beat. For us though, we love anything in Butlers Chocolate Cafe.
Butlers is an Irish-owned chocolate company that was founded in Dublin over 85 years ago. Around ten years ago they opened up their own chocolate cafes which are hugely popular around Dublin.