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Christmas Activities in Dublin

Have you ever visited Dublin at Christmas? Even with the cooler weather, Dublin is a wonderland from mid-November until early January. The streets are filled with carol singers and Christmas decorations, busy shoppers bustle along high streets are there is a sense of excitement in the air that’s truly unique. Before you start adding to your Christmas in Dublin to-do list, book accommodation with a difference in DCU Rooms. 

 Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo

A night-time visit to the zoo sounds unusual but Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo makes it so exciting! What started as a pilot project has grown to be one of the most well-loved and popular festive things to do in Dublin. Every night from Friday, 28th October until Monday, 9th January 2023 Dublin zoo opens its gates in the evening for a very special light display. Hundreds of lanterns of all shapes and sizes illuminate the darkness creating a very special festive treat. This year the theme is sustainability, appropriate for the current climate and its setting. Tickets are limited so grab yours soon if you’re planning a visit.

Christmas Shopping 

Dublin is a mecca for all things shopping. Whether you are on a tight budget or want to indulge, there is something for all ages, budgets and tastes here. Browse the latest styles on Henry Street where you’ll find all of your favourite high street names like Zara, H&M, Bershka and bargain lovers paradise Penney’s. Head across town to the more high-end Grafton Street for luxury brands like The White Company, Tommy Hilfiger, Canada Goose and Brown Thomas which is packed full of the best names in luxury goods. Along the way, keep an eye out for unique Irish boutiques and more unusual shopping options in Georges Arcade or Powerscourt Shopping Centre. The possibilities are endless.

Christmas Markets

It wouldn’t be a shopping trip without a Christmas market and Dublin has a selection for you to choose from. Emphasizing local and independent crafters, Christmas markets are a place to find something truly unique you’d never find on the high street. This year, one of the biggest markets in the city is Mistletown, returning to the old fruit & veg market in Smithfield. Dublin Castle Christmas Market returns in December and is a very popular ticketed choice. Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market is one of the oldest in Dublin and the main event there is the great selection of food. There are smaller more local offerings too like The Digital Hub Market, Richmond Barracks Market and The Well on Stephens Green. 

Ice Skating in Dublin

We’re delighted to welcome back ice skating to Dublin! Dundrum on Ice located in the suburb of Dundrum, about 30-minutes from DCU Rooms in Glasnevin by car, returns from 18th November 2022 until 29th January 2023. Ireland’s premier ice-skating destination is a perfect place for couples, families and groups of friends to practice their skills and create hilarious and wholesome memories of a festive break in Dublin. Dundrum is a great spot for shopping while you’re there with over 120 shops stores and outlets to choose from. There are over 40 dining options including plenty of spots for a great night out. They also have a multiplex cinema with top-of-the-range facilities showing the best blockbusters. If you’re travelling with children there’s also a soft play close by. It’s a great day out for all of the family.

Panto in Dublin 

Nothing says Christmas like excited children at a panto and we are spoiled for choice in Dublin. With a fantastic array of theatres big and small, there is a panto to suit all tastes. Expect brilliant sets stunning costumes and an all-singing, all-dancing great night out for friends and family. Some of the fantastic productions this year include;

  • The Jungle Book in The Gaiety Theatre
  • Hansel & Gretel in The Helix Dublin
  • Aladdin in Liberty Hall Theatre
  • Snow White at the National Stadium
  • Little Red Riding Hood at dlr Mill Theatre
  • Olly, Polly and the Beanstalk, 3Olympia Theatre
  • Sleeping Beauty at The Civic Theatre, Tallaght

And many more!

Don’t waste valuable Christmas shopping money on an overpriced Dublin Hotel. Instead, choose alternative accommodation in Dublin’s suburbs and spend more filling that space under the Christmas tree. DCU is a budget Dublin hotel alternative that is comfortable, convenient and in a beautiful part of Dublin. Use our official website to book your stay in our Dublin budget hotel today.


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Sarah Corcoran

Sarah is a part-time travel writer and a full-time Dubliner, born and bred in this colourful city. She loves nothing more than exploring the beauty that’s on her doorstep and enjoying the many attractions and history that Dublin has to offer. She is passionate about writing and promoting her home town to anyone who will listen!

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