Dublin in December
Visiting Isaacs hostel and looking for inspiration as to what to do in Dublin in December ? Here are some of the December events in Dublin for 2016 which we think are are worth checking out. From shopping, to gigs,to churches and icy festive swims there is something for everyone!
Dublin Alternative Christmas Market 11th December 2016
This fun, social, utterly different Christmas shopping event at the Voodoo lounge has everything you need. Meet your friends, relax and hang out, enjoy a festive beverage or two, and stock up on all the goodies to make your Christmas morning or workplace gift exchange truly unique.
From gifts for the Goth in your life to your favourite metal head, retro lover, esoteric enthusiast, medieval man or madam and more, it’s far more fun than your average market. Browse crafts, music, clothing, food, art and a whole lot more.
Our favourite animatronic figures are out of their boxes, and it’s time to show the little ones how things used to be done. Yep, the Moving Crib at St Martin Apostolate’s, 42 Parnell Square, has been around for more than half a century. Basically, it’s a nativity play featuring more than 100, handcrafted figurines “depicting biblical life”, lots of pretty, hand-painted backdrops and sets, and a few wild animals (they’re not real, obviously). All the lads are in there, from Joseph and Mary to the three wise blokes. The scenes are set and the figures are moving as we speak — you know what to do. Free admission (donations welcome)
We’re not encouraging you to sing for your Christmas dinner but we would suggest you keep an eye on Twitter and head down Grafton Street on Xmas eve around 4- 6ish. Why? Because Bono might be there — along with other famous Irish musicians like Hozier who sometimes swing by for a Christmas Eve busking session in aid of the Dublin Simon Community. Failing that Christmas Eve pints is a big tradition and we can recommend the Long Hall, Davy Byrnes and Grogans. All not too far from Grafton Street. Just don’t forget your shopping bags and drink sensibly!
Forty Foot Christmas Day Sim
Fancy a Christmas Day dip? Get yourself down to the forty foot in Sandycove (or other locations on Dublin’s Coastline) for a baltic but uplifting dip in the Irish sea: Santa hat is of course compulsory. If you can’t face the icy waters just cheer on the brave (or foolish) Dublin souls
New Year’s Eve Festival Dublin 30th December – 1st January 2017
NYF Dublin is a 3 day city wide festival celebrating the best of contemporary Irish talent in Arts, Music, Culture and Live Entertainment. Discover Dublin and enjoy a host of exciting fringe events and cultural trails happening across the city! From Oscar Wilde Nights and Disco Brunches to Craft Tasting Events and New Year’s Celebrations… there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Participate in the Procession of Light, enjoy the Spoken Word Festival and follow the NYF Music Trail! Read more here