Christmas in Dublin
Dublin At Christmas brings festive Christmas magic to Dublin’s City Centre
- Come to the city centre to experience the magic and tradition of Dublin at Christmas -
For everything you wish for, go to Town.
Christmas Starts Here.
Dublin At Christmas, a partnership initiative between DublinTown, Dublin City Council and the city's transport providers, has announced the highly anticipated programme of festive events set to bring the magic of Christmas to Dublin’s fair city. A dedicated website is in place, www.DublinatChristmas.ie, as a one-stop-shop for information on all the festivities taking place across Dublin City Centre including information on shopping, socialising, family friendly events, special offers and much more.
The message is 'Go To Town' to see the city come alive with festive spirit and experience the magic and tradition of Dublin at Christmas time. Be amazed at the magical moment when the #DublinatChristmas lights get switched-on, enjoy free open air concerts with performances alongside family and friends from Hermitage Green, The Riptide Movement, Jerry Fish & The Academic at the lighting ceremonies, take part in the Christmas jumper world record breaking ‘Geansaí Nollag’ challenge, walk under the festive lights as they spectacularly illuminate the streets of Dublin and take time to experience the tradition of Dublin at Christmas while your festive purchases are secure in the popular Shop and Drop free shopping bag minding service.
Christmas doesn’t officially begin until the festive lights are switched on across Dublin and seasonal shoppers can celebrate the start of Christmas at the lighting ceremonies taking place from Sunday 13 November until Sunday 27 November across four of Dublin's iconic city centre locations.
Lucky Dublin city centre shoppers will welcome the return of the popular Shop and Drop free shopping bag minding service. Dublin at Christmas have organised two handy Shop and Drop locations, one in Clery’s on North Earl Street and one in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. They will be open from Nov 23rd right up to New Year’s eve. Shoppers can leave their festive purchases with Dublin Town staff in the secure and insured locations so they can fully enjoy the magic of Dublin's city centre shopping bag free.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr said “Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I am really looking forward to seeing the magic of Dublin City at Christmas. Dublin City Council is proud to be involved in the Dublin at Christmas partnership with DublinTown. As Lord Mayor, I call on everyone to come into the city centre on Sunday, 27th November and join me in switching on the Christmas tree lights on O’Connell Street. Spend time in Dublin this Christmas and enjoy the many great events taking place this season.”
DublinTown CEO, Richard Guiney said: “I can’t think of anywhere that does Christmas as well as Dublin. Town is a magical place at Christmas with its own unique and wonderful atmosphere. We all have memories from our childhood of this special time of the year and each year it is great to see so many children coming in and having a great time, visiting Santa, wearing their favourite Christmas jumpers and looking up to see the dazzling Christmas lights. This year there will a truly spectacular set of new lights on Henry Street which, no doubt will be a huge draw to the area. Christmas is what Dublin does best. Dublin Town and Dublin City Council are partnering again this year to make sure that each and every Dubliner has another Christmas to remember.”
KEY DATES FOR DUBLIN AT CHRISTMAS 2016
Go to town to experience the magic of the lighting ceremonies on Grafton Street, Henry Street, Smithfield and O’Connell Street and enjoy open-air concerts with special performances and family-friendly entertainment with your friends and loved ones.
- Tuesday 8 November – The official Dublin At Christmas launch
Sunday 13 November, 6pm – Grafton Street Lighting Ceremony with performances from headline acts Hermitage Green and Glenn & Ronan (who performed live with Adele & appeared on The Ellen Show)
(Event organised by Dublin Town)
- Thursday 17 November, 5pm– Henry Street Lighting Ceremony with performances from headline acts The Riptide Movement and Glenn & Ronan (who performed live with Adele & appeared on The Ellen Show)
(Event organised by Dublin Town)
- Wednesday 23rd November – Free shopping bag minding service opens in two locations – Clery’s on North Earl Street & Stephens Green Shopping Centre
- Thursday 24 November, 4pm – Smithfield Lighting Ceremony with performances from headline acts Jerry Fish & Sinead White
(Event organised by Dublin City Council)
- Sunday 27 November, 4pm– Switching on of O’Connell Street Christmas Tree Lights by the
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr and your chance to take part in the world record breaking ‘Geansaí Nollag’ challenge. Hosted by Al Porter & Dustin the Turkey with a performance by headline act The Academic
(Event organised by Dublin City Council)
Visit www.DublinatChristmas.ie for the full programme of events and festivities taking place across Dublin City Centre this Christmas including information on shopping, socialising, family friendly events, special offers and much more.
Keep up to date with Christmas news and upcoming events by following and using the hashtag #DublinatChristmas, by following @DublinTown & @DubCityCouncil on Twitter and visiting DublinAtChristmas on Facebook.
Dublin at Christmas Website
www.dublinatchristmas.ie is the ultimate online guide for Christmas in the City Centre; this super seasonal website is Dublin city’s one-stop-shop for information on all aspects of Christmas in Dublin’s fair city. The site will feature, details of events for all of the family, fun for you and your friends and great special offers in shops, restaurants, bars and hotels as well as opening hours, information and parking rate promotions along with essential travel information for shopping and socialising in Town. Dublin at Christmas and the website is a partnership between DublinTown and the City centre businesses, Dublin City Council and the transport options of the city centre under the NTA's Transport for Ireland.
DublinTown the collective of 2,500 businesses from St Stephen’s Green to Parnell Street, works with its partners to enhance the appeal of the city centre as a place for shopping, recreation and business development. DublinTown organises the popular Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week and the Dublin Fashion Festival. It is also responsible for erecting Christmas lights on 30 individual streets in the city centre each year.
|Date||Location||Where / what's happening||Time||Switched on by?|
|21-Nov-16||Bluebell||Adjacent to Bluebell LUAS stop - Refreshments afterwards in the foyer of Our Lady of the Wayside Church||6pm||Cllr. Daithí Doolan|
|22-Nov-16||Merrion Square||Refreshments and entertainment at 5.30pm the Georgian House beside ESB HQ||6pm||Cllr. Dermot Lacey|
|24-Nov-16||Smithfield||http://www.dublinatchristmas.ie||7pm||Cllr. Dermot Lacey|
|25-Nov-16||Donnybrook||Donnybrook Plaza beside the Fire Station. Snow Queen, Cuddles, Santa Sleigh||5pm||Cllr. Paddy McCarten|
|27-Nov-16||Harolds Cross||Harolds Cross Park. Snow Queen, Cuddles, Santa Sleigh||5pm||Cllr. Mary Freehill|
|27-Nov-16||O'Connell Street||http://www.dublinatchristmas.ie||6pm||Lord Mayor|
|28-Nov-16||Dolphins Barn||At Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphins Barn. Refreshments after in church.||4.45pm||Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan|
|29-Nov-16||Inchicore||At Golden Soles Shoes formally the Bank of Ireland, Tyrconnell Road -Refreshments after in the Black Lion, Inchicore||6pm||Cllr. Greg Kelly|
|29-Nov-16||Rathmines||Rathmines Plaza at the Swan Leisure Centre. Snow Queen, Cuddles, Santa Sleigh, Face Painters||7pm||Cllr. Ruairí McGinley|
|30-Nov-16||Cornmarket||Refreshments afterwards in St Audeons Primary School, Cork Street.||6pm||Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan|
|01-Dec-16||Ballyfermot||Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre. Refreshments afterwards in the Atrium.||6pm||Cllr. Vincent Jackson|
|02-Dec-16||Ballymun||At Ballymun Civic Offices - Santa Grotto and the Northside Sensations singing carols. Refreshments after||6pm||Lord Mayor|
|02-Dec-16||Cabra||Roundabout at Fassaugh Road/Quarry Road||5pm|
|02-Dec-16||Sandymount||Sandymount Green. Snow Queen, Cuddles, Santa Sleigh||5pm||Cllr. Dermot Lacey|
|03-Dec-16||Drimnagh||Our Lady of Good Council Church, Mourne Road.||7.15pm||Cllr. Paul Hand|
|03-Dec-16||Terenure||Car Park in Terenure Village. Snow Queen, Cuddles, Santa Sleigh, Local Choirs||4pm||Cllr. Paddy Smyth|
|04-Dec-16||Drumcondra||Across from Fagans Pub - Home Farm Monday Club Choir. Refeshments after at the Skylon- mydrumcondra.ie/DCC||3pm||Cllr. Aine Clancy|
|04-Dec-16||Ranelagh||Ranelaigh Triangle. Snow Queen, Cuddles, Santa Sleigh, Jazz Combo||5pm||Cllr. Patrick Costelloe|
|05-Dec-16||Inchicore||Tree at St. Michaels Church, Emmet Rd. Bluebell Community Addition Team supported by DCC -refreshments||6pm|
|06-Dec-16||Cherry Orchard||Church of the Most Holy Sacrament, Cherry Orchard. Refreshments afterwards in St. Ultans School||6pm||Cllr. Daithi Doolan|
|07-Dec-16||Crumlin||Outside Crumlin Village Garda Station - refreshments after in St. Agnes Parish Centre||5pm||Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan|
|08-Dec-16||Ballyfermot||Landen/Lally Road Roundabout - no ceremony||7pm|
|08-Dec-16||Chapelizod||The Plaza, Chapelizod Village. Refreshments afterwards in The Band Room.||7pm||Cllr. Paul Hand|
|09-Dec-16||Santry||At Santry Community Centre - Santa Grotto and Magician - Curtain Call stage School singing carols||8pm|
|07-Dec-16||Darndale||Village Centre - Santa, Carol Singing and goodies||4.00pm|
|01-Dec-16||Finglas||At Finglas Shopping Centre - event mangaged by Centre.|
|02-Dec-16||Fairview||End of Malahide Road outside Bicycle Shop - Santa, Carol Singing and goodies||6.00pm|