Christmas Events in Ireland

Date: December 2018
Christmas Events in Ireland

Dublin Events

Viennese Christmas by Candlelight
by London Concertante, 15th December 2018
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8.

Experience a Viennese Christmas in one of the most beautiful churches in Europe. The orchestra London Concertante performs famous works by Strauss, Brahms, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky under the baton of Ben Norris. Tickets from

Chamber Choir Ireland at Christmas - Unto us a Child is Born, 16th December 2018
Christ Church Cathedral, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

In this year's festive programme, the centrepiece of the concert is Tallis's beautiful Latin Mass for seven voices based on the Christmas Introit Puer Natus est Nobis. It will also feature seasonal works by Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells and concludes with a grouping of traditional carols.
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Christmas At Farmleigh, Phoneix Park, Dublin 15.

Christmas at Farmleigh is a special time for all the family. Children will be enthralled by Magic Shows and Puppet Shows and will be captivated by Christmas Tales from Storytellers from all over Ireland. Seasonal treats, including Horse and Carriage Rides, a Live Crib and a Children’s Christmas Room will be there for all to enjoy.

Gifted-The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair.
5th – 9th December 2018, Main Hall Complex, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4,

For over 30 years we have been welcoming visitors to The National Crafts & Design Fair and we have worked with thousands of creative craftworkers and skilled food producers over the years. The new name is our tribute to these talented makers. On Wednesday 5th December there is a special 10% discount on all purchases at the Fair.

The Moving Crib, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 2.
27th November 2018 – 6th January 2019,

The Moving Crib is the only one of its kind built in Ireland. It is an historical and entertaining experience that winds its way downstairs in this stunning Georgian building in Parnell Square.

Gold & Silver Days with Phil Coulter. 15th December 2018
National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley! His new show, Gold & Silver Days, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity.


The Snow Queen, Gaiety Theatre
South King Street, Dublin 2.
24th November 2018 – 6th January 2019

Polly & The Magic Lamp, Olympia Theatre, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
21st December 2018 – 6th January 2019

Robin Hood, The Helix
DCU Campus, Dublin 9.
23rd November 2018 – 20th January 2019

Snow White & The Adventures of Sammy Sausages & Buffy
Tivoli Theatre, Frances Street, Dublin 8.
4th December 2018 – 13th January 2019

Events Outside of Dublin

Galway Continental Christmas Market 16th Nov - 22nd Dec 2018

The market has expanded to become a city wide event and is set to be the largest festive event in Ireland. Eyre Square remains at the heart of festivities with visitors browsing the wooden chalets brimming with crafts, toys, jewellery, cosmetics, decorations and plenty of stocking fillers. For the foodies, tuck into a bratwurst, taste a tempting selection of French pastries, pretzels or confectionary, with the scent of crêpes and waffles wafting through the Christmas village. Sample a stein at the German Bierkeller or a warming cup of mulled wine and hot chocolate at the cosy bars and coffee docks, with festive music and live events adding to the yuletide spirit.

Wexford Winterland Festival, Nov 24 2018 - Jan 06 2019

The whole family can take part in the action packed programme of events which includes The Winterland Parade and The Christmas Express.
Wander through The Enchanted Forest, The Elves’ Village, The Workshop and Santa’s Reindeer Stables before meeting Santa Claus himself at Santa’s North Pole Experience and with dedicated sensory friendly sessions available at Wexford on Ice and Santa’s North Pole Experience, along with wheelchair family skate sessions, there really is something for everyone at Wexford Winterland Festival.

Winterval, Waterford, 17th November – 23rd December 2018
Winterval is a delightful Christmas festival for the young and young at heart and is packed with seasonal events and activities set in unique heritage sites around Waterford City. Winterval takes its inspiration from the enchanting Christmas markets throughout Europe, bringing the collective sights, sounds and festive charms to Ireland's oldest city. From Santa's Grotto in the Medieval Museum to a Georgian Christmas in the Bishop's Palace, a toy museum, Winterval Express Santa Train, ice-rink and an animal farm complete with reindeer.

Christmas in The Poor House, 7th – 21st December 2018

Clifton House, 21 North Queen Street, Belfast, Antrim, BT151ES

Join our servants on a tour of Clifton House as they prepare it for Christmas Day.
Christmas in the Poor House gives visitors the opportunity to take a step back in time this December and join our servants on a tour of Clifton House as they prepare it for Christmas Day. Tours will be held on every Friday in December with the exception of the 28th of December when we are closed for the holiday period.

Christmas in Killarney

Christmas in Killarney has become the pivotal winter festival in Killarney with a myriad of offerings for the young and old. Killarney is famous for its late night Christmas shopping which is perfect for picking up some last minute presents! Whether you come to Killarney for an overnight stay, dining or a fantastic event in the INEC, they will deliver a magical experience that you deserve at Christmas time. Imagine this…taking a leisurely stroll around on a cool crisp winter’s evening with the town alight, sleigh bells jingling, the smell of hot mince pies, mulled wine and spices filling the air. It is truly a Christmas Wonderland
Children will be in awe of the attractions within the town during the festival with lots of fun, games and things to do. A couple of the most popular events are Killarney On Ice, The Children’s Parade, and The Christmas Treasure Hunt.

CHRISTMAS ELF CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP 2018, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Tullow, Co Carlow

Limerick’s Milk Market
It's all Christmas cheer in Limerick as Santa comes to the Milk Market, with themed stalls, competitions, choirs, games, food, promotions and much more.

Glow: A Cork Christmas Celebration
Cork’s Christmas festivities are diverse, featuring puppet workshops, a giant ferris wheel, traditional kids rides, choirs and a host of market stalls. The ‘Festive Food Markets’ along Grand Parade build on a local culture for spectacular market cuisine which usually finds its home in the wonderful English Market.

Belfast Continental Christmas Market
The popular Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall from 17 November – 22 December 2018

This yuletide market offers an authentic feast of international cuisine alongside a mix of handcrafted goods and bespoke artisan products.

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