Our ultimate guide to Christmas in Dublin. Discover the top things to do in Dublin at Christmas with kids, 2019.
Discover Christmas in Dublin with all the family. From Christmas Pantos, Family Christmas Shows, Children’s Workshops, Where to visit Santa in Dublin, Christmas Films for Children, Where to go Ice-Skating in Dublin and Christmas Markets – we have rounded up the very best of what to do in Dublin at Christmas with kids. See below for our top lists of the best of what’s on offer in Dublin below. Looking for our Christmas Gift guide? See the top 20 most wanted toys in for Christmas 2019!
1. Christmas Pantos & Family Shows in Dublin for Kids
It wouldn’t be Christmas without taking in a Christmas Panto in Dublin. From Fairy Tale Characters to star-studded shows for all the family, it’s a real treat for kids of all ages. If Pantos aren’t your thing we’ve added a few gorgeous Christmas shows for kids in too. We’re really looking forward to The National Concert Hall show this year where you can expect some lovely heart-warming treats from Ireland’s most amazing theatre-makers, Theatre Lovett, and the Christmas Orchestra. See details below.
- Olympia Theatre: Cinderella Christmas Panto
- Gaiety Theatre: Aladdin Christmas Panto
- Liberty Hall: Robin Hood the Liberty Panto
- The Helix: The Three Musketeers Christmas Panto
- National Concert Hall: This Way to Christmas with Theatre Lovett
- dlr Mill Theatre: Robin Hood Christmas Panto
- Pavilion Theatre: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
- National Concert Hall: The Wizard of Oz
- The Ark, Dublin: Moon Woke Me Up
2. Visit Santa in Dublin in the most charming & enchanted settings
Meeting the big man himself, Santa and all his elves is a very special affair indeed. We’ve rounded up the most charming Christmas settings where you can visit Santa.
3. Go Ice-Skating in Dublin
Nothing like a twirl on the ice in Dublin as different ice-rinks pop-up around the city for Christmas. See our post on of all the dates, details and ticket prices of ice-skating in Dublin or check them out on the links below.
- Dundrum on Ice
- Swords on Ice
- Iceskating.ie @ Blanchardstown
- i-Skate @ Funderland
- Malahide Skates
- Liffey Valley Dublin on Ice
4. Christmas Films & Cinema for Kids in Dublin.
The Lighthouse Cinema ‘Naughty or Nice‘ Christmas Season is back! It simply isn’t Christmas-time without the likes of LOVE ACTUALLY, DIE HARD, THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, and the festive line-up this year at The Lighthouse Cinema is a cracker! From Gremlins to It’s a Wonderful life check out the full list of screenings, dates and times here
5. Christmas Markets in Dublin for 2018
Hot chocolate and Christmas Crafts! Here are our favourite Christmas Markets announced for Dublin so far this year.
- The Ha’Penny Christmas Flea Market
- Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market
- Christmas Eco Craft Christmas Market (Botanic Gardens)
- The National Craft & Design Fair /GiftedFair
6. Our Christmas Gift Guide for Kids! 🙂
With a large extended family with kids ranging from 2 to 15, with cousins, nieces and nephews that seem to grow by the second it’s hard to keep up with all the different interests (that sometimes change daily!). So every year we seem to end up using our tried and tested strategy of you can’t go wrong with LEGO and mixing in some of the adorable kits and books below. Need some inspiration? See the the top 20 list of most wanted toys for Christmas 2019 Every year there’s a handful of toys that seem to be on everyone’s wish list! Surprise toys (think L.O.L Surprise! , Scruff-a-Luvs and Treasure X Aliens), interactive pets (think Hatchimals and Juno My Baby Elephant) and hands on play (think LEGO, & Osmo) are still the the biggest hits so far in 2019. Click here to see the top 20 most wanted list for 2019
But remember too that great Christmas gifts don’t have to be expensive to have a big impact.
Drawing pencils or an easel and a set of oil paints, modelling clay, some beautiful colouring books or a really great activity book (see our top 20 list here) — Something they can get their hands on and experiment with their own creativity and be playful with. If we had to pick one small gift, it would be this totally gorgeous Finger Art Painting book (kids of all ages and even adults love this book!) there’s really nothing like it and it will give hours of fun time and time again!
A new board game for all the family to play is always a treat and a great way for everyone to spend time together over the Christmas Holidays.
Remember it’s the playful days and the time we spend together that makes those precious happy memories 🙂
Looking for fun things to do in Dublin with kids?
- Our top recommended list of events in Dublin with kids
- Check out all our top voted best places to go in Dublin with kids
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**Bear in mind we only ever link to things we really love ourselves or we consistently would recommend to our own family and friends (as you’ll guess from our event guide already). We started this blog as a way to find better quality events and experiences for parents. We try to take the thinking out of planning days out and only recommend what we would to our own nearest and dearest. We also don’t link to products unless they are really pretty great, but when we do it’s good to know that we sometimes get a small fraction of the sale price as a thank you for sending business to a particular website**