Things to do with Kids Around Ireland Christmas 2013

Are you looking for things to do with kids(apart from Santa vists), this December and Christmas ? Here’s our pick of Things to do with Kids Around Ireland Christmas 2013. We’ve updated this for 2014 – click here!


Make Annabelle’s Star at the Ark your family festive treat this Christmas, running weekends up to Dec 30th. Book the kids in for a day of Christmas arts and craft at Pine Forest Arts Centre on 15th Dec. Watch Christmas movies at Imaginosity from Mon to Thursdays till Dec 23rd at 2pm. On Dec 8th National Museum on Kildare St., is hosting a Medieval Christmas, and Collins Barracks have a family tour of Christmas past. For some ice-skating, Swords on Ice runs until Jan 5th. …Read more


Head to the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on December 7th for an afternoon of Christmas Story-Telling. With traditional Christmas stories and some specially created stories this free event will be a big hit with all the family. From November 30th to December 23rd, families can come along to the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion and meet our animals. Children will love Santa’s deer, rabbits, guinea pigs and donkeys.  Open from 10am to 5pm daily, and is free ..Read more


Midlands (Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford)

Branar presents “Twas the Night before Christmas” on Dec 13th & 14th at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. Moat Theatre, Naas has 2 pantos this season – Sleeping Beauty runs from Dec 3rd to 14th, and Smash & Grab and the Magic Carpet runs from 2nd to 12th January. Multyfarnham Country Fair is on Dec 14th. For a festive movie the Visual& Contemporary Arts Centre, Carlow is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol on 19th Dec. Catch Fidget Feet in “The Elves & the Shoemaker” in Portlaoise, Dec 13th, 14th.…Read more

northeastNorth East (Meath, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan)

On 7th December, the Sage & Stone Christmas Market takes place in Duleek, with stalls, Santas Grotto and elves workshop.See the stage production of “Nightmare Before Christmas” on Dec 15th at Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda. Let the kids get crafty with a Curious Christmas Wreaths workshop at Barlow House, Drogheda on Dec 10th. Get into the festive spirit with Celebration of a Carlingford Christmas on Dec 15th. Let the kids gingerbread house decorate at Bear Essentials, Cavan on Dec 14th…Read more

northwestNorth West (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon,Donegal)

Lough Key Forest Park have lots of Christmas activities in December for families, including craft classes, baking classes, storytelling, treasure hunts, disco and lots more. There’s Christmas fun for all the family at the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar this December, including a family fun day on 7th Dec. Sligo Christmas Fayre takes place on Dec 7th & 8th when Stephen St. Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland – puppet shows, face-painting, elves workshop, ice-skating and lots more …Read more


Wrap up warm and head to Galway City on Ice, for some ice-skating fun this Christmas, with 50 min skating sessions. For some “Oh yes he did, oh no he didn’t” Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is the Renmore Panto production in Town Hall Theatre, Galway from 29th Dec – 12th Jan. To support good causes and grab a Christmas bargain, the charity pre-Christmas gift grab takes place in Oranmore on 8th December. Brigit’s Garden have a Christmas shopping night on Dec 6th from 7 – 9:30pm. …Read more

southwestSouth West (Kerry, Clare, Tipperary)

Elf Factory, presented by Little Big Top appears at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles from Dec 13 – 15th. It’s an interactive show which culminates in a wonderful meeting with Santa Claus, who has a present for each child. A Taste of Roscrea Christmas market takes place from 5th – 8th at Roscrea Castle, and promises to be bigger and better than last year! Snow White & Rose Red panto takes place in Kenmare on 16th & 17th December. Christmas Spraoi takes place in Tralee throughout Dec with lots of family events ...Read more


Tis the season to be jolly so head to Bunratty Castle  for their Christmas Evenings at the Castle on various nights from December 1st – 23rd. Aladdin” at UCH, Limerick promises to be the glitziest, starriest, funniest Panto this Christmas! Matinee and evening performances from 20th Dec – Jan 5th, and tickets from €16.50. More stage productions at Lime Tree Theatre with “Peter Pan” from 28th Dec – 5th Jan.  Head to The Hunt Museum on Dec 14th, where “Christmas Presence” returns for 3 more shows...Read more


For festive fun in the run up to Christmas, head to Cork City for Glow, a Cork Christmas Celebration, which runs from 29 November to December 23rd. The festival has something for everyone, from a mystical fairy village for kids, to an authentic indoor Crafts Exhibition & Fair, local artisan Food Markets, a 30 metre Ferris Wheel, vintage carousel, fantastic shopping and entertainment galore including a number of Christmas pantos..Read more

southeastSouth East (Wexford, Waterford, Carlow & Kilkenny)

“Twas the Night before Christmas” by Branar shows at The Watergate, Kilkenny on Dec 11th. A Very Kilkenny Christmas runs until 24th Dec across the city and county, and features plenty of family events including a train, story-telling, igloos, treasure hunt and lots more. Winterval is back in Waterford city and runs until 31st December, featuring free events, ticketed events and after-dark events. There’s ice-skating, movies, pantos, Santa, story-telling, Christmas markets and so much more …Read more

northNorthern Ireland 

See the Christmas Tree Festival, from 5th -10th December at Lisburn Cathedral, where 60 imaginatively designed Christmas tree tell the story of Christmas. Embrace the festive spirit at the Belfast Christmas market which takes place until Dec 22nd. For something a little different, head to Titanic Belfast for afternoon tea by the Titanic staircase. Between Christmas and New Year, see “Out of the Shadows” in Bangor – a unique festival of shadow theatre. For some ice-skating Newry on Ice runs till 5th Jan..Read more

Do you know/are you running any Christmas events we haven’t listed ? List with us

Related : Where to See Santa in Ireland 2013, Free Events this Christmas, & Christmas Markets.
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