Things to do with Kids Around Ireland at Christmas

things to do around Ireland at Christmas

Are you looking for things to do with kids (apart from Santa visits), this December and Christmas Holiday? From Christmas craft making to winter fairs, here’s our regional guide of Things to do with Kids Around Ireland at Christmas.

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  • Christmas 2015The Ark Christmas Show this year is Tracks in the Snow – The Henry Girls on from December 1st to 30th 2017.
  • Check out the Free Christmas Events at the 3 National Museum of Ireland museums, Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Natural History at Merrion Square and Archaeology at Kildare Street.
  • Enjoy the Santa Experience at Croke Park taking place from November 25th to December 23rd. This year Stitch the Snowman will be hiding in his Polar Palace and visitors will search the stadium to find him.  All children will visit the Polar Palace & Ski Patrol Room before visiting Santa’s Grotto and going pitch side for a special surprise!. Children will receive a present and access to the GAA Museum and interactive games zone is included in the ticket price.
  • Come along and be entertained by the current students at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School on Sunday December 17th at St. Louis High School, Rathmines, Dublin 6 from 7.30pm when they present “The Magical Window” a delightful Christmas show to be enjoyed by all the family. And if you wish to register for a place for next term, The Betty Ann Norton Theatre School have an open day on December 16th from 10am to 4pm at Cuisle Arts & Cultural Centre, St Louis Hight School, Rathmines.
  • The Snowman Christmas Special will be at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre on December 16th & 17th and The Sound of Music will be on from December 19th to January 6th 2018.
  • Funderland is back at the RDS from December 14th and will remain open until January 7th.
  • The National Concert Hall Family Christmas Concert The Nutcracker takes place on December 9th. There’s also the NCH Christmas Show featuring The Snowman from December 15th to 17th 2017.
  • There’s plenty of Ice-Skating fun to be had around Dublin again this year, including Dundrum on Ice, Swords & Blanchardstown.
  • The Moving Crib will be back in Parnell Square, Dublin from November 28th 2017 until January 7th 2018.

  • Dublin Zoo has a spectacular animal themed light show running from November 3rd to January 7th 2017. The show runs from 5pm to 9pm nightly.

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South East

  • Christmas 2015Powerscourt Estate is the place to be this Christmas 2017, enjoy a stroll in the gardens, a visit to Tara’s Palace and the animals in Powerscourt Stables or take in a family show. before visiting Santa and collecting some presents from the beautiful shops.
  • Waterford Winterval is back from November 17th to December 23rd 2017 with a host of events for families.
  • Kilkenny on Ice runs at The Hub Cillin Hill from November 25th 2017 until January 14th 2018.
  • Take the Jingle Bell Bus to visit Santa in his Igloo at Castlecomer Discovery Park this Christmas from November 25th to December 23rd 2017.
  • Yulefest in Kilkenny runs at weekends in December, with a Winter Wonderland at Butler House Gardens, from Santa experiences to toy soldiers to Cartoon Saloon workshops and movie screenings…there are delights for kids of all ages.
  • The Wonderous Wexford Winter Wonderland is on from November 24th to January 7th 2018 and includes a Christmas Parade, Ice Skating Rink, Christmas Shows and Movies, and a Santa Train.
  • Carlow has a host of Christmas events taking place throughout December including a Christmas Fair at Delta Sensory Gardens and Christmas at Huntington Castle.

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  • Christmas 2015A visit to Belvedere House and Gardens is always great fun and during December you can meet Belvedere’s very own Green Santa and on December 18th enjoy A Christmas Carol with Chapterhouse Theatre.
  • Enjoy a trail with the Elves, meeting Santa and the magical Treehouse at Christmas at Birr Castle this December on dates from December 1st to 23rd 2017.
  • The Dunamaise Arts Center in Laois have a host of Family Christmas Shows on during December including Rudolph The Musical on December 16th, The Muppets Christmas Carol on December 23rd and Bosco Meets Hansel & Gretel on January 6th 2018.
  • The Mullingar Christmas Market is on from December 7th to 10th 2017.
  • The Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare have family shows Hansel & Gretel on December 10th and A Muppet Christmas Carol on December 16th.
  • The Moat Theatre in Naas has the Three Musketeers running from November 24th to December 3rd & from December 7th to 9th. They have Children Christmas Plays running on December 10th, Rudolph Saves Christmas on December 17th and A Muppet Christmas Carol on December 18th.

North East

  • Christmas 2015Iontas Castleblaney will show Hansel and Gretel on December 3rd and the Beauty and the Beast Xmas Panto will run from December 11th to 16th 2017.
  • Bear Essentials in Cavan are having a Gingerbread House Workshop on December 9th 2017 from 2pm.
  • On December 23rd 2017 the East Coast Cookery School in Termonfeckin, Co Lough has a Kids Christmas Cookery Day from 10am to 3.30pm.
  • The Causey Farm Christmas Experience in Meath runs from November 26th to December 23rd 2017.
  • Carlingford Christmas Craft Fair takes place on December 1st to 3rd 2017.
  • The Droichead Arts Centre in Louth will have their annual Christmas Panto on December 6th to 10th 2017, this year it is Robin Hood. They will show Miracle on 34th Street on December 12th and The Snowman on December 22nd 2017.

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North West

  • Christmas Winter Wonderland at Westport House is a magical family experience brimming with Christmas cheer that will leave the kids starry-eyed and the whole family believing in fairy-tales! On December 7th they will have a Sensory Santa Experience from 3pm to 8pm, where the lights and music will be toned down and families with children who have sensory disorders, autism or other special needs can enjoy a relaxed, magical experience when they visit Santa and Mrs Claus.
  • Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon are have a Christmas Sunday for families on December 17th from 11am with fun festive activities for all the family to enjoy including Festive singing, Christmas movie, mince pie, mulled wine and Santa and his helpers will be there too.
  • Enjoy Carol Singing at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Co Mayo on Friday December 15th and Free Festive Family Fun for all ages on December 16th & 17th 2017.
  • Enjoy a Victorian Christmas Experience at weekends from December 3rd to 17th at Strokestown Park House in Roscommon
  • The Hawks Well Theatre in Sligo has Christmas Toons on December 17th 2017.


  • Christmas 2015Elf Town Galway is a magical, interactive journey through Christmas with a visit to Santa like no other. Meet the Snow Princess and throw snowballs at cheeky elves and have a magical journey around Galway Racecourse at Ballybrit! Open from November 25th-December 23rd 2017.
  • Meet Santa and Elfie at Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden on dates from December 3rd to 23rd 2017. 
  • An introduction to Traditional Polish Costumes Workshop takes place at Galway City Museum on December 16th from 2.30 to 4.30pm for ages 7 – 12 years.
  • The Town Hall Theatre Galway has a full line up of family friendly events this December including a screening of Miracle on 24th Street on December 10th, The Snowman Christmas Concert on December 16th, The Celtic Nutcracker Dance on December 21st & 22nd.
  • The annual Renmore Pantomime is back at the Town Hall Theatre with Beauty and the Beast from December 30th 2017 to January 14th 2018.
  • The Annual Galway Cope Christmas Day Swim takes place at Blackrock on Christmas Day from 10am to 1pm.
  • Take the free Elf Trail at Ceardlann Craft Village in Spiddal form December 1st to 22nd. Find Elf Doors and complete the trail for a free hot chocolate.
  • Galway Skates are open for ice-skating in Salthill from November 18th 2017 to January 7th 2018.
  • The Galway Christmas Market is back in Eyre Square from November 17th to December 22nd 2017.

South West

  • ChristmasTake a ride on the Bunratty Polar Express to visit Santa at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park 24th November until 23rd December 2017. 
  • The Hunt Museum Drop in Arts & Crafts Saturday is on December 16th from 12pm – 1pm.
  • Enjoy a Frozen Sing Along with face painting and special guests at glór Ennis on December 9th. Ballet Ireland presents Romeo & Juliet on December 15th, Pantaloons presents Cinderella from December 22nd to 31st 2017.
  • A Taste of Roscrea runs this December with a market, fashion show and much more.
  • Christmas Spraoi in Tralee has a host of family friendly events launching with the official switching on of the Christmas lights and the Annual CH Christmas Santa parade this December.
  • Christmas in Killarney have organised a feast of events for families this December.
  • This year’s panto at Source Arts Centre in Thurles is Hansel & Gretel taking place December 29th to 31st 2017.
  • Limerick On Ice is back for its 15th year beside Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, from December 1st 2017 until January 7th 2018. Kids will enjoy meeting Artic Arty and his special guests.
  • The UCH Limerick annual Christmas Panto is back from December 18th 2017 to January 7th 2018. This year you can enjoy Cinderella.
  • Enjoy Limerick Panto Society’s production of Aladdin at Lime Three Theatre from December 28th to January 7th 2018.


  • Christmas The Christmas Market on the Grand Parade runs each weekend up to Sunday 18th December. Once again there will be a free festive installation in Bishop Lucey Park, the giant Ferris wheel returns, and there will be food markets and festive entertainment galore.
  • Cork on Ice will be back at Mahon Point until January 28th, and is open every day except Christmas Day. Penguins available for small kids and special kiddies skating area.
  • The Cork North Pole Outpost Experience takes place in Cobh on dates from November 25th to December 23rd 2017.
  • The Cork Opera House Panto this year is Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, running on dates from November 30th 2017 to January 28th 2018.
  • Enjoy Beauty and the Beast at The Everyman Theatre Cork this Christmas running from December 9th 2017 to January 14th 2018.

Northern Ireland

  • ChristmasEnjoy a ‘Victorian Christmas Market‘ at Ballance House, Co Antrim, on Saturday December 2nd 2017.
  • Follow The Stick Man Trail at Colin Glen Forest this December. The experience is completely free so bring the family and enjoy one of Belfast’s most beautiful parks. Santa will be in his Gruffalo Grotto from December 1st to 22nd 2017.
  • Come to the Christmas Fair at The Argory, Dungannon on December 2nd & 3rd. And Santa’s Magical Kingdom will open on December 7th.
  • Step back in time and experience a Magical Christmas Experience from November 22nd to December 23rd 2017 at Titanic Belfast.

If we have missed any Christmas Events taking place near you, please let us know in the comments box below.

things to do around Ireland at Christmas

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