Fun and Festive Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland at Christmas

Jill Holtz

November 10, 2021

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Get wrapped up in the magic of Christmas and all the seasonal fun with some fantastic family-friendly events and activities. If you are looking for things to do this December and Christmas break, check out our round up of seasonal events and things to do with kids around Ireland this Christmas 2021.

Things to Do in Dublin at Christmas

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo 2021

Dates: Daily to January 9th 2022 (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Stephen’s Day)

Back in all of its dazzling glory, Wild Lights will take you on a magical adventure ‘Around the World’ where you will see some of the most famous global landmarks and iconic symbols.

From Spain to India and Morocco to the USA, embark on a breathtaking journey taking in the famous sights from all the continents. Explore the ancient Egyptian pyramids, take a romantic stroll by the Eiffel Tower and even jet off to outer space – all through a stunning display of more than a thousand incredible, colourful and illuminated silk lanterns!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Moving Crib

Things to do around Ireland at Christmas

Dates: November 23rd 2021 to January 9th 2022

The Moving Crib will be back in Parnell Square, Dublin from this year. Delighting families for free for 65 years, the crib will be open daily from 11am to 6pm, except for Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day and New Years Day.

Booking is essential. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Christmas Drive In Movies at Leopardstown Racecourse

Dates: Selected dates through December

Movies include:

  • Love Actually (Dec 1st and 11th)
  • Santa Claus the Movie (Dec 3rd and 17th)
  • Scrooged (Dec 4th)
  • Elf (Dec 4th, 5th, 12th and 15th)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (Dec 5th)
  • The Grinch (Dec 5th)
  • Home Alone (Dec 6th and 11th)
  • Home Alone 2 (Dec 7th and 11th)
  • The Polar Express (Dec 8th and 16th)
  • The Santa Clause (Dec 16th and 17th)

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Christmas Fair at The Rediscovery Centre

Dates: December 3rd and 4th 2021

The Rediscover Christmas Fair combines the Centre’s work with independent suppliers and their sustainability ethos to create Dublin’s best sustainable Christmas fair.

This sustainable Christmas experience will have independent retailers, sustainably made products and other businesses that focus on reuse, quality and local production. Market stalls will be filled with sustainable, upcycled and ethically sourced products.

This family-friendly event will also include seasonal workshops for both adults and children, children’s games, an all day festive movie screening and festive foods & drinks in the Boiler House Cafe.

For more information, click here.

Tracks in the Snow – The Henry Girls

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Dates: December 4th and 5th 2021

One of The Ark’s most popular music shows is back for a limited live run this Christmas! Follow the heavenly harmonies of The Henry Girls into an enchanting world of winter!

From sparkling icicles to wolves in the forest, the joy of sledding at high speed or the wonder of the Aurora Borealis on a frosty night, discover the magic and mysteries of the festive season.

And just what did make those tracks in the snow? Find out as the band’s playful humour and trademark folk and trad melodies celebrate some of the things we love to see and do when the world turns white.

Suitable for ages 4+ years. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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A Dublin Gospel Christmas at The Civic Theatre, Tallaght

Date: December 5th 2021

The Dublin Gospel Choir return to The Civic with a brilliant selection of festive favourites and gospel greats to give you all the Christmas feels!

DGC have long been a household name in Ireland – versatile, vibrant and uplifting with powerful voices and rich harmonies. They have performed with artists as diverse as John Legend, Take That, Duran Duran, Damien Rice, Outkast and Ennio Morricone and their annual slot at Electric Picnic is nothing less than legendary.

This year there will be two shows – a family friendly matinee with lots of fun for the kids and and the regular evening showing. So bring your Santa hats and let’s get into Christmas!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Early Years Workshop: Little Bird

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Date: December 7th 2021

It’s oh so cold this time of year but the birds are still outside looking for food on the hard cold ground and in the frosty air. In this 45-minute workshop you’ll hear the tale of a hungry little Robin who needs your help. Learn how to make a special bird feeder for Robin and his friends to hang in your garden or window box.

Search for worms in the sensory garden or make a branch full of berries to keep our little friend fed. With the help of your grown-up, you could make your own feathered friend to take home and keep cosy all winter long

Suitable for ages 2-4 years. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Aware Christmas 5k

Dates: December 10-12th 2021

The annual Aware Christmas Run takes place virtually this year. Online registration is available for the 5k event which you can choose to do close to home at your own pace.

Your participation will help ensure we can continue to provide vital, free services for individuals and families impacted by depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Each participant will receive a special participation medal, which doubles as a Christmas tree decoration.

Nutcracker Sweeties at Draíocht

Dates: December 10th and 11th 2021

Presented by Ballet Ireland, Nutcracker Sweeties is set on a magical Christmas Eve. Ciara and her brother Fionn are on a shopping trip to a famous department store in Dublin. They wander off from their parents and the magic of Nutcracker and Christmas begins.

The two are rescued by the Nutcracker doll who comes to life before Ciara shakes a snow globe creating a glorious blizzard of snowflakes…

Nutcracker Sweeties, an exciting new Irish presentation of the festive classic performed by a cast of world-class dancers, will appeal to audiences of all ages with its fairy-tale magic, beautiful costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Polar Bear and Penguin

Dates: December 11th

The tale of an unlikely encounter between a Polar Bear and a Penguin. This is the story of polar opposite characters meeting for the first time, how they get to know one another and how they learn to survive in a world that is melting beneath their feet … paws … flippers.

Paul Curley (THE DIG and Bake!) and John Currivan (The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket), bring this quirky new theatre play for young audiences to life.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Christmas Crafts Workshop at The Rediscovery Centre

Date: December 11th 2021

Join The Rediscovery Centre for a fun, hands-on eco Christmas crafts workshop for kids, where you will make fabulous Christmas decorations from waste materials.

Crafts include creating Santa Claus figures using cardboard, to making plastic bottle penguins, fabric tree decorations and beautiful upcycled Christmas cards.

Suitable for children aged 6-12 years of age. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Creative Teens Lab: Online Workshop – Pop Up Cards

Things to do around Ireland at Christmas

Date: December 11th 2021

This Christmas season, join Roxana Manouchehri and learn how to make a pop-up Christmas cards. Surprise your friends, family or sweetheart with a hand-made season’s greetings note.

Suitable for ages 12-17 years. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Nutcracker Sweeties at The Civic Theatre, Tallaght

Dates: December 13th and 14th 2021

Presented by Ballet Ireland, Nutcracker Sweeties is set on a magical Christmas Eve. Ciara and her brother Fionn are on a shopping trip to a famous department store in Dublin. They wander off from their parents and the magic of Nutcracker and Christmas begins.

The two are rescued by the Nutcracker doll who comes to life before Ciara shakes a snow globe creating a glorious blizzard of snowflakes…

Nutcracker Sweeties, an exciting new Irish presentation of the festive classic performed by a cast of world-class dancers, will appeal to audiences of all ages with its fairy-tale magic, beautiful costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Christmas Movie Screenings at Draíocht

Date: December 15th 2021

Come and enjoy your festive family favourites on the big screen

  • Elf (December 15th)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (December 15th)

For more information and booking details, click here.

North Pole Experience at Leopardstown

Date: December 18th and 19th 2021

Ireland’s original drive-in Christmas Experience is coming to Leopardstown Racecourse. Enjoy the Santa Experience from the comfort of your car with a special Christmas movie screening, a live link up to Santa’s Village in the North Pole, a Christmas sing-a-long Caraoke with Santa’s personal DJ, and a personal family message from Santa directly to your smart device!

For more information and booking details, click here.

Things to Do Around Ireland at Christmas

The Big Christmas Sing Concert, Wexford Arts Centre

Date: Selected dates from November 10th to December 11th 2021

Come along to the Wexford Arts Centre and be part of fun community carol singing choir workshops led by Elizabeth Studdard. Free to join. All welcome, and no previous experience required.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Alpine Skate Trail at Fota

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Dates: November 12th 2021 to January 23rd 2022

It’s time to get your skates on! Ireland’s first skate trail is coming to Cork.

The Alpine Skate Trail will be set among the trees in Fota, providing a stunning backdrop that offers an authentic rustic feeling and a festive mood as you skate through the magically lit forest!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Winter Wonderland at Westport House, Mayo

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Dates: November 20th to December 23rd 2021

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 – and 2021 is no different!

Westport House will be beautifully decorated and you’re invited to visit to see the giant Christmas tree, take a festive photo, get your faces painted, make your own decorations, meet Mrs Claus and enjoy a complimentary drink before heading to spend some time with the main man himself in his Grotto in Tinsel Town.

And don’t forget to hop on board Winter Wonderland Express Train for a spin around the estate!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Cork Christmas LEGO Show

Cork Christmas lego show

Dates: November 20th and 21st 2021

The Cork Christmas LEGO show includes:

  • Original and hard to find LEGO models
  • Huge LEGO play area
  • Free speed build competitions
  • Free face painting
  • Colouring table for younger children
  • Vendors
  • and sensory cool down area.

Santa will also meet every child – keep an eye out as he gets up to have fun with the kids.

All children will also receive a LEGO polybag to take home.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Christmas Trail of Lights at Bunratty Castle, Clare

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Dates: November 26th to December 23rd 2021

With a little sprinkling of magical fairy dust over this quaint little corner of County Clare Santa has created a magical illuminated festive trail for all to enjoy!

Join an enchanted walk through the winter woodlands and twinkling lights of Bunratty Folk Park and you never know, you might even catch a glimpse of the big man in the red suit before he jets off to his workshop in the North Pole!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Nutcracker Sweeties at Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Dates: December 3rd and 4th 2021

Presented by Ballet Ireland, Nutcracker Sweeties is set on a magical Christmas Eve. Ciara and her brother Fionn are on a shopping trip to a famous department store in Dublin. They wander off from their parents and the magic of Nutcracker and Christmas begins.

The two are rescued by the Nutcracker doll who comes to life before Ciara shakes a snow globe creating a glorious blizzard of snowflakes…

Nutcracker Sweeties, an exciting new Irish presentation of the festive classic performed by a cast of world-class dancers, will appeal to audiences of all ages with its fairy-tale magic, beautiful costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Carols by Candlelight, Portlaoise

Dates: December 4th 2021

Portlaoise Musical Society in association with Portlaoise Parish are delighted to present Carols by Candlelight, a concert of Christmas songs on Saturday 4th December at St. Peter & Paul’s Church Portlaoise.

Proceeds from the carol service are in aid of St. Vincent de Paul and Portlaoise Musical Society.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

A Winter Garden Wonderland at Strokestown House

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Dates: December 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th 2021

This Christmas Strokestown Park has once again joined with Enchanted Croí Theatre to create a magical children’s event in the Walled Gardens.

Your children will wind their way towards Santy’s Grotto, stopping to meet the Snow Queen and wonderful creatures along the way. On their journey they will listen to magical stories and be mesmerised by Enchanted Croí’s Puppet Theatre .

All tours will begin and end on the pop-up Christmas Street in the Walled Garden – with mobile café, food pods, Christmas stall and crafts.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Birr Castle Christmas Cracker Challenge

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Dates: December 8th 2021 to January 6th 2022 (closed Christmas Day, Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day)

Have some safe festive fun searching for the Christmas crackers that Cracker Jack lost in the gardens of Birr Castle Demesne. Pick up your trail and pencil at reception, and head off in search of the hidden crackers. There’s a little treat if you find them all!

Pre-booking is not essential and the Christmas Cracker Challenge is included in the general admission price. For more information and to book tickets to Birr Castle Demesne, click here.

The Snow Queen at Mullingar Arts Centre, Westmeath

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Dates: December 9th to 30th 2021

This Christmas, Mullingar Pantomime Group bring to the stage their 14th production, The Snow Queen.

Led by the amazing Dame, Snowflake and incorporating Princess’ Elsa and Anna the story is the struggle of good over evil – the evil character being The Snow Queen and her collection of Snow creatures. Watch out for Ben and Holly, the largest characters ever to grace the stage of the Arts Centre and lots of other fun characters.

Featuring well known songs and the immensely talented dancers, it is an experience not to be missed. The show will include the ever-present Movie, which has become an integral part of the annual Panto.

For more information and booking details, click here.

The Untold Truth of Captain Hook at MAC, Belfast

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Dates: December 10th 2021 to January 1st 2022

Lost Boys, shipwrecks, mermaids, crocodiles, and pirates. You may know the facts, but do you really know the truth? Why not bring the whole family together to find out this December at the MAC?

Join the Replay Theatre Company for an epic, theatrical adventure through the time before Neverland, exploring how the best of brothers can become the worst of enemies, in this family show packed with excitement and charm.

For more information and booking details, click here.

Little Red Riding Hood’s Christmas Adventure at Wexford Arts Centre

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Dates: December 11th 2021

Little Red Riding Hood is off through the forest with a basket of Christmas Goodies for her Granny, because every Christmas Eve, Santa stops off at Granny’s for a giant Jammy Donut and a Cup of Tea to perk him up for his long journeys. Her best friend, Hans the Woodsman, is very worried because something strange is happening in the forest – the trolls are leaving, a dreadful witch has arrived and he has heard a wolf! A very dangerous wolf, and wolves love Jammy Donuts – and… wolves eat Grannies!!

For more information and booking details, click here.

Bosco’s Garden at Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

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Dates: December 11th 2021

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.

Enjoy the enchanted story of Hansel and Gretel where a silly witch tries to capture Hansel and Gretel but they prove to clever for her.

With a brilliant array of characters and lots of fun and excitement, enjoy Bosco through this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre.

For more information and booking details, click here.

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Bosco’s Garden at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

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Dates: December 11th 2021

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.

Enjoy the enchanted story of Hansel and Gretel where a silly witch tries to capture Hansel and Gretel but they prove to clever for her.

With a brilliant array of characters and lots of fun and excitement, enjoy Bosco through this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre.

For more information and booking details, click here.

Christmas Movie Screenings at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Laois

Date: December 15th and 22nd 2021

Come and enjoy your festive family favourites on the big screen

  • Elf (December 15th)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (December 22nd)

For more information and booking details, click here.

Christmas Sing-a-long at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

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Dates: December 19th 2021

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a jolly big sing-a-long! There’ll be singing, jumping and shaking in this holiday-themed family concert with Kyle Riley.

Full of Christmas favourites, Kyle’s catchy original children’s music and the kids fave raves , it’s sure to get the whole family in the spirit of the season. We’ll also dance, make some big noise with percussive instruments, and float with colourful scarves.

Suitable for under 8s, rock toddlers and little boppers in between. For more information and booking details, click here.

A Lot Like Christmas Featuring The Snowman and Panto Pals at UCH Limerick

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Dates: December 27th to 31st 2021

Featuring a screening of the iconic, animated film The Snowman, with live narration, A Lot Like Christmas will also see the welcome return of some of your favourite Panto Pals including Richie Hayes & Myles Breen.

Come join them as they get caught up in madness and mayhem in an attempt to bring Christmas back to the UCH stage. With their hysterical endeavors, a sprinkling of song and the classic wonder of The Snowman movie, this will be unmissable family entertainment!

For more information and booking details, click here.

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Published On: November 10th, 2021 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: June 6th, 2022 / Tags: , , , /

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