Christmas in Dublin 2020 – What’s On

What a year 2020 has been. As the year draws to an end, a lot of people are left wondering, what will there be to do this year for Christmas? Check out some of the ideas below!


Late Late Toy Show

The Late Late Toy Show will indeed be going ahead this year! A staple in nearly all Irish families since it first aired in 1974, the Late Late Toy Show is an annual episode of the Late Late Show, where children of all ages come and show off some of the best toys to ask Santa for that year. All of the toys featured on the show go to charity. Being aired on Friday, 27th November at 21:35.

Retro Drive In Movies 

While Retro Drive in did have to close for Halloween due to the Level 5 lockdown, they will be back open for their Christmas showings. From Home Alone to The Grinch, watching your favourite Christmas movie on the big screen will bring you some good cheer!

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Mistletown Market 

One of the ways we all know Christmas is here is the abundance of markets that pop up! Thankfully this year, one of those, Mistletown Market, usually located in Capel Street’s Fruit and Veg Market, has moved online! Check out their website for some fantastic Christmas ideas, from clothes to food!

Rediscover Christmas Virtual Fair

A fair to help you rediscover the magic of Christmas, but it’s a sustainability virtual fair also! The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun is bringing you an online fair. They will have workshops for both adults and children, sustainable gift ideas, and more. Happening from on the 5th of December from 11:00-13:00.


Olympia Panto

The 2020 Panto Freezin’ 2 in The Olympia Theatre looks set to go ahead, running from mid December until January. 

Cheerios Panto

The Cheerios Panto for 2020, Peter Pan, looks like it will be going ahead. Check back on their website for more info on tickets and dates.

The Helix Panto

This year, The Helix’s Panto is The Sword in the Stone! The difference this year is that it will be a streamed event, so you can laugh and boo along with the cast from the comfort of your own home. Check out The Helix website for more details!

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Christmas Papercut Card Virtual Workshop for Adults

Join visual artist and designer Paul Bokslag for this online workshop. You will explore papercutting traditions from around the world. You will also look at the classic snowflake design and experiment with some basic paper cutting techniques. By the end of the workshop, you will have created your own papercut Christmas cards and have developed some new skills along the way. Check it out on Sat, 28 November 2020 12:00-00:00.

Own materials required.

Owl Decorating Workshop for the Family

We’re all about upcycling and recycling this year, so why not try this owl decorating workshop for the whole family! Learn how to make fun decorations for the house and tree, and recycle some bits at the same time! Fun and environmentally friendly! Happening on the 5th of December at 11:00.

Christmas Wreath Making Kit by Kay’s Flower School

This year, perhaps more than ever, it will be nice to see some of the Christmas decorations going up a little early. One of the most visible ones we can see are the Christmas wreaths that appear on our doors. So this year, why not have a go at making your own? The Wreath Making Kit from Kay’s Flower School will be the perfect thing to use, and you’ll see those results hanging up all holiday season! The online class will be on Facebook and Instagram on December 3rd and 4th at 19:00. 

Christmas Upcycling Extravaganza with Michelle Made This

Michelle Fallon from Michelle Made This is hosting a virtual workshop to teach you how to make upcycled decorations, gift ideas and more. Check it out on Saturday, 5th Dec from 13:30 – 14:30.


The Moving Crib

For the past 60+ years, The Moving Crib has happened every December, and it’s not about to stop! They have added some new guidelines this year so anyone can still enjoy the event. Check out their website for more details.

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Meet Santa

Meet Santa Online

Now, what’s Christmas without a visit to Santa? Don’t worry, this year you can still meet jolly saint Nick online! Visit and book your visit so the kids don’t miss out on this age old tradition!

Flight Before Christmas

A magical time is still to be had by visiting Santa’s workshop this year. Located at Weston Airport, Backweston, Co. Dublin, Flight Before Christmas has a dazzling display that you can experience from your car. Experience a Reindeer Runway, Santa’s Workshop, and more. Check out their website for more details. 

Drive In Santa at the RDS 

Santa has been busy at work this year, making a few workshop drive-ins for all the family to enjoy. This one, located at the RDS promises a visit through Winter Workshops , Santa’s Sorting Office and even a chance to see the Elf’s Christmas Control Centre. Book your ticket while they’re still available!

Luggwoods Enchanted Forest/Meet Santa

Luggwoods have a range of events happening to get you that meeting with Santa. From zoom meetings to personalised messages, to a visit through their forest, there’s something for everyone! Check them all out on their website, and book a ticket fast!

These are only some of the events happening this Christmas in Dublin. I hope there was something there for you, to make your Christmas that bit more festive this year!


Michaela Moriarty
Michaela Moriarty

Michaela is a writer and editor based in Dublin. Dabbles in fiction writing on the side, also likes to game and bake for fun.

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