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The 8 tips to make your Christmas shine in Dublin if you are away from home.
It’s getting closer to the most wonderful time of the year – but for many of us, we are thousands of miles away from home. It definitely feels different to spend Christmas away from family as an ex-pat, but there is plenty to get excited about here in Dublin. Here is a list of 8 tips to make your Christmas shine in Dublin and have yourself a merry little Christmas!
Tip 1. See famous Irish faces busking for Charity at Christmas Eve on Grafton St.
As you well know, Grafton Street is one of the most fashionable shopping streets in Dublin, as well as one of the best places to see amazing buskers. Christmas Eve is an especially great time to make an amazing Christmas memory. Famous Irish faces such as Bono, The Edge, Glen Hansard have even been known to turn up and busk for charity. Yes, this is the only moment that you can see in the world that can happen in Ireland!
Tip 2. Swim on Christmas morning
If you enjoy having a little swim every now and then, how about swimming in the sea on Christmas morning? The charity Christmas swim has been around for decades and now is one of Ireland’s biggest traditions, with more people braving to do it every year. Just take courage dear heart and hot chocolate before and after the swim. Here is a list we have put together containing information about the Christmas swims around Ireland in this post.
Tip 3. Get festive with Christmas
Have you been looking to go to a Christmas festival in Dublin? The Leopardstown Christmas festival offers an exhilarating day of glamour, festivities, music and entertainment. It runs over four days from 26th to 29th December. The weather isn’t a matter, just get out there!
Tip 4. Hop to the wonderful Christmas markets
It’s finally time for Christmas shopping! Make sure to visit the wonderful Christmas markets which are filled with the local artisan foods, gifts and decorations this Christmas season. Check out these magical Christmas markets in Dublin in this post.
Tip 5. Check out the fabulous Christmas lights
All about town, Dublin has been turning on its Christmas lights. Thirty streets across the capital have participated since mid of November 2019 including Grafton Street, Henry Street, South William Street, Capel Street and others. You can also check out the elaborate lights some Dublin residents have decorated their houses with as well as the Dublin Zoo wild lights. Bring a shine to your Irish Christmas in Dublin and check out our Christmas lights in Dublin post.
Tip 6. Go shopping late at night
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. But is there any time for shopping? Thankfully we are here to help with your Christmas shopping list and have a list of opening hours for businesses in the city centre. Now you can enjoy late-night shopping at your ease before or after work!
Tip 7. Challenge the 12 pubs of Christmas
The 12 Pubs of Christmas has become a more popular challenge every year in Ireland. The idea is simple, just wear the most garish Christmas jumper and pop into 12 pubs to drink on the same day. Doesn’t it just sound so Irish? Doesn’t it? Even more fun is the challenge’s wacky set of rules. Why don’t you try to be part of the most fun challenge in the world!
Tip 8. Sliding in the ice rink
Can you imagine Christmas without ice skating? There are some places offering ice skating in Dublin over the Christmas period. Enjoy the joys of sliding!
Are you going to join these things this Christmas? Do you think something missed to do on this list? Let us know in the comments section below!