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Christmas Holiday

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Christmas Holiday

My group of friends and I were planning to take a trip around Europe, and were thinking of spending christmas in Ireland. Is this a good destination for a christmas holiday? Are there any places highly recommended to go visit?

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1. Re: Christmas Holiday

Christmas is a family time in Ireland. Businesses (shops, restaurants and bars) close early-ish on the 24th and stay closed on the 25th. A few open on 26th but most remain closed until the 27th or after. A handful of restaurants don't open until the 6th of Jan and amazingly one I know of remained closed until the 14th! (I guess it's a slow time for trade and a good time to take holidays!)

Would this suit you?

If you plan on coming it's best to find a hotel that will provide a meal on Christmas Day as there will be few to no options open.

Saying that the atmosphere in Dublin coming up to Christmas is brilliant, lots of people in good spirits, parties and general fun. I love it!

Edited: 20 January 2014, 12:20
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2. Re: Christmas Holiday

Hi Anna

As mentioned already, Ireland is great in the run up to Christmas, particularly in the cities where there are lots of seasonal activities. But once Christmas Eve arrives, It's almost as it everybody is wrecked from the build up and retreats into the warm bosom of their families and friends, many of whom are 'home' from abroad. Lots of socialising is done in the Christmas to New Year period but it is generally home and family based (or perhaps thats just my age ;-))

As mentioned already, if you plan of being here for Christmas Day make sure you have your meals booked as only hotels restaurants and some ethnic restaurants will be open.

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