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Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

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Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

I know it's only barely November, but, for those who might want to plan ahead and see some of what Dublin has to offer for Christmas, check this out from today's Irish Times:

irishtimes.com/newspaper/…1224282486505.html

Sample Menu:

Sunday 21st November: Switching on of Christmas Lights

Monday 29th November: Special Shopping Deal for Senior Citizens. Plus, Gresham Hotel Afternoon Tea Special.

Weekend of 3-5 December: Chocolate Festival Temple Bar

Wednesday 8th December: 'Kids Go Free' in restaurants throughout city. Plus, Opening of Live Animal Crib at Mansion House.

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1. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

Uasal, I was just about to post this!

You beat me to it...

Good on ya!

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2. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

Hello, Clauds. I hope you hadn't already gone ahead with typing it.

For a more detailed list and description of Dublin Christmas Events:

http://www.dublinatchristmas.ie/events.html

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3. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

Nah, Uasal, caught your post before getting the fingers busy typing.

Lots of things to keep potential visitors (and locals) occupied over Christmas.

Thanks for the info!

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4. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

Hey, I know it's early, but do you have any tips on what to do for New Years Eve?

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5. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

My advice is to buy some candles .........lots of them!!

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6. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

man, I hate candles....

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7. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

Have a look here for suggestions for New Year's Eve Events:

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8. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

Perfect - thank you (o:

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9. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

My family and I will be in Dublin from 12/24 - 12/26. Can you give me an idea of what it is like. Are businesses open? Are there things to do, places to see, restaurants and bars open? I have heard mixed reports that the city shuts down completely over this time period, but I am hoping I have heard wrong. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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10. Re: Christmas 2010 Events Dublin city (starting late November)

Hi litledeby21

You have heard correctly. Christmas in Ireland is very much a family time and most restaurants/shops etc will close early on Christmas Eve and a few will re-open on the 26th but most on the 27th December. On Christmas day itself there will be very little open, generally only petrol stations and some local spar/centra type shops (think 7/11).

However, with a little planning you can make this a very special visit to Dublin. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere in Dublin City on Christmas Eve - from early morning there will be people rushing around getting last minute gifts, meeting friends for a Christmas drink in pubs and meeting up for lunch. It's a truly magical time in the City and one which many visitors will never experience.

Some things that you need to think of - Where are you staying? Are you within walking distance of the City Centre? Are you self-catering or staying in a hotel? If you are staying in a hotel check if they are open for Christmas dinner for residents. If you are self-catering you will need to stock up with supplies on arrival on the 24th.

On Christmas day you could take some time to walk around the city, see some open air sights and enjoy having it almost to yourself. Even if you're not religious you might like to pop into one of the churches and enjoy a Christmas Mass - just to soak up the atmosphere and listen to the choirs. If you are staying in the city centre you could use one of the Dublin Bikes and take a ride through the Phoenix Park.

On the 26th some museums and shops will open but it is generally another quiet family day. Last year we popped into the Museum at Collins Barracks for an hour and had the whole place to ourselves.

My advice to you is to check out the situation re your accommodation and dining options and once you have the practical things sorted just enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Dublin at Christmas.

If you have any other questions please post.

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