If Ireland is on your list of places to see, consider visiting its capital Dublin for the holidays.
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Around Christmas time, Ireland’s capital is awash in twinkling Christmas lights coupled with live performances, markets, and a festive shopping atmosphere that can’t be matched any other time of year.
Every evening, from Dec. 1 through to January, the city is transformed with an array of eco-friendly custom projections and lighting displays.
Last year, the “Dublin Winter Lights 2021” initiative was projected onto walls at Barnardo Square on Dame Street and on City Hall, to name a few of the locations that were lit up.
Grafton Street alone was shining brightly thanks to the power of 300,000 bulbs.
Eye-catching animations on the city’s Samuel Beckett Bridge and the beautifully lit Trinity College added a much-needed lift to Dublin during the darkest season of the year.
The “Castle of Light” event each year aims to bring the stunning grounds alive with a mix of lighting displays and immersive projections.
Be sure to wrap up warmly while enjoying an enchanting night walk on the grounds looking at the illuminated shapes of animals located throughout the property.
Visitors are usually admitted every 15 minutes between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets are €19.50 for adults and €16.50 for children, students, and seniors. Children under 2 are free.
Other Entertainment in Dublin
Dublin is famous for its Christmas pantos (pantomimes), a beloved tradition for many Dubliners.
During the Christmas holiday, visitors can choose from theatre, comedy, and an array of music shows at various venues throughout the city.
If you’re visiting the city in the week leading up to Christmas, you’ll find a variety of Christmas markets in the city center area.
Don’t forget to take the opportunity to gaze at the elaborate window displays in many of Dublin’s bigger stores.
If your vacation brings you right up to the New Year and beyond, you’ll be able to welcome the city's annual New Year's Festival Dublin.
The show includes six events that take place over two days in the heart of the city, beginning on Dec. 31 and ending on Jan. 1st.
One of the highlights of the New Year’s celebration this year is the Countdown Concert at Dublin Castle each year.
Visitors to Dublin in late January can enjoy the popular Irish trad and folk festival known as Tradfest Temple Bar, which will take place between Jan. 25th and 29th, 2023.