Christmas entertainment for all the family: Festive markets, shows, parties and more

There are always way too few sleeps until Christmas, so get your skates on to make the most of all the festive entertainments on offer.

Of course the whole country will be lit up like a Christmas tree, with festive illuminations in cities, towns and villages, but for extra sparkle don’t miss the Dublin City Council Winter Lights display. It promises a dazzling December with buildings and bridges set for light installations, projections and sculptures, including the Spire, GPO, Trinity College, Central Bank Plaza and the Millennium and Ha’penny bridges, to name just a few.

Also back this year is the wonderful installation at Merrion Square park, transforming it into a magical winter walk with a constellation of LED lights among the trees and across the grass.

It would not be Christmas without Santa and the Big Man is back at the home of the GAA, Croke Park. Having arrived in mid-November he will be on duty on selected dates until December 22nd. However, he is not the only star player, with all sorts of winter wonderland scenes to enjoy en route to his Croke Park Cabin, have your picture taken, and score a gift.

Christmas is not Christmas without music and there is loads to look forward to this year, including Christmas by Candlelight at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, on December 20th-21st, featuring classic singalong songs such as White Christmas and Winter Wonderland.

The National Concert Hall’s schedule is a veritable cracker, starting with The Good Glow’s Joy to the World on December 3rd, featuring positive and uplifting talks and high energy Christmas music to kick off the festive season.

The National Symphony Orchestra is in full swing with Home

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