Dublin Event Guide 444: Christmas Markets, Christmas under the clock, Winter Solstice Celebration and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 19th, 2015
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 444 | 18 December 2015

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Hi all!

Late again! :-S I had a great time in Germany at some beautiful Christmas Markets and with my parents and there was plenty of time to spend with my wonderful nephew and niece, who are just at that ideal age of 7 and 4. Ben, my nephew, gave me a stone that he found as a souvenir when we left. How sweet!! Anna, my niece, had something else for us! She generously passed on a whopping cold to us that she probably picked up in her Kindergarten. So this week I wrote this Dublin Event Guide with a big headache, fever, a running nose etc.

But, the good news is that there is another Dublin Event Guide for you to help you in this final week before Christmas. Some people have asked me if there will be an edition next week as well and I can confirm that there will be one. I might not write it on Christmas Day, which is next Friday, and there will also be less events (Understandably!) but you will definitely get something.

Please don’t forget that there are two areas the Dublin Event Guide needs your continued help with every week: Your donations help paying the bills for sending the Dublin Event Guide every week, so please help if you can. Just 1 Euro per month (12 Euro per year) would be great. Unfortunately not many subscribers are prepared to or able to help, so please don’t rely on others!

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Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-mail magazine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and there could be more in the coming week and this section is for the people that want to overcome the hurdles, achieve more and remember that despite all, life is great!

Today’s feel good slot is a quote again. The time when most people think about the past year and make plans for the new year is nearly upon us and with new goals we usually have one BIG challenge to overcome. It is FEAR! Fear to fail, fear not to fit in anymore, fear to do something wrong and sometimes even the fear to succeed!

Steve Maraboli, Speaker/Author and Behavioral Science Academic, said

Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.

What does he mean with that? It means that without you allowing, feeding and maintaining that fear it couldn’t survive. It is too simple to say “Just stop being fearful!”, but think about what you do to keep the fear alive and change that behaviour!

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EventbriteThe main sponsor is Eventbrite and their support is hugely appreciated! Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event, and has sold over 200 million tickets and registrations worldwide, totalling more than $3 billion in gross ticket sales. Eventbrite is free for free events. The online event registration service makes it easy for everyone to discover events, and to share the events they are attending with the people they know. In this way, Eventbrite brings communities together by encouraging people to connect through live experiences.

All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

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Joergs Picks

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

A very last time, I will mention Christmas Markets here again. Come to the I Believe market on Sunday at 13:00 and you will hear the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir perform (and I will be doing the sound). And after that at 15:00 don’t miss the Aerial Acrobatics in O’Connel Street.

With this already being Christmas week, there is definitely a reduction in events detectable and – understandably – there are hardly any events on Friday.

Last few days for shopping and then hopefully a great Christmas! Enjoy!

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Dublin Christmas Markets Update

I went to the “Christmas Market” at the RDS during the week and found out that it is not that! It has no rresemblance with a Christmas Market, apart from the fact that the few stalls are in wooden huts and there are also some food stalls. There are 2 or 3 craft-like shops and the rest is phone covers, yellow smiley pillows, and the type of cheap “merchandise” stuff that you are sold outside Croke Park or Lansdowne Road on match or concert days. Perfect for kids that want to go to Funderland and that is the target group, but don’t go there expecting a nice Christmas Market.

I still haven’t been to Dun Laoghaire this year, but I am told it is very very small. If you have been and can tell me about it, please send your critique to dublineventguide@gmail.com. The same goes for your critique about the Malahide Christmas Kingdom! I would love to get your input!

After writing about, thinking about and talking about Christmas Markets for the last few weeks, I realised that Dublin has only two suitable locations for a Christmas Market…and George’s Dock, where the “I believe” market is, is not one of them,

The only two suitable locations are St. Stephen’s Green and the courtyard of Dublin Castle! Unfortunately – in this case – both are owned/looked after by the Office of Public Works (OPW), who run great events at Farmleigh House, but have never really made Dublin Castle or St. Stephen’s Green available for big long-duration events like a Christmas Market.

I also have concluded that a market HAS to be organised and run by Dublin City (or the OPW) but NOT by an event management company and that as soon as a PR company gets hired, you can forget the whole thing because the focus is wrong.

Despite the tall (and totally ridiculous) claim that the “I believe” Market will be one of Europe’s top Christmas Market in 3-5 years. there are more and more people that expect that there will not even be a Year 2 for this market. It is significantly better than last year’s Dublintown-organised Christmas Market on the footpath outside St. Stephen’s Green, but it is not good enough to leave any significant impression.

Maybe all these trial and errors are to be expected in the childhood days of an event? Many forget that the first Christmas Market in Dublin took place just about 10 years ago. That is not that long ago! The Nürnberg Christkindlesmarket, with about 2 million visitors every year, has a 400 year long history! So maybe we should give Dublin Christmas Markets some more time to get it right? But what about the Galway Market and the Belfast Market? Where everybody is telling me that they are really good. They didn’t need more time!!

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For all Christmas Market fans, I have compiled a list of all Christmas Markets in Dublin this year and you will find it at www.DublinChristmasMarkets.com Have a look and tell your friends and families. It is a relatively simple website, but hopefully it is useful!

And if you click on/use the advertisement that is on that website, you will help the Dublin Event Guide!! ;-)

Your Christmas Present for the Dublin Event Guide?

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Alternatively or – ideally – additionally please use the links in this newsletter to buy your Christmas presents. Go to this newsletter in your Inbox or on www.dublineventguide.com and click on the Book Depository, Amazon, Groupon, Living Social links etc before you buy (They are all in the first message in this Dublin News section!!). You will then be brought to the page you clicked on and if you complete your purchase there, then the Dublin Event Guide will get a small commission (up to 5%). You won’t have to pay more, but you help the Dublin Event Guide.

Some nice Dublin Event Guide Readers sent me an anonymous Thanks in the form of a voucher for a restaurant in town. Unfortunately they didn’t leave any address, so I will thank them this way. THANK YOU! I think who they are. ;-) It was formerly a Google Team with one wonderful person in charge of arranging this every year. They know that me and gift vouchers have a challenged relationship and therefore I get a gift voucher from them. :-) I appreciate it a lot, EVEN if it is a voucher! :-P

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now Eventbrite’s section to highlight some of the events they – as the main sponsor of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) – would particularly like to bring to your attention. Many events listed here will be free, but there will be a non-free event in the list as well and they will be marked as non-free. All information is supplied by Eventbrite.

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DUBLIN MARKET RAVE – Sat 19 Dec (from 12:00)
The Dublin Market Rave, Retail While You Rave, is their slogan. This is their second event, over 1100 people attended the first market despite stormy weather proving that they have discovered a niche. They promise to have many of the same vendors at their next market as well as early yoga, dancersize, pig-on-a-spit, retro games room, bindi-jewellery & face-painting and much more.
Admission is free and tickets are not required, but more information can be found here.

LIVE JAZZ – Sat 19 Dec (from 21:00)
The Inn on the Green bar hosts Dublin’s top jazz, blues and soul performers and is nestled in the contemporary surroundings of The Fitzwilliam Hotel. Described as “one of Dublin’s coolest bars”, the Inn on the Green transforms into the city’s only jazz location on a Saturday night. The understated city centre bar in the heart of the city is the ideal place to mingle.
Experience the warm dulcet tones of the finest jazz musicians from 21:00-23:30 every Saturday night. Music ranges from the Great American Songbook to a contemporary take on age-old classics.
Admission is free and tickets are not required, but more information is here.

And you can find lots of more events at www.eventbrite.ie or download the Eventbrite app to find events around you.

Exhibitions

Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie . For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is www.visualartists.ie/category/listings/dublin/

On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

WORK – an exhibition by Eoin Francis McCormack

10-23 Dec (Mon-Sat 11:00-17:00)

Steambox Galleries, School Street, Dublin 8

Eoin Francis McCormack is exhibiting his paintings that explore painting as work ethic that includes routine and physical labour.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/901296489977204/

“Stoneymollan Trail” by Charlotte Prodger

04 Dec – 06 Feb

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Charlotte Prodger will present her recent Margaret Tait award winning work, Stoneymollan Trail. This feature length single-screen video revolves around the idea of screens and how they measure and mediate subjectivity. Comprising material from multiple formats that includes an archive of miniDV tapes that Prodger shot between 1999 and 2004, recent footage shot on her iPhone and HD camera, recorded voiceover and screenprinted graphic forms, Stoneymollan Trailtraces a history of recent video formats as well as the artist’s personal history.

Admission is free.

www.templebargallery.com/

A lonely impulse of delight

until 30 Jan (Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat 11:00-17:00)

SO Fine Art Editions, 10 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

SO Fine Art Editions marks the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth with a prestigious exhibition entitled ‘A lonely impulse of delight’ featuring works from Ireland’s top writers and artists.
This exhibition is part of the official ‘Yeats 2015’ celebrations and incorporates the works of 32 visual artists, writers and sculptors.

Admission is free.

www.sofinearteditions.com/

Total Recall – Gretchen Bender

23 Oct – 23 Dec (11:00-18:00, excluding Sinday and bank holidays)

Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

This exhibition will show Gretchen Bender’s “Total Recall” (1987), bringing her concept of ‘electronic theatre’ to life.

“The 24-monitor multi-projection screen installation, Total Recall explores the accelerated image-flow of television and includes a multitude of images that surrounded the context of her work – corporate logos, military hardware, Hollywood film as well as commercials for consumer goods.”

Admission is free. www.projectartscentre.ie/event/gretchen-bender/

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 19 Dec

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, has up to 200 cars/sellers. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line stop and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 06:30 for buyers from 08:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on their website.

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Sat 19 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

The first markets start on 22 Nov and the longest run is until 03 January.

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 19 Dec

Honest2goodness, 136 Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

The weekly Honest2goodness food market in Glasnevin has fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, and wines. It is open from 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre.

www.honest2goodness.ie

Park Runs: Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 19 Dec

Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Parkrun Ireland is organising free weekly runs in parks. It is a timed run over 5km and participation is completely free, but registration before your first parkrun is required.

A whole range of Parkruns take place every week (and if you know some more, please tell me):
+ Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin
+ Cabinteely Park, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
+ Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co. Dublin
+ Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Co. Dublin

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 19 Dec

St. Andrews Resource Centre, 114 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

www.supernatural.ie

The Green Door Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 19 Dec

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Dec

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

The Belgard Weekend Market is an indoor market with stalls with handcraft (incl. designer jewellery, aran jumpers and wool, christening robes and shawls, cards and cross stitch), household items, bric and brac, furniture, flowers, make-up, clothes, shoes, showers, upholstery, toys, kitchens, cafe, army memorabilia, collectors items, sweets, handbags books, blinds, party shop, tools and more.

It is open every Saturday and Sunday and is located in the Glen Abbey complex (opposite Jacobs) on Belgard Road.

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Christmas at Farmleigh House

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Every weekend before Christmas (05+06/12+13/19+20 Dec) the Farmleigh House Christmas programme will bring you lots of things to do for the whole family.

Storytelling Sessions, Carol Singing, Puppet Shows and Barbershop Singers will take place and all is free. On Sundays, Horse&Carriage rides are also provided.

And on top of that, there will be a food and craft market every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-17:00.

The full schedule can be found via the website below, or you can download the PDF brochure HERE.

To give you a rough idea, here is the outline of the programme for the weekend:

10:00-17:00 Food & Craft Market
10:00-17:00 Festive Crib
12:00-16:00 Christmas Puppet Shows at 12:00/13:45/15:30 (Duration: 30 min)
12:45-17:00 Storytelling for CHildren at 12:45/14:30/16:15 (Duration: 45 min)
— and it continues on Saturday with
13:00-15:00 Christmas Carol Singing
14:00-16:00 Festive Barbershop Meoldies with The Mellowchords
— and on Sunday the programme is slightly different:
13:30-15:30 Christmas Carol Singing
12:00-16:00 Festive Barbershop Meoldies with The Mellowchords (The times might be wrong!)
13:00-16:00 Horse & Carriage Rides

Admission is free.

www.farmleigh.ie/events/Title,35657,en.html

Christmas Kingdom Malahide

10:00 – 20:00, Sat 19 Dec

Malahide Green, Malahide, Co. Dublin

The Christmas Kingdom Market in Malahide will run until 03 January on the following dates 27-29 Nov/4-6 Dec/11-13 Dec (Fri 14:00-20:00, Sat+Sun 10:00-20:00) and then daily 18-23 Dec (10:00-20:00) and 26 Dec-03 Jan (10:00-20:00).

Visiting the Craft Village and the Food Village is free, Ice Rink and Santa Visit cost money.

The reports back from Malahide are not great, so go there with modest expectations.

christmaskingdom.ie/

Design It – Exhibition

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Dec

The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

“Design it” is an exhibition exploring design in a child’s world and it is part of Irish Design 2015.

The exhibition and a range of (non-free) events will introduce children to the process of design, illustrating how designers take an idea and then make it a reality.

The Ark have challenged five Irish designers to create new products for children, taking inspiration from iconic children’s toys, furniture and textiles.The Design It exhibition recreates each designer’s individual studio giving us a glimpse at their working practices, using their sketches, photographs and working prototypes, to reveal how they get from an initial idea to the final product.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

The exhibition will be open every Saturday from 7 Nov – 16 Jan (closed Sat 26 Dec) from 10:00-17:00. It will also open on Sundays 22 Nov & 6, 13, 20 Dec from 12:00-16:00.

ark.ie/events/view/design-it-exhibition

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

10:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival is this year taking place at the new location near the Maritime Museum. It runs from Thursdays to Sundays every week until 24 Dec.

With 20 stalls selling food and crafts, it is not one of the bigger markets but nestled between the new LexIcon library and the Maritime Museum it might have a better chance to create some Christmas atmosphere than the location at “The Metals” (near the Pavilion Theatre) was able to. Admission is free.

The Maritime Museum will also be involved this year and will host some events, but it seems that none of these events are free.

The outdoor children’s amusements that comes with Christmas in Dun Laoghaire will be on Harbour Plaza.

Opening hours of the market are: Thu+Fri 17:30-20:30, Sat+Sun 10:00-18:00

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

I Believe Christmas Village

10:00 – 21:00, Sat 19 Dec

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

At George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building will be this year’s main Christmas market for Dublin. There is a Christmas Village (elsehwere you call that a Christmas Market!) and admission to it is free.

The market runs every day from 26 Nov-23 Dec (Mon-Fri: 11:00-20:00, Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-20:00).

The Christmas Market will be on the platform in George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building. There are also a small number of pop-up-shops and some activities in the CHQ building.

It seems that the hopes and expectations of the organisers and – even more importantly – of the traders at this market were not fulfilled, so my personal expectation is that a return of this market next year is not guaranteed. Go while it is still there!

www.ibelieveinchristmas.ie/

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Dec

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Dec

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/markets

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 19 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.

www.templebar.ie

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 19 Dec

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, and Sundays: 12:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Irish Record Fairs – Market

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

Thomas House, 88 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

Only three more opportunities to buy CDs, DVDs, Vinyl and collectors items from Irish Record Fairs before Christmas:

+ 19 Dec: Thomas House, 88 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
+ 22+23 Dec: The Mart, Old Firestation, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Irish-Record-Fairs-1592331521038541

Live Animal Crib

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open from 08 Dec until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The opening on 08 Dec will start at 10:30.

Terenure Village Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Dec

Bushy Park, Tempelogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

The Terenure Village Market has moved to Bushy Park and is from now on a weekly market.

The market has now grown to 40 stalls offering a whole variety of foods and crafts.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/terenurevillagemarket

Yoga Union – Yoga in Dublin 8

11:00 – 14:00, Sat 19 Dec

MVP, 29 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 2

Three free Yoga sessions take place in MVP in Dublin 8 every Saturday and every Sunday. The times are 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 and the duration is 1 hour. At every session only 8 places are available, so get your bookings in early (you can book weeks in advance).

The sessions can be booked following these links:

+ 11:00-12:00
+ 12:00-13:00
+ 13:00-14:00

Classes are open level, so everyone is welcome. The Yoga Union is run by Love8.

www.facebook.com/theyogaunion

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 19 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Chocolate Factory Christmas Flea

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1

The Chocolate Factory Christmas Market will have over 60 stalls, selling everything from Vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories to hand crafted original Irish designs and products, gourmet street food and more. In addition thre will be DJs and if you need alcohol to enjoy a market, it is ok to bring your own.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1720530478176763/

Christmas at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

12:00, Sat 19 Dec

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Christmas at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre means that at weekends from 28 November to 20 December, you can visit the live crib and on Sundays at 14:00 (and also on Saturday 19 Dec at 14:00), there will be choirs performing. Storytelling will take place on Sundays at 12:00 and Woodturning demos are also there.

The choirs this weekend are:
+ Sat 19 Dec: Kylemore College Choir
+ Sun 20 Dec: Castleknock Choir

Admission is free.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,35715,en.html

Christmas Carols – Capella Choir

12:00, Sat 19 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Hugh Lane Gallery hosts the Capella Choir for a Christmas Carol singing.

Admission is free.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/1426-capella-choir-sing-christmas-carols

Dublin Rave Market

12:00 – 20:00, Sat 19 Dec

The Palace Nightclub, 84 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 8

The organisers are a little undecided what to call this thing. Is it the Dublin Rave Market or the Dublin Market Rave, but one thing is clear: It is a market with Rave music in the background. I am not sure if then shopping goes easier, but if you hate Christmas songs at Christmas markets, then this might be the one market for you.

The traders that were at the first market are listed on the site below, but the list for this week has not yet been posted.

For some silly reason, there is an entrance fee of EUR 1, which is not even mentioned in the event information but only in the comments further down. It seems nonsensical to charge an admission fee (no matter how low!) to a market and therefore future Rave Markets might or might not get included in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”.

www.facebook.com/events/1651205978498344/

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

The weekly Ha’penny Flea Market is an indoor market in the Grand Social Pub, which offers vintage Men and Women’s clothing, contemporary crafts, books, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage and handmade jewellery, vintage hair styles, art, photography and much more. Grand Social’s Bar and Gourmet Coffee options are available.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/

Mart Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Sat 19 Dec

Old Fire Station, 190a Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Mart Christmas Market will only have 10 stalls, but there will be new traders every day, so you can come a number of times and get new ideas and buy great presents every time.

Expect Art, Design, Craft, Knits/Fashion and Jewellery.

The market will run for 8 days from 11-13 December and then again from 17-21 December (from 12:00-19:00 every day).

www.mart.ie/market/

Temple Bar Christmas & Book Market

12:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Dec

Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar Christmas & Book Market is an extension and expansion of the weekly (small) Book Market on Temple Bar Square. Craft stalls are added to the market.

The last market will run on 19+20 Dec.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/911101888975710/

TRAUMA – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

How does trauma affect the brain, the body, the national psyche or all three? How do buildings, bodies, artworks and stories record the traumas of our past? How do we bounce back after a trauma?

The exhibition “Trauma – Built to Break” (20 Nov – 21 Feb) in the Science Gallery is exploring the biological, psychological and societal aspects of trauma. As a sudden, violent, stressful event, trauma can be short-lived or long-lasting with impacts that range from deeply personal to universal.

Like all Science Gallery exhibitions, TRAUMA is suitable for all ages and while younger children might need some further explanation, there are lots of exhibits that can easily explained.

The Science Gallery mediators are helpers (usually students or graduates) that know the whole exhibition inside out and are very happy to help with a lot more information than the little labels at the exhibits can provide. Use their excellent service!

The Science Gallery has very visitor friendly opening hours of Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00.
Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/trauma/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 19 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Bernard Shaw Christmas Flea Market

13:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market comes all in Christmas mood this weekend and it is a 2 days market, instead of the normal 1 day event. There will be vintage, crafts, art, jewellery and more. Brews from Vice Coffee Inc, Treats from Dublin Doughnut Co., mulled wine, The Big Blue Bus pizza and a full bar will provide the rest.

Admission is free.

And there will be a Food Drop stall for Crosscare, who distribute food to over 60 charities around Dublin to homeless services and families below the poverty line. They are looking for Tinned meat and fish, Tinned veg, Tinned desserts, Tinned soups, Pasta, Rice, Sugar, Teabags, Instant coffee, Biscuits etc A great opportunity to give back.

www.facebook.com/events/910001792408621/

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama – Concert

13:00, Sat 19 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

A concert by the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama will take place in the Hugh Lane Gallery and admission is free. More information was unfortunately not available.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/1421-concert-by-dit-conservatory-of-music-and-drama

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Sat 19 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Dec

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher will run every Saturday. It will be an Alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

Meeting point is at the Spire. The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is required via myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Christmas Under The Clock

14:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Dec

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Some additional Christmas events will happen in O’Connell Street from Thursday-Sunday over two weekends. (10-13/17-20 December).

There will be performances, puppet shows, storytelling, singing. Christmas Kraoke, drumming workshops and dancing.

A highlight is Ireland’s premier aerial circus company “Fidget Feet”, who will present theatre in the sky as mischievous elves climb O’Connell Street buildings and cranes. Twelve aerial dancers will impress the audience on Sunday from 15:00.

Watch last Sunday’s perfromance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLZt0kYi3sg Impressive!!

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/691701240967538/

Family Workshop – National Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

This Saturday Family Workshop for 4-10 year olds provides a fun opportunity for families to enjoy creating and learning together through free activities exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry, and drama. All materials are provided.

The theme this week is “The Christmas Story”

Admission is free, but places are limited.

nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Families/Family_Programme/19-December.aspx

Biggest Bollywood Show in Ireland

16:00, Sat 19 Dec

National Stadium, South Circular Road, Dublin 8

A Bollywood Jalwa 2015, Irish Artists Award 2015 and a Bollywood Night will take place on Saturday and admission to this event is free, but tickets need to be booked at www.bollywoodjalwa.ie/store

Doors open at 16:00 and the programme runs from 17:00-19:30. Later from 20:00-23:00 a DJ Bollywood Night will take place.

Event features are Bollywood Performances, Bhangra Performances, Bharatanatyam Performance, Live Singing, International Performances, IRISH ARTISTS AWARD (IAA) 2015, Indian Food And Drink Stalls.

www.bollywoodjalwa.ie/

Santa & the Starkeeper – Waterscreen Screening

16:30, Sat 19 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

The short film “Santa & The Starkeeper” (5 min) will be screened every day at Dundrum Town Centre and the remarkable difference to other screening is that it will be screened on Ireland’s only Waterscreen (!!), which is the Mill Pond at Dundrum Town Centre.

The screening will happen every 20 minutes from 16:40 until Christmas. Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/santa-and-the-starkeeper

CWU Brass Band – Concert

20:00, Sat 19 Dec

Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2

The CWU Brass Band will play a gig in the Unitarian Church.

Admission is free, but donations for the restoration fund of the Dublin Unitarian Church are welcome.

www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events/

Saturday Night Live – The Wine Cave

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 19 Dec

KC Peaches (Wine Cave), 28/29 Nassau St., Dublin 2

This is a weekly Saturday night live music event event downstairs in the Wine Cave of KC Peaches Cafe. Food will be served until 21:30 and wine, minerals & music will be available until later. Admission is free and a donation into a hat at the end of the evening is appreciated.

www.facebook.com/KCPeachesWineCave

Telescope Watch – Astronomy Event

20:00, Sat 19 Dec

Astronomy Ireland, Unit H4 Centrepoint, Rosemount Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Astronomy Ireland is setting up the most powerful telescopes in Ireland, to show you the Moon and Uranus.

There will be loads of free posters, back issues of the Astronomy Ireland magazine and refreshments.

If cloudy a telescope exhibition and workshop will be held demonstrating how to use telescopes and a short talk will be given.

Admission is free.

www.astronomy.ie/telescopewatchdec2015.php

The Rockets – Gig

20:00, Sat 19 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Rockets play Vintage 50s Rock & Roll and Rockabilly.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-rockets-event4

Cascades – Gig

21:00, Sat 19 Dec

The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Cascades are playing a gig in the Mezz.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

Jazz on the Green

21:00 – 23:30, Sat 19 Dec

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green

Jazz on the Green is now provided every Saturday in the bar of the Fitzwilliam Hotel. Admission is free.

This week Liza Nelson (vocals) and Dario Rodighiero (piano) will perform with Special Guest Miss Phoenix (Italy).

www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 19 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

The Cujo Family – Gig

21:00, Sat 19 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Cujo Family from Bray will play their hardfolk at a gig in Sin E.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1696739640561137/

MLC Rock & Blues Band

22:00, Sat 19 Dec

The Salty Dog, 16 Strand Street, Skerries, Co. Dublin

A Classic Rock and Blues gig with the MLC Rock & Blues Band.

Admission for these type of gigs in the Salty Dog is usually free.

www.facebook.com/events/1499389220367327/

The Guilty Party – Gig

22:00, Sat 19 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Rock ‘n’ Roll band The Guilty Party will play rock ‘n’ roll, funk and soul.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-the-guilty-party-2/

The Jazz Cafe – Live Jazz, Blues and Soul

22:00 – 00:30, Sat 19 Dec

The Jazz Cafe, 17b Asdills Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Jazz Cafe has live Jazz, Blues and Soul music performances every Friday and Saturday, normally from 20:30-23:00, but later this week.

The performers are Lisa Jameson (vocals) and August Korsgaard (piano).

Admission is free.

www.thejazzcafedublin.ie/

September Girls / Bad Sea / My Tribe Your Tribe – Gig

22:30, Sat 19 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

This is a fundraiser for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the line-up is

September Girls, Bad Sea, My Tribe Your Tribe

Admission is free before 22:30 or if you sign up for the guest list. The gig will start at midnight.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/state-midnight-mass-w-september-girls/

The Business – Gig

23:55, Sat 19 Dec

The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

In the midnight slot in the Mezz, The Business are performing.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Sun 20 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

The first markets start on 22 Nov and the longest run is until 03 January.

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

The Belgard Weekend Market is an indoor market with stalls with handcraft (incl. designer jewellery, aran jumpers and wool, christening robes and shawls, cards and cross stitch), household items, bric and brac, furniture, flowers, make-up, clothes, shoes, showers, upholstery, toys, kitchens, cafe, army memorabilia, collectors items, sweets, handbags books, blinds, party shop, tools and more.

It is open every Saturday and Sunday and is located in the Glen Abbey complex (opposite Jacobs) on Belgard Road.

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Christmas at Farmleigh House

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Every weekend before Christmas (05+06/12+13/19+20 Dec) the Farmleigh House Christmas programme will bring you lots of things to do for the whole family.

Storytelling Sessions, Carol Singing, Puppet Shows and Barbershop Singers will take place and all is free. On Sundays, Horse&Carriage rides are also provided.

And on top of that, there will be a food and craft market every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-17:00.

The full schedule can be found via the website below, or you can download the PDF brochure HERE.

To give you a rough idea, here is the outline of the programme for the weekend:

10:00-17:00 Food & Craft Market
10:00-17:00 Festive Crib
12:00-16:00 Christmas Puppet Shows at 12:00/13:45/15:30 (Duration: 30 min)
12:45-17:00 Storytelling for CHildren at 12:45/14:30/16:15 (Duration: 45 min)
— and it continues on Saturday with
13:00-15:00 Christmas Carol Singing
14:00-16:00 Festive Barbershop Meoldies with The Mellowchords
— and on Sunday the programme is slightly different:
13:30-15:30 Christmas Carol Singing
12:00-16:00 Festive Barbershop Meoldies with The Mellowchords (The times might be wrong!)
13:00-16:00 Horse & Carriage Rides

Admission is free.

www.farmleigh.ie/events/Title,35657,en.html

Christmas Kingdom Malahide

10:00 – 20:00, Sun 20 Dec

Malahide Green, Malahide, Co. Dublin

The Christmas Kingdom Market in Malahide will run until 03 January on the following dates 27-29 Nov/4-6 Dec/11-13 Dec (Fri 14:00-20:00, Sat+Sun 10:00-20:00) and then daily 18-23 Dec (10:00-20:00) and 26 Dec-03 Jan (10:00-20:00).

Visiting the Craft Village and the Food Village is free, Ice Rink and Santa Visit cost money.

The reports back from Malahide are not great, so go there with modest expectations.

christmaskingdom.ie/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

10:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival is this year taking place at the new location near the Maritime Museum. It runs from Thursdays to Sundays every week until 24 Dec.

With 20 stalls selling food and crafts, it is not one of the bigger markets but nestled between the new LexIcon library and the Maritime Museum it might have a better chance to create some Christmas atmosphere than the location at “The Metals” (near the Pavilion Theatre) was able to. Admission is free.

The Maritime Museum will also be involved this year and will host some events, but it seems that none of these events are free.

The outdoor children’s amusements that comes with Christmas in Dun Laoghaire will be on Harbour Plaza.

Opening hours of the market are: Thu+Fri 17:30-20:30, Sat+Sun 10:00-18:00

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

I Believe Christmas Village

10:00 – 20:00, Sun 20 Dec

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

At George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building will be this year’s main Christmas market for Dublin. There is a Christmas Village (elsehwere you call that a Christmas Market!) and admission to it is free.

The market runs every day from 26 Nov-23 Dec (Mon-Fri: 11:00-20:00, Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-20:00).

The Christmas Market will be on the platform in George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building. There are also a small number of pop-up-shops and some activities in the CHQ building.

It seems that the hopes and expectations of the organisers and – even more importantly – of the traders at this market were not fulfilled, so my personal expectation is that a return of this market next year is not guaranteed. Go while it is still there!

www.ibelieveinchristmas.ie/

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Dec

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/markets

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 20 Dec

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Every Sunday, the Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery takes place. Up to 200 artists exhibit their paintings on the railings on three sides (West, North and East) of Merrion Square and you can just enjoy the exhibition or even buy.

www.merrionsquareart.com/

Brocante Furniture & Vintage Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

The Brocante Market will take place on Sunday. It is a collection of antiques, furniture, vintage jewellery, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thebrocantemarket

Drumcondra Village Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

The Drumcondra Village Market is an arts and crafts fair in the centre of Drumcondra. There will be Food Stalls, Flea Market, Vintage Clothing, Arts&Crafts and a Pop-Up Record Store.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DrumcondraVillageMarket

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Dec

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

A weekly market with lots of food, but also many other products (art & crafts, books, etc) takes place every Sunday in the beautiful People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It is a very popular market and with around 50 vendors also one of the bigger markets.

www.dlrcoco.ie/aboutus/councildepartments/environment/findit/markets/

Live Animal Crib

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open from 08 Dec until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The opening on 08 Dec will start at 10:30.

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 20 Dec

St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

The well known Palestrina Choir sing every Sunday at the mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. They sing complete masterworks by Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak, Palestrina, de Victoria, usually accompanied by Prof. Gerard Gillen on the organ, who often also plays a solo piece.

www.procathedral.ie/music/this-week

Yoga Union – Yoga in Dublin 8

11:00 – 14:00, Sun 20 Dec

MVP, 29 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 2

Three free Yoga sessions take place in MVP in Dublin 8 every Saturday and every Sunday. The times are 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 and the duration is 1 hour. At every session only 8 places are available, so get your bookings in early (you can book weeks in advance).

The sessions can be booked following these links:

+ 11:00-12:00
+ 12:00-13:00
+ 13:00-14:00

Classes are open level, so everyone is welcome. The Yoga Union is run by Love8.

www.facebook.com/theyogaunion

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sun 20 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 20 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 20 Dec

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Sundays: 12:00-17:30. Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Christmas at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

12:00, Sun 20 Dec

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Christmas at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre means that at weekends from 28 November to 20 December, you can visit the live crib and on Sundays at 14:00 (and also on Saturday 19 Dec at 14:00), there will be choirs performing. Storytelling will take place on Sundays at 12:00 and Woodturning demos are also there.

The choirs this weekend are:
+ Sat 19 Dec: Kylemore College Choir
+ Sun 20 Dec: Castleknock Choir

Admission is free.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,35715,en.html

Christmas on the Square

12:00 – 19:00, Sun 20 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Every week, I check more than 400 web pages for free events and it puzzles me how some event organisers manage to escape despite that. The Temple Bar Cultural Trust (which doesn’t really exist anymore as a separate organisation) is running the event “Christmas on the Square” every Sunday in December and it took until now for me to find out.

Obviously the event organisers told nobody and it doesn’t help that their website templebar.ie is gone for some time as well. Only their twitter account is still active.

What is “Christmas on the Square”? An afternoon with Craft, Food and a Movie Screening at 17:00. The movie this Sunday is “The Wizard of Oz”.

Admission is free.

twitter.com/TBCT

Design It – Exhibition

12:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Dec

The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

“Design it” is an exhibition exploring design in a child’s world and it is part of Irish Design 2015.

The exhibition and a range of (non-free) events will introduce children to the process of design, illustrating how designers take an idea and then make it a reality.

The Ark have challenged five Irish designers to create new products for children, taking inspiration from iconic children’s toys, furniture and textiles.The Design It exhibition recreates each designer’s individual studio giving us a glimpse at their working practices, using their sketches, photographs and working prototypes, to reveal how they get from an initial idea to the final product.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

The exhibition will be open every Saturday from 7 Nov – 16 Jan (closed Sat 26 Dec) from 10:00-17:00. It will also open on Sundays 22 Nov & 6, 13, 20 Dec from 12:00-16:00.

ark.ie/events/view/design-it-exhibition

Dublin Alternative Christmas Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Dec

On The Rox, 8 Coke Lane, Dublin 7

“Silent Night, Holy Night” is REALLY not your thing? And you think Santa needs a serious image makeover?

Maybe the Alternative Christmas Market is for you? There will be “alternative / metal / goth / retro / esoteric / medieval”
crafts, music, gifts, clothes, foods, art, etc.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1497397327228218/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 20 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Every Sunday, the National Botanic Gardens invite to two guided walks. The first one is at 12:00 and the second one at 14:30.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/educ/info.htm

Mart Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Sun 20 Dec

Old Fire Station, 190a Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Mart Christmas Market will only have 10 stalls, but there will be new traders every day, so you can come a number of times and get new ideas and buy great presents every time.

Expect Art, Design, Craft, Knits/Fashion and Jewellery.

The market will run for 8 days from 11-13 December and then again from 17-21 December (from 12:00-19:00 every day).

www.mart.ie/market/

Sunday at Noon – Classical Concerts

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 20 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Sundays at Noon Concert Series continues in the Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. This series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June.

The next concert will feature the RTE Contempo Quartet, playing works from Brahms and Smetana.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/1409-sundaysnoon-contempo-essential-quartets-4

Temple Bar Christmas & Book Market

12:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar Christmas & Book Market is an extension and expansion of the weekly (small) Book Market on Temple Bar Square. Craft stalls are added to the market.

The last market will run on 19+20 Dec.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/911101888975710/

TRAUMA – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

How does trauma affect the brain, the body, the national psyche or all three? How do buildings, bodies, artworks and stories record the traumas of our past? How do we bounce back after a trauma?

The exhibition “Trauma – Built to Break” (20 Nov – 21 Feb) in the Science Gallery is exploring the biological, psychological and societal aspects of trauma. As a sudden, violent, stressful event, trauma can be short-lived or long-lasting with impacts that range from deeply personal to universal.

Like all Science Gallery exhibitions, TRAUMA is suitable for all ages and while younger children might need some further explanation, there are lots of exhibits that can easily explained.

The Science Gallery mediators are helpers (usually students or graduates) that know the whole exhibition inside out and are very happy to help with a lot more information than the little labels at the exhibits can provide. Use their excellent service!

The Science Gallery has very visitor friendly opening hours of Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00.
Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/trauma/

Meditation for World Peace

12:30 – 13:30, Sun 20 Dec

Brahma Kumaris Ireland, 6 Clare Street, Dublin 2

Everybody is welcome to this monthly worldwide “meditation for peace”.

www.brahmakumaris.org/ireland/whatson?org=380&month=12&year=2015

Bernard Shaw Christmas Flea Market

13:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market comes all in Christmas mood this weekend and it is a 2 days market, instead of the normal 1 day event. There will be vintage, crafts, art, jewellery and more. Brews from Vice Coffee Inc, Treats from Dublin Doughnut Co., mulled wine, The Big Blue Bus pizza and a full bar will provide the rest.

Admission is free.

And there will be a Food Drop stall for Crosscare, who distribute food to over 60 charities around Dublin to homeless services and families below the poverty line. They are looking for Tinned meat and fish, Tinned veg, Tinned desserts, Tinned soups, Pasta, Rice, Sugar, Teabags, Instant coffee, Biscuits etc A great opportunity to give back.

www.facebook.com/events/910001792408621/

Christmas Roadshow in Henry Street & Grafton Street

13:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Dec

Henry Street, Dublin 1

A giant snow globe, balloon modellers, Santa’s Postbox, face painters and more are going on a Christmas Roadshow to Henry Street (near Debenhams) and Grafton Street (near Stephen’s Green Shoppinc Centre) over four Sundays from 13:00-16;00.
This is the schedule:

+ 29 Nov: Henry Street
+ 06 Dec: Grafton Street
+ 13 Dec: Henry Street
+ 20 Dec: Grafton Street

www.dublinatchristmas.ie/whats-on-events/henry-grafton-street-christmas-roadshow

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Christmas Gig

13:00 – 14:00, Sun 20 Dec

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir will perform a lunchtime gig at the I Believe Christmas Market either on the George’s Dock platform or in the CHQ building (weather dependent).

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir is one of Ireland’s best Gospel Choirs and it was one of only two choirs that started the gospel choir movement in Ireland more than 15 years ago.

There will be gospel songs, Christmas Songs in gospel arrangements, but as well contemporary, even pop songs.

Admission is free.

And if you miss this lunchtime gig, you can come at 19:30 to the weekly Gospel Choir mass in Gardiner Street Church on Sunday evening.

www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/

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13:00, Sun 20 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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Christmas Under The Clock

14:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Dec

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Some additional Christmas events will happen in O’Connell Street from Thursday-Sunday over two weekends. (10-13/17-20 December).

There will be performances, puppet shows, storytelling, singing. Christmas Kraoke, drumming workshops and dancing.

A highlight is Ireland’s premier aerial circus company “Fidget Feet”, who will present theatre in the sky as mischievous elves climb O’Connell Street buildings and cranes. Twelve aerial dancers will impress the audience on Sunday from 15:00.

Watch last Sunday’s perfromance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLZt0kYi3sg Impressive!!

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/691701240967538/

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 20 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of (hobby) artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle, Science Gallery, …), sketch for one to two hours and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches.

There are some hugely talented people among them and it is a great idea to meet up with others who have the same hobby. Find out on their website below or on their Facebook Page where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. I know that the Dublin Sketchers often use the Dublin Event Guide to find interesting free events and I am delighted to be able to help!

www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/

Freedom from the Past – Talk

14:00 – 15:30, Sun 20 Dec

Brahma Kumaris Ireland, 6 Clare Street, Dublin 2

This is a talk about how to find freedom from the past.

“We feed our pain and bitterness without knowing. Events that happened years ago can still move in our system causing us irreparable damage and extinguishing our fire of love, peace and happiness. These hurts can be buried so deep that we are unaware of them being there.”

Admission is free.

www.brahmakumaris.org/ireland/whatson?org=380&month=12&year=2015

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Dec

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Stella Bass Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. A video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8aKqtOB5S8

www.stellabass.com

Christmas Storytelling at the National Print Museum

14:30, Sun 20 Dec

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Come to the Print Museum for a fun and festive storytelling hour, which will feature a reading of Christmas at the Toy Museum, Children are welcome to bring along one of their own toys, which they think would like to live in a Toy Museum! Suitable for 3-7 year olds.

Admission is free, but spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/

Family Drawing Sundays

14:30 – 16:30, Sun 20 Dec

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

Come to the Family Drawing Sundays in the RHA. All children are welcome to use the RHA Art Cart, in the RHA Atrium. Admission is free. For further information, contact Ruth Carroll on 01 6612558 or via ruth@rhagallery.ie

www.rhagallery.ie/html/educate/educate_family.html

Winter Solstice Tour

14:30, Sun 20 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Archaeologist Siobhan Rheinisch will bring you on a tour of the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition to find out how ancient people marked the mid-winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. View grave goods from the Neolithic passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth Co. Meath and discover the skills used to create some of our most famous monuments and artefacts.

Admission is free and no booking required, but places limited to first 20. Suitable for Age 10+.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2750

Chester Beatty Library’s Permanent Collections – Tour

15:00, Sun 20 Dec

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The public tour “Highlights of the Chester Beatty Library’s permanent collection” will take place at 15:00 and at 16:00.

Admission is free and no booking is required, but each tour is limited to the first 15 participants.

www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 20 Dec

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but every Sunday there is a free public tour for the next few weeks. Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html

Brian Keary plays Classical Guitar

16:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Brian Keary is a classically trained guitar player who also has experience of different styles / genres of music ranging from ragtime and folk to baroque and contemporary. He will perform in Sweeney’s (Ground Floor) on Sunday afternoon.

www.sweeneysdublin.ie/gigs.php

Santa & the Starkeeper – Waterscreen Screening

16:30, Sun 20 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

The short film “Santa & The Starkeeper” (5 min) will be screened every day at Dundrum Town Centre and the remarkable difference to other screening is that it will be screened on Ireland’s only Waterscreen (!!), which is the Mill Pond at Dundrum Town Centre.

The screening will happen every 20 minutes from 16:40 until Christmas. Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/santa-and-the-starkeeper

The Dublin City Rounders – Gig

17:30, Sun 20 Dec

Red Bank Wine Bar, Duke Street, Dublin 2

The Dublin City Rounders perform their Western Swing, Blues, Folk, Rockabilly, Vaudville at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/201234073549895/

Wiley Fox Trad Session

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 20 Dec

Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Every Sunday evening from 18:00-20:00, the Wiley Fox is hosting a trad session, where Ireland’s finest traditional musicians will play for you.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thewileyfox

Sweeney’s Dixieland Jazzmen

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 20 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Sweeney’s Dixeland Jazzmen play their weekly gig on the ground floor in Sweeney’s. Admission is free.

www.dublinsessions.ie/sweeneys.html

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 20 Dec

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

At the Jawbone Gig night in Arthur’s Pub, Acoustic Folk & Blues will be performed every Sunday. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/Jawbone-Dublin-Acoustic-Folk-Blues-Commune/724102984268967

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 20 Dec

St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir sings every Sunday from September to June at their “Gig in God’s Gaff”, a Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street.

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, one of the best known gospel choirs in Ireland will give you a chance to experience a mass with a difference. It is uplifting and inspiring and everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness or your relationship with the Catholic Church in other contexts.

Disclaimer: I am involved with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, so the description above MIGHT not be totally unbiased. But just take it from me, they are brilliant! ;-)

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

Buckshot Amber – Gig

20:00, Sun 20 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Buckshot Amber are a Hardrock/Blues/Funk band.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/buckshot-amber-event

Paul Hourican – Gig

20:00, Sun 20 Dec

Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2

Dublin singer and songwriter Paul Hourican launches his new album “Sea-Change” with acoustic renderings of the album’s tracks along with some special guests.

Mince Pies and mulled wine will be served and CDs of the album will be sold. All proceeds are going to Focus Ireland to help Dublin’s homeless.

www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events/

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 20 Dec

Bleeding Horse, 24 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2

Every Sunday this singer-songwriter night takes place in the Bleeding Horse in Camden St. from 8.30pm. It is an Open mic night and performers can just turn up and put their name on the list for that night.

www.facebook.com/apollosessions

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 20 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Rhythm Rocker

21:00, Sun 20 Dec

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe. Admission is free.

The Pavement Kings play Rockabilly from 21:00 and
DJs Popocorn Peete and Little Dakota follow from 23:00-01:30 with a white variety of styles (Rockabilly, Calypso, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, etc).

www.facebook.com/rhythmrocker

Tadgh & Ryan O’Shaughnessy

21:00, Sun 20 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Tadgh & Ryan O’Shaughnessy will perform a gig.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub/

Billy Treacy & The Ha’Penny Heads

21:30, Sun 20 Dec

Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Billy Treacy & The Ha’Penny Heads are playing Ballads, Folk, Trad and Classic Country every Sunday. Featuring Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle and Banjo.

www.billytreacy.com/

Cool Hand Dukes

22:00, Sun 20 Dec

Porterhouse Central, 45-47 Nassau Street, Dublin 2

Every Sunday (except at Bank Holiday weekends), the Ragtime, Roots and Country Blues Band “Cool Hand Dukes” play in the Porterhouse near Grafton Street.

www.facebook.com/coolhand.dukes.1

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 20 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The Dublin Blues Cartel will be in Whelan’s again and will perform mostly a version of New Orleans R’n’B with a classic rock twist, sandwiched with swing, Rock’n’Roll, Soul, Funk, Blues and rap of all eras. Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-the-dublin-blues-cartel-32/

The Dodgy Few – Gig

23:00, Sun 20 Dec

The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Dodgy Few will be in the Mezz on Sunday for a gig.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Mon 21 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

The first markets start on 22 Nov and the longest run is until 03 January.

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Hand 4 Homelessness – World Recod Attempt

09:30 – 17:30, Mon 21 Dec

Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2

Hand 4 Homelessness is a fundraising initiative by TV3 that involved you leaving your hand print on a giant mural to show your support for homelessness. Participation is not free (EUR 2 per handprint), but checking out the mural is and while you are there, you might as well help the homeless a little!? 3000 people are needed to break the Guinness World Record.

www.dublinatchristmas.ie/christmas/hand-4-homelessness-with-tv3-and-focus-ireland

‘Choose Your Own Tracks’ – Photo Trail

11:00 – 13:00, Mon 21 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Emily Gallagher will run a weekly “just for fun” photo trail where you get instructions to hunt for specific snaps around the city centre. Afterwards the symbolic significance to the snaps will be shared. The overall theme is “Get a glimpse of directions you may wish your life to take and discover decisions you may desire to make.”

Meeting point is the Meeting House Square.

Participation in the photo trails is free but donations are welcome and booking is required via egaldog@gmail.com or 0852725095

I Believe Christmas Village

11:00 – 20:00, Mon 21 Dec

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

At George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building will be this year’s main Christmas market for Dublin. There is a Christmas Village (elsehwere you call that a Christmas Market!) and admission to it is free.

The market runs every day from 26 Nov-23 Dec (Mon-Fri: 11:00-20:00, Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-20:00).

The Christmas Market will be on the platform in George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building. There are also a small number of pop-up-shops and some activities in the CHQ building.

It seems that the hopes and expectations of the organisers and – even more importantly – of the traders at this market were not fulfilled, so my personal expectation is that a return of this market next year is not guaranteed. Go while it is still there!

www.ibelieveinchristmas.ie/

Live Animal Crib

11:00 – 17:00, Mon 21 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open from 08 Dec until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The opening on 08 Dec will start at 10:30.

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 21 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Mart Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Mon 21 Dec

Old Fire Station, 190a Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Mart Christmas Market will only have 10 stalls, but there will be new traders every day, so you can come a number of times and get new ideas and buy great presents every time.

Expect Art, Design, Craft, Knits/Fashion and Jewellery.

The market will run for 8 days from 11-13 December and then again from 17-21 December (from 12:00-19:00 every day).

Admission is free and yes, indeed, this market takes place on MONDAY.

www.mart.ie/market/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 21 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Mon 21 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

Santa & the Starkeeper – Waterscreen Screening

16:30, Mon 21 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

The short film “Santa & The Starkeeper” (5 min) will be screened every day at Dundrum Town Centre and the remarkable difference to other screening is that it will be screened on Ireland’s only Waterscreen (!!), which is the Mill Pond at Dundrum Town Centre.

The screening will happen every 20 minutes from 16:40 until Christmas. Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/santa-and-the-starkeeper

City Of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration 2015

17:30 – 19:30, Mon 21 Dec

Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

This family friendly event brings you traditional storytelling, poetry, céilí and craft making at the shortest day/longest night of the year. And it culminates in a big Fire Ceremony.

Your invited to participate through costuming, drumming, parading, flag carrying and being a participant in the Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony.

Some of the timings:
+ Gathering Begins 17:30
+ Lighting of the Winter Solstice Ceremonial Fire 18:40
+ Parade Assembles 18:40
+ Fire Ceremony 19:00-19:30

The celebrations got shortened and simplified a good bit in comparison to the 2013 celebrations here www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Or68-BIaY so I am not sure if and how the storytelling or craft making will happen on Smithfield Square, but it looks like an interesting event nevertheless, so bring your drums and dress up and enjoy.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1632561660337327/

Hold Up – Gig

20:00, Mon 21 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Hold Up are playing Funk, Pop and Soul in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/hold-up-event2

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 21 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Song Cycle is a weekly Singer/Songriter showcase. The line-up is not always easily findable on the Whelan’s website, but admission is always free.

www.whelanslive.com

The Lazy Band – Arthur’s Pub

20:00, Mon 21 Dec

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The Lazy Band will be in Arthur’s for their yearly Christmas Lazy Gig. They play folk, trad and roots with a bit of jazz. Special Guests are The Gospel Project.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1100539293319358/

Al Porter’s Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 21 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Monday the Woolshed Bad hosts “Al Porter’s Comedy Shed”. Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 21 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

21:00, Mon 21 Dec

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

Every Monday a Jazz Jam Session will take place in the Grand Social and you are invited to listen or even to participate. Admission is free for musicians and audience.

Instruments are supplied (drums (no cymbals), double bass, guitar amp, bass amp, PA system) and ideas and themes will be proposed prior to the session to the musicians who join the event on Facebook (see Facebook Page below).

www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Jam-Session-at-The-Grand-Social/224553674385198

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 21 Dec

Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

An Open Trad Music Session is taking place every Monday in Mother Reilly’s. Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

Donal Kirk & Anto Drennan – Gig

21:30, Mon 21 Dec

JJ Smith’s Jazz & Blues Club, 12 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Donal Kirk and Anto Drennan are playing music from Lowell George Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Free, Bad Company, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Beatles, Bobby Bland, Vince Gill, Ray Charles, Etta James, Elvis, Ry Cooder, Dobie Gray, Guy Clarke, early ZZ Top, Dave Edmunds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson.

Admission is free.

www.jjsmyths.com/gigs/mondays/844-donal-kirk-band-feat-anto-drennan-2.html?month=12&year=2015

Tuesday 22 Dec

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Tue 22 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

The first markets start on 22 Nov and the longest run is until 03 January.

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Tue 22 Dec

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher runs on Tuesdays now as well. It will be an Alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

Meeting point is at the Spire. The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is required via myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

I Believe Christmas Village

11:00 – 20:00, Tue 22 Dec

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

At George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building will be this year’s main Christmas market for Dublin. There is a Christmas Village (elsehwere you call that a Christmas Market!) and admission to it is free.

The market runs every day from 26 Nov-23 Dec (Mon-Fri: 11:00-20:00, Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-20:00).

The Christmas Market will be on the platform in George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building. There are also a small number of pop-up-shops and some activities in the CHQ building.

It seems that the hopes and expectations of the organisers and – even more importantly – of the traders at this market were not fulfilled, so my personal expectation is that a return of this market next year is not guaranteed. Go while it is still there!

www.ibelieveinchristmas.ie/

Irish Record Fairs – Market

11:00 – 18:00, Tue 22 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Only three more opportunities to buy CDs, DVDs, Vinyl and collectors items from Irish Record Fairs before Christmas:

+ 19 Dec: Thomas House, 88 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
+ 22+23 Dec: The Mart, Old Firestation, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/494551184049920/

Live Animal Crib

11:00 – 17:00, Tue 22 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open from 08 Dec until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The opening on 08 Dec will start at 10:30.

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 22 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Tue 22 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

Santa & the Starkeeper – Waterscreen Screening

16:30, Tue 22 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

The short film “Santa & The Starkeeper” (5 min) will be screened every day at Dundrum Town Centre and the remarkable difference to other screening is that it will be screened on Ireland’s only Waterscreen (!!), which is the Mill Pond at Dundrum Town Centre.

The screening will happen every 20 minutes from 16:40 until Christmas. Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/santa-and-the-starkeeper

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 22 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Rumours have it that the Bluegrass Collective will perform in Sin É on Tuesday and there might even be an open Bluegrass Jam! Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Love Minus Zero – Gig

20:00, Tue 22 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Love Minus Zero is a 6-piece band that plays Bob Dylan Cover Songs.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/love-minus-zero-event2

Ukulele Tuesday

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 22 Dec

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday an informal sing along with Ukulele and Toy Musical Instruments takes place in the Stag’s Head. Just bring your instrument and come along. Beginners are welcome. Admission is free and further details (and a big book of songs) are available on the Facebook Page below. The get-together meets in the “snug” in Stag’s Head.

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Blue Moon Folk and Blues – Gig

20:30, Tue 22 Dec

The Beerhouse, 84.5 Capel Street, Dublin 1

Live sessions with the Blue Moon Folk and Blues Collective are taking place every Tuesday at the Beerhouse. Admission is free.

www.beerhousedublin.com/

The Folk Club

20:30, Tue 22 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The Folk Club in Whelan’s will bring you the best in Trad, Ballads, Americana & World Music every Tuesday. The line-up this week is on the Facebook Page below. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheGrandFolkClub

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 22 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday AND Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Pete Cummins – Gig

21:00, Tue 22 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Pete Cummins, Grammy award winning songwriter will play songs from his album “Crooked Highways”. Every Monday he and his band will be in the Leeson Lounge. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leeson-Lounge/114810058553792

Phoenix Big Band

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 22 Dec

Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

The Phoenix Big Band is a 16 piece band playing songs of the 1930s, 1940s and other big band arrangements and they are playing every Tuesday in the Tara Tower Hotel (since 2012!) for adult dancing. If you like to waltz, cha cha or foxtrot, come and enjoy their performance.

Admission is free.

The band plays in the main function room which is occasionally booked, so to confirm that they are playing, please ring the hotel on the day: Phone 01-2694666

Sober Lane Pub Quiz

21:00, Tue 22 Dec

Sober Lane D4, 82 Irishtown Road, Dublin 4

Every week there is a free pub quiz in Sober Lane, the new-ish pub in Irishtown. There are lots of other weekly events happening there too, check them out here.

www.soberlane.com/

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 22 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The Lounge Quintet plays this gig every Tuesday: Jazz Standards, Latin and Bebop. Often guest musicians and singers join them. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leeson-Lounge/114810058553792

Camden Sessions – Singer/Songwriter Night

21:30, Tue 22 Dec

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

A totally unplugged Singer/Songwriter night (no PA, no microphones) with original music is taking place upstairs in Anseo every Tuesday from 21:30.

Please check on the Facebook Page below if the event is going ahead as it seems to get cancelled every now and then and if you want to play a 15-30 min set or just want to play one song make yourself heard via the same Facebook Page.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheCamdenSessions

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Tue 22 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Wednesday 23 Dec

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Wed 23 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

The first markets start on 22 Nov and the longest run is until 03 January.

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Cafe Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 23 Dec

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Did you ever want to give drawing a go? Or maybe you are a budding artist looking for like-minded people to draw with? The Creative Den in Rua Red runs free weekly drawing sessions on Wednesdays at 11:00.

ruared.ie/

I Believe Christmas Village

11:00 – 20:00, Wed 23 Dec

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

At George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building will be this year’s main Christmas market for Dublin. There is a Christmas Village (elsehwere you call that a Christmas Market!) and admission to it is free.

The market runs every day from 26 Nov-23 Dec (Mon-Fri: 11:00-20:00, Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-20:00).

The Christmas Market will be on the platform in George’s Dock and at the side of the CHQ building. There are also a small number of pop-up-shops and some activities in the CHQ building.

It seems that the hopes and expectations of the organisers and – even more importantly – of the traders at this market were not fulfilled, so my personal expectation is that a return of this market next year is not guaranteed. Go while it is still there!

www.ibelieveinchristmas.ie/

Irish Record Fairs – Market

11:00 – 18:00, Wed 23 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Only three more opportunities to buy CDs, DVDs, Vinyl and collectors items from Irish Record Fairs before Christmas:

+ 19 Dec: Thomas House, 88 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
+ 22+23 Dec: The Mart, Old Firestation, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/494551184049920/

Live Animal Crib

11:00 – 17:00, Wed 23 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open from 08 Dec until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The opening on 08 Dec will start at 10:30.

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 23 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 23 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Wed 23 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 23 Dec

Havana Tapas Bar, Georges St, Dublin 2

The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.

www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

Santa & the Starkeeper – Waterscreen Screening

16:30, Wed 23 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

The short film “Santa & The Starkeeper” (5 min) will be screened every day at Dundrum Town Centre and the remarkable difference to other screening is that it will be screened on Ireland’s only Waterscreen (!!), which is the Mill Pond at Dundrum Town Centre.

The screening will happen every 20 minutes from 16:40 until Christmas. Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/santa-and-the-starkeeper

Back Door Sessions – Open Mic Night

19:00, Wed 23 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

This is an open mic night every Wednesday. Arrive, sign up and play. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/sweeneysbar

Interskalactic – Ska Gig

20:00, Wed 23 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Listen and dance to Jamaican Ska at its finest with Interskalactic.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/interskalactic-event3

King Kong Club

20:00, Wed 23 Dec

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The King Kong Club is a weekly music game-show in the Mercantile. Each week 6-7 bands/solo artists play three songs each. At the end of all the performances a clap-off with the King Kong Club Clap-o-Meter takes place and the winner goes through to a semi-final and it all culminates after six months of competition with The Grand Final, held in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

Check the Facebook Page below for the line-up.

www.facebook.com/TheKingKongClubDublin

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 23 Dec

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

The Anseo Comedy Club, run by comedian Aidan Killian, takes place every Wednesday in Anseo (upstairs).

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 23 Dec

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesday.

www.theglobe.ie/events

The Zodiac Sessions (open mic)

20:30, Wed 23 Dec

Bruxelles, Harry Street, Dublin 2

“The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week.

www.facebook.com/zodiacsessions

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Wed 23 Dec

Gypsy Rose Blues & Rock Bar, 5 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Bad Boy Jake are every Wednesday in the Gypsy Rose Rock & Blues Bar playing their rock, blues and American.

www.dublinsessions.ie/gypsy.html

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 23 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Los Paradiso are playing Rockabilly, Tex Mex, Western Swing, Surf in the Leeson Lounge. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leeson-Lounge/114810058553792

Jazz Pigs – Gig

21:30, Wed 23 Dec

4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Jazz Pigs with a classic multi-brass front line play a mix of Lounge, lively sixties Jazz and driving Funk. Every Wednesday downstairs in 4 Dame Lane. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/dublinjazzpigs

Tetratonic Quartet – Jazz Gig

21:30, Wed 23 Dec

Mother Reilly’s, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Every Wednesday the Tetratonic Quartet will perform Jazz in Mother Reilly’s. Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 23 Dec

Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru), 4 Prospect Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 11

Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).

Thursday 24 Dec

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Thu 24 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

The first markets start on 22 Nov and the longest run is until 03 January.

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Live Animal Crib

11:00 – 17:00, Thu 24 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open from 08 Dec until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The opening on 08 Dec will start at 10:30.

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 24 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 16:00, Thu 24 Dec

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Thu 24 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

Santa & the Starkeeper – Waterscreen Screening

16:30, Thu 24 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

The short film “Santa & The Starkeeper” (5 min) will be screened every day at Dundrum Town Centre and the remarkable difference to other screening is that it will be screened on Ireland’s only Waterscreen (!!), which is the Mill Pond at Dundrum Town Centre.

The screening will happen every 20 minutes from 16:40 until Christmas. Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/santa-and-the-starkeeper

Brazilian Dance – Forró

18:00, Thu 24 Dec

D-One Bar, 89 Capel Street, Dublin 1

A weekly Forro Night (Brazilian Dance) with a Forro Live Band takes place in the D-One Bar & Brazilian Grill every Thursday.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/donebardublin

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour – Night Walk

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 24 Dec

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher will run next Thursday. It will be an Alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

Meeting point is at the Spire. The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is required via myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

The Xchange – Language Exchange

19:00, Thu 24 Dec

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Every Thursday, the Xchange invites to a Language Exchange (19:00-20:30). Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Xchange/1472043553072435

Dimestore Recordings presents

20:00, Thu 24 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00, follow the link for the line up.

www.facebook.com/DimeStoreRecords

Toasted Special – Gig

20:00, Thu 24 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Harbour Bar house band “Toasted Special” will play Covers and Mash-ups.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/interskalactic-event3

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 24 Dec

Brady’s Pub, 5 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin 6

A Fun Pub Quiz takes place in Brady’s in Terenure on Thurs. The quiz will be on every Thursday night in the Lounge at Brady’s. Keith McLoughlin is the Quiz Master.

There will be six rounds of the quiz with picture questions, audio questions and general knowledge questions. Admission to the quiz is free and therr will be free drink vouchers for the winning and runner up teams. (No phones to get answers allowed.)

www.facebook.com/pages/Bradys-Pub-Terenure/138965189474826

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 24 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Thu 24 Dec

Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” play a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll.

www.frankryans.com

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 24 Dec

McLoughlin’s Bar, 73 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire

A weekly Trad Music Night is taking place in McLoughlin’s in Dun Laoghaire. It is an acoustic night and all musicians are welcome. Admission is free.

www.mcloughlinsbar.ie

McNeills Trad Music Pub Sessions

21:30, Thu 24 Dec

J. McNeills, 140 Capel Street, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free Trad Session takes place in McNeills and often there are high profile Trad musicians performing.

www.facebook.com/McNeillsPubSessions

Woolshed Karaoke

21:30, Thu 24 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

The Woolshed Karaoke is happening every Thursday from 21:30. Anyone can participate! Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Friday 25 Dec

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

08:00, Fri 25 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Merry Christmas to everyone!

I hope you will have a nice Christmas in the way and form you like it! If you are alone and happy with it, it is the perfect way to celebrate and if you are in a big buzzing family or with friends and you are happy with it, then that is also perfect, If you are alone and not happy with it, then make sure that you make this day extra special ANYWAY! And if you are in company and not happy with it, maybe don’t go next year or leave early? :-)

Whatever you do, have a great day!

It is one of the few days of the year, when shops, pubs and restaurants are closed and I always pity tourists from the European Continent on that day. Because in the rest of Europe, Christmas Eve is the BIG event, restaurants are open again on Christmas Day. Not so in Ireland! It has been a number of times that I saw tourists in the City Centre that were absolutely shocked and lost because nearly everything is closed.

Thanks to our brothers and sisters from other countries and – in this case – especially from other religions, you now find a few Centras, Spars etc open on that day because Christmas doesn’t rate highly in their calendar.

If you are a tourist and read this to find out where to go for food, try the Spar in Dame Street at the corner with George’s Street. You might be in luck.

And after a long search, I found another exception for everyone who could do with going out on Christmas Day. It is a Christmas Dinner in a Bar and a free gig by the Dublin City Rounders in Murray’s Bar in O’Connell Street (see separate event listing in this Dublin Event Guide).

If you forgot to buy the cream for the Christmas Pudding, hurry out in the morning because some shops only open for a few hours in the morning.

A lot will be back to normal on 26 Dec, despite the fact that it is still a holiday. Many shops will be back open and restaurants and pubs will also welcome you again.

40 Foot Christmas Morning Swim

09:00, Fri 25 Dec

Forty Foot, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Every Christmas Day a large amount of hardy (or mad) individuals come to the Forty Foot in Sandycove for a swim. It is a long standing tradition for some people in South Dublin and everybody is welcome.

See here: www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/hardy-swimmers-take-to-the-water-for-annual-festive-swim-1.2048569

GOAL Mile

10:00, Fri 25 Dec

Papal Cross Carpark, Phoenix Park, Dublin 7

Another traditional event on Christmas Day for many is to run the GOAL Mile. This is how it works: You register, you turn up, you run one mile and make a donation. All donations will go to GOAL.

There are numerous events around Dublin, one example is the Phoenix Park run at the Papal Cross, which will start at 10:30 and finish at 12:00.

Use the map function on the website below to find one near you.

www.goalglobal.org/events/event/goal-mile

The Dublin City Rounders – Gig

15:00, Fri 25 Dec

Murray’s Bar, 33-34 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

If you are on your own or are visiting Ireland over Christmas (and are regretting it on 25 December), there is a pub that is here to help and it might as well be the only pub in the whole City.

Murray’s Bar on O’Connell St open at 12:00 on Christmas Day for Christmas Dinner and free live music from 15:00 with the Dublin City Rounders playing Old Timey, Western Swing, Blues, Folk, Rockabilly, Vaudville.

www.facebook.com/events/160377170986150/

Events Coming Up

Temple Bar Trad Fest

At the end of January, the Temple Bar Trad Fest takes place and there is a whole range of free gigs, but you need to get tickets for them and the free ticket “sales” has been launched already. Hurry, if you are interested in Trad or Folk! The important link is here:

frontrowsessions.tickets.ie/

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

13+19+20+27 December

Every month the Dublin Mountain Partnership runs free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains on some Saturdays or Sundays during the month. The walks have varying difficulty and duration and the details can be found on the Dublin Mountain Partnership website: www.dublinmountains.ie/news/upcoming_events/?no_cache=1

In December there will be 4 walks/hikes on 13+19+20+27 December.

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required.

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

TBA

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This is odd

Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. ;-) If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section and I am VERY serious about that!

Are you having fun with food???

Most of us have heard at some stage in our life that playing with food is not ok. And maybe even the poor children in Africa was thrown in by your parents/guardians as an enhancing and emphasising argument. The argument was a strong one and apart from events like the Tomatina in the Valencian town of Buñol, where participants throw mountains of tomatoes at each other, there is really not much “playing with food” happening.

But then I discovered “fun sized apples” and “fun sized bananas”! WTF?!?!

Are they then for having fun with and why? Or are they only for playing because they are small? Or is fun meant in a different way? Maybe there are not to have fun with, but to make fun about? Crude people!
And there are more questions: Who came up with the idea that small things are “fun sized”? Does that make it ok to go to someone smaller than you, who you met on a night out and tell him or her: “You are fun sized!” ;-) And can tall people not be fun? There is discrimination (against apples and bananas!) written all over this! :-P

But seriously, the shops really must think we are idiots if they think that if they called these apples “Small apples”, we would buy them less than if they are called “fun sized”?

And why have ALL supermarkets adopted this stupid naming??

Very odd!!

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Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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