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Taking the kids away for a treat, no matter what time of year it is, will have them grinning from ear to ear and Christmas is one of the most perfect times to do just that. With plenty of family-friendly events planned throughout the Christmas season, no matter where you go, there’s bound to be something to suit. Take a look at Dublin for example; there’s an abundance of entertainment planned to help keep the festive spirit alive and with hotels in Dublin city centre that offer family size rooms, you can base yourself in the heart of the action.


The Christmas season isn’t complete without a panto, is it? Dublin is no different – there’s several planned that continue through until the New Year, so you can choose which one you think you and your family will love the most. Sleeping Beauty (29th November until 12th January, tickets €25) can be found at the DCU, complete with Evil Sorceress and the handsome Prince, while Snow White is on at the Gaiety Theatre between the 1st December and the 12th January with tickets costing around €25 each.


If your kids love the theatre, but aren’t fans of the slapstick pantomimes, check out the No Strings Attached puppet theatre adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, staged at the Powerscourt Theatre for a bargain price of €5. Alternatively, Annabelle’s Star is running between the 26th November and the 30th December at The Ark, which is a stunning performance that will enthral children and families with its beautiful story.

The Magic of the Nutcracker can also be found at Dublin Castle every Saturday and Sunday in December, complete with storytelling, magic shows, Christmassy stalls and a visit from Santa. It’s an affordable way to while away the afternoon (€4.50 for adults and €2 for children) and they kids will love it.

Outdoor Fun

Get your skates on and head over to Dundrum’s first ever ice rink that graces Pembroke Square every Christmas. This real ice rink provides plenty of fun for people of all ages, with skating penguins for the little ones and handrails for the grownups who would prefer not to go it alone! Family tickets cost €30, with refreshment areas also available.


The North Pole Experience is one of the top Santa experiences in the city, with plenty of surprises in store for all the family to love. Hop on a Coca Cola truck as you drive through the Snowman Kingdom before heading to the mailing centre to post the letters to Santa. Visit the elves hard at work in their workshops and stop by Mrs Claus before you get to the big man himself. You’ll be able to take pictures of your children with Santa and they will receive a gift as part of the visit. Tickets cost €20 per child, parents are free and it’s open until the 23rd November.

Whatever you decide to spend your time doing during your family’s festive city break to Dublin, you can guarantee that with a stay in the city, you’re perfectly placed to enjoy a joyful festive season. Take a look at the hotels in Dublin city centre and book your break, today.

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