Best Place to Celebrate Christmas? Condé Nast Says It’s Dublin!


Over the past few weeks, we’ve been faithfully updating you with all the Christmas related events and celebrations planned for Dublin as also for the rest of Ireland. Our stories and social media content have brought you up to speed with the festive lighting, window displays, pop-up events, pub crawls and all the special performances and fairs. We’ve always believed that Dublin does Christmas proud, and now Condé Nast has put its seal of approval too!

Condé Nast Traveller says that Dublin is one of the top places in the world to celebrate the Christmas season. This list puts together 32 best places to spend Christmas around the world, and it speaks glowingly of Dublin. Apart from pub crawls, and cosy bars, it makes a special mention of Christmas markets, decked-out shops on Grafton Street, and tree-lighting ceremonies. The winter lights in Dublin are indeed special; you know we covered how 16 locations around the city will have light installations this year, including a brand-new installation of the Viking boat.

The new Viking boat winter and Christmas lights installation in Dublin - it shows a Viking ship lit up with lights and its reflection in the water
The Liffey Viking Boat – a new installation for this year

The moving crib is also cited as one of the unique attractions that Dublin has to offer over Christmas. But our readers will know that you will also be able to get the live crib experience – this year, it’s at a new location and is bound to bring so much joy to children and everyone in the family. The live crib will ensure that a much-loved Christmas tradition is carried on, and that visitors will get to see a donkey, a goat and two sheep as part of the nativity scene.

The live crib installation at a new location - shows a collie dog, two children, hay and Christmas star and decorations
Stanley Griffiths (11 months), Mary Jane O’Connell (2 years) and Bob the Border Collie in Stephen’s Green, at the launch of the Live Animal Crib. Photograph courtesy: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall IrelandImage /

There is just so much to do and experience in Dublin over the festive period that you are spoilt for choice. And it doesn’t matter if you live in Dublin or are visiting for a vacation. There is something for everyone. You could take your pick from whiskey tours, Christmas special cabaret performances, pantomimes, Santa events, Christmas markets and pop-ups to ice skating rinks and more.

Let us know what your favourite thing to do during Christmas in Dublin is, and if you’ve photographs that capture our city in a festive light, do send it to us. We will feature it in our stories.


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