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7 Christmassy Things You Can Do In Dublin For FREE This Year

By kaylawalsh

December 12, 2017 at 2:34pm


Between buying presents, party outfits, drink, decorations and more, Christmas can be hella expensive. 

If you're looking to save your pennies but still get in the festive spirit, here are 7 Christmassy things you can do for free in Dublin this year. 

1. The Snowman 

Head to St Patrick's Cathedral on December 23 to hear the timeless tale of James and the Snowman, narrated by Morgan Crowley with help from the church choir. 

There'll be a collection in aid of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice at the end of the event if you want to donate but entry is free. 

The Snowman

Image credit: St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin

2. Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

The lovely Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 18. 

There'll be festive food and drink, handcrafted gifts and decorations, and a funfair with an old-world children's carousel. 

Obviously you have to pay if you want to buy anything but it costs nothing to have a browse! 

Dun Laoghaire

3. The Live Crib

A super cute live animal crib will be open at the Mansion House until Christmas Eve. 

The crib has been a tradition in Dublin for 23 years.

Live Animal Crib

4. Christmas Eve busking

The likes of Bono, Glen Hansard and Hozier have been known to busk on Grafton Street to raise money for charity on Christmas Eve. 

Last year the event had to end early because of overcrowding fears so let's hope it still goes ahead!

5. Puppet Theatre

Travelling marionette theatre company The Moon and Sixpence will be performing at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Sunday December 17 at 1.30pm and 3pm. 

Moon And Sixpence

6. Christmas strolling 

There's nothing quite like wandering down Grafton Street after dark at Christmastime. 

Bonus points if you soak up the festive atmosphere in the newly reopened Bewleys. 

7. Dundrum Christmas Village 

Make sure you check out the magical Christmas Village in Dundrum Town Square, where you'll find ice-skating, drinks stalls, Santa's grotto and more. 

A great place to get in the Christmas spirit even if you're not splashing out!

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