Seven Christmassy Things To Do In Dublin That Don’t Involve Drinking

Christmas

Let’s be honest, it’s going to be a hectic month filled with boozy nights out.

Between Christmas parties and family gatherings, the oul liver gets a battering.

There are days when you just can’t face the thought of another hangover - but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. There are plenty of Christmassy things to do in the city with friends and family that don’t involve drinking.

Here are a few of our faves.

1. Go Ice Skating

I know we’re not all built for the ice, in fact I know I look like Bambi when I get near it. But the truth is it’s always a lot of fun and it’s a great way to gather up your mates.

There are a few Ice Rinks open this year including Dundrum, Tallaght, Blanch and the only outdoor one in RDS.

Let’s be honest, is there anything better than having a laugh at your mates expense as they slip on their arse?

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2. Go to the Drive-In

I understand, why not just go to the cinema? Well I feel like there’s something a little special about going to the Drive-In. Not only do you get to act like Danny and Sandy from Grease, but you also get to load up your car with as much treats as you want before you head in.

With classics such as Elf, Love Actually and Home Alone being shown, is there any better way to get in the Christmas spirit?

3. Stop in at Yuleyard

It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, we all love Eatyard. But for the month of December it has transformed into Yuleyard. It’s gone full Winter Wonderland with markets, movies and the classic vendors, such as Box Burger and Meltdown, serving up some festive food. Head down for catch up chats while munching on delicious warm mince pies.

(Of course, there are plenty of drink options available here should you change your mind!)

4. Check out the Christmas Markets

Again, this is such a seasonal gift that it would be a sin not to enjoy it while we have the chance. There are a number of markets popping up around Dublin so whether you’re looking to buy gifts, see Santa or just fill up on festive treats, there’s one for you. Here’s some to look out for:

- Flea Market RDS

- Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

- Swords Castle Christmas Market

- Dundrum Christmas Village

5. Visit Wild Lights

This is something so out of the norm that I think it’s a must. What other time of the year do you get to see these spectacular animals light up the Zoo? They have a brand new cast of giant illuminated lanterns, traditional Chinese performers, craft markets and of course some grub. This is perfect for friends and family.

Even if it’s not your cup of tea, at least you’ll get an unreal Insta pic…

6. Go For a Winter Walk

We all know what our favourite Sunday strolls look like on a bright summer's day, but have you ever explored it in the winter? The brisk evenings are a perfect way to get some fresh air and have a chat. The byproduct of getting some exercise is a bonus. A personal favourite is a long walk down Dun Laoghaire Pier. It’s never too cold for a Teddy’s, is it?

7. Grab a Hot Chocolate

Ok this seems extremely obvious, but you know, hot chocolates are the dream!! You and your bestie, melting into a cosy chair as the marshmallows do the same in your hot chocolate.

It’s basically the same as meeting for a pint, right?

If you're looking for some Hot Chocolate inspo - we've rounded up the best here.

READ MORE: Seven Magical Christmas Markets In Dublin This Year

Written By

Alan Fisher

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