The top ten best places to celebrate Christmas in Ireland
Get some ideas on where to spend the Christmas holidays in some beautiful cosy spots around Ireland
4. Leopardstown and Limerick Christmas Racing Festivals
What better way to blow away the winter blahs than with a flutter on the nags? The Christmas Festivals at Leopardstown and Limerick are up there among the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendars. Anyone who is anyone among the Dublin social cognoscenti goes to Leapordstown on St Stephen’s Day, those who spend Christmas west of the Shannon or south of the Silvermine Mountains go to Limerick, as much to shake hands and have a hot port with old friends, home for Christmas, the annual get-together, as to have a bet. And the racing isn’t bad either.
5. Christmas hill walking
Bundle up and get out to see the majestic Irish landscape in its winter repose. Get away from the High Streets and the commercial madness and take time to get acquainted with your own heartbeat.
With it being Christmas time most hill walking trips have a festive theme including mulled wine and mince pies to help you on your way. For more details and booking click the link below.
6. Christmas Pantomime
The pantomime is an distinctly Irish and English comic theatre style where a well known fairy tale can turn into the most pointed attacks on the government and society figures of the day. Ostensibly for children, these shows come larded with sentimental songs and vicious political satire that will keep adults chuckling too.
In Dublin the Gaiety and the Olympia theatre’s are the two celebrated venues for this kind of seasonal theatrical fun. If you want to celebrate Christmas the way the Irish themselves do be sure to book your tickets when you arrive.
7. Funderland at the RDS
From December 26 Funderland at the RDS is the world’s largest travelling amusements show. Go along and you’ll discover that all Dublin stops by although the place itself never feels too crowded.
Featuring five roller coasters, two giant Ferris wheels, and all manner of thrilling attractions this show is an annual hit with kids and all kids at heart.
8. The Abbey Theatre
This Christmas Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey, will stage an enduring world masterpiece – J.M. Synge’s unforgettable comic satire The Playboy of The Western World.
When the original show was staged in the same venue in 1907 it caused a riot that even the mighty W.B. Yeats himself had trouble subduing. “Ireland you have disgraced yourselves once again!” he thundered at the restive audience, but interestingly he didn’t elaborate on which previous disgraces he was thinking of.
The play endures, as does this elegant theatre, and this may well be the highlight of your Dublin stay this Christmas (be sure to pop into the nearby bar The Flowing Tide for a quick constitutional after the show and you’ll be having a night out like a true Dubliner.
9. An authentic Irish country house
What could be better than Christmas spent in a country house in Ireland? With roaring fires, afternoon teas, hot chocolate and lively guests to meet? The worldwide recession means that this is the best opportunity you’ll ever have to live your dream and take that winter break you’ve always dreamed of. Start by exploring one of Ireland’s best tourist guides and soon you’ll have your feet up in resplendent surrounds – in a country where a white Christmas is always a distinct possibility.