We celebrate the craic-filled 12 Pubs of Christmas with Ireland’s own Niall Horan on Day 9 of IrishCentral’s Advent calendar.
Have you ever taken on the 12 Pubs of Christmas challenge? Behind Day 9 of our Advent calendar we celebrate this most stereotypical Irish tradition, the one where we go to as many pubs as possible in one night.
It may sound like a recipe for disaster but thankfully, our own Niall Horan appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show this week to explain how its more about the rules and the craic involved with them than the drinking aspect, as well as catching up with friends you haven’t seen in ages.
The 24-year-old “Slow Hands” singer explained that he was looking forward to getting home for Christmas, the only time of year he manages to get back to Ireland or to Mullingar unless he’s playing a gig.
Read more: An Irish guide to the 12 Pubs of Christmas
“Just see all the people that I don’t get to see from one end of the year to the other,” Horan said of his plans for the holidays.
“We always do like … all my mates from school, there’s like 15 or 16 of us, and we do this thing called The 12 Pubs of Christmas.
“So basically there’s 26 pubs in one mile in my hometown, and there’s about 14,000 people, so it’s well spread you know? You’ve got room in the pub when you go in.
"So you just go round, and there’s rules, like between [pubs] four and five you have to link arms with one of your mates and walk backwards to the next pub, and you have a certain amount of time to drink.
“We should make it into a documentary. I would watch it.”
Horan also explained that the traditional Irish Christmas feast falls very much in line with the generic US version with turkey, ham and of course, “all the different types of potatoes.”
The former One Direction member finished off the night by performing “Too Much to Ask” from his debut solo album "Flicker."
Have you ever completed the 12 Pubs of Christmas challenge? What is your favorite part of the rules and where do you most like to visit?