Things to do this weekend in Ireland | December 20th - December 22nd

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Carlow Christmas Market

Moving to a new venue on Kennedy Street, this year's event will also take place over two weekends giving all the last minute shoppers another chance to pick up something special. Running from Friday-Sunday this week.

Festive Fun at GoQuest

If you are looking for something different this Christmas and New Year, GoQuest  features 28 unique challenges in two locations in Finglas in & Carrickmines, both just minutes from Dublin’s M50. The rooms are a mix of light physical, skill & mental challenges with three levels of difficulty so there really is something for everyone!

Frozen Breakfast | Kidspace Rathcoole

A magical Christmas experience this weekend. Dance and have fun with Elsa and Olaf as they visit Kidspace, children will love the sweet pancake breakfast and opportunities to meet and take a photo with Elsa and Olaf.

Santa at Tearaways

Enjoy unlimited playtime this weekend in the festive surroundings, book a scheduled visit to Santa and every child gets a selection box. Yum!

Santa's Sensory Grotto

Santa's Sensory Grotto at South Tipperary Arts Centre on Saturday is designed for children with sensory needs. Experience that important visit in a quiet, non-threatening environment. Due to the limited capacity at this event, booking is essential.

Mother Goose presented by Pantaloons

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Panto, and Pantaloons  return for their 17th year this weekend in Glor, County Clare

This is the story of Mother Goose who, about to be thrown off her land because she cannot pay the rent, gets a gift of Pricilla – the golden egg laying goose – from The Good Fairy. Mother Goose becomes rich, but the Demon King and his Bailiffs are on hand to tempt her with the things she doesn’t have – youth and Beauty. Will Mother Goose enter the Fountain of Youth? Will everybody love her?

Olympia Panto | Cinderella

Opening this week with a glittering celebrity line-up, traditional Panto values and the funniest script, this year will be as star studded and surprising as ever. There’s something for everyone in this magical panto with stars of stage and screen and social media’s biggest and brightest including Ryan Andrews, James Patrice,  Erin McGregor, Al Foran and directed by Simon Delaney.

Room on the Broom

Jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in Tall Stories’ fun-filled adaptation of Room on the Broom in the Pavilion Theatre.

The witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick is not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two... just as the hungry dragon appears!

Panto at The Moat

The Talisman Theatre Company Santa’s Fairytale Christmas runs from 18th to 21st at The Moat Theatre in Naas, Kildare

Santa's Workshop | Aillwee Cave

Santa Claus has been taking up his annual residence at Aillwee Cave in Ballyvaughan with Mrs Claus and his team of happy elves. Santa ensures a very special personalised visit for each child with plenty of exciting entertainment for all the family including face painting, a puppet show and carnival entertainment.

Santa Express at Oakfield House

Board the Santa Express at the station and enjoy an enchanting train ride through Oakfield’s magnificent woodlands to meet Santa and his special helpers. Enjoy a trip on a real train (not a tractor!) on 4.5km of narrow gauge railway via thousands of lights, installations and decorations.

Lullymore Christmas

The 14th annual "Lullymore Christmas" runs until Sunday 23rd where a festive train trip will take you on a magical journey through the ancient woodlands with a memorable visit to Santa and a gift from the busy Elves in their workshop, Christmas Holograms in old style thatched cottage, Crib scene in Early Christian Centre and illuminated walkway to Fairy Bower.

Woodland Santa | Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park is being transformed into a virtual Winter Wonderland as the countdown to Christmas gets underway.  Children and families can look forward to one of the most enchanting experiences on the festive calendar as the renowned Castlecomer Discovery Park unveils its Magical Woodland Christmas Experience.

Families will get to meet Mrs Claus and Santa in their cosy woodland igloos. Only 90 minutes from Dublin, this festive experience will create memories that last a lifetime

Magical Christmas Experience | Kia Ora Mini Farm

From start to finish, a visit to Kia Ora Mini Farm during the festive season is filled with sparkle and wonder: Thousands of twinkling lights musical light show, live stable of Bethlehem, post your letter in Santa’s post box, feed the reindeer and other animals, visit Santa & Mrs. Claus and lots more.

Christmas at Red Mountain Open Farm

Affordable festive family fun with Santa’s sitting room, Santa’s bedroom a visit the elves' workshop, make a wish in Santa’s wishing well, live nativity scene, post a letter to Santa in Santa’s giant post box and lots more. All Christmas activities are under one roof, so regardless of the weather, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!

Santa's Christmas Magic | Brigit's Garden

Santa and his little elf, Elfalfa, will mesmerise children and their families at Santa’s Christmas Magic Show at Brigit’s Garden. Mrs Claus will also be in the Garden to add a touch of magic to the Santa Experience. This professional show promises to highlight the real charm and wonder of Christmas.

Christmas at Wallaby Woods

Meet the elves, partake in some Christmas crafts, visit with Santa and Mrs Claus, get your pressie, watch a Christmas movie and the farm will also be open as normal.

National Museums of Ireland | Winter Trails

Throughout December, you can pop into the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology or Natural History and complete their seasonal activity sheet or get in a festive mood at the Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks by taking the Family Christmas Trail.

Christmas at the Castle

The historic courtyard of Dublin Castle will be filled with over 30 traditional alpine market stalls,  evening carol singing, vintage carousel and, at weekends, horse and carriage rides around the Castle grounds and gardens.

Santa's Grotto at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Visit for an unforgettable Christmas experience with Santa’s Grotto at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum! Begin your magical journey in the atmospheric vaults of The CHQ Building in Dublin’s City Centre. Your family will be welcomed by Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves before meeting Santa in his magical grotto. Tickets include admission to the museum.

Airfield Estate Christmas Experience

Airfield Estate will be running their popular Christmas experience until 23rd December. The True Spirit of Christmas Past will be a seasonal experience that reflects the original values of Christmas - family, charity, goodwill and happiness - and embraces and encourages an environmentally friendly festive celebration. 

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the Log Cabin, meet Santa Claus, enjoy stories with the Elves,  receive a sustainably sourced gift presented in a reusable cloth bag and lots more festive fun.

Moon Woke Me Up | The Ark

This festive season, escape into space in this fantastic interactive theatrical adventure for ages 3-5 from Little Bigtop in association with The Civic.

Wild Lights | Dublin Zoo

Wild Lights is back with a brand new theme – Stories, Myths and Legends. Expect to see magical scenes from well-known stories like the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the Jungle Book…to best-loved nursery rhymes and characters from Irish Mythology – all brought to life by dazzling, giant colourful silk lanterns! 

Gaiety Panto

An Arabian tale of true love, magic wishes and dastardly dealings, this year’s Panto will excite and delight all ages with the extra helping of song, dance, slapstick and laughter that you would come to expect from the Gaiety’s festive extravaganza. 

Moving Crib

The Moving Crib in Parnell Square opens its doors for the 62nd year this Christmas in Dublin.

It has been a key feature for so long that parents and grandparents, who visited the Moving Crib as children, are now bringing their children and grandchildren to enjoy and relive this Christmas experience.

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