A selection of things to do in Ireland over Christmas.
Beauty & the Beast
Waterfront Hall | Until January 6th
Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a spell-bound castle held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose?
Live Nativity Scene
Tannaghmore Animal Farm | Until December 30
A magical experience for all the family to enjoy. Visit the heart-warming nativity display in a converted outhouse on the farm filled with donkey, sheep, cows and other animals
Hansel and Gretel
Glór Irish Music Centre | December 22nd - 31st
Hansel and Gretel live with their father and stepmother in the village of Munchin Koffdropp. Their story involves various characters including a wicked witch, (but not too wicked!), a Forest Fairy and The Dame/Miss Daisy Demeanour, (Woo Hoo!!!). The tale comes to a nail-biting climax in a Gingerbread House, when Hansel and Gretel narrowly avoid being eaten, and the witch gets her just desserts!
Everyman Theatre | until January 13th
When you think of a glass slipper, a pumpkin-carriage, ugly sisters and a handsome prince – what have you got? This year’s panto, Cinderella. Jam-packed with panto fun, we bring this magical story to life!
Cork Opera House | until January 20th
Jam packed with the magnificent scenery, costumes, live music, spectacular dance routines, comedy capers and the magical special effects you’ve come to know and love!
Cork on Ice
Mahon Point Shopping Centre | until January 27th
With a large main rink, a separate kiddies rink and a variety of events throughout the season (e.g. Kids Skating and Student Nights) there is something for everyone to enjoy.
iSkate @ RDS
RDS | until January 13th
iSkate in Dublin is Ireland’s only outdoor ice skating rink, brought to you by Funderland. It is open daily until 13th January and is offering a fantastic mid-week deal of two tickets with two hot-chocolates for only €20.
The Helix | until January 20th
No festive season is complete without a trip to The Helix Panto! TheatreworX Productions return to The Helix this Christmas for yet another Christmas Panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Robin Hood.
Draiocht | Wizard of Oz
Dariocht | January 4th - 20th
Join Dorothy and her dog Toto as they are transported from their home in Kansas to the land of Oz where they meet some very strange characters – a Strawman, a Tinman and a cowardly Lion.
Polly and the Magic Lamp
Olympia Theatre | December 15th - January 6th
Polly and the Magic Lamp is guaranteed to have many laugh-out-loud moments with Rory Cowen and Jake Carter.
The Snow Queen
Gaiety Theatre | until January 20th
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto where you'll have a brrrrrr...iliant time as The Snow Queen tries to steal all the Christmas fun.
Dublin | December 31st
Dublin City is set to light up with imagination and wonder for New Year’s Festival Dublin.
Gather in the heart of Dublin with family and friends as iconic landmark The Custom House becomes the centre for NYE Dublin’s spectacular countdown to 2019..
Cheerios Christmas Panto | Snow White
Tivoli Theatre | December 4th - January 13th
The Cherrios Panto ends its run in the Tivoli theatre (which is being replaced by an aparthotel) with a spectacular and hilarious version of the famous fairytale. Featuring Mary Byrne and Joe Duffy alongside Sammy Sausages and Buffy, it's guaranteed to bring the house down, literally.
How to Catch a Star
The Ark | Until December 30th
This is the story of his adventure. Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, this adaptation combines puppetry with a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Various performances until December 30th.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Pavilion Theatre | 19th - 30th December
Direct from the West End, the smash-hit stage adaptation of Michael Rosen’s book comes to Dublin. An unmissable adventure through gigantic swishy swashy grass, splishy splashy river and the oozy, squelchy mud in search of a bear.
Tallaght Stadium | December 13th - January 6th
Festive, family fun with death defying daredevils, breathtaking acts and plenty of laughs with OTTO the Clown.
RDS | Until January 13th
Featuring all the family favourites, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to Winter Funderland in the RDS.
The Moving Crib
Saint Martin Apostolate & Chapel | Until January 6th
The Moving Crib has been a feature of Christmas in Dublin for over sixty years.
Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo | Until January 6th
Wild Lights, a magical night-time spectacular event at Dublin Zoo, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife.
Blanchardstown on Ice
Blanchardstown | Until January 20th
Ice skating sessions daily with separate kiddie rink- suitable for all ages and abilities.
Winter Activity Trail at the Natural History Museum
National Museum of Ireland | Until December 31st
Throughout December, you can pop into the Museum and try their Winter Activity Trail and learn about the beavers, birds and bears on display. Copies of the activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don't forget to bring a pencil!
Festive Fairy Trail
Lusty Beg Island Resort | Until January 2nd
There is unique and magic tree within the grounds of Lusty Beg Island Resort that gives out a daily spray of magic fairy dust. However, Noah, the mischievous fairy, removed the box of dust and hid it somewhere in the grounds.
Can you help?
Town Hall Theatre | December 29th - January 13th
Renmore Pantomime celebrates 40 years of family entertainment at Town Hall Theatre, Galway with 21 performances of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, featuring well-known Galway performers, electrifying dance routines and the charming Renmore Smurfs.
INEC Killarney | January 3rd -5th
The spell has been cast in a land far away. Will the heroic prince break the spell and awake his true love? Will good overcome evil? Or will the evil Maleficent ruin Christmas for all? Sleeping Beauty, filled with laughter galore, fabulous costumes and chart stopping hits.
Watergate Theatre | January 2nd - 13th
The coolest panto is in Kilkenny this year with a fun version of the hit movie featuring lots of songs, dance and the best family entertainment.
Kilkenny On Ice
The Hub | January 6th
With 600 square meters of real ice this is one of the coolest event this Christmas with very popular bungee trampolines, mammoth ice globes and hot drink from the ice café.
A Winter Wish
Dock Arts Centre | January 12th
Every Winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish - they can wish for whatever they want! An interactive traditional music performance made for families, grandparents and their 3-7 year olds.
University Concert Hall | December 18th - January 7th
In a faraway magical kingdom, the beautiful but lonely Princess, Snow White, is forced by the cruel Queen, to work as a maid in their enormous palace. Expect all the magic of this traditional tale with a contemporary twist! This is Snow White as you have never seen it before!
Alice in Wonderland
Lime Street Theatre | December 28th - January 6th
Limerick Panto Society present their 34th annual production, starring Emma O’Driscoll, Jason Ronan, Stuart Mackey and Tim Cusack
Christmas at Megabowl
Longford Megabowl | Until January 6th
OK, so the Christmas market was a huge success at the start of the month, but just because the man in red has returned home to finish his packing doesn't mean you can't continue the fun. The Megabowl is the best place for some family entertainment over the festive season with a huge range of fun activities from bowling, pool tables and kids play area to video games.
The Lost Princesses
Backstage Theatre l 25th January - 2nd February
You can extend the Christmas spirt with this fun, family pantomine in Longford. The White Rabbit is in charge of the Fairy Tale library but is more concerned with sleeping and eating carrots. So the sneaky Book Worms take advantage and mix up all the stories. This leaves all the Princesses in the wrong Fairy Tales. as The Dame.
Drive-In Movies at Westport House
Westport House | December 30th
A different seasonal experience is available at Westport House each weekend in December with a selection of Drive-In movies.
Jack & the Beanstalk
Iontas Theatre | 7th - 12th January
Follow the lovable Jack through a giant adventure of beanstalks and enormously funny characters. Be sure to make a date with our Jack and pals this January for some Fee-Fi-Fo-FUN and a whole lot of happily ever after.
Alice in Wonderland | Burnavon
Burnavon | until January 26th
Join Alice on her journey as she follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole into the magical world of wonderland. Prepare to be amazed as the cast bring all your favourite characters to life such as The White Rabbit, Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee, The King & Queen of Hearts, The Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter and of course the Panto Dame and much more!
Waterford Panto Society | Cinderella
Theatre Royal | Until December 27th - 30th
Featuring all the spectacular lighting, costumes and scenery you have come to expect as well as a full live band, up to date pop numbers and guaranteed family fun - this is one show you will not want to miss this Christmas season.
Enchanted Garden Winter Light Festival
Tramore Housel | Until December 31st
The magic begins as you walk through the entrance gates and you are immediately transported into a world of light and wonderment. The dazzling laser beam display on Tramore House and a beautifully lit Magnolia Tree surrounded by candlelight guide you on your way.
National Opera House | December 27th - 30th
The spell has been cast in a land far away. Will the heroic prince break the spell and awake his true love? Will good overcome evil? Or will the evil Maleficent ruin Christmas for all?
Celebrating twenty years on the seafront in Bray this year with almost 2 million visitors through its doors, the aquarium now has twenty-six displays which are home to over seventy different species of freshwater and marine animals from all over the world. A fun family day out this Christmas.