What better way to bring in the New Year than by gathering together with family and friends to enjoy some of the best talent that Ireland has to offer at the New Year’s Festival Dublin. Now in its third year, the festival just keeps on growing. Last year’s festival attracted over 20,000 international visitors and this year promises to be even bigger with a host of free and family friendly events - from concerts, to walking trails, pop-up street performances and more - that are all guaranteed to engage, entertain and excite from 30 December to 1 January.
The New Years Festival Dublin
New Year’s Festival Dublin
David Bowie Festival
For the past five years, the Grand Social in Dublin have run a Bowie Birthday Bash in January to mark the birthday of David Bowie. The Grand Social’s booking manager, John Brereton is a self-confessed “Bowie nerd” and in 2016 he decided to expand the Birthday Bash into a full scale Bowie Festival. This festival attracted people from all over the world, including some big names associated with David Bowie, such as Gerry Leonard, who was Bowie’s guitar player, musical director and co-writer for ten years. However, in a tragic twist of fate, the sad news of Bowie’s passing filtered through the day after the festival.
The Snow Queen
Smock Alley Theatre present a brilliant new take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Snow Queen, this Christmas. Running from 5 to 23 December, with Saturday afternoon matinees, this imaginative new spin on an old favourite is sure to be a hit with young and old alike.
Christmas traditions in Dublin
Leading up to Christmas, Dublin literally bristles with seasonal street lighting. Large Christmas trees stand at prominent intersections and shop windows are gaily decorated with traditional themes
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains.
Waterford Winterval Festival
The special magic of Christmas in Ireland will come alive at the end of November as Waterford’s Winterval Festival returns for a fifth consecutive year from 25 November. People of all ages can enjoy 30 different fun events and activities at Ireland’s biggest, brightest and best Christmas event, which saw over 500,000 people from home and abroad attend last year.
A Day in the Life of a Food Explorer
Ireland's Table produce
Winter wonderland and Christmas carnival
At Westport house
A Taste of Roscrea
The Tipperary town of Roscrea will kick off the festive season in style with the return of the Taste of Roscrea Festival. Now in its fifth year, Taste of Roscrea have put together an exciting programme for its annual food and craft market, which showcases the best locally produced products against the stunning backdrop of Damer House.
Night at the museum
Have you ever dreamed about what cinema would look like if it came to life? A new company based in Northern Ireland, Moving Pictures, is aiming to make that dream come to life.