Dublin local family event guide. Friday 6th – Thursday 12th December 2019

Take a look at the family friendly events happening in and around Dublin over the next week for you to enjoy.
Please check that they are still running before setting out, as sometimes even the best events have to be postponed.



Inspectorium: Festive Fossils

When Saturday 7th December drop in between 11am-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families

See, touch, and learn about fossils from around the world, everything from 500 million year old invertebrates to dinosaur poo and Ice Age mammals. Make your own fossil-themed festive decoration to take home. 

No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.


When Saturday, 7 December 2019 from 13:00-18:00
Where Drimnagh Castle Primary School

How much? Child ticket €10, adult ticket €5 + booking fee. Book here.
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Every Christmas dream begins with a magical step through WALK’s winter wonderland.

Enter the archway through the spectacular Drimnagh Castle and savour the beautiful smell and sounds of Christmas. Browse WALK’s Christmas market which provides a lovely mix of seasonal trinkets, local artisan wares and tasty local treats.

Visit to Santa and small gift for each child is included.

Now in our 7th year this is sure to be a great festive occassion.

All proceeds will go to support WALK Community Project Fund.


Kids’ Eco Christmas Crafts

When Saturday December 7th 2019 (Times below)
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €5 booking essential
Ages suitable for? 6-8 years 11.00am – 12.00pm, 8 years & over 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using biodegradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can then be planted in your garden, in pots on your balcony or windowsill.


Christmas movies in Blackrock Library

Don’t want to be left home alone this Christmas? Why not pop into Blackrock Library for a fun family movie.

Rated PG. Saturday: 7, 14 & 21 December 10.30am


Storytelling & Crafts

When Sat 7 Dec 10.30-11.00am
Where Children’s Library, Level 4, dlr LexIcon
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? 3-6 year olds, all welcome

Join staff member Aline for a special storytime session with a crafty element!


Kick start your Festive Season with Rainbow Phil’s Christmas Special, featuring a selection of your kids favourite songs plus an introduction to the classic Christmas songs!

For the fourth year in a row, Rainbow Phil has NOT been asked to switch on the Christmas lights in Clontarf (I know, it beggars belief!), so we will be having our very own little Christmas lights switching on countdown instead 🙂

There will be cracker pulling a plenty, plus fabulous festive prizes for whoever wears the most God-awfully garish Christmas jumper – either grown up or child!

The centre piece of the show will be Rainbow Phil’s Super Christmassy Mega-Medley!! Imagine, if you will, a mash up of “Oh Christmas Tree” running seamlessly into “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree” suddenly turning into “Deck the Halls” before metamorphosing into “Last Christmas” by Wham – it’s hard to imagine I know, but that is exactly what will happen

There will also be a big box of treats for the kids (both big and small!) and a couple of other surprises along the way!

If there is a particular Christmas song you’d like me to include, then drop me a message as soon as you can so I can get working on it, but please note: I will not be doing Mariah Carey (no matter how nicely she asks) and ‘Frozen’ is NOT a Christmas song.


Farmleigh Christmas Programme

SATURDAY 7th from 10-5

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
2pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Your Mans Puppet’s, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Riverside Singers, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.00pm

Dress up in Dickens style and take a photo, Courtyard
10am – 5pm

*Free Tickets are available in the Motor House. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.

SUNDAY 8th from 10-5

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
12 Noon – 4pm

Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors
1pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Your Mans Puppet’s, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with Canbelto Womens Choir, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.00pm

Dress up in Dickens style and take a photo, Courtyard
10am – 5pm

*Free Tickets are available in the Motor House. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.


Family-friendly tour

Join us at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West on Sundays from 12.30-1.15 for a special tour designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers.

Our aim is to make the artworks fun and engaging for kids, and to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery.

All welcome; no booking necessary.


Christmas Lantern Workshops

When Every Sat & Sun from 23rd Nov – 22nd Dec at 11am & 2pm
Where Cool Planet Experience, The Courtyard, Powerscourt House & Gardens
How much? €20 per person – book here
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

Crafty kids who enjoy ‘making and creating’ will love our Christmas Lantern Workshops!

Children will spend an hour in the festive workshop, cutting, pasting and creating their very own Christmas lantern.

Decorating with Christmas themes of candy-canes and gingerbread-men and using a simple LED circuit, kids will light up their creation to light up your home.

This is a festive workshop that will excite your kids and teach them about sustainable and low-carbon energy choices, particularly around Christmas.

 All materials supplied. Kids take home their lantern for all to admire, or to offer as that special gift.


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Drop-in family workshop

When Sunday 11.30-1.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West,Maples Group Creative Space
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children of all ages and their adults

At our weekly drop-in workshops, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish.

Suitable for children of all ages, these workshops take place in the Maples Group Creative Space in our Atrium. 


Sunday Sketching

When Every Sunday from 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Totally free!
Ages suitable for? Children 6+ and their adults

During these free sketching workshops for families we invite you to explore and respond to our collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing. Bring your own sketchbook, or avail of the materials provided. Free, no booking required, although places may be limited. 


New parents’ tour

Visit the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square West once a month to join their new parents’ tour. It’s on the 9th December from 2-2.45pm.

These tours are for parents, guardians, and carers of young children and will focus on a selection of highlights in the permanent collection. Our aim is to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery rooms. 

The route is suitable for prams and strollers, and all are welcome. 


Pop the events below in your diary, or prebook, for future family fun!


Santa at GPO Witness History Museum

When Various dates throughout December (A lot are already booked up)
Where GPO Witness History, O’Connell Street, Dublin
How much? Adult €12.50, children €16.50
Ages suitable for? family friendly

This Christmas Santa is returning to the most historical building in Dublin. Meet the Postmaster and his team of Elves to discover the magic of how letters reach Santa each Christmas! Join Mr. & Mrs. Claus for an unforgettable Christmas Experience in the secret grotto hidden in the GPO Courtyard.

Have you ever wondered how your letter to Santa makes it all the way to the North Pole from your letter box? Well here’s your chance to find out!

Don’t miss your chance to witness this magical Santa experience!


Christmas Music in the NLI

Saturday 14 December, 2pm

KenDu Music presents a selection of best loved Christmas music…..in the beautiful surroundings of the National Library.

Performers include Rosemount Singers – with Dani Fox – Soprano, Jimmy Billings – Bass,  Paul McGough – Tenor,
Shane Barriscale – Tenor  and Choral Director of Rosemount Singers

Expect to hear many well known favoutites with some surprises!

All welcome!   


Magical Moonbeams: Paper Lantern Workshops

When Sun 15 Dec @ 11am (5-7yrs) – all other times fully booked
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50 per child
Ages suitable for? 5-7 and 8-12

The longest and darkest night of the year is coming. During the winter solstice, the moon and distant stars rule the sky. These constellations have been a source of inspiration to us for centuries, with magical myths and stories spun from their beauty.

This December, come and make a shimmering paper lantern with constellations and shooting stars to guide you through the dark evenings. Draw yourself as a star and fill your lanterns with moonbeams and fallen stars for our workshop to celebrate this magical time of year.


Winter Solstice Tour

When 21/12/2019 11.00-11.45am
Where National Museum of Ireland,Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free – booking required
Ages suitable for? Children 8+

To celebrate the rising sun of the Winter Solstice at Newgrange, join our special tour to discover how ancient monuments and archaeological objects are linked to celestial events. Learn how passage tombs, such as Newgrange, are aligned to the Winter Solstice. Take a look at objects found in Ireland’s tombs and find out how Bronze Age objects, such as lunulae and sun discs, are linked to solar symbols. 

Booking required, contact educationarch@musem.ie or call 01 6486332. Meet at the Reception. Wheelchair accessible.


The Snowman

When Monday 23rd December 4-4.30
Where St Patricks Catherdral
How much? Free, tickets must be prebooked. There will be a collection taken for LauraLynn.
Ages suitable for? The whole family

“It was a cold, cold winter’s night.

In a cottage in the country,

hidden away beneath the hills,

a little boy lay sleeping.

Snow began to fall,

lightly at first and then with giant flakes,

which started to settle on the ground.

At first light of morning,

the little boy turned over,

yawned and sat up.

He ran to the window and looked out.

Everything was covered in snow…”


Take a break from your last minute Christmas shopping and other such seasonal stresses and come join us with the whole family in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to hear the timeless tale of James and the Snowman as told by a special guest narrator with a little help from the Choristers of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Retiring collection in aid of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.


We hope that you have a great week.

ClapHandies run regular baby massage courses suitable for babies 6 weeks – 9 months. As well as benefits for your baby, it’s a really great way to make some new friends at the same stage of parenting as you are.

ClapHandies PlayLabs  happen around the Dublin area during term time. If you have a baby, wobbler or toddler, why don’t you book and join one of our PlayLabs?

If you are looking to organise a party for your little one maybe we can help?

We offer classic parties for pre-schoolers, then once your little one is at school we offer themed parties that children seem to LOVE!

Take a look at RealParties for more details.

Do you have an event you would like us to promote?

Please email marie@claphandies.com giving as much notice as possible and if suitable we will try our best to add it to our weekly event guide.

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