Dublin local family event guide. Friday 13th – Thursday 19th 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.



** NOT MANY TICKETS LEFT AT ALL!! **

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.


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!   


Come along and hear your favourite traditional Christmas Carols in the comfort of the Café du Journal. Coffee and Mince Pie €5 donated by the Cafe. Also a great raffle with great prizes. Hope to see you there.


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: 14 & 21 December 10.30am


Santa at GPO Witness History Museum

**LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN**

When Various dates throughout December (some 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!


Farmleigh Christmas Programme 2019

Saturday 14th 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

Christmas Puppet Show with Julie Rose Mc Cormick, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Billy Teare & Kathleen O Sullivan, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Garda Ladies 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.

Sunday 15th 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 Julie Rose Mc Cormick, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Billy Teare & Kathleen O Sullivan, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Firhouse 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.


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.



The Phoenix Park Rangers – Talk for Children & Meet Santa

Sunday 15th December at 11am and 2pm

The Rangers will meet you at the Papal Cross and walk you down to where the deer are located. They will give the children a talk about the deer and their history in the Phoenix Park. Santa will come & meet the children afterwards.

Free, no need to book!



Christmas Decoration Making

Join us in Corkagh Park on Sunday, December 15th, from 10am to 11.30am
Supported by South Dublin County Council

Try your hand at making your very own Christmas Decoration. Using natural materials get creative as you design and make your unique decoration. Get into the festive spirit with the family!
Suitable for all the family!


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. 


Family Christmas Woodland Party

Sunday 15th December.  1 – 4pm Turvey Nature Reserve, near the village of Donabate.

Booking essential via eventbrite. As proceeds will be going to towards having a centre built at Turvey,  so that OWLS will have a base to continue running all year round outdoor nature education programmes.

Family Fun event.

We would like to invite everyone that has supported and believed in OWLS along to this Christmas Woodland family fun event.

There will be games, woodland craft (yule logs, wreath and deer/animal sculpture making), help decorate the life christmas tree, enjoy a glowing fire with smoors and hot chocolate.

And finish with a sing-along and festive treats.


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.


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. 



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



Winter Solstice Tour

When 21st December 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


Kidsyard Family Rave – Countdown to New Year 2020 – An inclusive family experience where parents can have just as much fun as their kids!


OWLS Winter Camp

Turvey Nature Reserve.

Monday 30th – Friday 3rd January 2020  (excluding Wednesday 1st). Children can attend for the four days or just one or two. For ages 6 and up.

Theme:  Fire and Ice. Lots of fire making and craft activities with greenwood to take home.

Times 9.30 – 2.30pm.

OWLS members €20 per day, non owls members €25

As it will be run by our two new leaders (Swan and Red Squirrel) the numbers are restricted to 20 children.

Booking now open, contact Mouse at info@owls.ie.


We are now taking bookings for January Baby Massage classes.

Our 4 week course is a really easy way to meet other local new parents.

Our instructors are all members of Baby Massage Ireland and the cost of the course is covered by most health insurance providers.

Book now to join us in:

Dundrum on Tuesday January 7th.
Sandymount on Wednesday January 8th.
Malahide on Friday January 10th.
Glenageary on Friday January 10th.
Clonskeagh on Tuesday January 14th
Dublin 6 – Leinster Sports Club on Friday January 17th

Dates for February, March, April and May are all available to book now.


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