last updated: 2018-12-11
Family events this weekend
As Christmas is fast approaching, we have less and less time to plan the perfect family weekend. To inspire you a bit what you can do with the kids this weekend, here is our long-long list of family-friendly events in Dublin for the third weekend of the Advent season: 
Dundrum on Ice - 26 Oct - 13 Jan
Whether you are just starting out with ice skating or are a seasoned pro, Dundrum On Ice offers the highest quality seasonal ice skating experience in Dublin today. Book for individual sessions as an individual or small group.
Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo - 1 Nov - 6 Jan
Dive into an Ocean of Light at this year’s Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo, with an entirely new cast of illuminated giant silk lanterns celebrating the wonders of the life aquatic. From giant squid to polar bears, penguins, colossal blue whales and dainty seahorses, Dublin Zoo, once again, will be transformed into a world of illumination with lanterns tailor-made especially for this year’s event. Traditional Chinese performers, a craft market and an array of Asian food will make Wild Lights 2018 a t
Malahide Skates - 9 Nov - 6 Jan
It’s time to get your skates on! Ice-skating comes to Malahide with a 600 square metre REAL ICE ice rink including a specially designed kiddies ice rink fully housed in a 1200 square metre all weather marquee in the grounds of Malahide Castle, Dublin.
Christmas Stables (Powerscourt Gardens) - 17 Nov - 23 Dec
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a visit to the atmospheric Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow with its tree-lined avenue, fir trees and majestic stately home! Make the most of your family time and bring the children along to see Santa’s animals at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. Kids will love the chance to meet some farm animals’ right up close including Santa’s deer, pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. Children of all ages and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the stables, w
Eco Christmas Crafts (Botanic Gardens) - 24 Nov & 15 Dec
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 own garden, or in pots on your balcony or windowsill. 11am-12pm workshop suitable for 6-8 year olds, 2pm-3pm workshop suitable for 8-12 year olds 2pm-3pm. Booking essential. €5 per child.
Santa in Liffey Valley - 17 Nov - 24 Dec
Come and experience a wonderful visit to Santa Claus in his magical Grotto at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. There is no booking necessary, we operate on a walk-in only basis. So, the next time you are in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre why not make the experience even more magical with a trip to see Santa!
Santa at Croke Park - 24 Nov - 23 Dec
Santa has transformed GAA HQ into his secret elf camp, where only the fittest, strongest and healthiest of all elves are trained! In fact, every pointy-eared helper that is chosen for the GAA Museum training programme is a member of the North Pole Hurling, Football and Camogie Club, which is the most Northerly and charmed GAA club in the world and managed by Santa himself!
Visit Santa in Blanchardstown SC - 17 Nov - 24 Dec
Visit Santa in his magical Christmas Grotto!
Christmas Experience at Airfield - 24 Nov - 23 Dec
We’re delighted to announce the return of our annual Christmas Experience from November 24th to December 23rd. 2018 Silver Medal Winners in ‘Ireland’s Best Santa Experience’ with Boots Maternity and Infant Awards, The Christmas Experience at Airfield Estate is a wonderful, old-fashioned, traditional Christmas event for all the family.
Robin Hood (Helix) - 23 Nov - 20 Jan
With all the wit, magic and fun that our audiences have come to expect from our hilarious panto, Robin Hood is the must-see panto of Christmas 2018. Starring some audience favourites and introducing stunning new talent, The Helix Panto always delivers the best family night out.
Santa Experience at ILAC - 23 Nov - 23 Dec
Location: Dunnes Stores (next to lifts), The Ilac Centre, Henry St. Cost: €10 per child & €5 per adult. (€3 booking fee per transaction)
Santa at Swords Pavilions - 20 Nov - 23 Dec
Kick-off this Christmas season with Swords Pavilions as we celebrate Santa’s Arrival. Santa will arrive on the upper mall outside Dunnes Stores at 1pm sharp on Sunday 25th November. If your early head down to the Santa area (outside Movies at Swords) where our resident DJ will kick off the Christmas fun with a fun dance party and stage show.
i-Skate at RDS - 23 Nov - 13 Jan
Ireland’s Largest Outdoor Ice Rink is opening on the 23th of November in Ring 4 at the RDS (behind the Intercontinental Hotel) Dublin 4.
Christmas at Farmleigh - 1 - 16 Dec
Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard 10am – 5pm Festive Crib, Outdoors 10am – 5pm Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors 2pm – 4pm And a lot more! Some of our events are ticketed!
Christmas Kingdom (Lucan) - 1 - 23 Dec
Entry to the Christmas Kingdom is free of charge. The Santa Experience requires a ticket, which costs €15 per child (Adults Go Free!). A ticket for the Santa Experience Includes: A gift for each child from Santa Meet real reindeer Write a letter to Santa in the post office Visit The Animal Kingdom in Santa’s Grotto A Guided tour around Santa’s Magical World A high quality colour photo (optional, €5 per photo)
Santa's Grotto at EPIC - 15 & 16, 22 & 23 Dec
Join us 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.
Santa Visits at the Chocolate Warehouse - 8 - 23 Dec
Christmas is not Christmas without a visit to Santa Claus at The Chocolate Warehouse for that special Santa Claus experience. The difference in the Chocolate Warehouse is that you enter a chocolate wonderland that makes this visit all the more special. Combining the excitement of Santa Claus and the surroundings of the Chocolate Warehouse will give any child memories to cherish for life.