last updated: 2019-11-23
Family events this weekend

Here is our list to help you where you can go, what you can do in Dublin at the weekend: 

Drop-in Family Workshop (National Gallery) - Sundays
At our weekly drop-in workshop, 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. These workshops are suitable for children of all ages.
Dundrum on Ice - until 12 Jan
Dublin’s best ice skating venue in Dundrum Town Centre will reopen from October 25th 2019 to January 12th 2020. We’ve got 500m² of crisp, white ice in a great new location in Dundrum South to get you skating from Halloween till the New Year.
Ice Skating in Blanchardstown - until 19 Jan
Ice Skating Blanchardstown opened for it’s first season in 2014 and surpassed our predicted visitor numbers. As well as it’s excellent location next to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, it’s success is due to the high quality ice and the implementation of tried and tested techniques and special events already in operation at our other rinks.
Christmas Fair at The Rediscovery Centre - 6 - 8 Dec
The Rediscovery Centre is hosting a Sustainable Christmas Fair on the 6th, 7th and 8th of December. This Christmas Fair is FREE to attend and there will be a large selection of stalls with independent suppliers who sell sustainably made products. There will also be plenty of activities for all the family with Christmas movies, demonstrations and festive food.
Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo - 1 Nov - 5 Jan
Wild Lights, the spectacular night-time experience at Dublin Zoo, is back and it’s like nothing you’ve seen before! Showcasing a brand new theme – Stories, Myths and Legends.
Sunday Sketching (Hugh Lane Gallery) - Sundays
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. Suitable for ages 6 yrs+
Malahide Skates - 29 Nov - 5 Jan
It’s time to get your skates on! Ice-skating comes to Malahide with a 500 square metre REAL ICE ice rink including a specially designed kiddies ice rink fully housed in a 1,000 square metre all weather marquee in the grounds of Malahide Castle, Dublin.
South Dublin on Ice in Tallaght - until 26 Jan
The spectacular Ice Rink at Tallaght Stadium will be the centrepiece of the festival this year and is sure to attract thousands of skaters young and old to the town.
Talk for children in Phoenix Park - 1, 8 & 15 Dec
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!
Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival - 30 Nov - 23 Dec
We are so excited about Santa's arrival and the Opening Ceremony of the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival from 4pm next Saturday Nov 30th in Harbour Plaza featuring live music from Upbeat Generation, the Corus Choir and lots of Festive fun. Here are some special moments that made us smile!
Santa's Workshops in Nutgrove SC - Saturdays
Wondering what to do with the kids this Saturday? Check out Nutgrove's FREE Santa's Workshop starting this Saturday 23rd at 1pm! We have craft activities and face painters- we'll see you all there!
Santa's Magical Cabin in ILAC SC - 29 Nov - 23 Dec
Visit Santa's Magical Cabin in the Ilac Centre from November 29th to December 23rd, 12 noon to 6pm each day. Children €10 and adults go free. Photos €14 for first and €6 for any other. Reindeer food €3
Santa is coming to Liffey Valley - 16 Nov - 24 Dec
Don’t miss out on this magical experience! Santa will officially be settling into his new Grotto as doors open straight after the lights are turned on. The elves are working extra hard to have the Grotto full of magic and surprises.
Winter Wonderland (Drimnagh Castle) - 7 Dec
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.
The North Pole Experience at Junction - 23 Nov - 23 Dec
“The North Pole Experience”. (In association with Santa Hearth Cause) Ireland's No 1 Santa Experience "The North Pole Experience. Comes to Junction 6 Castleknock (Beside Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown) Visit Santa at his grotto Check out the Elf’s workshop. Sing & Dance with Mrs. Claus. Bring your letter and send it by Elf express to Santa at our post box. Help light the Christmas tree Take a Spin on The Coca-Cola Trucks (Kiddie Ride) Have a snowball fight with Frosty, And 25mins playtim
Christmas Markets (various locations)
Every year in November/December, a large amount of organisations in the Greater Dublin area put a huge effort in planning and running Christmas Markets. There are single-day markets and every-weekend markets, but every year is different. The organisers secure venues, organise stalls and traders and then hope for lots of appreciating customers. Some of the Christmas Markets are beautiful, others are quite basic. Some are full of atmosphere, others are very commercial.