If you’re lucky enough to spend the holiday season in Dublin, here are five things to get you in the holiday spirit.
1. Switching on the Lights: On November 27th, the winter lights will be switched on in O’Connell Street with the attendant family entertainments, carol singing and lots of hot chocolate.
2. Handel’s Messiah in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The magnificent music will soar into the cathedral’s ceilings and send shivers down your spine – in a good way. November 23rd and 24th.
3.Taste of Christmas. For those with a fine appreciation of more than just turkey and mulled wine, from Nov 25th to 27th at Dublin’s Convention Centre. This annual event spotlights some of the finest chefs in Ireland and has samples of many dishes from the country’s finest dishes.
4. Edwardian Christmas. Farmleigh House, the massive 19th century ex-home of the Guinness Family, will be open during the weekends of December with storytelling, carol singing, a Christmas market and historic decorations. Most events take place on weekends, so no need to fret if you can’t escape until Saturday or Sunday.
5. The Nutcracker Suite. There’s nothing more delightful for kids (and adults) at Christmas than the gorgeous ballet The Nutcracker Suite. Danced by the Irish National Youth Ballet Company during the first two weekends in December, together with The Snow Queen, you can enjoy this ballet with anyone visiting for the holidays.