Nobody wants to miss an opportunity to party and Dublin’s epic NYE Dublin festival provides a myriad of options for making New Year’s Eve a night to remember. From street markets and movie screenings to a public fireworks display and an enormous music concert, here’s the lowdown on bringing in 2013, Dublin-style.
1) Street Festival
Festivities kick off early on December 31st, with a mass of events hitting Dublin city center. Wolfe Tone Square, Temple Bar and Barnardo Square will all be hosting seasonal markets filled with arts, crafts and foods and there will be an array of children’s entertainment to keep the pre-teens occupied. Alternatively, readings and movie screenings will take place at Trinity College, the James Joyce Centre and the Grand Social.
2) Parade and Fireworks
The city’s last public fireworks display was back in 2007, so city officials are sure to want to impress this year. St Stephen’s Green park hosts the NYE Fireworks at 8pm, preceded by a Street Pageant and Torchlit Procession marching through the city streets.
3) Dublin NYE Countdown Concert
The biggest event of the night, and the only ticketed event, is the huge outdoor music concert – part of a three-day music extravaganza held over the New Year. The concert is held in front of a number of key city landmarks, featuring a 3D light-show beamed onto the front of Trinity College. This year’s acts are yet to be confirmed but are likely to include a number of well-renowned international acts, alongside homegrown talent.
4) Street Parties
Anything goes at Dublin’s rambunctious street parties, so get dressed up and head down to one of the city’s party zones on Essex Street, Dame Court, Meeting House Square or South William Street. DJ’s and live music start will be all around you.
5) The Big Brunch
It’s not completely over by New Year’s Day – drag yourself out of bed and join the crowds at The Big Brunch, a long-standing tradition held in the Temple Bar district. There will be a range of food stalls, live music, street dancing and a whole host of madcap entertainment to wash away your hangover.