So it’s that time of year again. Excitement is building and preparation has begun for the arrival of family, friends – and of course the big guy himself.
While some might think November is too early to even begin to think about Christmas (!) we thought it would still be nice for those wanting to plan their holiday season in advance and so did up a short list of fun things to do over the next 6 weeks on the build up to Christmas day.
Ice Skating – Most big towns and cities will have an ice rink set up. Grab your skates and a hot chocolate and have a great time with friends and family. They also usually have ice buddies for the kids (and the bigger kids) who aren’t as confident on the ice. [It’s also a great way to burn off the calories from all the hot chocolate!)
Santa Visits – This is the big one, usually left for closer to the day itself. Loads of places around the country will have a Santa’s grotto set up. You may be able to book your tickets online to beat the queues.
Our CEO, Olive O’Connor’s favourite place to go with her children is Glendeer Pet Farm in Athlone – Ireland’s Lapland. There is loads to see and do and Santa even arrives on a sleigh on the first night (December 2nd), and you get to greet him!! Children are given bags of food to feed all the animals and they can even cuddle a few bunnies, guinea pigs, puppies and kittens! Afterwards enjoy a hot bowl of soup and a sandwich in the homely coffee shop while the children are looking at their gifts from Santa Claus!
Winter Funderland at the RDS – If you are looking for a big day out then this sounds great. loads to do and see with Ice skating, Christmas Market, Europe’s largest indoor theme park, Santa’s grotto and more.
It will run from the 14th of December to 14th of January. You can go online to their website to find out about opening times and booking.
The Helix Panto – This year the Panto is Beauty and the Beast. It runs from November 24th to January 21st. Bound to be a great experience.
Santa’s workshop at Aillwee Caves, Co.Clare – This is a lovely experience, and they also have a sensory day in Santa’s workshop for children with Autism and other sensory challenges. A lovely way to include everyone.
Cork Opera House Christmas Panto – Snow white and the seven dwarfs, running from November 30th to January 21st.
Light up Galway – Shop Street, 17th November, 5pm – 8pm
Light up Dublin – Grafton Street, Henry Street & O’Connell Street, November 19th, Time to be confirmed
Waterford Illuminates – Waterford for Winterval which includes Waterford Illuminates, is a 3D illuminating light show taking place each evening. Winterval, one of Waterford’s biggest festivals, it also has an ice rink, over 45 events (mostly free) and the Winterval Express Train. It takes place in Cathedral Square, on November 17th – 19th, 24th – 26th. December 1st – 3rd, 8th – 10th, 15th – 23rd, Every half hour from 5pm – 8pm
Killarney Christmas parade – Santa will take to the streets of Killarney, With eleven floats, five times before Christmas for everyone to enjoy. The big opening Magical Christmas Parade starts at 6pm on November 25th and runs until December 23rd
WildLights at Dublin Zoo – This looks amazing! It is an “awe-inspiring” display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. Check out the website for more info.
Galway Christmas Market – Always a lovely day out for the family. Market stalls, food stalls, Big Wheel where you can have a great view of the city rooftops and watch the sun set over Galway bay from a height, Santa’s grotto, Santa’s train that will bring you on a trip around the inner city and a Carousel. It is set in Eyre square every year so is the perfect beginning or end to your day of shopping.
Christmas 5k Events – Blow off the cobwebs and burn some energy by taking the family to one of the many walks that will be taking place over the next few weeks. Your local community should have more information.
Coca-Cola Truck – It always feels like Christmas the minute we lay our eyes on the iconic Coca-Cola truck ad. The dates for the “Truck tour” have been released. It is a great opportunity to go and take your picture with the family and the truck, definitely one for the mantle.
Here is all the information or click on the link to find your location.
I hope this gives you some ideas for things to do with the family leading up to the festive season! If you have any other places you would like us to add to this blog please email us or Facebook message us.
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The MediStori Team