Decked with twinkling lights, giant wreaths and gravity-defying chandeliers, Dublin during Christmas is at its best when ambling around the cobblestone streets with a mug of Butler’s hot chocolate. Here’s what not to miss…
Famous Buskers: As you stroll beneath the canopy of festive lights on Grafton Street, keep an ear out. Why? Because musicians like Bono, Hozier and Glen Hansard usually swing by and busk to support charities.
The Living Crib: Dawson Street or Bethlehem? This is a Dublin staple that happens to be a stable – a traditional nativity scene with real animals including sheep, goats and the cutest donkey you will ever meet.
Christmas Morning Swim: Every Christmas morning hundreds of brave souls gather at the Forty Foot, an iconic deep sea inlet, for a bracing dip in the Irish Sea. The atmosphere is unbeatable – as are the free post-swim sausages.
Don't let the festivities end at Christmas: Dublin’s New Year’s Festival is a three-day extravaganza in the heart of the city. Landmarks light up, side streets become carnivals and the best international and Irish music acts usher in the new year with gusto.