Sitting at the mouth of the River Liffey, on Ireland’s east coast, is Dublin. The capital of the Emerald Isle and Ireland’s biggest city, Dublin was first founded as a Viking settlement. This has lead the city to have a rich cultural history, which attracts many interested visitors. Known for its bustling bar and restaurant scene as much as its history, the city of Dublin is a popular city destination.
Temple Bar is situated on the south bank of the River Liffey in the centre of Dublin, and is a particularly celebrated area of the city. Known as the cultural quarter, by day it is home to many attractions including the Gallery of Photography, the National Photographic Archives, and the Temple Bar Gallery and Studio. After dark, its numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs fill the streets with lively nightlife.
Like most European cities, in December Dublin is overcome by Christmas, with bright decorations lining its cobbled streets and Christmas markets appearing around the city; including the waterside Docklands Christmas Market. The country’s large Catholic population means that Christmas is a big deal in Ireland. Throughout December there are often many choirs and street musicians throughout Dublin’s streets and, the local pubs may be full of patrons celebrating the important holiday.
The busiest of the Christmas Markets in Dublin is perhaps St Stephen’s Green Christmas Market. St Stephen’s Green Christmas Market runs between Stephen’s Green and Merrion row until the 23rd of December, boasting more than 60 stalls held in traditional wooden chalets. With stalls selling handcrafted gifts, traditional Irish items, jams and preserves, art prints and seasonal food and drink, there is a lot on offer for Christmas shoppers. As well as bright lights and Christmas markets, there are many other festive attractions to be found in Dublin at Christmas time. Winter Funderland is a family-friendly festival, which runs from the beginning of December to mid-January. The festival features many sights and attractions including Ireland’s largest ice rink, and Fossett’s Christmas Circus.
When it comes to celebrating, Dublin aims to really throw a party – whether it’s St Patrick’s Day, or New Year’s Eve. Dublin’s famous New Year’s Festival takes place at the end of December, offering many things from fireworks and light shows, to live music and a food festival. The New Year Festival Food Village appears at Dublin Castle on 30th and 31st of December and the 1st of January, offering a wide variety of artisan foods that may be enjoyed in the castle’s stunning surroundings.
The Procession of Light and Luminosity are two events that offer eye-catching displays of light that are cleverly designed and choreographed. Luminosity takes place on the 30th and 31st of December, and the 1st of January as a part of the three day Dublin New Year’s Festival. Displayed on famous Dublin architecture, this year the events are taking place at Dublin Castle, Wolfe Tone Square and Trinity College. The Procession of Light takes place on the 31st of December, filling the streets of Dublin with beautiful light installations, music, performers and fire. On College Green, the Three Countdown Concert will also be happening on New Year’s Eve. Offering the opportunity to ring in the New Year with Irish favourites Kodaline, alongside James Vincent McMorrow, The Dublin Legends, Walking on Cars and The Whereabouts. The concert runs from 8:00pm – 12.30am, and aims to offer attendees a New Year’s Eve to remember.
A city famed for its rich nightlife, Dublin poses an ideal destination for a New Year’s Eve break. Whether visitors are there to enjoy arts, culture, performance, food or drink, Dublin has something for most. The New Year’s Festival brings all of these elements together, to offer a unique three-day celebration experience.
In what ways do other UK cities come together to celebrate New Year’s Eve?