THE BEST OF THIS WEEK’S DUBLIN EVENTS- WEEK COMMENCING 17.12.18

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Welcome to my weekly Dublin events posts, published every single Sunday sharing the best things happening around the city each week. I really hope you enjoy them.

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My top picks of events happening in Dublin this week:

Monday

Event– College Carol Service

Location- Trinity College Chapel

Description- Join the Chaplaincy and Chapel Choir of Trinity College, Dublin, as we celebrate the forthcoming Christmas season!

The annual carol service is a long-established tradition in the College, and for many of us marks the start of Christmas time. Whether you’ve been before or experiencing it for the first time, we look forward to seeing you on Monday 17th December.

The service is a wonderful one, consisting of lessons telling the story of the Nativity from the Fall and promise of the Messiah to the birth of Christ, interspersed with Carols and Hymns. Hear the choir sing seasonal music by Byrd, Palestrina and more! Sing along to favourite carols like “Hark the Herald” and “Oh Come All ye Faithful” and many more.

Please arrive early to get a seat. Entry is free and open to all. A festive reception of mince pies and refreshment shall follow in the Atrium.

Cost- Free

Time- 17.00-18.30

Children’s event– Visit Santa’s Kingdom all festive season

Location- National Wax Museum Plus

Description- While Santa is away preparing for gifts for all of the worldwide kids the Museum is still holding festive events every day. Try some Mulled Wine (Adults ONLY) . Write a letter to Santa (Hey we want that brand new car too worth asking the red man!) Experience the Grand Hall of Fame with TOY SHOW EXTROARDINAIRE RYAN TUBRIDY.

Try out the augmented reality app. Get an official Niceness Certificate. Embarass your other half with some mistletoe, All the FESTIVE FUN for regualar price. AND There’s a Nutcracker Special.

Cost- Adults €15, children €10

Time- 10.00-22.00

Tuesday

Event– A Choral Celebration of Christmas

Location- Newman’s University Church, 87 St. Stephen’s Green

Description- The Choral Scholars of UCD are proud to present to you their annual Christmas concerts – A Choral Celebration of Christmas.

These concerts will take place from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th December at 8pm in our usual venue, Newman University Church!

This years’ programme includes a mix of pieces from our upcoming album and choral favourites by composers such as Altenburg to Ešenvalds. 

Cost-  €10-25

Time- 20.00

Children’s event– Beauty & the Beast Christmas Panto

Location- Red Cow Inn

Description- Beauty and the Beast – the Spellbinding Pantomime!

Be our Guest this Christmas at the Red Cow Inn and let the music, dancing and laughter cast a spell over you in this glittering Pantomime for all the family.

11 wonderful performances available in December 2018 with 3 matinees, 6 evening & 2 Thursday special showCost- €13-53

Time- 19.00

Wednesday

Event– It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Location- Draiocht, Blanchardstown

Description- This moving and beautifully told film is a true masterpiece of cinema. George Bailey (James Stuart) is in turmoil, having been framed by his arch rival. He’s torn between his own desires and aspirations, but struggling to always do the right thing.

This inner conflict proves too much for Bailey, who sees suicide as the only option. In classic Hollywood style, Heaven sends a guardian angel to remind him how worthwhile his life has been and to treasure the good times.

Cost- €7.50

Time- 19.30

Children’s eventSanta’s coming to Liffey Valley!

Location- Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

Description- Santa Claus is coming to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre this Saturday!

WHAT: There will be lots of entertainment throughout the day with Angel and her band taking to the stage at 1.30pm, singing Christmas songs and creating a festive atmosphere ahead of Santa’s arrival at 4pm!

WHEN: Santa will be arriving at 4pm and officially turning on the Christmas lights in the centre at 4.15pm.

Cost- There is a charge of €10 per child to visit Santa. This includes the visit and one gift per child. No booking necessary.

Time- 12.00-19.00

Thursday

Event– Christmas Sing Along Social with Special Guests Joyful Noise

Location- The Sugar Club, Leeson Street

Description- As our regular Sing Along Socialites will know, every Christmas we host a seasonal fundraiser where we donate 100% of our proceeds after costs to a chosen charity or community cause. This year, we are so honoured to be supporting Joyful Noise Dublin (https://www.instagram.com/joyfulnoisedublin), an inclusive community music project predominantly attended by young adults with an intellectual disability.

Join us on Thursday 20th of December in The Sugar Club in Dublin for a Yuletide Sing Along Social followed by a Chrimbo Craic Disco. We are beyond thrilled that Joyful Noise will be joining us on the night to perform a selection of their favourite songs for us.

Doors will open at 7.30pm and Joyful Noise will perform for us at 8.30pm. We’ll then kick off our Christmas Sing Along Social by 9pm and wind down with a Chrimbo Disco Finale at 11pm. Tickets are €12 (+ booking) and 100% of our proceeds after costs will be donated to Joyful Noise.

We first came across Joyful Noise when they performed before us at Body & Soul Festival earlier this year. We loved their energy and enthusiasm and joy, and we’re so excited that they’ll be kicking off our Christmas Craic Party with a live choir performance.

Joyful Noise rely on their fundraising capacity to be able to provide choir practice, music tuition and opportunities to perform. This community music project emerged out of WALK, based in Dublin 12, who support and empower people with disabilities to live self determined lives.

Joyful Noise require €2,400 to cover the core costs of running a 16 week programme, and we would love to raise those funds for them on Thursday 20th of December through your ticket fees and collections made on the night, to support their work next year.

Cost- €12

Time- Doors 19.30, shoe starts at 20.30

Children’s event– Arthur Christmas: Christmas Cinema in St. Anne’s Park

Location- The Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park

Description- ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’

Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It’s up to Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten child before Christmas morning dawns.

Gates are open from 6pm with the film kicking off approx 6.30pm. Movie will finish approx 8pm.

Cost- €5.80

Time- 18.00-20.00

Friday

Event The Emigrant Disco X Telephones X Distortion

Location- Yamamori Tengu, Great Strand Street

Description- The Emigrant Disco is a party for locals and those returning home for Christmas to drink, dance & be merry (but ultimately remind yourself why you left). Telephones is a monthly club night from the guys behind Discotekken & The Locals. Distortion is a newish party & radio show on Dublin Digital Radio – ddr. covering a wide range of genres from; hip-hop, house and breakbeat, to leftfield disco, and rare grooves.

Cost- €10

Time- 21.00

Children’s event– The Christmas Experience

Location- Airfield Estate, Dundrum

Description- We’re delighted to announce the return of the Award Winning Christmas Experience to Airfield Estate from 24th November – 23rd December!

Experience the magical world of Airfield this Christmas..

Pen your Christmas wish to Santa
Cookie Decorating in the Elve’s Kitchen
Group storytime & Gifts with Santa
Warm up with a hot chocolate or a spiced winter warmer
Family picture in Santa’s sleigh*
A magical trip on the North Pole Express
Christmas craft workshop
Festive face painting

We’re proudly supporting Team Hope and all families who attend The Christmas Experience and donate a new toy will receive a free family picture on Santa’s sleigh, capturing your precious memory of the day for years to come.

*additional cost of €10 per family picture on Santa’s sleigh if no toy donatio

Cost- Adults €12.50. children €22.50

Time- 09.30-18.00

Saturday

Event– Smash Hits! Mass’ive 9

Location- The Acadamy, Middle Abbey Street

Description- Smash Hits’ annual Mass’ive show at Dublin’s Academy Theatre.

Cost- €22.90

Time- 19.00-22.30

Children’s event– The Moving Crib

Location- 42 Parnell Square

Description- Yet again, one of Dublin’s oldest treasures, The Moving Crib at 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 will be opening its doors this Christmas Season from the 27th of November. This is its 62nd year captivating generations of families. Children and adults alike and best of all it’s FREE!

It’s history and old world charm is unchanged and has led to many describing it as a wonderful hidden gem in Dublin City and “a real Dublin Institution” that will give you “a warm glow for the true meaning of Christmas”.

Winding your way down to the basement of this stunning Georgian building, you are greeted with a montage of many historical / fun stories, including Noah’s Ark, The Wise Men and many more, its scenes, competitions, an illusion wall and a little touch of magic are all sure to guarantee a fun day out for all the family!
Children are encouraged to draw and colour a Leaf, cut out the shape and bring it with them so that they can be placed in the Garden of Eden forever.

The Moving Crib, the mention of which always evokes a smile and fond memories of Dublin in the ‘rare auld times’ is the only one of its kind built in Ireland (if not the world); it is a historical and entertaining experience. This Dublin landmark is as captivating today as it was when it first opened its doors in 1956 and admission is still FREE.

Cost- Free

Time- 11.00-14.00

Sunday

Event– Rocket Around The Christmas Tree

Location- Smock Alley Theatre

Description- In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Christmas caper ‘Jingle All the Way’: “Get to the chopper”.
Rocket Octopus will be exploding all over your Christmas like Lidl fairy lights. The fire is roaring. The stockings stuffed. The mince is pied. The crackers are shit. The turkeys escaped. Anyway.
We’re going to rock your manger, or at least gently and politely rock around your Christmas tree. We’ve felt your presents so we know what you’re gonna get- funny laughs! Or at least an hour long sketch comedy show.

Cost- €12-15

Time- 20.00-21.15

Children’s event– Kids Xmass Movie Matinee

Location- The Villager, 31 Main Street, Chapelizod

Description- After much consideration and deliberation we decided to screen Home Alone as our christmas kids movie matinee. There’ll be mocktails for the little people, cocktails for big ones and plenty of treats.

Cost- Free to attend

Time- 15.00-18.00

 

Enjoy!!

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