Tuesday 25 April 2017

New Year's Eve in Dublin: Five things to do for families

New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Funderland at the RDS in Dublin, by Dee Myers
Image: New Year's Festival Dublin
Image: New Year's Festival Dublin
Tickets to NYF 3 Countdown Concert featuring Walking on Cars, €27.90 from Ticketmaster
Temple Bar by Sheila McCarthy
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

New Year's Eve in Dublin just gets better and better each year. Here's your guide to what's on for families this year:

1. Winter Funderland, RDS

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With an outdoor ice rink, a Christmas market and indoor and outdoor attractions, there's something for everyone in the family at Winter Funderland in the RDS.  Tickets are available from €3 for admission only from winterfunderland.ie and upon arrival.

2. Luminosity, The Custom House


The Dublin New Year's Festival is bigger and better than ever this year. Watch the Sky Dance spectacle on the 31st with a 3D light projection display on The Custom House. Luminosity is a free ticketed event with two shows at 5pm and 7pm, and will be accessible to non-ticket holders after 8pm.

3. Sky Dance, The Custom House


Enjoy another show as aerialists and abseilers integrate with Luminosity for a 4D dance performance at The Custom House. There will be two Sky Dance performances on the 31st, at 5pm at 7:15pm. Tickets for Sky Dance are free and available from ticketmaster.ie.

4. 3 Count Down Concert, St Stephen's Green South

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While this may not be an event for young children, there's no doubt that any young adults in the family would be happy to hear that they will be ringing in the New Year at a concert.

Walking on Cars will headline the gig at St Stephen's Green South, while The Blizzards will perform as special guests. Cork-based soul singer Brian Deady will also take to the stage, as well as duo Little Hours. Tickets priced €27.90 incl. booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and ticketmaster.ie.

5. The Great Temple Bar Treasure Hunt, Rory Gallagher Corner, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

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Get the family together for a treasure hunt this New Year's Eve in Temple Bar as you trace the cobbled streets with only a map and a handful of clues to find a dozen chosen highlights against the clock. The event, by Dublin Decoded, is suitable for children between six and 13 years old and begins at 11:30am. Tickets priced at €6 per adult and €3 per child are available from eventbrite.com.

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