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Friday 20 September 2019

10 festive things to do with the family during the Christmas holidays

10 things to do with the family this Christmas
10 things to do with the family this Christmas
Image: DublinatChristmas.ie
Image: Glenlo Abbey/Instagram
Bugsy Malone-Promotional Shoot National Concert Hall
Belfast's Christmas market
Crowds enjoying the Winterland ice rink on Wexford Quayfront
Funderland at the RDS in Dublin, by Dee Myers
Cinderella
Ardgillan Castle
THRILLS: The Cu Chulainn ride at Tayto Park
Image: New Year's Festival Dublin

Amy Mulvaney

If watching Home Alone on repeat isn't your ideal way of spending the days after Christmas, we've compiled 10 activities that the whole family will enjoy over the festive season:

1. The Moving Crib, St. Martin Apostolate, Dublin

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Located on Parnell Square, The Moving Crib is a Christmas tradition for many families, bringing visitors right from the tale of Adam and Eve to the crib scene with over 100 moving figurines. The crib is open right up until January 8th and is a free attraction. Visit stmartin.ie/crib for more details.

2. Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

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Image: Glenlo Abbey/Instagram
 

Take a well-deserved break after the Christmas rush at the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway. Enjoy a peaceful woodland walk through the 138 acre estate, go horse riding in the Moycullen Riding Centre or visit the Galway Atlantiquaria for a fun-filled family day out for just some of the activities available near Glenlo. Visit glenloabbeyhotel.ie for more details.

3. Bugsy Malone, National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Bugsy Malone-Promotional Shoot National Concert Hall
 

Spend an evening at the National Concert Hall watching a fully-staged production of pint-sized classic Bugsy Malone. The 1920's gangster musical will run from Tuesday 27th December to Tuesday 3rd January, with regular tickets starting from €29. Visit nch.ie for more details.

4. Christmas markets, across the country

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Belfast's Christmas market
 

Take a trip to your local Christmas market over the festive season to be surrounded by stalls and festive activities. There is a selection of Christmas markets running all over the country throughout the rest of December, so make sure you go before its too late. Visit discoveringireland.com for details on markets in your county.

5. Winter Funderland, RDS, Dublin

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Funderland at the RDS in Dublin, by Dee Myers
 

Funderland returns to the RDS this winter, but fear not if roller coasters aren't your favourite past time. Funderland boasts an outdoor ice rink, German-inspired Christmas market and indoor and outdoor attractions, so there's something for everyone of every age. Prices for Funderland start from €3 for admission only. Visit winterfunderland.ie for more details.

6. Ice skating, across the country

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Crowds enjoying the Winterland ice rink on Wexford Quayfront
 

Wrap up warm, put your skates on and take a trip to an ice skating rink for one of the most festive activities of all. There are multiple ice skating rinks open across the country, so visit one close to you for an exciting (and tiring!) day out. Visit familyfun.ie for details on ice skating rinks in your county.

7. Cork Opera House Pantomime

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Cinderella
 

Nothing says Christmas like watching a pantomime on a dreary January day. Cork Opera House is home to the Cinderella panto this year, with a jam-packed show full of song, dance and  laughter. Cinderella at Cork Opera House is running until January 22nd, with prices starting from €25. Visit corkoperahouse.ie for more details.

8. Tayto Park, Meath

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THRILLS: The Cu Chulainn ride at Tayto Park
 

Tayto Park is Ireland's only theme park and offers a huge variety of things to see, do and experience, including a 5D cinema, zoo, extreme climbing wall, steam train and Europe's largest wooden roller coaster, The Cu Chulainn. Admission prices start at €10. Visit taytopark.ie for more information.

9. Ardgillan Castle, Co. Dublin

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Ardgillan Castle
 

Ardgillan Castle offers a wide selection of family activities, from a state-of-the-art playground overlooking the Irish sea to a free fairy trail, you can spend several hours in nature before enjoying a warming afternoon tea. Visit ardgillancastle.ie for more details.

10. New Year's Festival, Dublin

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Image: New Year's Festival Dublin
 

The New Year's Festival returns this year with three days full of activities in the city for the entire family. From light shows, to aerial dancers to a concert at St Stephen's Green, there's an event for every age. Visit nyfdublin.com for more details.

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