Winter has well and truly arrived in Ireland, meaning Christmas is only around the corner. Students all over the country are embracing the colder weather, dusting off the winter woollies and consuming copious amounts of hot chocolate. Now is the perfect time for students to start planning their festive diary, and with a wide range of fun and Christmassy things to do around the country for December, there really is something for everyone.
Cork On Ice
Ice-skating is a staple activity to take part in around Christmas time, be it with your other half, your friends or your family. This is the tenth year that Cork On Ice will take place on the grounds of Mahon Point Shopping Centre, a testament to its unwavering appeal to people with different levels of skating ability. Cork on Ice runs through November and the festive period and is here to stay until the 28th of January. Find more information here.
This unique and mesmerising exhibition at Dublin Zoo is the perfect option for an evening trip during the festive period. Visitors follow a trail which has a dazzling display of colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife. Visitors can also watch Chinese performers and crafts while enjoying Chinese food and drinks. This unforgettable display runs 5pm-9pm until the 7th of January and student tickets only cost €16. For more information, visit the website.
Buncrana Christmas Tree Festival
This cute and quirky festival takes place in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, between the 1st and 3rd of December. An array of Christmas trees decorated by local community groups, youth groups, schools, business and artists will be put on display in shop windows on Buncrana’s Main Street. Visitors pick up a programme and follow the trail to see all the different and creative Christmas trees on display. Admission is free. Check it out here.
Elf Fancy Dress Karaoke Party
This event taking place in the Light House Cinema in Dublin is a must-go for fans of the 2003 Christmas classic, Elf. Attendees are asked to don their best Christmas clothing to the event, which consists of Elf being shown at 9:30 p.m followed by big screen karaoke with cocktails. What’s not to love? For more information, head over to the website.
Galway Christmas Market
The incredibly festive Christmas market returns to Eyre Square in Galway’s city centre from the 17th of November until the 22nd of December. As well as Santa’s Grotto and a host of wooden chalets offering food, drink and gifts to visitors, this year’s market will also have amusement rides, live music, and a host of choirs to sing some festive carols. This is the eighth year the market returns to Galway and is simply not to be missed. To learn more, head over to the Facebook page.
The annual New Year’s Festival in Dublin is always a fantastic way to ring in the new year, and this year will be no exception. New Year’s Eve will see hugely popular Irish acts Kodaline, Keywest and Hudson Taylor take to the stage at Custom House for the 3Countdown Concert to welcome in 2018. Tickets for this unmissable event are on sale on Ticketmaster now, and more information can be found here.