Christmas is in full swing in our nation's capital with some wild weather following close behind. However, the shopping in the city, the Christmas markets and the various Santas around town are keeping everyone warm. With so much to chose from we decided to create a guide for the best things to do this Christmas in Dublin. 

Christmas Family Shows 
There are a huge range of family shows available in Dublin this Christmas including the Dickens' classic A Christmas Carroll, The Snowman and of course, there are a number of pantos to chose from. One of the best pantos each year is at The Olympia Theatre. For those who are unfamiliar with panto or pantomime theatre, it is theatre that is created for mostly for children who are encouraged by the actors to join in with the show. This year comedian Al Porter will be the lead in the Ice Queen. Over in the BGE Theatre it will be the large scale production of The Snowman and in Smock Alley, A Christmas Carroll by Charles Dickens. Smock Alley is located in Temple Bar on the banks of the River Liffey and is both Ireland's newest and oldest theatre. Smock Alley first opened in 1662 and after closing in 1787, reopened in 2012. It is quite a small theatre with a high standard of production and intimate performances. 

Santa In The Capital 
Father Christmas

The top two choices in the city centre are the Santa at the I Believe, Christmas Village and the Santa at the Santa Experience in Croke Park. The I Believe Christmas Village is located in the IFSC area of Dublin on the banks of the River Liffey. The guys at the festival have pushed the boat out this year and gotten the best Santa in the city, the old Clery's Santa. The Santa in Croke Park is definitely one for the children (or adults) who love sport and Christmas in equal measures. This video also includes a tour of the home of GAA and a visit to the museum that is always well received. 

Dublin's Famous Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
The top Christmas Market in Dublin is located in Dun Laoighaire which is outside the city on the South Coast of Dublin. For those not from Dublin it is quite easy to get to as the DART (Dublin's metro train service) runs directly from the city centre to Dun Laoighaire at least once an hour. For those that prefer to stay in the city centre there is the I Believe Christmas Festival at the IFSC or Christmas On The Square in Temple Bar. Christmas Markets originated in Germany almost 1,000 years ago but have only gotten main-stream popularity in Europe over the last decade. All of these markets sell excellent local craft and tasty Irish fair and all have live entertainment (with the exception of Temple Bar).