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Soak in the festive atmosphere Find some treasures and take the stress out of Christmas shopping at one of Ireland's great Christmas markets.

Relax with a cup of mulled wine and have a great day out with the whole family.

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Festive family fun For children eager to have a word in Santa's ear, the perfect family outing is at hand.

He'll be making appearances at several spots across the country, so make sure you're first in line for an audience with the man in red himself.

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Book some time in This winter, immerse yourself in the art of incredible writing. Surround yourself with celebrated authors and avid readers alike.

Listen to poetry, stories and songs from some of Ireland's greatest talents and experience new literary worlds.

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Things to do this week

Revive yourself at Rosslare Shake off the cobwebs with a bracing walk along a great Blue Flag beach in Wexford.

Take a tour of Parnell countryDrive to Wicklow and enjoy the beautiful Parnell National Park and Avondale House.

Tackle nature trails by bikeTest your mountain bike prowess at the 166-hectare Doneraile Wildlife Park, Mallow.

Learn about rock in DublinVisit the Irish Rock ’N’ Roll Museum Experience, Temple Bar to feel like a rock VIP!

Get festive in the westHop aboard the Santa Express train and visit the Christmas Market in Galway.

Learn a new water pursuitGet your heart pounding with kite-boarding lessons at Rosses Point, Sligo.

Lace up those runnersRun 5k in a parkrun site throughout the country, including Castle Park, Kilkenny.

See where land meets sea Enjoy magnificent views of sandy beaches with a hike on Bromore Cliffs, Kerry.

Visit a Kildare food marketGo with an empty stomach to Athy Farmers’ Market and savour the quality produce.

Get a glimpse into historyExplore the recreated First World War trenches outside Cavan County Museum.

Get ready to laugh

Jimmy Carr

For an evening of raw wit and serious belly laughs, join Jimmy Carr at the Olympia Theatre this December for stand-up comedy with a difference. Bringing his brand new tour Funny Business to Irish audiences, don’t miss the opportunity to experience who the Guardian proclaim “a comedy hero for our times” in the flesh.

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Santa Claus comes to town

Santa with children

Come along to Santa's 24th annual visit to Kia Ora Mini Farm in Wexford. Warm up with a hot drink and cake, view the animated musical light show, visit the live crib and reindeer, operate real diggers, sing Christmas songs on a real fire engine ride and of course—visit the reindeer and Santa Claus.

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Celebrate the solstice


The annual Winter Solstice sun show at Newgrange is a world-famous event. On clear Solstice mornings, the chamber at the end of the passage is fully illuminated and bathed in a wonderful golden glow. People gather outside the monument to mark the event and create a festive atmosphere, regardless of the weather.

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Killeen Castle in autumn
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