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Absorb some arts and culture As the nights get darker, get cosy with a great season of film and arts in Ireland.

From film festivals to the delights of improv, there's so much to do this November in Ireland - so no time for hibernating! Get started with these suggestions

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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

Explore historic mid-ClareSee Celtic and Medieval sites with Quin Historical Cycling and Walking Tours.

Have an Offaly big adventure Try laser gun shooting in the woods at Birr Equestrian Centre.

Take a brisk forest walkGet close to nature on the trails of the 450-hectare Galty Castle Wood, Limerick.

Follow St Patrick's wayExperience the ecclesiastical heritage of Carlow by car on the St Patrick’s Trail.

Investigate your family treeTrace your ancestors at the National Archives of Ireland on Dublin’s Bishop Street.

Set yourself a new challengeTry a myriad of outdoor challenges, such as zip-lining, with Team Dynamics Kilkenny.

See the park differentlyTake a Segway tour of the Phoenix Park with CP Adventure.

Enjoy an ocean walk in DonegalTake a bracing walk on the beach at Tullagh Bay on the Innishowen Peninsula.

Grab a bite in culinary CorkSavour the brilliance of Irish food at Kinsale Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays.

Step back in time in TraleeLearn about the people and places that made The Kingdom at the Kerry County Museum.

Lights, camera, action


The SUBTITLE European Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that rarely show up at the multiplex. It's also a chance to meet filmmakers and stars at one of Ireland's most provocative, funny, accessible and smart film festivals.

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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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