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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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Strap on your hiking boots Looking for some excitement and exercise this winter?

Look no further than the range of great walking events just around the corner.

Here are some festivals to get your blood pumping.

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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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Enjoy New Year's with four days of fun in Dublin Dublin will be the party capital of the world as it explodes into life with the spectacular New Year's Festival Dublin.

This magical programme will see the city transformed into a massive outdoor playground with music, dance, fireworks, pageantry and plenty of fun for all ages.

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Racing specials Make the most of the holiday season this year and enjoy a day of festive racing.

Check out some of the many great racing fixtures taking place at top class racecourses across the country.

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Christmas in Ireland

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Christmas in Ireland is known for a packed programme of events, with a host of great festivals, music and walking weekends taking place across the country.

Follow the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's stunning coastal route, or head to Limerick to get involved in its year as National City of Culture. Even with the colder weather, there's plenty to enjoy in the great outdoors, as well as sheltering inside with a wide range of indoor festive events.

Start planning an action-packed December now, and get ready for New Year's Festival Dublin, an extravaganza of music, parades and family fun. Use our resources to make it a Christmas to remember in Ireland.

New Year’s Festival - Food Village

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Stop by Dublin Castle this New Year to indulge in all sorts of delicious food. There will be plenty of Irish food markets serving an array of tasty treats along with live entertainment.

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Show your love for Dublin

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Enjoy a range of free Love Dublin events, from cycle trails and arts trails to culture festivals, as part of the city-wide New Year celebrations!

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Things to do

Have a great day at the races!Have a cracking day out at the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse.

Walk WestTrek up Croagh Patrick as part of the Westport Christmas Walking Festival.

Find treasure in WaterfordDiscover 1,100 years of Waterford history at Waterford Treasures.

Enjoy a perfect pantoJoin the fairy godmother for a post-Christmas belly laugh at Cinderella in Cork.

Skate at BlanchardstownSpin, slide and glide at the Blanchardstown Millennium Park, Dublin’s new ice rink.

Snuggle up by the seaSteal away for a romantic break at the Galley Head Lightkeepers' House.

Rock in WestmeathCure Christmas cabin fever on a visit to The Rock ‘n’ Bowl Entertainment Centre.

Enjoy a crafty escapeBe crafty and meet the makers on a ramble around the Wexford Craft Trail Network.

Get into top gear in MeathTry karting, clay pigeon shooting or archery at Puddenhill Activity Centre.

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