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Christmas for grown-ups

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  • Winter walking festivals
  • Breaks with the boys
  • NYE Dublin events
  • Winter horse racing
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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Get back to nature It’s time to plan that boys' bonding break you’ve been promising yourself for months.

From adrenalin pumping endurance events to getting back to nature, there's no shortage of thrilling ideas for a getaway with the guys.


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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 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 grown-ups.


New Year Festival Dublin
A great day out See what the finest race courses of Ireland have to offer by treating yourself to a day’s racing.

Check out some of the many exciting racing fixtures taking place this winter season.


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Bright ideas

Sports and outdoorsBrowse our listings for motorbike rallies, cycling races and endurance events

FestivalsPlan a festival outing for autumn, whether it's food, music or literature-related

Fairs and marketsHave an outing at one of Ireland's bustling fairs or markets for a great day out


For night owls

Music and theatreSit back - or jump up and down - just enjoy the show!

Lectures and readingsUncover a variety fascinating topics explored by international speakers.

Pubs and barsEnjoy the comforts of your local or the buzz of somewhere new.

NightclubsCome alive as the sun goes down with Ireland's vibrant nightlife.


For culture vultures

Craft your breakCome alive with contemporary Irish craftwork.

Visual arts & architectureExplore cutting edge design, past and present.

Gallery exhibitionsKeep in touch with Ireland's fast-paced and incredible arts scene.



Fun for grown-ups

Why not banish the winter blues with a jam-packed calendar of Christmas events?

From film festivals to Christmas markets, there's plenty of grown-up fun to be had across Ireland, especially as Limerick continues its exciting year as City of Culture.

Horse racing fans will be looking forward to a busy programme of events, while shopping enthusiasts are in for a treat with plenty of Christmas craft gifts to be found.

Whatever your interests, get planning now to make it an unforgettable Christmas in Ireland!

For foodies

Farmers marketsDiscover the unique atmosphere of a famous Irish farmers market

Cafés and restaurantsForget the washing up and get together for a good meal

Find a food trailPop into any one, or all, of Ireland's food trail venues to tempt the taste buds

Guide to eating outBe inspired by our pick of great food websites


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