A number of Christmas events that were scheduled to take place in the city were recently canceled due to fears of Covid-19.

Earlier this month, Mistletown was canceled. The event was scheduled to take place in Dublin’s historic Fruit and Veg Market on Mary Street, from December 4.

Meanwhile, Croke Park has also canceled their Santa Experience due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Ireland, as has Ardgillan Castle with its Christmas fair. The Irish Museum of Modern Art was supposed to organize a bespoke experience with Santa Claus, but canceled it.

That being said, other event and venue planners are continuing their Christmas experiences. As it stands, here are 13 that you can still visit this holiday season.

Wild lights at Dublin Zoo

This year’s theme for Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo is Around the World, with light installations taking you to places like Spain, France, Egypt, and the United States. Tickets for some dates are still available here.

With a stunning display of giant colorful silk lanterns, guests will embark on a breathtaking journey to discover famous landmarks from every continent, even exploring space, without ever leaving Dublin Zoo Park.


Malahide Castle transforms into a winter wonderland with light installations and an illuminated forest path. It takes place for the month of December with tickets available here.

Wonderlights will take place in Malahide Castle and Gardens

Christmas at the castle

Christmas at the Castle sees Dublin Castle grounds host an Alpine market and fair, with food stalls and talented Irish artisans selling beautiful festive gifts. It takes place from December 8 to 21 with free tickets available here.

People enjoying a stall at the Christmas market at Dublin Castle
Christmas at the Château starts on Wednesday December 8

Tallaght Square

Santa Claus returns to The Square Tallaght after a year of absence and this year he brings with him a funfair with an impressive Ferris wheel. To visit Santa Claus you will need to book a time slot here.

Two young girls smiling at the camera in front of an illuminated Ferris wheel
Santa’s Cave opens in The Square Tallaght with a festive funfair

Christmas experience at Tayto Park

Right next to Dublin, Tayto Park turns into an awe-inspiring Christmas experience that runs on select dates until December 23. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Christmas experience at Airfield Estate

Dublin’s favorite city farm, Airfield Estate, welcomes Santa for a bespoke Christmas experience that runs through December 23, with tickets available here.

Retro Drive in the movies

Retro Drive in Movies is hosting a series of screenings of festive favorites including Elf and Home Alone this holiday season. They will also host the Father Christmas experience at the North Pole with a festive movie screening, Christmas karaoke with Santa’s personal DJ and a safe Santa experience from the comfort of your own car.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest Christmas Experience in Luggwoods

An enchanted forest walk offers the opportunity to meet Santa Claus, soak up the festive magic amid the twinkling lights, and even meet elves and fairies, all at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. Tickets are on sale now from luggwoodsevents.com.

Causey farm

Causey farm in County Meath offers a visit to Santa’s House where you’ll help Mrs. Noel pack Santa’s bags, ride a slide bringing you to the Toy Workshop, and follow the Bethlehem Trail to the stable where Mary and Joseph take care of their new baby.

Christmas market with dandelions at the Well

The historic Dandelion Market is relaunched this holiday season as it takes place at Well at Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green every Sunday until December 19th.

Inside dandelion christmas market with vintage clothing vendors
Christmas market with dandelions

Guinness Winter Festival

Until January 2, The Guinness Storehouse is hosting its Winterfest with music and decorations by famous graphic designer Annie Atkins. The Winterfest experience is included with all tickets purchased for the regular Guinness Storehouse experience.

Famous Guinness Gates will be adorned with snow-capped wreaths for the perfect Instagram backdrop
Famous Guinness Gates will be adorned with snow-capped wreaths for the perfect Instagram backdrop

Dublin winter lights at Merrion Sqaure Park

The lights bring Merrion Square Park to life on a number of dates leading up to Christmas.

Mema Christmas Market

Mema’s on Parnell Street in Dublin hosts a Christmas market on Sunday December 11 which will feature vintage clothing and crafts.

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