What to do this Christmas

Upcoming events across Ireland

Dundrum On Ice

Now open until 31st January 2012. Enjoy fantastic special offers and school skate packages for the kids! 

October opening hours:
Tickets can be purchased at the Venue, during opening hours between 3pm -8pm Monday – Friday & 10:30am – 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Adult: €12.00 - €14.00
  • Child: €11.00 - €13.00
  • Family of 3: €30.00 - €40.00
  • Family of 4: €35.00 - €45.00

Thursday 15th November @ 5.00pm/6.30pm

On Thursday 15th of Nov. come to Grafton Street to see the spectacular Grafton Street lights being switched on, outside Brown Thomas at 5.00pm. This coincides with Brown Thomas launching their own festive window display, with the aid of an international celebrity!

Sunday 25th November @ 6.00pm

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, will launch Dublin’s biggest Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in O’Connell Street, on Sunday, 25th November at 6pm. marking the official start to Christmas in the city; it will be a fantastic free festive day out for all the family and is a day not to be missed

Friday 7th December – Friday 23rd December

The Docklands Christmas festival 2012 will run from the 7th until the 23rd of December in the IFSC, from 12 noon to 8pm daily, Saturday and Sundays will open at 10:00am.

Jedward & The Magic Lamp  

The Olympia Theatre, Wednesday 19th December 2012 to Sunday 6th January 2013

2 showings a day (a matinee & evening show), no shows on Mon 24th or Tue 25th December 2012. Tickets on sale NOW via Ticketmaster priced from €22 including booking fee.

Pop sensations JEDWARD are back for another Panto Season at The Olympia Theatre this December 2012! Jedward will be delighting audiences this Christmas at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin when they star in JEDWARD AND THE MAGIC LAMP.

Rapunzel - Mullingar

December 2012- Mullingar PANTO: Rapunzel @ Mullingar Arts Centre, County Westmeath
Thursday 6th December—Saturday 22nd December
The terrible twosome (aka Banjo and Doolie) adopt a new guise as Mr. and Mrs.
Addams. Their son Henry, (Graham Dowling of The Voice) sets out to thwart the
evil plans of Cruella and her side-kicks - Vampira, Werewolf and Frankenstein with
help from a host of loveable characters and creatures. Santa will make a very
special appearance and who knows who could be helping him!


  • Thurs. 6th Dec. 7:30pm Tkts; €10.00 PREVIEW
  • Fri. 7th Dec. 8:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sat. 8th Dec. 3:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sat. 8th Dec. 8:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sun. 9th Dec. 3:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Thurs.13th Dec. 7:30pm Tkts; 128;15.00/€12.00
  • Fri. 14th Dec. 8:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sat. 15th Dec. 3:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sat. 15th Dec. 8:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sun. 16th Dec. 3:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Weds. 19th Dec. 7:30pm Tkts; €15.00/€12.00
  • Thurs.20th Dec. 7:30pm Tkts; €15.00/€12.00
  • Fri. 21st Dec. 8:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sat. 22nd Dec. 3:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00
  • Sat. 22nd Dec. 8:00pm Tkts; €17.00/€14.00

Christmas in Killarney

Saturday 1st December—Thursday 10th January

Christmas shopping in Killarney is unique and easy. Everything you need in a wonderful selection of shops and outlets, set amongst quaint and colourful streetscapes and with a genuinely warm and appreciative welcome from all. 

  •  Children's Parade, Turning on of Lights 
  •  Santa’s Secret Village
  •  Open Air Christmas Markets
  •  Guided Winter Walks
  •  INEC Concerts with top national and international acts and much much more...

Cinderella - Cork

Dec 2012 - PANTO County Cork: Cinderella @ Briery Gap, Macroom, County Cork

Friday 14th December – Saturday 21st December

The magic is provided by the lovely Fairy Queen, played by Roisin Crowley who has a difficult time protecting the sweet and hardworking Cinderella (Kelly Healy) from her very cruel stepsisters (Daisy – Stephanie Shine and Tulip – Georgina Healy) and also the nasty Baron – played by Pat Kelleher. Cinderella is fortunate to have a faithful friend in “Buttons”, played by Darragh Murphy who, when given the opportunity, doesn’t hesitate in playing a few tricks on the stepsisters. The handsome Prince Charming, having travelled from Pennsylvania to find his Princess is played by Ben Meany and is shown all the local “Hot Spots” by his personal assistant, Dandini – Darragh Ring.


  • Dec 14th & 15th - 8.00pm
  • Dec 16th - 3.00pm
  • Dec 21st  - 8.00pm
  • Dec 22nd - 3.00pm & 8.00pm


  • Adults - €15 
  • Children & Students - €10 
  • Group Rates Available

Tickets are now available at Box Office 026 41793

Alex in Wonderland - Tipperary

December 2012- Alex in Wonderland @ The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, County Tipperary

Saturday 22nd December

We all know the story of Alice in Wonderland......or do we? The White Queen is dead, and a new heir must be found before the Evil Red Queen takes over Wonderland. 

The White Rabbit has been searching for an heir for years, and it seems that anyone will do...this time it's Alex from Thurles!

  • TIickets are €7
  • Times are 3pm and 7pm

Jack and The Beanstalk - Limerick

Dec 2012- County Limerick:Jack and The Beanstalk @ The Belltable Arts Centre Limerick

Thursday 13th December—Sunday 30th December

With popular, up to date songs for you to sing along with and a script to which all ages can enjoy. Colourful costumes, magnificent settings and full of non-stop fun for all the family. An all-out local cast continuing the tradition of family pantomime in Limerick City.


  • Thu 13 Dec - 18:30
  • Fri 14 Dec - 18:30
  • Sat 15 Dec - 15:00 & 18:30
  • Sun 16 Dec - 15:00
  • Fri 21 Dec - 18:30
  • Sat 22 Dec - 15:00 & 18:30
  • Sun 23 Dec - 15:00 & 18:30
  • Thu 27 Dec - 15:00 & 18:30
  • Fri 28 Dec - 15:00 & 18:30
  • Sat 29 Dec - 15:00 & 18:30
  • Sun 30 Dec - 15:00 & 18:30


  • Ticket prices: €17 / €19/ €21
  • Family Tickets Available
  • Group Rates Available
  • Book through 061 319866 or www.belltable.ie

Cinderella - Waterford

December 2012 - PANTO Waterford: Cinderella @ Theatre Royal Waterford

Friday 7th December - 30th December

Featuring all the familiar faces, the Panto Dancers under the direction of Choreographer Erica Delaney-Hayes, Spraoi designed sets, and a spectacular array of costumes and lights all driven on by our Panto Band with Musical Director Wayne Brown.

This year is the most ambitious production in the history of the society with 17 performances either side of Christmas. To stay in touch with the society, why not download our free iPhone and Android apps, find us on Facebook or see our website www.waterfordpantosociety.com.


  • Nightly Performance 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday Matinees 2.30pm


  • Prices...€14-€19.50
  • 19.50 (Stalls & Dress Circle) 
  • 16.00 (Upper Circle) (Special rate on Dec 27th €16.50 and €14)

Little Red Riding Hood - Clare

Dec 2012 - County Clare: Little Red Riding Hood @ Glór Ennis, County Clare

Saturday 22nd December—Monday 31st December

Red is a young, feisty lady who lives in the town of Ballybrutal in Fairytale Land. Her days are spent with her best friend Billy and looking after her slightly mad Granny, Lola. Life is good, for the most part. Until one day Professor Nasty threatens to take Lola's cottage from her to implement her evil plan to take over the world! 

What will Red, Lola and Billy do to stop him? Will Red find her Prince Charming? Will Anto and Deco realise just how nasty their Aunt, the Professor is? And will the Big Bad Wolf's vegetarian cousin be the one to scare Lola out of her cottage?


  • Saturday 22 December, 2.30pm daily
  • Sunday 23 December, 2.30pm daily
  • Thursday 27 December, 2.30pm daily
  • Friday 28 December, 2.30pm daily
  • Saturday 29 December, 2.30pm daily
  • Sunday 30 December, 2.30pm daily
  • Monday 31 December, 2.30pm daily
  • Tickets are €15/€50 family of 4

Dick Whittington And His Cat - Sligo

December 2012 - PANTO Sligo: Dick Whittington And His Cat @ Sligo Hawkswell

Sunday 9th December—Saturday 22nd December

Don’t miss this hilarious pantomime starring all your favourites, Brian Devaney, Bobby Jones, Steven Devaney, Farrah Mahon, Kieran O’ Doherty and premiering new talent. Directed by Bobby Jones, this promises to be one of the highlights of the Hawk’s Well’s 30th birthday celebrations. Don’t miss it!


  • Sun 9 – Sat 22 December at 8pm
  • Sun 9, Sun 16 December at 3pm
  • Tickets are €16

Green Santa comes to Mullingar

Dec 2012 SANTA - Mullingar: Green Santa at Belvedere House, Mullingar, County Westmeath

Saturday 1st December—Sunday 23rd December

Children will visit Green Santa in his magical grotto after entering another world through the enchanted Narnia Wardrobe and will receive natural gifts. 

The Narnia Trail

The parkland on the Belvedere estate bears a remarkable resemblance to the imagined world of Narnia with its naturalistic style of hill and hollow which has been punctuated with 18th C melancholic follies built for Lord Belvedere Robert Rochfort. Lord Belvedere’s coat of arms has a rampant Lion in the centre and this lion adorns the terraces of the House and entry into the walled Garden and there are numerous Victorian lamp stands.

The estate has developed a Narnia Trail which weaves through the ancient whispering woodland and features different locations from the C.S. Lewis story “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”.


  • Green Santa will be in Narnia at Belvedere House each weekend from Sunday 27th November, also 8th December. 
  • Booking is advised. Bookings now being taken on 044-9349060 10am-4.30pm daily.
  • 1 Child €12.00 Each Additional Child €10.00, under 3’s accompanying other children go free.
  • Ticket includes entry to House Gardens and Park where the outdoor Narnia Trail, Fairy Garden and Victorian Christmas in Belvedere House awaits. Adults accompanying children to Green Santa go free to House, Gardens and Park too.

Santa at Strokestown House

December 2012 - SANTA County Roscommon l Santa at Strokestown House, County Roscommon

Saturday 1st December—Sunday 23rd December

Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and the Elves are back in Strokestown House this Christmas. They enjoyed meeting so many families last year in Strokestown they just had to return. This year they are taking over the underground rooms of Strokestown House which have never been seen before!


  • Monday to Fridays- Start at 4:00 and hour trips until 8:00(Max. 45) 
  • Saturdays and Sundays- Start at 12:00 and hour trips until 7:00(Max. 45)


  • Children €15 
  • Adults €7

December 2012-SANTA Mayo: Westport House Winter Wonderland & Santa, County Mayo

Saturday 24th November—Monday 24th December (Weekends Only)

As it tis the season to be jolly you will warm up with a complimentary glass of mulled wine or a juice for the little ones. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you will treated to activities galore! You can visit Santa and his elves at Santa’s Grotto in the beautiful Drawing Room where you will receive a special Christmas gift and join Mrs Claus for magical storytelling and a sing-song by the fireside in the Library.


  • November 24 & 25 - 10am to 6pm 
  • December 1 & 2 - 10am to 6pm
  • December 8 & 9 - 10am to 6pm 
  • December 15 & 16 - 10am to 6pm
  • Friday, December 14 and December 21 from 5pm to 8pm in the evening only. 
  • On December 22 and 23 - 10am to 8pm. 
  • Christmas Eve, December 24 - 10am to 2pm.


  • Babies under 1 year old go FREE for their first Christmas!
  • €10 for infants (children under 2 yrs - please note that a gift is included)
  • €20 for children aged 2 years and up
  • €10 for adults
  • Please note that all activities detailed above are included in your ticket.
  • 10% off for Annual Members

The Ice Factor Skating Rink Galway


Dec 2012-Jan 2013 - Galway: The Ice Factor Skating Rink Galway

Friday 30th November—Sunday 6th January

The Carlton Hotel Galway City, one of the leading hotels in Galway, will stage an ice skating extravaganza and this is promised to change Christmas in Galway forever! As the area undergoes its theatrical transformation, The Ice Factor’s rink at the Carlton Hotel Galway City will occupy 600 square metres at the front of this landmark hotel. With free and ample parking, there’s no need to go anywhere else for fun this Christmas.


  • Open Daily from 30th Nov 2012 to 6th Jan 2013, excluding Christmas Day & St. Stephen's Day.
  • Open 4pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 8pm Saturday, Sunday and School Holidays.
  • Xmas Eve last session 1pm then reopen the 27th from 1pm. Last session New Year's Eve is 5pm then reopen New Year's Day from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Sessions start on the hour and last 45minutes. Please ensure that you arrive 20 minutes before your session. This is to make sure you that have time to fit your skates.

ADMISSION - 45 Minutes Skate session

  • Adults €15
  • Students €12.50
  • Under 12’s €12.50
  • Family Offer €50 (2 Adults and 2 Children or 1 Adult and 3 Children)
  • Concession prices €12 Adult, €8 per child (including hotel guests)
  • Buy One Get One Free 10am & 11am sessions(subject to availability)
  • Repeat skate €10 for adults and children

Children shoe sizes from small size 8 (26)

Under 12’s adults have to be with them, Under 8’s adults have to be on the ice with them.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs - Galway

Dec 2012-Jan 2013 - PANTO Galway: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs @ Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Saturday 29th December 2012—Tuesday 13th January 2013

Renmore’s 34th annual pantomime is specially scripted by Peter Kennedy, who once again plays the lovable Panto Dame. This glittering production has many novel, hilarious and surprising elements - a spectacular adventure of laughter, music and song.

Tickets are €16/€14

Bo Peep Panto

Jan 2013 - Bo Peep Panto @ Backstage Theatre Longford

Friday 18th January 2013—Saturday 26th January 2013 

BYT are back with a brand new pantomime filled with all your favourite Nursery Rhyme characters, as you’ve never seen them before.

Jack & Jill need some money, so they decide to steal Bo Peep’s sheep when they discover that they are not just your average everyday sheep. Bo Peep enlists the help of Georgie Porgie, Miss Muffet and Yankee Doodle Dandy and the chase is on!


  • Fri 18th Jan - 8pm
  • Sat 19th & Sun 20th - 3pm
  • Thurs 24th to Fri 25th - 8pm
  • Sat 26th - 3pm


  • €12/€8