Christmas Event Guide

Luke McLeod | Last Updated 05 Oct 2023 | 5 Minute Read 

Dublin, like every city, has hundreds of Christmas Events planned for the festive season of 2023. At the Arthaus we look forward to welcoming event goers, guests, and residents to our hotel. The Arthaus is a boutique 4 Star hotel located in Dublin city centre near St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street. The perfect base to discover Dublin’s Christmas Events and cultural locations.  

Like many years, the Xmas season sneaks up and those gigs, shows, talks, and tours all get forgotten about. This year we are publishing our comprehensive event guide for Christmas in Dublin. With this handy update, you will not miss those magic nights in Dublin’s fair city.  

The Arthaus is a short trip from some of Dublin’s favourite culture destinations. Just a two-minute walk to the Gaiety theatre, where you can find the 150th anniversary pantomime. Stroll further along to the National Concert Hall to discover the Sound of Music.  

Cultural Attractions Near the Arthaus Hotel

Culture in Dublin has never stopped shining, we proudly stand behind the 165 cultural attractions in the city. With a few attractions opening and closing each year, we can never really be certain on there being only 165.  

The Arthaus Hotel is centrally located to the Gaiety Theatre, The Little Museum of Dublin, and the Museum of Literature Ireland.  

An unparalleled experience has been part of Christmas Events in Dublin for decades. Recently, a new home has been found for the live crib in St Stephen’s Green. The traditional Nativity scene will also feature a donkey, two sheep and a goat.  

While a little further out, the National Print Museum offers art lovers a unique experience in discovering how literature was printed from 15th century all the way up to the 1980s. In October 2023, the temporary exhibition “Miniature Masterpieces: 100 Years of Irish Stamps” will open through the festive period.  

Want to get into the festive spirit and do something fun with all the family? Drop by the ‘Creative Corner’ in December! There will be a variety of holiday-themed crafts available in the National Print Museum’s Creative Corner. Available during regular opening hours, Tuesday 5 December - Friday 22 December. 

Notable Christmas Events in 2023

National Concert Hall

Just a 12-minute walk from the Arthaus, the National Concert Hall is an excellent destination to visit on your holiday in Dublin. We have picked our 3 favourite events for the NCH in 2023.  

The Sound of Music

Once again for Christmas 2023, The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music! After a sold out run last year, the NCH welcomes the return of the Von Trapp family to its stage. This show is sure to sell out – do not delay in booking a ticket and your stay at the Arthaus. 

The Snowman

This show reimagines everything you are expecting. The Christmas spectacle parades Nutcrackers, classic songs, dance, and fanfare. Once settled, the timeless classic of The Snowman is performed by the NCH Christmas Orchestra.  

Family Concert

Treat your family to a seasonal celebration of festivities. The Echo Band bring a jazzy twist to the performance of the festive classics. Choose from two performances on the 2nd of December. 

Christmas Market

Make your Christmas break memorable with a visit to Dublin. Experience the sights, smells, and festive atmosphere of some of Ireland's best Christmas Markets. 

Read our guide to Christmas Markets in Dublin 2023 

Dublin Pantos

Get ready to be entertained this holiday season with some of the best Christmas pantomimes in Dublin!  

Discover why you should not miss these must-see shows from Arthaus Guide to Dublin Pantomimes. 

Hugh Lane Gallery

I love the National Botanic Gardens in the warmer months of the year. However even in the depths of winter, a visit to such beautiful gardens offers a hint of Christmas cheer.  

In the Gardens, there are stalls both indoors and outdoors against the backdrop of the historic glasshouses. You will find over seventy stalls featuring an array of sustainable gift ideas, decorative craft, and tasty seasonal treats. 

The craft fair will take place on the 9th and 10th of December and there is no need for tickets. Getting to the Botanic Gardens Sustainable Christmas Market from the Arthaus Hotel is a 15-minute drive over 5km.  

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National Gallery of Ireland

Found just 15 minutes' walk from the Arthaus, the National Gallery of Ireland is home to some talented artists. The Gallery is open 7 days a week and has no entry fee to the permanent collection. 

All year round, the gallery highlights some of the famous pieces in its collection. Jack B. Yeats’ Liffey Swim hangs in the gallery and has told the story of a return to the sporting themes that had inspired much of his early work since it is finish 100 years ago in 1923.  

The National Gallery will have a Christmas event in their exhibitions. Also on offer will be a selection of art-inspired gifts, Irish designed jewellery, textiles, and homeware. A perfect Christmas gift for an art lover.  

Stay and Save at the Arthaus Hotel

Take the stress out of travelling and stay in Dublin’s Shopping District, just seconds form one of Ireland’s most well-known parks.  

Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in one of our boutique rooms in the heart of Dublin. Inspired by the best of the Bauhaus Art Movement our stylish and creative rooms are the perfect touch of luxury to begin your Dublin journey. 

Our artwork in the Boutique rooms features works inspired by the Bauhaus teacher Wassily Kandinsky, often hailed as the pioneer of abstract art. In his own words, ‘’Colour is a power which directly influences the soul. 

Stay two nights at the Arthaus Hotel and get €20 off per night.  

Create a memorable stay in Dublin

When you arrive in Dublin, you may be a little excited and forget some of our essential travel tips!  

Winter temperatures in Dublin average about 9 degrees Celsius, which is about 48 in Fahrenheit. Pack accordingly for this, as a lot of Christmas markets are outdoors and open to the elements. Unfortunately, the elements in Dublin generally is rain rather than snow. Be prepared with a raincoat and umbrella when taking a holiday to Dublin.  

While staying at the Arthaus, the most convenient way to travel is by public transport or taxi. Coming from Dublin Airport, you can take a taxi to our hotel. All the Christmas Markets in Dublin are within a 30 minutes' drive and some within a 15-minute walk.  

While Dublin’s Christmas markets may not offer traditional dining options you see on the continent. You can find brilliant bars and delicious restaurants on the doorstep of the hotel.  

When planning your trip, you can find the links to each market below. Double check that the market will take place on the day you are visiting. Often some markets are weekends only, or may close Mondays etc.  

The Wrap Up

The Arthaus is an excellent central location to stay during the festive season in Dublin. Just minutes from the National Concert Hall, National Museum of Literature, and the shopping district of Grafton Street.  

Choose from many of the events happening in Dublin this Christmas and enjoy what Dublin has to offer you on your stay.  

Book your Christmas stay at the Arthaus Hotel today and enjoy your winter break in luxury.    

FAQ - Christmas Parties in Arthaus

The Arthaus Hotel is within walking distance to the Gaiety Theatre, The Little Museum of Dublin, and the Museum of Literature Ireland. 

Yes, there is a live crib located in St. Stephen’s Green. It will feature a donkey, two sheep, and a goat alongside the traditional nativity. 

Yes, the National Print Museum is offering a ‘Creative Corner’ event from 5 December - 22 December 2023. It will feature a variety of holiday-themed crafts. 

 The Arthaus Hotel is a 4 Star boutique hotel located in Dublin city centre near St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street. 

About the Author

Meet our passionate and seasoned Travel and Culture Editor, Luke McLeod. With an insatiable wanderlust and an unquenchable thirst for cultural exploration, Luke is your trusted guide to unlocking the soul of Ireland. 

With years of experience in the realms of travel and culture journalism, Luke has made it their mission to hand-pick the most captivating and authentic experiences that the Emerald Isle has to offer.