Moments to live in the family, in the name of the most classic and true things: the fire that bursts into the fireplace, the immortal melody of Auld Lang Syne, the snowballs with the gloves to protect the fingers. For truly magical holidays, Dublin is an ideal destination; Yet, at the same time, it is difficult to find a new Europe, it is more impossible, but it was impossible to find a new episode. Everything without forgetting shopping: a day of Santo Stefano, many souvenir shops at the time, an ideal occasion to indulge in a Donegal tweed or a sweater from the Aran Islands. But it’s a week that gives birth to a number of unmissable appointments, which make holiday parties a really good idea.
New Year’s Festival 2017
The most famous New Year’s event in Dublin will certainly be the New Year’s Eve. For some years now, the Irish capital is competing with Edinburgh – which is perhaps the three days of events celebrated at the end of the year’s most celebrated Europe – thanks to a festival dedicated to Dame Street, animated and entertaining, but above all in pure Irish style.
Among the most beloved events is Luminosity, where three-dimensional animations are projected onto some of Dublin’s most famous historic buildings, illustrating aspects of Irish culture, its history and modern life. The evening of the last year is the Light Procession, which attracts thousands of visitors and is adored by children, with its lights and colors. For those who love music, the Countdown Concerto is a must for the Custom House Key: the new line up is formed by the famous Alternative Rock Alternative of Kodaline, with Hudson Taylor and Keywest as support. As the hands hit midnight, the crowd focuses on George’s Quay for the second part of the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment, which begins at 23.30 with a light show in water and air, while The Spire – the new steel tower Dublin 120 meter high, located on O’Connel Street – projecting its lights toward the sky on New Year’s Eve. But before, at 6.30 pm, families will meet to watch the performances of dancers and acrobats. Among the other appointments of the 30th and 31st December, also remembered the cultural program “Love Dublin”, the discovery of the beauties of the city, and the “NYF Dublin Music Comedy Trail”, which will bring the music and restaurants of the city city.
Also January 1 is a day dedicated to fun for the whole family, with events throughout the city, including diving in cold waters. For the duration of the Festival, however, do not forget to go to Dublin Castle, where the NYF Food Village is located, tasting the best Irish dishes and demonstrations by the most acclaimed chefs.
The magic of Dublin’s churches
Ireland is not just the land of pubs and Guinness, but it is also a tadpole of an intense, millennial religion that still remains and is at the root of the identity of the Irish people. For this reason, a way less glamorous to spend the New Year’s Eve, but rich in atmosphere, is to go to one of the many dubai churches and wait for midnight: in particular, for centuries Dubliners have been gathered in Christ Church Cathedral to await the melodious sound of the great chime with nineteen bells, ready to announce the new year.
All the Christmas time at Christ Church Cathedral is packed with events such as the fascinating “Carols by Candelight”, Christmas candlelight songs, and the traditional Christmas concert. A bit more secular, however, is the celebration at one of Dublin’s most famous restaurants and cafes, The Church, or the eighteenth-century church of St. Mary’s (here he married Arthur Guinness, founder of the homonymous brewery, and also said mass Jonathan Swift); deserted in 1964, is today an example of retraining and a popular tourist attraction.
This year, the Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker Market will take place from 7th to 10th December, in The Point Village: free admission and more than 100 stand for gifts of all kinds, in the tradition of flea markets, between retro furniture and vintage clothing. For those looking for the best craftsmanship from the shops of Ireland’s finest professionals, the National Crafts & Design Fair, from December 5 to 10, is an exhibition featuring more than 500 artisans, artists and designers. perfect to buy all your Christmas gifts at once.
Great for one of the most popular markets in the city, the CHQ at George’s Dock: for those who love being in a big European city but feel a bit of nostalgia for the mountains, skiing and the traditional “bombardment” on the slopes , Aprés Dublin arrives from 30th November to 23rd December: in a full aprés ski atmosphere, a large Alpine-style lodge will be the scene for a myriad of events, street food all to enjoy and naturally fun until late at night with a selection of the best DJs of the emerald island. Along with the lodge – with a snow machine, if the temperature is too high for a “natural” snowfall – there will also be a village, ideal for the fun of toddlers and toddlers during the day, with many stands where to enjoy specialties from gourmet burgers at German sausages, as well as rides, face painting, Santa Claus cave, a virtual ski experience for those who have never walked in his life.
And if there is a desire to run on the slopes? Ireland, whose highest mountain is the modest Carrantuohill in Kerry (1039 meters), has virtually no mountains: in Dublin, however, there is the Ski Center Dublin where you can afford a descent on innovative treadmills for beginners and experts.
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