What’s the craic for the weekend: 07.12


Magical Christmas Cinema – Drive-in Movies


Christmas Drive-in Movies are coming back to Dublin from Thursday (07.12) to Sunday (10.12) at Leopardstown Racecourse.

Experience the Magic of The Drive-in with Classic Christmas Movies including Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually and Santa Claus – The Movie on The World’s Biggest Mobile LED Screen.

There will also be Burgers, hot dogs, pizza, doughnuts, hot chocolate and more!

Thursday (07.12) to Sunday (10.12)

Tickets: 28 per car Book here

Leopardstown Racecourse – Foxrock, Dublin 18

Après Dublin


Take a break from working hard and go off-piste to what will be the best Christmas event this year. Ireland’s first-of-its-kind Christmas party venue will bring all the fun of the lively Après scene direct to Dublin. Unwind and party hard in a celebration that will get you fully into the spirit of Christmas.

Expect: Full band and DJ every evening, family fun during the day, a wide selection of street feast food and Aprés Ski themed activities for all.

Fancy dress encouraged!

Thursday (30.12) to Saturday (23.12)

Tickets: €15 Book here 

CHQ – Georges Dock, Dublin, County Dublin 1

Wild Lights – At Dublin Zoo


Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where attendees will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife.

Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more!

Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft market, all in one unforgettable setting. There will also be a selection of Chinese foods and warm drinks available for visitors to purchase.

Thursday (23.11) to Sunday (07.01) – from 5 – 9 pm (last entry to the event is strictly 8 pm).

Tickets: €15 / €20 Book here 

Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park


Marcel Dettmann – At District 8


This Friday Marcel Dettmann will be playing at District 8. The DJ and producer is recognized as one of the most influential proponents of contemporary techno. Widely associated with iconic trademarks including Berlin, Berghain and Hard Wax, Dettmann stays true to his roots by consistently innovating his interpretation of electronic music, integrating art with the scene.

Listen to Marcel Dettmann’s music here!

Friday (08.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: 18 / 20 Book here

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

John Talabot – At District 8


The Spanish DJ, record label owner and producer John Talabot will perform his first Dublin headline show in over 2 years. The DJ will be playing a 4 hour set at District 8 this Saturday. Get ready to dance all night long!

Check out John Talabot’s music here!

Saturday (09.12) – from 10:30 pm

Tickets: 20 Book here

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Paranoid London – At Pygmalion


The trio Paranoid London who are blowing the underground up with their music will be playing at Pygmalion this Saturday. 

Not much is known about this mysterious trio. It’s acid, analogue house with live vocals all the way, all pressed to vinyl with no promo and no nonsense. They began working together in 2007, and have released 8 times on their self titled label thus far, with an album expected later in the year.

Check out Paranoid London music here!

Saturday (09.12) – from 6:00 pm

Tickets: 10 Book here

Pygmalion – Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2

Telephones Christmas Party – At Yamamori Tengu


It’s the winter dancing season and to celebrate it Telephones is bringing a Christmas party to Yamamori Tengu this Saturday. Expect disco, soul, afro, boogie and more in the main room and live electronics upstairs.


Room 1: Eoin Ryan (Shivers) / Papa Lou (Woweembeem) / JOMA (Telephones) / Nevan Jio (Pear)

Room 2: Mantle (Live) / The Third Policeman (DJ) / Tadhg O’Sullivan (DJ)

Saturday (09.12) – from 10:00 pm

Tickets: 5 / 9 Book here

Yamamori Tengu –  38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1


A Future Proof Christmas: Loah, Beach & Wastefellow


HomeBeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers proudly close the second season of Future Proof with Christmas special – like all good series should do.

The Future Proof series of events showcases essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

The artists closing the series will be featuring this Thursday at Bello Bar:

Loah (soul/R&B/jazz/pop) – A Sierra Leonean/Irish vocalist with soul and grace – .

Beach (alt-rock/experimental) – One of the most intriguing new bands around. This psychedelic band of brothers mix slacker rock, electronic experimental and psychedelia.

Wastefellow (electronic/experimental) – Diolmhain Ingram Roche is a forward-thinking young producer and vocalist from Dublin, Ireland. His singular sound has caught the attention of Irish taste-makers such as Nialler9, District Magazine & Dan Hegarty. 

Thursday (07.12) – 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Tickets: 10 Book here

Bello Bar – 1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin

Gavin James and friends Christmas charity concert – At Whelan’s


Following two sold out shows at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Gavin James will be performing a Charity concert with special guests in Whelans on Sunday.

All proceeds from the show will go to the The Down Syndrome Centre who’s mission is to help children with Down syndrome to reach their full potential by providing cutting edge early intervention services and to create a family focused centre for parents of the children using the Service.

Sunday (10.12) – 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Tickets: 25

Whelan’s – 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – At The Sugar Club


This Saturday The Sugar Club will be receiving Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. These blood brothers, seven sons of jazz great Phil Cohran, carry on his musical legacy. HBE are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago and together they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def , Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed at Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. The documentary film Brothers Hypnotic, explores their music, work ethic, life and experience of being raised by their jazz legend father Phil Cohran. After screening in major cities and festivals, it aired on PBS. Their song, “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games.

Saturday (09.12) – from 11:30 pm

Tickets: 20 Book here

The Sugar Club – 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

The Seattle Grunge Experience – At Fibber Magees


How about a grunge night this Saturday? The Seattle Grunge Experience is the only tribute act to authentically recreate the live sound of the four biggest Grunge bands in history: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

The Seattle Grunge Experience is not to be missed as they deliver ‘all killer, no filler’ sets encapsulating the visceral punk power of Nirvana; the spiritual depth of Pearl Jam; the technical ability of Soundgarden and the fragile, edgy darkness of Alice in Chains. The end result is a musical feast that takes the listener back to the glory days of Grunge.

Saturday (09.12) – from 9:00 pm

Tickets: €10 (on the door)

Fibber Magees – 80-81 Parnell Street, Dublin 1


Breakfast Epiphanies: An Exhibition of new work by Duda


Following a successful year exhibiting all over the world, Duda returns to Dublin to launch his most recent body of work at Sol Art Gallery, on Dawson Street. Speaking on the upcoming exhibition, Sol Art Director, Martin Davis, said; “Duda is going from strength to strength. Whether it’s in the prestigious gallery in the new World Trade Centre in New York or at an international art fair in Chicago or Hong Kong, people recognize the original response to life in Duda’s work, and go away feeling animated and energized by his vibrant creations.”

Music on the night from DJ Mark Alton. Drinks kindly sponsored by Peroni. 

Thursday (07.12) to Saturday (16.12) – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Free admission Book your ticket here

Sol Art Gallery – 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Open Mic: a cosy evening of poetry and music


This will be an event to cosy up away from the dark and cold and listen to some poetry, music and stories. Share your writing and voice, whatever style or language it may be, or just go along to listen. 

If you’re interested in performing or reciting on the night, just send an email to: giftsofartemis@gmail.com.

Friday (08.12) – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Free admission

Gifts of Artemis – 11 Blessington St, Inns Quay, Dublin 7


Dublin Flea Christmas Market – At The Point Square


The Dublin Flea Christmas Market will be taking place at The Point Square from Thursday to Sunday.  Expect a whopper collection of over 140 stalls selling a unique mix of festive gifts.

Alongside the Dublin Flea’s much loved mix of vintage and collectibles, the market hosts an unbelievable collection of independent Irish craft-makers, designers and artists that you cannot find readily on the high street. 

Sounds good for some Christmas shopping, doesn’t it?

Thursday (07.12) to Sunday (10.12) – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Free entry

Point Square – East Wall Road, Dublin 1

Christmas Season Market – At The Grand Social


Get your unique Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, Christmas party frocks and accessories, all under one roof at The Grand Social.  The bar will be open and you will also find mulled wine and great music!

Saturday (09.12) – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Free entry

The Grand Social – 35 Lower Liffey St, Dublin, Ireland 1

Fusion Sundays -World Christmas Market


Dublin’s only Christmas market focusing on ethnic diversity will be back this Sunday!

Fusion Sundays is presenting stalls from around the world, artisan food vendors, pop-up workshops, live music, dance performances and a family friendly atmosphere.

Try some different food and find that nice handmade Christmas present!

Sunday (10.12) – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Free entry – (free parking and wheelchair access)

Fusion Sundays – The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

MART Green Christmas Market


Now in its fifth year, The MART Gallery has teamed up with Eastern Midlands Regional Waste Management Office [EMRWMO] to host Ireland’s largest green creative Christmas Market with vendors selling art, design, craft, knits/fashion, and jewelry, all from reused / recycled materials along with businesses promoting the sharing economy.

Housed in a beautifully re-purposed fire station on the high street in Rathmines, the market will showcase a wide range of hand-made, locally produced items – perfect for Christmas gifts, or as a present to treat yourself!

Thursday (07.12) to Sunday (10.12) – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Free entry

MART – 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin









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