What To See At The Dublin New Year Festival
New Year celebrations aren’t just about the final countdown in Dublin, and they’re extra special this year. The NYE Dublin Festival 2013 marks the end of The Gathering 2013, which is a year-long celebration of everything awesome about Ireland. 2013 has seen clan gatherings, festivals and sports events take place all over the country, and the New Year celebrations are the perfect way to finish off a great year.
The festival begins with The People’s Procession of Light early in the evening on the 31st, then follows on with The NYE Dublin Countdown Concert. Celebrations come to an end at Meeting House Square on New Year’s Day at The Big Brunch. The event is sponsored by Three Mobile and is conveniently being held about a fifteen minute walk away from Generator. Here’s what’s happening on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day so you don’t miss out on any of the fun:
The People’s Procession of Light
The People’s Procession of Light is an exciting and atmospheric way to kick off the celebrations. Thousands of people from both Ireland and abroad walk through the streets of Dublin with LED lights and lanterns, with performers such as musicians, stilt walkers and dancers leading the way. This is a great free event, and you can either stand back and watch, or take part in the procession yourself. If you want to take part you’ll need to register at a city registration centre on the day, and make sure you get in quickly so you don’t miss out. The procession starts at 6.30pm at College Green and finishes at St. Stephen’s Green.
The NYE Dublin Countdown Concert
The Countdown Concert will take place at College Green between 8.30pm and 1am, and it is broadcast all over Ireland and across the world, so it’s a great event to be a part of. The line-up currently includes legendary ska band Madness and singer-songwriter Ryan Sheridan, with more big name acts to be confirmed. Who better to ring in the new year with? In the run up to midnight, huge 3D Projections appear on Trinity College, making the televised countdown even more exciting. This event is strictly for over 18s only, and tickets to the concert are priced at a reasonable €25 plus a €2.50 booking fee.
The Big Brunch
Relax with old friends and meet new ones at this free event at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, starting at 11am. Entertainment includes music, dancing and live interactive performances that you can get involved in. Of course if it’s a brunch then there must be food, and delicious goodies are available fresh from the farmer’s market. This event is a great way to start the new year as you mean to go on – chilled out, with good food and great company. Plus, don’t forget to check out the New Year’s resolutions on the Resolution Tree and add your own!