Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival at IFSC
If you are in Dublin just before Christmas then you will find it hard to avoid the festive shopping, so just give in and go the whole hog with a visit to the Docklands Christmas Festival.
Buy yourself a Santa hat and go on some of the fairground rides, tuck into some roasted chestnuts and wash it down with a hot chocolate filled with marshmallows. On the slightly more grown up side there will be live music from all over the world including DJ sets and Ronan O Snodaigh. And the best bit it is free to get in.