Things to do in Dublin and the surrounding areas in November

Things to do in November in Dublin and surrounding areas!

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in November and early December in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

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Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo!

Wild Lights opens on Friday, 3rd November 2017 and runs until Sunday, 7th January 2018

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they 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.

Tickets for Wild Lights are on sale now. Tickets must be pre-booked online.

Please note: Admission to Wild Lights is from 5 – 9pm. Last entry to the event is strictly 8pm.

Wild Lights ticket prices

Adults: €20
Child: €15
Under 3s: €0
Student: €16
OAP: €16

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo Annual Pass Holder Prices

Adults: €18
Child: €12




Imaginosity’s Wobbler & Toddler Mornings

Imaginosity’s Wobbler & Toddler mornings are designed for our youngest visitors and their parents & carers. Scheduled during quiet mornings, these mornings allow young children to explore the museum at their own pace, incorporating structured activities that will promote early learning and pre-school readiness. Activities change daily, visit our website for full details of what’s on! 

All Wobbler & Toddler activities are FREE with general admission to Imaginosity.

Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum
Beacon South Quarter, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 18

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Canvas Painting & Messy Play Class – Giddy Studios

17 November at 10:30–11:30

Come along to Giddy Studios for lots of messy canvas painting & play in a relaxed and welcoming environment. 
We will spend an hour doing lots of painting and handprints on a canvas – leaving everyone with a beautiful masterpiece to take home!
Admission is €12 which includes all materials, with pre-booking required. Call 01-2960303 for more details and to book.
We can’t wait to see lots of little beanies and their mums and dads soon for some messy fun!


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Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market 2017

Saturday, November 18 til Saturday 23rd December
Friday from 12.30 – 19.00
Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 – 19.00

Norah Langos
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin


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Rathcoole Christmas Fair

November 18 – November 20
Saturday 12.00pm
Sunday 11.00am

Rathcoole Community Centre
Main Street
Rathcoole, Dublin

The Rathcoole Christmas Fair was established in 2005 by the Rathcoole Christmas Lights Committee to help raise funds to light up the village of Rathcoole at Christmas time to bring about a cheerful, positive community spirit. At the same time presenting an opportunity for local Arts & Crafts people to show case their handcrafted products.

We also aim to introduce the younger people in our community to Arts & Crafts. We do this by running Christmas Arts & Crafts Workshops. The workshop provides an opportunity for each child to try out new techniques, develop their art skills and build their confidence all at the same time. The workshop is for school-going children of all ages and abilities. Each child gets to complete a special piece to take home to be treasured by parents & grandparents for many years. This event has proven hugely popular with the youngsters over the years.

In addition, we have lots of Christmas-themed activates for the kiddies such as face-painting, writing letters to Santa with the elves and of course the option to visit the beloved Mrs Clause





Rathwood Santa Train

November 18 – December 23

€16 per Child/baby
€10 per Adult Duration:
1 Hour

Co. Carlow,

Ireland’s Best Santa Train Experience

Rathwood’s Santa Train Adventure is Ireland’s most popular Santa Experience.
We invite you to share in the magic of Christmas and join us on a journey through the Enchanted Forest to visit Santa as he prepares for the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s included?
Join in the Christmas story with Mrs. Claus and Trixie the Elf
Take a magical journey on board the Rathwood Santa Train
Watch out for Rudolph and the other Reindeer along the way
Walk through the enchanted Forest that leads to Santa’s Woodland home
Each family will meet Santa individually & each child will get a special gift from Santa
Post your letter in Santa’s official Post Box
FREE Hot Chocolate & Rathwood Activity Book for every Child booked in to visit Santa
For the Big Kids: 20% OFF Christmas Items in our Christmas shop (T&C)
You can also:
Have your photo taken on board Santa’s Giant Sleigh
Enjoy Christmas carousels and so much more!


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Santa’s House Express

Friday 24th November – Saturday 23rd December

Palmerstown House

Jump off the Santa train at Santa’s magnificent Manor Home and enter into the stunning, glistening hallway. In Santa’s house, you will be invited to step inside a magical fun filled room before visiting Mrs Claus in her sitting room where she will tell you all the stories about looking after the main man himself. Venture up the magnificent staircase and visit Santa in his reading room. Santa will greet & spend some time with you all & of course, have a special present for all the boys and girls who were very good throughout the year!! Don’t forget to bring your letter!

A warm festive welcome awaits you back at the Lodge. Enjoy a hot chocolate and some festive treats. Join us for lunch or dinner at the delicious carvery and be entertained by special guests and costume parades, where the kids can join in and get their picture taken with them! Mum & Dad can relax and enjoy some mulled wine while the kids chill out in the cinema area. Visit the stables where you will meet the Reindeer, our resident Turkey and their friends! Make sure to explore our new enchanted Fairy Forest and our extended carnival play area before you say your goodbyes. It will truly be a magical journey from start to finish!


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Santa’s Journey

Saturday 25th November – Saturday 23rd December

Co. Wicklow

As Christmas approaches, Santa, with the help of his industrious elves and Mrs. Claus have created a magical journey in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains. This enchanted train journey sets off from Winter Wonderland Station stopping to see Santa’s Runway, The Talking Trees, Candy Cane Land, Elves Village and many more incredible attractions along the way before going to a very special audience with Santa himself. Santa’s Journey kicks off on the 25th of November and runs every weekend until Christmas in the beautiful grounds of Djouce Golf Club, Roundwood, Co Wicklow.

Guests will be invited into the warmth of Wonderland lodge where the journey continues with a visit to the elves quarters (shhhh) before stopping off at North Pole Post Office and the elves bedrooms, then onto seeing how the amazing elves are preparing all the letters for Santa Claus to read. Have your letters stamped by one of Santa’s elves to ensure you get first priority this year. The journey comes to an end as guests are invited into the Winter lodge Cafe where hot drinks and festive treats will be available for purchase.

Tickets cost €12.50 for adults and €18 for children which includes a free gift from Santa.

Santa’s Journey opens on Saturday the 25th of November and runs every Sat/Sun until the 23rd.





Airfield Estate Christmas Experience

Airfield Estate Christmas Experience is back from 25th November – 23rd December 2017. 

- Face painting and letter writing with Santa’s Elves
- Visit Santa in Airfield House for story time and gifts
- Warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine
- Decorate a delicious festive treat in the Elves’ Kitchen
- Craft a Christmas decoration
- Board the Santa train and enjoy a magical trip
- Take a family picture on Santa’s sleigh


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Christmas on the Square

25th November 11.00am-1.00pm

Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families
Venue: Merrion Street (Natural History Museum)

Pop in for a pencil and complete our Winter Activity Trail – ‘Do Not Disturb’ to celebrate Christmas on Merrion Square at the Dead Zoo. No booking required. Wheelchair accessible.


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Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens

December 1 – December 23

Birr Castle Gardens
Green Street, Birr
Co. Offaly

Come and enjoy the magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre this December. Be greeted and entertained by the Castle elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle where you will find Mrs Claus in the drawing room beside an enormous roaring fire and be read a magical festive story. Your visit continues to the elegant dining room where you will meet the man himself… Santa Claus!

Santa will visit Birr Castle Demesne over 9 dates this year kicking off on December 1st up to Saturday 23rd December.
Tickets are priced at €18 per child and €8 per adult, pre-booking is essential. Each booked child will receive an age appropriate gift from Santa as well as a sweet treat and hot chocolate. The Santa visit experience lasts for 45 minutes, but there is plenty more to see and do at Birr Castle Gardens.

Pre-booked adult and children tickets also include general admission to the Treehouse adventure playground and gardens. (T&C apply) for further details please visit or T. 057 9120336
Payment required at time of booking.


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Coffee & Ballsbridge Sept 2017 – May 2018

September 26, 2017 – May 22, 2018
Panda Play Cafe
Old Belvedere RFC, 28A Anglesea Road, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 4
Join us at our regular meet up at Panda Play Cafe. It’s a fantastic way to get to know other FGG members over a coffee whilst the kids play in a safe environment and make new friends themselves.

This meet-up is open to families with children under the age 5yrs. For more information about Panda Play Cafe please visit :

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great November

Eimear x


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