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Things to do in December in Dublin and surrounding areas

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in 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!

Snow Queen in the Gaiety Theatre

Saturday 1st December 2018 – Sunday until 6 January 2019.

Gaiety Theatre

South King St


Get ready to have a brrrrrr…iliant time at this year’s Gaiety Panto The Snow Queen. 

Shiver and shake with laughter as the icy Royal tries to freeze out the fun of Christmas!  With a cool cast including West End star Louise Bowden as the Snow Queen, Nicholas Grennell as Jack Frost and Joe Conlan as the Panto Dame, it’s the coolest ticket in town.

Tickets from €19.50 (including booking fee and restoration levy) from Ticketmaster and Gaiety Theatre Box Offices.


Christmas Island – the Santa Experience

Saturday 1st December to Sunday 23rd of December

Christmas Island

Hidden Valley Holiday Park


Co Wicklow

Join us at Christmas Island for festive fun and an unforgettable and unique Christmas experience!

Your experience will include an exciting journey on The North Pole Express train, a trip to Christmas Island where you’ll meet Santa’s Elves for an activity, singing and dancing. You will then depart Christmas Island on Santa’s giant sleigh boat headed to see the big man himself in Santa’s Grotto. If you’re good and paying attention, then you may even see Rudolph! Be sure to bring your camera for lots of photo opportunities!!

Only Santa Experience in Ireland with Both a Train and Boat!

• Enchanted Train Journey to the Fairy Forest

• Meet the Elves & Get Creative – Make a decoration to take home

• Sing & Dance with Santa’s Elves – Kids get Magnetic Snowman Buddy

• Boat Journey to Santa’s Grotto – Kid’s receive Elf Medal

• Visit Santa (all kid’s receive a present & sweet treat)

• Colouring Competition & Letters to Santa

• Festive Christmas Cinema Room

• Kid’s Playground & Santa’s Mini Golf

• Food, Drink and Professional Photo (extra fee)

• Thousands of Twinkling Lights & Much More

• Magical Photo Opportunities Throughout


Christmas on the Square

Saturday 1st December 10.00am – 5.00pm

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas here on Merrion Square and we are delighted to announce the return of our pop up ‘Christmas on the Square’ at the Irish Architectural Archive 45 Merrion Square on Saturday 1st December 2018. 10am – 5pm for one day only. Come along and browse for that perfect Christmas gift for friends and family.


Robin Hood in the Helix

Saturday 1st December 2018 – Sunday 20th January 2019

Helix Theatre


Collins Ave

Dublin 9

The DCU theatre will this year stage the family fairy tale Robin Hood as its Christmas Panto.  Featuring tenor Paul Byrom, the TheatreworX production promises to captivate audiences of all ages with a magical story, lively music, song and dance, eye-catching sets and of course lots of laughs for all the family to enjoy.

Not only that, but all proceeds of the December 13 show will go directly towards charity partners Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.

And there’ll be a specially adapted sensory friendly performance on December 18 with no sudden noises or bangs, softer and brighter lighting, and music at a suitable level.

Tickets from €19.50 (booking fees apply) are on sale now from www.thehelix.ie and at The Helix Box Office on 01 700 7000.

Dundrum on Ice

Dublin’s best ice skating venue in Dundrum Town Centre is open from October 26th 2018 to January 13th 2019.

We’ve got 500m² of crisp, white ice to get you skating from Halloween till the New Year and Online Bookings are available now to ensure you  get the times and dates you want.


Rathwood Santa Train Experience 2018

Saturday 1st December to Sunday 23rd of December



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.

€16 per Child/Baby €10 per Adult


South Dublin on Ice

Until Sunday 20th January 2019

Tallaght Stadium

Old Bawn


Dublin 24

Session Times: (All Sessions last 45minutes)

Mondays: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Tuesdays: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Wednesdays: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Thursdays: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Fridays: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

Saturdays: 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

Sundays: 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

Adult Ticket:                                                    €15

Child Ticket:                                                    €13

Family of 4 Ticket (2ADU & 2CH):             €50

Family of 5 Ticket (2ADU & 3CH):             €60

School & Group Rates Available                                                                                           

You can walk up and pay at the box office before your session or

Online via Online Ticketing Page (Online Booking Fees Apply)

Or Via Box Office (Cash, Credit or Debit Cards accepted)

Swords on Ice

Until Sunday 6th January 2019

Swords on Ice returns to the Pavilions on the Malahide Road in Swords from November 16th 2018 to January 6th 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

If you have a school or large group please call us now on 01-5242322 to reserve the date you want.


Ice Skating Blanchardstown

There are lots of events happening at Ice Skating Blanchardstown. Jump onto their website and have a look!


Christmas Experience – Airfield Estate

Saturday 1st December- Monday 24th December

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


Dublin 14

We’re delighted to announce the return of our annual Christmas Experience.

Last year’s winners of the Silver Award for ‘Ireland’s Best Santa Experience’ with Boots Maternity and Infant Awards, The Christmas Experience at Airfield Estate is a wonderful, old-fashioned, traditional Christmas event for all the family.


Santa’s Journey – Roundwood

Saturday 1st December – Sunday 23rd December

Djouce Golf Club


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 Ginger bread Junction where you will laugh sing and enjoy your trip through the enchanted winter wonderland.

After your short trip on Santa’s North Pole Express train, you will arrive at the North Pole Station where you will be greeted by Cookie the Elf. Cookie will guide you towards Mrs.Claus Winter Cabin where Mrs.Claus is waiting to meet all the children. Enjoy an Audience with Mrs. Claus before entering Santa’s Winter Workshop for a special mini show with our funniest elves. Then through the secret passageway to meet Santa himself. This year children and families will be meeting Santa individually so you have some family time with the Santa all to yourself!

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


Christmas at Lullymore

Saturday 1st December – Sunday 23rd December

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park



Santa arrives in Lullymore on Saturday 1st of December and departs for the North Pole on Sunday 23rd of December 2018. A magical experience for both young and old is guaranteed as the park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland of family fun with some very special guests to entertain you along the way!

Your 2018 Christmas visit will include:

Visit to Santa and gift from Elves in workshop, Festive Train trip – Our Road Train will take you on a magical trip through ancient woodlands, glassy lakes and a beautiful peatland landscape. Elf Hologram in New Stone Age House in woodland. Christmas Fairy Hologram in old style thatched cottage. Illuminated walkway through woodland. Visit the Crib scene in the old style thatched cottage. Animals such as donkeys, goats and miniature horses will be in paddocks beside centre. Illuminated Fairy Bower visit Arrival of Santa and his friends by Road Train – Welcome Santa and the gang and meet and greet them all on their arrival!

Funky Forest becomes a Winter Wonderland. Fun with the elves in Funky Forest Indoor Centre.


€20.00 per Child / €10 Baby (includes gift under 2 years) / €8.00 per Adult.

Early arrival advised at weekends – especially from 8th Dec. – 23rd Dec.

OPENING TIMES: Weekends 10am – 6pm / Wednesday – Thursday (late opening) 2pm – 8.30pm / Friday 2.00pm – 6.00pm



Saving €16 for a family of 2 adults & 2 children

Maximum stay 1.5 to 2 hours.

Photos not supplied. Visitors welcome to bring their own cameras.

Last admission 1.5 hours before closing (4.30pm daily or 7pm for Late Openings).

Santa arrives on 1st of December at 10 am and will depart to the North Pole on 23rd of December 2018 at 6 pm (Closed Christmas Eve).  Peak times: Last 3 weekends of event (Some Queuing expected).  Off Peak: Midweek & late evenings as above.

The outdoor play area and adventure golf are closed during Christmas event for health and safety reasons.


Santa’s House Express

Saturday 1st December – Sunday 23rd December

Palmerstown House Estate


Co Kildare

Santa’s House Express is back at the 5* Palmerstown House Estate this Christmas for its 5th year running! We are so excited to have Santa Claus residing in his beautiful Manor home for the weeks coming up to Christmas!! Along with Mrs Claus, the Elves, and lots of characters!

New Attractions–  2018 sees the arrival of our amazing  Family Festival Funfair – fun for all the family in this extended area with many new attractions added.  Enjoy free unlimited rides for all the family when you confirm your booking and join our member’s club.

Check in and receive your Boarding pass and let your festive journey begin. Depart on Santa’s Polar Express Train through the beautiful grounds of Palmerstown House Estate till you reach the manor.

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 where you will meet Twinkle the Fairy, 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. Make sure to sample some of the delicious food on offer – The restaurant at Palmerstown will be offering lunch, dinner & hot carvery options daily. You are welcome here before or after your visit for a bite, no reservation needed. There will also be a catering unit outside, serving up delicious hot chocolate & other drinks, as well as crepes & tasty festive treats.

Make sure to explore our new Enchanted Fairy Forest as well as visiting the stables where you will meet the Reindeer, our resident Turkey and their friends before you say your goodbyes. Don’t forget we have professional photo gifts available of your group in Santa’s Sleigh! It will truly be a magical journey from start to finish!


Dun Laoghaire Christmas festival

Saturday 1st December – Sunday 23rd December

Dun Laoghaire

Co Dublin

Dún Laoghaire is all set to be ‘electrifying’ this Christmas as a most iconic Ferris Wheel takes centre stage at the annual Christmas Festival presented by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.  A 55 ft Ferris Wheel built in 1943 in Cincinnati in the USA and reported to have featured in the original ‘Grease’ movie has made an epic journey from Nashville to New York to Liverpool to Dún Laoghaire.  The iconic Ferris Wheel, built by the famed Ely Bridge Company, will provide spectacular views of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Christmas with a touch of nostalgia, a hint of romance, and a whole lot of ‘Greased Lightning!’


Luggwoods Christmas event

Saturday 1st December – Sunday 23rd December


The Lugg


Co. Dublin

‘Santa’s Enchanted Forest’ Christmas experience is back bigger and better again this year at Luggwoods. Meet the real Santa, Enjoy the magic of the Forest and amazing City views. Christmas as it should be. Authentic Christmas atmosphere close to home.


Christmas at Powerscourt Estate

Saturday 1st December – Sunday 23rd of December

Powerscourt Estate


Co. Wicklow

The Big Guy is back! Yes, that’s right, it’s that time of year again. Santa Claus himself will be making his way to Avoca Powerscourt very soon! From Saturday 17th November Santa and Mrs Claus will be joining us at Avoca Powerscourt, where we will have a Winter wonderland set to surprise and delight all our visitors. Christmas animals at the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, tasty festive treats, Winter walks, gifting workshops at Cool Planet and more, this year’s Christmas Festivities at Avoca Powerscourt have it all!


Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Saturday 1st December 2018 – Sunday, 6th January 2019 from 5pm-9pm

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park

Dublin 8

Dive into an Ocean of Light at this year’s Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo, with an entirely new cast of illuminated giant silk lanterns celebrating the wonders of the life aquatic. From giant squid to polar bears, penguins, colossal blue whales and dainty seahorses, Dublin Zoo, once again, will be transformed into a world of illumination with lanterns tailor-made especially for this year’s event.

Traditional Chinese performers, a craft market and an array of Asian food will make Wild Lights 2018 a truly unforgettable night where friends and families celebrate the festive season together.

November: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

December: Every evening (Monday – Sunday). However, it will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day.

January: Tuesday 1st January – Sunday, 6th January

How is Wild Lights 2018 different to last year?

Spectacular new themes feature in this year’s enchanting experience – dive into an Ocean of Light, where schools of vibrant fish, luminous jellyfish and the endangered hammerhead shark reside. Walk through Winter Wonderland, home to Arctic favourites such as polar bears and penguins. Explore Celebrating China, a flavour of the east, and dash up to The North Pole where a dazzling 16-metre high silk Christmas tree sparkles on high.

Wild Lights Ticket Prices

Adults: €20

Child: €15

Under 3s: €0

Student: €16

Senior Citizen: €16

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo Annual Pass Holder Prices

Adults: €18

Child: €12


Santa’s Arrival to Wells House & Christmas Market!

Sunday 2nd December 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Wells House & Gardens


Gorey Y25 CF96

Join us here at Wells House as Santa, Mrs Claus & The Wells Elves arrive for Christmas! See Santa ride through the gates and take his place in front of the house where he and Mrs Claus will greet all the boys and girls. There will also be some season-worthy festivites and fun for all on the day.

This is also the first of our Christmas Markets so come and see some beautiful wares from our own Craft Courtyard; Lightworker Candles, The Fairy Cottage, Willow Cottage, Blue Anya and Buds & Blossoms. We will also have guest crafters for the day Mrs Doyle’s Bakes, Alice Blake Design, Jewellery Design, Christmas Decorations by Mary O’Halloran and vegan handmade chocolates by Orla Power.

Santa arrives at 2pm and entry is free from this day & all Christmas Season.

For more information contact info@wellshouse.ie or call 0539186737.


The Orchard Rathfarnham – Christmas Fair

Monday 3rd December 3.30pm.

The Orchard Inn

Butterfield ave


Dublin 14

Bring the kids along to see Santa whilst picking up those all important gifts made by our local crafters


Grandparents go free at Imaginosity each term-time Tuesday

Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th December 9.30am – 5.30pm


Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter


Dublin 18

Don’t forget Grandparents go FREE each term time Tuesday at Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum!


How to Catch a Star    The Ark

Wednesday 5th December – Sunday 30th December

The Ark

11A Eustace St

Temple Bar

Dublin, D02 A590

The perfect feel-good festive treat for ages 4+. We welcome Branar back to The Ark this December, with their gorgeous adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ best-selling picture book.

Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, this adaptation combines puppetry with a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn, Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.


Beauty And the Beast – Mill Theatre

Friday 7th December up to Sunday 7th January

Mill Theatre


Weekends and over the holidays at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

A tale as old as time, featuring a host of well-loved characters and lovable crockery!

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle and the dreaded Beast in his lonely castle. Belle is beautiful, the Beast is – ahem – beastly and Gaston is still totally in love, with himself! A story of friendship and love, mixing magic and adventure with spectacular song and dance routines and special effects to entertain all the family!

School performances weekday mornings. (for school and group bookings please contact helen@milltheatre.ie or call us on 012969340)


A Victorian Christmas at Wells!

Tuesday 8th December – Wednesday 23rd December

Wells House & Gardens


Gorey Y25 CF96

Visit Santa in the beautiful setting of the Great Hall of Wells House this Christmas and be sure to create precious memories for you and your loved ones. You will also meet Mrs Claus and the Wells Elves in their workshop and decorate your very own Christmas Bauble to take home + a yummy hot chocolate!

Mrs Claus is also very concerned that the Reindeer find their way to you (even with Rudolph’s red nose)! and so she will be sure to give you some magic sparkle dust to light their way on Christmas Eve.

Make your Christmas a unique, personal and magical experience for all this year at Wells House & Gardens.

Contact us at info@wellshouse.ie or call 053 9186737 for more information.

Tickets €19 per child – adults go free.

Maximum 8 adults per booking.

No gate entry charge – free all Christmas Season.

Ts & Cs apply.


Christmas at Glasnevin – Botanic Gardens

Sunday 9th December 10.00am – 4.30pm

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

300 Botanic Road, Dublin 9

Savour the festive atmosphere and experience the spirit of Christmas with a free visit to Santa and his helpers in his hideaway in the Gardens.

Stock up with seasonal goodies, treats, presents and assorted Christmas supplies at our special Christmas market..

As you stroll through the stalls listen out for some festive music along the way with our live choir.


Wobbler and Toddler mornings at Imaginosity

9.30am – 11.00am Tuesday to Friday during until Friday 21st December


Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter


Dublin 18

Wobbler and Toddler Mornings take place at Imaginosity every Tuesday-Friday during term time from 9.30-11.30am. Wobbler & Toddler mornings are designed for our youngest visitors and their parents and 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. All Wobbler & Toddler activities are included with general admission to Imaginosity.


Jack and the Beanstalk in the Civic Theatre Tallaght

Wednesday 12th December – Sunday 30th December

Civic Theatre


Dublin 24

The Tallaght theatre has chosen to stage that magical giant of a panto ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’ this festive season.

The hilarious show features an all-star cast including Fair City star Sorcha Furlong as the Evil Baroness, YouTube comedy sensation Enya ‘Giz a Laugh’ Martin as the InstaFairy and West End star Morgan Crowley as Dame Dottie.

Tickets cost €16 or €14 concession. Family tickets €55 for 2 adults +2 children.


Children’s Workshop – ECO Christmas Cards    Botanic Gardens

Saturday 15th December 11.00am and 2.00pm

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

300 Botanic Road, Dublin 9

Especially for kids this Christmas! Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using biodegradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can then be planted in your own garden, or in pots on your balcony or windowsill.

11am-12pm workshop suitable for 6-8 year olds, 2pm-3pm workshop suitable for 8-12 year olds 2pm-3pm.

Booking essential. €5 per child.


Beauty and the Beast – the Spellbinding Pantomime!

Tuesday 18th December – Sunday 30th December

Red Cow Inn

Naas Road

Dublin D22 R5P2

Be our Guest this Christmas at the Red Cow Inn and let the music, dancing and laughter cast a spell over you in this glittering Pantomime for all the family.

Join us as we follow the adventures of Beauty Bountiful and the mysterious Beast, whose spell cast upon him by the evil witch Desirée can only be lifted by true love. Beauty’s father Benjamin and his friend Dame Stuffy come to their rescue along with their friends Mrs. Tea Bags, Little Chip and Lou Mare after Beauty learns the most important lesson of all – that true love comes from within. A timeless classic about a very special friendship.

Karl Dawson Director / Musical Director and Claire Walsh Choreographer.

Matinees – Sat 22nd Dec, Fri 28th Dec & Sat 29th

Evening Shows – Tue 18th Dec, Wed 19th Dec, Fri 21st Dec, Sat 22nd Dec, Sat 29th Dec & Sun 30th Dec

Thursday Special – Thu 20th Dec & Thu 27th Dec

Special overnight stay rates available from €99 per room on www.redcowmoranhotel.com

For more details, contact the booking office directly at Tel: 01 4593650 or

Email: redcowcabaret@moranhotels.com

Cinderella at Liberty Hall Theatre

Saturday 19th December – Sunday 6th January 2019

Liberty Hall Theatre

Dublin 1

The Dublin 1 theatre is this year hosting Cinderella as its Christmas panto.

Will poor old Cinders get to the ball?

Not if her two ugly stepsisters Whitney and Britney have anything to do with it.

But with the help of her faithful friend Buttons and the Magical Fairy G – she might just get to kiss Prince Charming!

The Tempus Productions show stars Red Rock star John Lovett along with comedian and Fair City bad guy Eric Lalor.

Tickets priced at €19.50 plus €1 booking fee. through the Box Office on 01 5563511 or email: Info@libertypanto.com

Polly and the Magic Lamp in the Olympia

Friday 21st December 2018 – Sunday 6th January 2019

Olympia Theatre

Dame Street

Dublin 2

The Dame Street Theatre claims to be home to this year’s most most star studded Panto, Polly and the Magic Lamp.

And with a cast including Rory Cowan, Jake Carter, James Patrice, Erin McGregor and Fair City star Ryan Andrews – they may just be right.

Tickets priced from €26 per person and family tickets priced from €84 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy on sale from Ticketmaster.


Funderland – RDS Dublin

Wednesday 26th December 2018 – Sunday 13th January 2019


Balls bridge

Dublin 6

Funderland is possibly the largest travelling Amusement Park event in Europe. Our venues feature Rollercoasters and as many as fifteen different thrilling attractions carefully selected from among the top attractions in Europe. The Logo and Name are registered Trade Marks to ensure that our customers know it is the genuine event and not just an imitation.

There are always a host of attractions that are sure to appease even the most seasoned thrill seekers who – more… dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air. We don’t neglect our younger thrill seekers either. We always have an extensive selection of Juvenile attractions for young children to enjoy.

Funderland is a concept dedicated to the idea that there should always be fun and affordable places to go and our mission is to provide top class entertainment across the board, with thrill attractions, family attractions, side attractions and Rollercoasters. When a complete day of satisfaction for the entire family is what is required a visit to Funderland is a must.

So whether you are young, or young at heart, why not come along and see why Funderland has become a Heritage Brand name.


Wonka Camp at Imaginosity

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 31st December


Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter


Dublin 18

This holiday Imaginosity will be celebrating the magic of Willy Wonka in our fantastically themed ‘WONKA CAMP’.

‘Wonka Camp’ will take place on the following dates over the festive break: 27th, 28th and 31st December & 2nd, 3rd and 4th January for children aged 4-6 years (9.00am-1.00pm), and an older camp for children aged 7-9 years (9.00-2.30pm). For both camps there are both weekly, and day rates available and additional discounts for members/sibling bookings.

Advance booking is STRONGLY recommended as both camps has LIMITED availability. Bookings can be made NOW by calling 01-2176130 or emailing us at info@imaginosity.ie.


The Santa Experience – Dunnes Stores

The Santa Experience welcomes all the good boys & girls back for another fun filled festive season in 2018

Come visit us in Limerick, Cork, Dublin and our new location Tallaght, Dublin 24! Join us and take a magical journey through the Elves Post Office, Santa’s Stable, the Sleigh Station, The North Pole and finally Santa’s magical cabin! On the way you will meet Elves, Polar bears, Penguins and of course Santa Claus himself. If you are really lucky you might even get to ride in his sleigh!

Book now to secure your preferred date and time!

Ho Ho Hope to see you soon!   


Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great December:)

Eimear x


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