VIP’s top festive things to do this weekend

There are many Christmas markets!

As it’s now December, we’re officially allowed to do every possible festive thing to get us in the Christmassy mood in the run up to the big day. So bearing this in mind, we’re going to get started this weekend… it’d be rude not to!

Here are some of the top events to check out this weekend:

Santa’s Magical Trail Kildare
What’s better to do on a boring weekend than heading out on a magical Christmas trail? During the trip, elves will guide you through a whole range of places, including Santa’s kitchen, Mrs Claus’ parlour, the elves bedroom, Rudolph’s den and then Snow White’s cottage. In her magical abode, you’ll be given an opportunity to sip on some hot chocolate while opening a present from Santa himself. As if that isn’t exciting enough, there’s also an option to sleep over with the whole family and feed the animals when you wake up in the morning. For ticket prices, see here.

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Cork’s Glow Festival
Cork’s ‘Glow’ festival has arrived, and there’s plenty to do for all the family. Whether you want to soar above the masses in the giant Ferris wheel or sample indulgent food and drink on the ground, there’s something for everyone. The festival takes place in Bishop Lucey Park, every weekend between now and December 20th.

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Cork North Pole Experience
The top elf from the North Pole has opened a grotto deep in the woods in Cuskinny, Co. Cork for families to attend in the run up to the big day. The Elf Express train brings you straight to the hidden location where you can enrol as an E.I.T or better known as an Elf in training. After that, you head along to the workshop to help prepare the toys for Christmas, before meeting Santa and Mrs Claus! Check here for further details on how to book.

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I Believe Christmas Market
Dublin’s most exciting Christmas market has finally opened it’s doors to the public. The event will focus on Irish produce and crafts, serving up a range of festive food and drink, in the Custom House Quarter in Dublin. There’s also a pop up Apres Ski Scandinavian lodge incase it gets too chilly outside for you, and the iconic Clery’s Santa will be taking up place in the market!

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Galway Christmas Market
The Galway Christmas Market is Ireland’s largest running market , transforming the Eyre Square into a winter wonderland for the duration of December. You can tuck into some festive food while browsing the stalls for the perfect stocking fillers. If you’d rather something a little more exciting, you could head to the vintage fairground, where there’s amusements and carousels galore!

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