Like most people, I love Christmas but I particularly love the lead up to it. Before you know it it’s come and gone so, best to start celebrating and embracing all the festivities well in advance.
I’ve listed a 10 festive things I like to do with family and friends. None of these are out of the ordinary but you never know, they might help you get into the spirit of things too!
Visit the Christmas lights
This is my favourite thing to do in town around Christmas. Not even on the night they get turned on because, that can be a bit manic, but going on a different night to enjoy them properly and even pop into the bigger stores like Brown Thomas and St. Stephen’s Green shopping centre to see their decorations is so much fun!
I did this on Sunday and not only did the mulled wine taste delicious but the whole place smelt like Christmas. I use any aul bottle of red wine then I add slices of oranges, some sugar, cinnamon, staranaise, simmer and serve! To make it easier you can buy mulled wine sachets in Tesco that have all the spices and then all you need is the wine! Ideal!
Go for a weekend stroll and drink hot chocolate
Even though the weather is freezing, I kind of love the freshness. Drinking hot chocolate while walking through Merrion Square or St. Stephen’s green for me is the dream. Well if I had a puppy now THAT would be the dream but sure… we can’t have everything. The pigeons & ducks will do!
Plan Christmas brunch
This is a tradition with my college friends and it’s turned into a major part of my Christmas lead up! It’s what Christmas is all about, catching up with friends and eating! Places can get booked up very quickly but some of my favourite brunch spots in Dublin are; Angelina’s, Cleaver East and Herbstreet. A more recent favourite is the restaurant by Johnnie Cooke in Brown Thomas!
Get inspo for Festive nails
As everyone knows beauty salons etc can get super busy really quickly just before the BIG day so I always book my nails well in advance. I’ve been going to Genieve Beauty lately and they have this cool cat eye which everyone seems to be talking about. It’s very festive and lots of fun. Either that or good aul fashioned glitter is always a winner.
I’m not huge into doing too many decorations (I’ll leave that to my Mam!) but I enjoy adding the odd Christmas candle and bow here and there. I had some green ribbon left over from last year so I decided to tie it to some regular glass candle holders to make them look Merry and even added a tiny bauble! It’s not amazing but it does the job and when the candles are lit it’s nice and cosy.
Buy all the Christmas chocolates!
Chocolate, I know! But Christmas is not official unless you have a box of quality street or roses or terry’s chocolate orange (or all of the above) to munch on with a cup of tea, preferably from a Santa mug! Exciting life I lead, I know!
Watch Christmas movies & The Late Late Toy Show
The toy show goes without saying, it’s just too entertaining to miss. I haven’t actually started on the movies just yet but my favourites are; Elf, Deck the Halls, Arthur Christmas, Home Alone, The Holiday, The Santa Clause and The Polar Express.
Visit a Christmas Market
This year Dublin will have an Apres Ski venue down at the CHQ building, with street food, hot chocolate, DJ, Dance floor and a full Apres Lodge & Village. It’s the first time this is in Dublin so I’m really excited to check it out. Open from the 30th Nov – 23rd of December from 5.30pm each night.
Enjoy a Christmas choir
There are lots of different choirs singing and raising money throughout the month of December that you can catch. I usually look up events here on Eventbrite. Last year my favourite was when I accidentally walked by the Dublin Gospel choir singing outside Powerscourt shopping centre raising money for the Dublin Simon Community. It’s so lovely to just stop for 15 minutes, enjoy some classic Christmas songs and then go on about your night!
So that’s everything! I hope you all enjoy the lead up to Christmas and have lots planned.
Let me know what else you like to get up to!