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Season’s Greetings

December 20th 2017 Christmas Tree on O'Connell Street, Dublin

Enjoy Christmas around Parnell Square this year. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started!

Follow in the footsteps of generations of Dubliners and visit the Moving Crib, a nativity tableaux told through handcrafted moving figures, at St. Martin Apostolate’s premises in 42 Parnell Square, celebrating 61 years open this year.

Get into the Christmas spirit with crafts, music, art, poetry and theatre around Parnell Square.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is hosting a series of children’s Christmas and New Year Art Workshops. Get ready to start the New Year and experiment with reflections of light and shadows with artist Janine Davidson at a free drop in family workshop. Celebrate Epiphany by making your own character inspired by the three wise kings, La Befana, Galette des Rois and Nollaig na mBan in this art workshop for 6 – 10 year olds with artist Olive Know. Visit the Gallery to catch the The Ocean After Nature exhibition before it closes on 7th January.

Two new group shows open this month at galleries around Parnell Square. ‘2° C’, a group show on climate change, first presented at VUE Art Fair 2017, with the support of the EPA Ireland, will open on 17th December at Olivier Cornet Gallery and run until mid February.
The Annual Winter Exhibition at Hillsboro Fine Art opens on 14th December showing works by Leah Hewson, George Warren, Basil Blackshaw, John Noel Smith, Albert Irvin, Catherine Lee, Lily Zoumpouli, Vivienne Dick, Eilís O’Connell, Patrick Graham, Michael Warren, Gwen O’Dowd, Patrick Hall, Eddie Kennedy, Jonathan Hunter, David Crone and many others.

The Gate Theatre’s Christmas show is The Red Shoes, a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s extraordinary fairy- tale of dance, desire and destruction. This new commission will bring together some of Ireland’s most celebrated artists and one of Denmark’s most famous fairytales at the Gate.

Ring in the New Year with NYF Dublin, now in its fourth year. This three-day citywide festival offers an amazing programme from the 31st December 2017 to the 1st January 2018.
The main event will be the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment at the Custom house on Dublin’s North Quays. The free event will incorporate high-flying aerial and aquatic elements with an accompanying light show of over 100 aqua beams and spotlights. An earlier, family friendly show will also take place beforehand at 6.30pm. There will also be a live concert headlined by Irish band Kodaline.

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for 2018!

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