We know, we know. Right now you’re all busy shopping list writing, 12 pubs planning, Christmas gift buying, airport running, Turkey picking, ATM queuing, Kris Kringle swapping, gift wrapping, Christmas market visiting, mulled wine sipping, Christmas tree decorating, Santa Claus waiting, meaning there’s a good chance you didn’t notice that Dublin’s gone and gotten itself pretty freaking festive. So put down the sellotape for a sec and check out some of the best films, events, and other Christmassy happenings going on across the city this month.
Yule love it.
10, 14 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
Richard Curtis merges comedy and drama in this wonderful, feel-good treat featuring a stellar cast including Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, and Colin Firth. Hilarious, sweet and hopelessly romantic.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE CERVANTES CHOIR
11 Dec; Instituto Cervantes | More info
The Cervantes Choir active for over a year, after its founding in October 2013, continues its activities and nearer to the Christmas holidays will celebrate a concert to say goodbye to 2014. The repertoire will include Renaissance and popular songs, boleros, and as it’s to be expected, Christmas carols.
Free entrance. Spanish wine will be served.
DUBLIN FLEA AND BLOCK T CHRISTMAS CRACKER MARKET
12 -14 Dec; Smithfield Square | More info
The Dublin Flea and Block T Christmas Cracker 2014 is back for its fifth year in Smithfield, taking place the second weekend in December on the 12th, 13th and 14th. Last year was a roaring success with an estimated 15,000 people stopping by and shopping over the course of the weekend and we expect even more footfall this year. The Market will once again be a mish mash of flea, vintage, retro, furniture, clothes, trinkets, art, craft, handmade and great value goods.
12, 17, 20 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
It’s Christmas time in L.A., and there’s an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi’s high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah.
13, 19, 21 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart.
13 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
“It ain’t cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving.” John Landis directs Eddie Murphy, Dan Ackroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis in what is undoubtedly one of the funniest films of the 80’s and a bona fide Christmas classic. The film tells the story of an upper class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate, one dollar bet by the wealthy Randolph and Mortimer Duke. Join Hollywood Babylon for this hilariously dark festive treat.
CINETOWN PRESENTS HOME ALONE
14 Dec; Generator Hostel | More info
Christmas is coming and there is nothing better to get us super excited than watching a classic Christmas Movie!
This first edition of our Christmas warm up will be taking place at the coolest hostel in Dublin: The Generator Hostel in Smithfield!
There will be a yummy movie package being sold exclusively for us!
And it does not stop there! Bóbós Burgers Restaurant is sponsoring our event! There will be a raffle at the end of the screening and 3 lucky ones will win a €15 food voucher each!!! Which means that their dinner will be sorted! AMAZING! There will be other prizes too!!
All the funds raised on the day will be donated to the kids that Blossom Ireland and Barnardos Ireland look after. Another great reason to join us
SMITHFIELD CHRISTMAS MARKET FAIR
14 Dec; Generator Hostel | More info
Join us on Sunday December 14th at one of Dublin’s best bespoke design led venue spaces where we host our monthly market fair in the emerging cultural quarter of Smithfield Square..
Over 40 market stalls. Mince Pies, Mulled Wine & Warm Spiced Cider on offer all day.
We have lots of family friendly events set up for the day, plus we have a cafe, bar and late night restaurant to keep you all happy until the wee hours
VLADIMIR’S VIENNESE CHRISTMAS
16 Dec; National concer Hall | More info
Vladimir returns to the National Concert Hall this December accompanied by a twenty piece orchestra. The Slovak violin sensation will be performing an all new Viennese Christmas programme. April 2014 saw Vladimir perform a dazzling new classical programme at the National Concert Hall accompanied by his brother Anton and a full orchestra. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that he is delighted to add these phenomenal musicians to his ever popular Viennese Christmas show making it bigger and better than ever.
ELF THE MUSICAL
16 Dec – 10 Jan; Bord Gais Energy Theatre | More info
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. A modern Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF this Christmas.
18, 19, 20 Dec; Project Arts Centre | More info
This year, ponydance have toured from Africa to America with their work but don’t worry – it hasn’t changed them a bit. Still good looking, funny, charming and half-naked, the ponies are back with a cracker of a Christmas show.
Expect all the usual Pony Panto treats plus unusual surprises and a live band featuring some of Belfast’s finest musicians.
They’ll be waiting for you under the mistletoe!
On the go since 2005, ponydance have been honing their craft, playing to audiences large and small globally, and are one of Ireland’s quirkiest exports as well as being one of the country’s local favourites.
WHITE CHRISTMAS AND FILM FATALE VINTAGE CHRISTMAS PARTY
19 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
Celebrate Christmas in vintage style on Friday 19 December with Film Fatale’s screening of the glittering Christmas musical White Christmas, followed by a night of vintage fashion, retro music, Christmas cocktails and retro fun, in Dublin’s Sugar Club.
White Christmas is a stunning Technicolor extravaganza and one of the most charming and entertaining musicals of the 1950s. It stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as song-and-dance men staging a benefit for their ex-army officer who faces bankruptcy due to lack of snow at his ski resort. Together with velvet-voiced Rosemary Clooney, the nimble toes of Vera-Ellen and a classic Irving Berlin songbook, they create a wonderfully nostalgic musical that will warm your heart and set the tone for the Christmas holidays.
Then the fun begins with Film Fatale dancers, live music from Katie D and The Rhythm Section followed after the film by Film Fatale’s house DJs, the vintage music specialistsThe Andrews Sisters’ Brothers.
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
19 Dec and 22 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town.
19, 20 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
“Don’t expose him to bright light. Don’t ever get him wet. And don’t ever, ever feed him after midnight.” This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results. This comic Joe Dante effort is set in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town at Christmastime. Seeking a unique gift for his son an erstwhile inventor (Hoyt Axton) purchases a cute, fuzzy little “Mogwai” from a Chinatown shopkeeper’s (Keye Luke) grandson (John Louie), who dispenses the above-mentioned warning before closing the deal.
20, 21, 23 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they’ve left him “home alone,” he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin’s suburban Chicago neighborhood. Though the film’s slapstick ending may be somewhat violent, Culkin’s charming presence helped the film become one of the most successful ever at the time of its release.
20, 23 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
Billy Wilder’s abiding, humane and Oscar-laden film has enough moments of melancholia and intensity amidst its many laughs that it seems inadequate to describe it as merely a comedy. Jack Lemmon is at his everyman best as C.C. Baxter, a lowly clerk at an insurance company who is keen to climb the corporate ladder, but is too nice a guy to be taken seriously. His superiors take advantage of his good nature and his apartment, which is convenient for their extramarital liaisons. When the object of C.C.’s affection, lift girl Fran (Shirley MacLaine), becomes embroiled in an affair with company director Jeff D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), C.C. bears painful witness, until events take a turn one Christmas Eve.
DISCOTEKKEN ON ICE
20 Dec; Point Village on Ice | More info
Like a roller disco, except on ice!
– music policy is ’70s & ’80s disco
– all skates provided
– disco balls, lots of them!
– €25 code for UBER Taxi for all ticket buyers
– after party in The Sugar Club (http://goo.gl/uYaa9I)
– plus more TBA
– very limited capacity so book tickets to avoid disappointment
There is nothing more Christmassy than ice-skating & dancing to disco simultaneously. We’ve had a great year of throwing off-kilter events & we really appreciate all your support. We hope you can make DISCOTEKKEN ON ICE, our last gig of 2014! We have lots planned for 2015 so stay tuned… and have a great Christmas!
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
21, 22 and 23 Dec; Lighthouse Cinema | More info
Hollywood’s best-loved star teams up with America’s favourite director to create one of the world’s most popular films. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is the ultimate seasonal feel-good film. Starring the unforgettable James Stewart as George Bailey, the man who receives the greatest Christmas gift of all, and a superb ensemble cast including Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, this high-spirited Christmas tale is directed by the immortal Frank Capra and ranks as an all-time favourite of fans and critics alike.
We’ll keep updating the list as we find new events. If you know of any, let us know in the comments.