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Weather and accommodations in Ireland during Christmas?

Hi everyone!  Thinking of a Christmas trip to Ireland for my husband and I.  I have heard the weather is not the greatest, but am more concerned about finding a hotel that would accommodate us for Christmas and finding a good meal on Christmas!  Any feedback?  Is everything going to be closed?  Can we make this trip work? 

6 Answers

top answer by
Christina from Dublin

Hi Stephanie, 

Ireland will probably not have the best weather for you around Christmas time, it could be wet and cold, but you also might be lucky and get sunny, crisp, clear winter days too (either way, bring a coat, hat, scarf & gloves).

Dublin does not close for Christmas!  Well, the pubs are shut Christmas day, and some shops will be closed around that time too, especially outside of the cities, but in Dublin pretty much everything will be open again Boxing Day or the day after.  The atmosphere around this time is bustling and friendly.

Most of the larger hotels will be open during the whole of the Christmas period, and do good deals on accommodation.  If you want to push the boat out, The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel, is a great place for Christmas lunch, or Parknasilla Hotel & Resort Kerry do luxurious Christmas packages.

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answered first by
Heather from Santa Monica

Hi. I can tell you that nothing is really open in Dublin during the week of Xmas through the new year. My parents came to visit me and we were able to book Xmas eve dinner. The only places open Xmas day for food are we got room service. Weather that time of the year...cold and rainy. Just like all of winter. I hope this information was helpful!

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answered by
Philip from Greenisland

Hi Stephanie, most hotels in Belfast will be open and I believe most of them do Christmas day menus and Christmas packages. Its becoming very popular here for people to have their festive meals in the hotels, so if you are thinking of doing it you should consider booking it early. I believe the same holds true for Dublin and most major cities. As for the weather , good luck with that lol. Seriously , the weather is usually not too bad , don't expect sunshine and bring warm clothes, but you'd be very unlikely to experience snow or any really adverse weather.

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answered by
amanda from Dublin

Hi Stephanie, There are a good range of hotels open over Christmas in Dublin and indeed beyond Dublin.... let me know what your budget is and star rating preference and I can make some recommendations. The only day all shops are closed is Christmas Day. Some great sales in the big department stores from 26th onwards. Why not checkout the NYFDublin Festival celebration that runs over 3 days from 30th December to 1st January and includes a great range of music and culture events as well as a wonderful street spectacle early on new Years Eve and a Countdown Open air Concert on the streets of Dublin too with the best of Irish and international talent! There are wonderful range of indoor experiences for you to try too from galleries, libraries with wonderful collections - all free!. We have some intimate theatres, great live music and entertainment venues not to mention wonderful indoor attractions  like castles, cathedrals, whiskey and craft beer museums and trails as well as the very best local artisan foods to sample. You can take days tours to other parts as well as themed walking tours & cycling tours of the City and it's coast (a mere 15 minutes from the city centre) The Tours range from mountain biking to architecture, social and political history, to literature (Dublin is the UNSECO City of Literature), to emerging fashion and food as well as pub and music tours. Don't forget to leave some time in your trip to head West to enjoy the best of the Atlantic Way - a 2,500 driving route from County Donegal in the North West to Corkin the South West......with rugged coastline, huge roaring waves to some gentle sea sprays, with experiences like invigorating Seaweed Baths to some high adrenalin sea fishing, canoeing or kayaking, not to mention over 150 discovery points on route, so be sure to bring your camera. You can also go Island hopping and enjoy the last sunset in Europe, before settling into pub for great food, craic adn storytelling from the locals. It is the longest developed driving route of the Atlantic in the World and you can only get it here in Ireland. But you wont manage to see it all in one trip, unless you saty for a month - so take time to plan your section of the route and we know you'll be back for more! Check out the free App before you travel Wild Atlantic Way

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answered by
Laura - from Dublin

Make sure you book a hotel that will offer dinner on Christmas Day. The only place I know that opens on the 25th is Jimmy Chungs' Chinese Buffet on Eden Quay... not sure this would be your thing! :) 

A couple of shops will open on the 26th with most opening on the 27th. A number of restaurants close between Christmas and New Year but not a significant amount. 

Yes the weather will be unpredictable and probably poor, it will be dark by 4.30pm but in general I think Dublin is a lovely city at Christmas time, the Christmas lights are on and everywhere is decorated. There's a great buzz about the place as loved ones travel home for a couple of weeks. 

Come and enjoy! 

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answered by
Ted from Providence

While I haven't been during Christmas, I have been the last week of November (the day after Thanksgiving here in the states). It was COLD 2-8 Celsius. While I did not experience it, my father has been there during that time as well and had snow the last 2 times he was there. #The Gresham Hotel had fabulous accommodations when I stayed in Dublin, although it is North of the Liffey and a little walk to #Temple Bar. The tour buses do start right near there and have a good 24 hr get on/get off pass that will allow you to see many sights of Dublin and cut down on your walking (I believe there are 7 stops spread through out the city). If the #GuinnessStorehouse is open, you have to do the tour & grab a pint at the #Gravity Bar with a 360 degree view!

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