Festive events to enjoy in Cork, Galway, Dublin and more this weekend

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While some new restrictions are coming into force, there’s still plenty to see and do with these events

Ice skating by Weston MacKinnon via Unsplash

Across the country, there are pop-ups and events to keep you busy, no matter the weather. Here’s what’s on this week, to keep you, the kids, your dog and your neighbour busy right up to Monday morning.

Style it out

If you find yourself in Dublin this weekend, pick up some gorgeous wardrobe essentials. In the Dean hotel, four incredible Irish brands are hosting a festive pop-up. Investing in quality pieces is always a good idea, and even if you can’t stay on the dance floor past midnight, you deserve to sparkle. Featuring Styled By: Sarah Rickard, Laura Chambers, PEELO and Begley & Bowie, the Christmas pop-up is a must-shop. They’ll be on site from 11-6pm on Sunday 21 November to get your wardrobe ready for the festive season. Or, tick some Christmas presents off your list with stunning Irish buys!

Also in Dublin, Avoca on Suffolk Street has just reopened after almost two years of closure. With gorgeous new brands, a renovated shop floor, and the kindest staff, it’s a Christmas shopping dream. The menswear section, in particular, has everything the husband/brother/dad or male friend in your life needs. Take a peek downstairs at the food hall or visit the café up top for a delicious end to your day.

Christmas offerings at Avoca, Suffolk Street

Running from 17 November to the 29th, Kildare Village have a range of deals available across their luxury stores. Take a stroll through the paved streets of style to find a new indulgent wardrobe staple!

Get crafty

One of Cork’s craftiest events, the Ballymaloe Craft Fair is back this weekend, with over 100 stalls full of Irish made goodies. The fair is taking place over two weekends, with Friday 19 November marking the official first day. Check out more information here.

Also in Cork, the Cork Christmas Lego Show will be in full swing at the Silversprings Hotel. There’s a Lego show with hard-to-find sets, colouring, speed building competition and more. Plus, with a visit from Santa himself, it’s a must-do for those with crafty kids. There are still slots left and booking is essential.

Festive buzz

If your idea of an ideal Saturday afternoon involves a steaming glass of mulled wine – you’re in luck. The Christmas markets have returned to Galway’s Eyre Square and they’re better than ever. It includes over 50 different chalets and an array of culinary delights.  You can head to the Pálás Cinema afterwards to watch a 4k restoration of the Lord of the Rings, to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  Further north, the Belfast Christmas market opens on 20 November, with 90 chalets full of festive goodness.

Galway Christmas Market 2021, Whats On in Galway this Christmas

The markets are one of Galway’s best events, image via Galway Tourism

For ice skating, check out iceskating.ie as rinks have opened up in Cork and Dublin. The Cork complex even involves an alpine skating route to have you gliding through the trees! There’s a rink open in Dublin’s Blanchardstown, too. In a sad turn of events, Limerick on Ice won’t be returning this year due to difficulties with insurance. All the more reason for a festive day trip!

Don’t forget to check out Culture Vulture in the December issue for shows to keep on your radar this weekend.