Christmas day is at last on the horizon and there’s much to do between now and then. From Christmas Fairs to Santa’s Grotto there more than enough going on to keep us busy. There are also plenty of walking festivals to keep us fit and warm in these dark damp evenings. Take a trip out this Christmas and discover a dash of culture in one of the festivals on offer in your area.
The Moving Crib at St. Martin’s Apostolate
St. Martin’s Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 11.
The Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate is an annual pilgrimage for many people every Christmas. It draws big crowds for children and adults from all over Ireland with its old world charm. The true spiritual meaning of Christmas is said to be ever present in this Christmas spectacle. The Moving Crib is an expanded version of the Nativity Play that starts with Adam and Eve and ends with Jesus teaching the doctors in the temple. There are approximately 100 figures in the Crib and they cover various events from the Old and New Testament. The figures are around a metre high moulded from paper-mache and dressed in clothes of the time. The motorised moving figures add an air of authenticity to the Crib.
There are 4 events taking place each day and all last for about 30 minutes.
Weekdays: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11.30am – 6.00pm
Closed 24th – 26th December and New Years Day.
This month Waterford City celebrates Christmas with a delightful festival packed with seasonal events and activities in various historical sites in this great city. Waterford’s’ Winterval Christmas Festival is for all ages and has Christmas markets and seasonal sights, capturing the sounds and charm of a real Christmas atmosphere. Santa’s Grotto is located in the Medieval Museum with a Georgian Christmas I the Bishop’s Palace. Santa’s Winterval express Santa Train, ice-rink and animal farm with Rudolf the reindeer all add to the excitement for children and adults. Look out for the craft making for children, Viking Yuletide Village and storytelling in Reginald’s tower. Make sure you visit Waterford’s Winterval and all the fantastic events taking place there this Christmas.
- Waterford on Ice
- Horse-drawn Sleigh ride
- Snow-globe. Christmas Carousel
- Waterford Illuminations
- Old Man Winter
- Creative Writing Workshop
- The Christmas Markets
- Santa’s Grotto at the Medieval Museum
- The Winterval Express Train
- The Toy Museum, City Hall
- Storytelling at Reginald’s Tower
- A Georgian Christmas at the Bishops Palace
- The City Square Snowman Competition. The Late Night Winterval Club
- House of Waterford Crystal Christmas, Experience
- Winterval at the Theater Royal Winterval at Garter Lane and The Singing Christmas Tree
Merry Christmas to All !!