“On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me…” we’ve all sung it, but why not enjoy the 12 days of Christmas in style this year with the 12 Day’s of Christmas Festival at Dublin’s Docklands from Friday the 12th to Tuesday the 23rd of December?
Now in its 4th year, the 12 Days of Christmas Festival takes place at George’s Dock in the IFSC and is well worth checking out. Soak up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere while you browse through the many stalls and tick off those Christmas lists.
You can choose from a huge selection of stalls selling colourful jewellery and accessories, arts & crafts, Christmas cards, toys, decorations and much more. Or why not ignite those taste buds at the very popular food market?
At the food market you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to tasty Christmas treats such as traditional mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings. Or if you’re feeling the winter chill you could heat yourself up with a cup of hot chocolate or sample some of the warm traditional mulled wine on offer.
Last year the festival attracted over 80,000 people, and this year they’re expecting it to be even bigger and better. It’s located on Georges Quay right in the heart of Dublin’s fair city at the IFSC / Irish Financial Services Centre. Georges Quay offers a beautiful festive setting; it’s particularly nice after dark with the Christmas lights reflecting on the River Liffey.
So if you’re looking for something to do in the run up to Christmas come and experience the wonderful festive atmosphere, listen to the wonderful brass bands and carol singers as they ring out Christmas songs and tunes and you can avail of the many gifts and treats on offer.
The chq Building will again play its part in this year’s festival. The chq Building used to be a dockland warehouse and was previously used to store timber and tobacco. It has recently received a makeover and is now home to many fashion houses and businesses of today’s world.
The main attraction at The chq Building, and a very special guest, will be Santa Claus! You’ll find him at ‘Santa’s Grotto’. You’ll also find the following retail outlets at the The chq Building.
Bunnies by the Bay
Luxurious Baby and Gift Boutique
Mobile Phone Retailer
Ciaran Sweeney Design Studio
Fashion and Homeware Collections
Environmentally Sustainable Furniture
Fran & Jane
Shirt Maker and Court Tailors
Louis Copeland & Sons
Meadows and Byrne – The Homestore
Home furnishings and Accessories
Nue Blue Eriu
The Hyper-Vision 3D Gallery
The Pink Room
Listed are the coffee houses, restaurants and wine bars available at The chq Building:
Ely Wine Bar
Mitchell & Son
House of Tea
Find out more about the award winning chq Building.
And if the above is not enough excitement for the little ones why not treat them with a visit to the ‘Galloping Horses’ and the many other fairground attractions available during the festival.
This year’s festival runs from 12th December to the 23rd December 2008 from 12 noon to 8pm.
Find out more about the 12 Days of Christmas Festival at the Docklands.
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