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Dublin's Docklands Prepare for the Festive Season

  No really – it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas. Not if you want to make sure you’ve somewhere to stay while you indulge in some Christmas cheer and magic at Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival that is. The Festival will be running this year from December 12 to 23 every day of the week (see opening times at the bottom of this blog post).

So, now back for its ninth successful year (which proves it must be good) the Docklands Christmas Festival features a whole load of events as well as the gorgeous artisan craft stalls and delicious food venues, Victorian fairground rides and carol singing. And for the very young Santa’s Grotto will be there in all its glory, of course. Oh – and mums and dads will no doubt love to take the weight off their feet in the 1950s airstream bar, with musical entertainment promised every evening. Now, we’re not ones to be thinking of our stomach all the time but sometimes, when you’re walking around and a smell of cooking just hits you well, what is there to do? There is no defence. So we reckoned it was better to be forewarned about what delicacies we’ll be confronted with this year at the Docklands Christmas Festival and here they are:

  • Andreas Gnegel Food Units. These guys know their stuff, having appeared at the Docklands Christmas Festival for a number of years now. The four stalls they’ll be hosting this year include a rather French offering of crepes and coffee, an American turn of fries, hot dogs and chicken nuggets, Schmalzkuchen (or German donuts to you and I), almonds and ginger bread hearts and – one for the kids – the Haribo hut.
  •  Fire & Food. Like barbecue? That’s freshly fired barbecue done on the spot? Then this stall will be a must for you. There’s even a barbecue grill right in the centre of the stall so you can watch of that goodness happening right in front of your eyes.
  • Café Duamo. Hot chocolate and a pastry anyone? Yep, we thought so. Gets a bit chilly during December. This stall, with coffee and tea too is a great pick em up when all that Christmas shopping gets a bit much.
  • Safari Steak Burgers. Never knew you could get Kangaroo or Crocodile burgers/curry/kebab did you? Well it’s true and if you have truly adventurous taste buds then this is the stall for you. The menu changes depending on availability!
  • Twist & Chips. Hard to explain – you’ll just have to try them for yourself. A bit of a chips and crisps combo they’re definitely worth a sample. There’s warm spiced apple juice to wash it all down with too.

The opening hours for the Docklands Christmas Festival is Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm; Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10p; Saturday 10am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 8pm. To book for the Docklands Christmas Festival do take a look at our bookings calendar on the website. It’s always best to book well in advance during the festive season to avoid disappointment.

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Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.