This December there are loads of great things to do around the coast from staying active to really getting in the Christmas spirit – so wrap up warm, get out there and have some fun!
Check out this excellent selection of fun events and activities to make the most of December!
1. Santa Dash | Bull Island, Dublin 3rd December
Take part in the annual Santa Dash on Bull Island This is a fun family 5K and 10K on the beach! Everyone gets a full Santa Suit and a choice of 5 medals. Kids can also get a free present from Santa in his igloo!
More info: Santa Dash
2. Bray Beach Winter Markets | Every Sunday in December
These fantastic winter markets run every Sunday leading up to Christmas in the newly renovated Jim Doyle’s overlooking Bray beach. Shop local and pick up some amazing handmade gifts and treats and then why not go for a wander along the promenade – the perfect Sunday afternoon!
More info: Bray Beach Flea Market
3. The Garden Bird Survey | Starts 4th December
Can’t make it to the coast? This is a fun bit of citizen science we can all do in our backyards! Birdwatch Ireland are conducting their annual Garden Bird Survey. Between December and February each year they ask members of the public to keep note of the number of each bird species visiting their garden every week. Taking part is fun, easy and an ideal way to get to know your garden birds better. To get involved visit their website and download the survey.
More info: Bird Watch Ireland
4. Christmas Festivals around the Coast | Throughout December
Every town worth its salt will be having some sort of fun Christmas celebrations and events. From local Santa visits, family events and of course Christmas markets. We all should try to shop local for Christmas and there’ll plenty of local craft fairs and markets where you can get some top quality gifts and treats for your loved ones this Christmas.
Here’s some of the best Christmas festivals on this December:
- Christmas Spraoi in Tralee
- Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival
- Galway Christmas Market
- Donegal’s Lapland
- Waterford Winterval
5. Westport Walking Festival | 29th December – 1st January
What better way to close out the new year than trekking through some of the most fantastic coastal landscape Ireland has to offer. This year is the 10th anniversary so dust off those hiking boots and experience the spectacular views of Killary fjord, the Bens, Maumturks mountains and the offshore Islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk.
More info Westport Walking Festival
6. Portmagee’s Traditional Old Year Festival | 31st December
Looking for something a bit different to do this New Years Eve? Well check out Portmagee’s Traditional Old Year Festival. For over one and a half centuries the arrival of each New Year is celebrated in Portmagee with a unique costume parade called the “Old Year”. The festival has a long and unique history dating all the way back to 1727. The event centers around a street parade led by a piper with blazing turf torches and a local man dressed as the ‘Old Year’.
For more info: Portmagee