The best tours & ice rinks around Ireland this Chirstmas

Slipping and sliding: we've picked the best ice rinks and tours around the country this Christmas


Twas the Night Before Christmas/ Oiche Roimh an Nollaig

Bi-lingual show from Branar Theatre combines storytelling, live music and puppetry.

Glór Arts Centre, Ennis, Co Clare Dec 1 10am/noon €7


Backstage Theatre, Longford Dec 3, 10am/noon €5

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath Dec 4; 7pm, Dec 5; 10.30am €10/7

Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth Dec 10 10am/noon €5

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare Dec 12 10am/noon, Dec 13 2pm/4pm €8

Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun, Dublin Dec 14 4pm, Dec 15 11am €5

Town Hall Theatre, Galway Dec 16 7pm, Dec 17 10am/noon €10/€7.50/ €5

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo Dec 20 noon/3pm €8

Elf Factory

A magical “First Christmas” experience for the very young, with Santa’s elves greeting the children among a large pile of presents (for 3-5 year olds) from Little Bigtop productions

Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co Tipperary Dec 5 10am/11.30am/4pm, Dec 6 noon/ 2pm/4pm €8

Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown Dec 11/12 10am/11.30am/4pm, Dec 13 11am/12.30pm/2.30pm €6/ €5

Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge, Co Kildare Dec 17 10am/ 11.30am/2.30pm €10



Cork on Ice

This popular ice rink is back in the Mahon Point Shopping Centre for an extended run. Various times until Jan 26 €15/€13 adults, €14/€12 children peak/off peak



Dundrum on Ice

Now in its fifth year, the ice rink in the Dundrum Town Centre is an energetic alternative to shopping. Dundrum Town Centre Until Jan 11 €14/€12 adults, €13/€11 children peak/off peak


I-Skate on Ice at the RDS

Part of what’s billed as Ireland’s biggest Christmas experience at the Winter Funderland, this rink draws big crowds over the festive period, RDS, Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge Dec 5-Jan 11 €15/€13 adults, €14/€12 children


Swords on Ice

Opposite Wrights Café, behind the Pavilion Shopping Centre in Swords, this ice rink is back this year. Until Jan 4 €14/€12 adults, €13/€11 children peak/off peak



Galway City on Ice Skaters can join in the atmosphere of the continental Christmas market (until Dec 22) in nearby Eyre Square. Dock Road Until Jan 4 €4/€12 adults, €13/€11 children peak/offpeak



Dundalk on Ice Back again but with a bigger ice rink. Market Sq Until Jan 4 €12 adults/€10 kids


Kilkenny Ice Rink Now in its fifth year, this rink is renowned for its huge ice slide and bungee trampolines. The Hub at Cillin Hill, Carlow Rd, Kilkenny Until Jan 11 €14 adults/€12 children


Waterford Winterval on Ice Part of a wider celebration of all things Christmas (including a Helter Skelter Santa Slide, Victorian Christmas at the Bishop’s Palace, a Christmas carousel and vintage Ferris Wheel and the wheelchair-accessible Winterval express train that goes through the streets of Waterford) this ice rink promises lots of thrills. Winterval Ends Dec 23, Ice Rink continues from Dec 26-Jan 5 €14/€12 adults, €12/€10 children peak/offpeak