Christmas cheer is definitely all around and town is getting buzzier by the day! This is the first of a festive themed 5 on a Friday which will run throughout December:
1. Watch The Late Late Toy Show
Say what you like about The Late Late Show this season, but undeniably the high point is the Late Late Toy Show which really has captured its magic once more. Ryan Tubridy is like a big child himself and is the perfect host for this irish institution. Watch Santa re-write that list as kids are won over by the latest gadgets and toys (and a lot of stressed parents trying to buy them!)
2. Take part in the Geansai Nollaig Day on Sunday
This is an attempt to break the World Record to get the most people in Christmas jumpers gathered together. There are spot prizes to be won for the most inventive jumpers.
3. Listen to Christmas FM
Christmas FM was launched this week and is a really lovely part of the Christmas build up in Ireland. They are hoping to raise 100,000 euros for Focus Ireland this year, and it is being sponsored by the Irish Daily Mail and EBS. You can get it in Dublin 94.3 FM. See a video below of the launch
4. Chrismas Gift Idea – #lovedublin
Born of a hashtag #lovedublin started by LeCool Dublin, as a way to get people to remember what is unique and eadly about Dublin, the hashtag snowballed and provided warm and fuzzy feelings on a grim morning.
Designist then contacted LeCool with an idea ’turn it into an extraordinarily stylish and clever graphic and get it printed on a series of postcards, teatowels, mugs and plate’. Check out their shop on Sth Great Georges St for the #lovedublin products, a perfect stocking filler.
5. Go and see The Prophet of Monto
Currently playing in the Axis in Ballymun this play is only on until tomorrow night so try and catch it while you can. It is a powerful, gritty, part whimsical, part funny play. A two-hander with a sparse stage, the actors Laoisa Sexton and Michael Mellamphy engage the audience and captivate with their story set in inner city Dublin evoking images of flats, and concrete and a working class life.