HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

2018 has been another brilliant year in Stoneybatter and we in Pride of Place have been working hard to make Christmas magical too! Along with lots of fun festive activities, we will see the addition of Christmas lights throughout our village.

A huge thank you to all the local businesses for their very generous contributions as well as the support given by local residents who reached deep into their pockets to make this dream a reality.

We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and please remember to shop local and support everyone in our wonderful community! Don't forget to follow us on social media to keep up to date with everything in Stoneybatter from wandering chickens to one of Dublin's best Festivals!

SCHEDULE

Saturday 1st December 10 - 11am: Stoneybatter Christmas clean up

A Stoneybatter tradition at this stage! Meet at Aughrim Street Church and pop into the Parish Centre after for a cuppa and a mince pie.

Sunday 2nd December 14:30 – 16:30: Christmas Family Workshops at Collins Barracks

Drop in to Collins Barracks to get in the Christmas spirit at two sparkly winter art workshops with our Artist in Residence Róisín de Buitléar and Museum conservator and artist Nieves Fernandez. Admission free, materials provided. Drop-in, no booking required.

Friday 7th December 17:00 - 21:00: Late Night Christmas Shopping

SHOP LOCAL!! Deck your halls and shop local while embracing the magical Christmas atmosphere throughout the evening. Many local shops, pubs and restaurants are offering festive treats, discounts, and demos.

Friday 7th December 19:00: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Bring the kids! Meet us at the Millennium Stone (across from the Credit Union) for the official lighting of our Christmas Tree by the Lord Mayor, Nial Ring. Entertainment by the Stanhope Street Children's Choir and a piper with refreshments in the Community Centre afterwards. Also, "Best Christmas Business Window" will be judged and winners announced at the Community Centre.

Saturday 15th December 19:30 - 21:00: Multicultural Christmas Carols

Enjoy the beautiful music of the Christmas season amidst the history and majesty of the Church of the Holy Family. Nine different choirs from international communities including Italian, Brazilian, Polish, Indian Siromalabara, Spanish Speaking and African will sing a selection of their most authentic Christmas carols. Free event - donations can be made to Saint Vincent de Paul on the night. Free tickets available via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2rmoXtD

Throughout December: Twelve Days of Christmas Family Trail

Drop in to explore the Decorative Arts & History Museum through the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas Family Trail’ – pick up the Trail at reception during Museum opening hours. Suitable for Families with children aged 7 – 12 years old (Free)

Wednesday 19th December 20:00 - 22:00: Christmas Concert

Annual Christmas Concert in St. Lawrence’s Church, Grangegorman featuring local musicians and choirs to celebrate the festive season. Entry €5. Proceeds to Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre

Friday 21st December 16:00 - 19:00: Winter Solstice Celebration Festival 2018

DIT Grangegorman Campus to Smithfield Square
Indoor Festival: 16:00 - 17:30
Outdoor Festival and Parade: 17:30-19:00
This family festival is a colourful gathering of local communities and visitors celebrating the Winter Solstice, bringing together céilí dancing, traditional storytelling, poetry and craft making with the processional parade culminating in a moving collective fire ceremony in Dublin’s Smithfield Square.

CONTEST

Join in the fun and enter our best festive local window competition. This year Pride of Place want to find the best dressed Christmas windows in Stoneybatter!

To enter simply decorate one, or all, of your windows and either send a picture to stoneybatterpop@gmail.com or tag your picture #stoneybatterchristmas on social media before 17th December at 5pm. Our illustrious judges, Conor Pope of the Irish Times and Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen esteemed authors of "Oh My God What a Complete Aisling" will pick the winners which will be announced at the Christmas Concert on 19th December and then on social media.

DON'T MISS

Stoneybatter Farmers’ Market at Pender’s Yard Friday 7th & Sunday 9th December and every Saturday 10:00 – 15:00

Christmas Charity Cheesy Chewsday in Walsh's Pub 11th December 21:00 in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre

Bric-a-Brac Christmas Sale in An Siol 13th & 14th December 10:00 - 17:00

Made in Stoneybatter Christmas Market Hosted by Lilliput Stores 53 Arbour Hill Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December.