The Best Online Christmas Events

This year many Christmas activities will be moved online. Although it will be different, this doesn’t need to be any less special. Ireland is coming together and putting on some wonderful events, all from the comfort of your own home. The kids can enjoy festive book clubs, carols, and plenty more while staying safe. It will be strange – but it’s safe to say we’ll never forget Christmas 2020. Some top picks for free activities happening all over the country and beyond, include:

Christmas Craft Family Workshop – Wednesday 2nd December

Create plastic bottle penguins and cardboard Santas in this children’s workshop run by the South Dublin Libraries. The event is free and includes a craft pack which will be posted on registration. The event is suitable for children 6-12 years. RSVP – here

Christmas Book Club – Saturday 5th December

If your child loves to read then this is the perfect treat for them. Children get 15-minute slots to talk to a book doctor via Zoom who can help inspire their next read. The book doctor recommends books from genres they are interested in and gives general information on all the latest books. An excellent incentive to encourage young readers, and all for free! RSVP – here

The Christmas Extravaganza – Friday 11th December

The elves at Glasgow Science Centre are hosting a free gingerbread-making workshop and taking children on a journey around the centre. Celebrating science and Santa in this exciting show. RSVP – here

Science Party – Saturday 12th December

Interactive science experiments, suitable for the whole family. A live Christmas event with a bit of a twist. Ideal for both kids and adults who love science. The event is €10 and suitable for all ages. RSVP – here

Festive Family Film – Saturday 12th December

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra present ‘The Night Before Christmas’ arranged for orchestra with carols from a junior chorus throughout. The ideal accompaniment to a Saturday decorating the tree. RSVP – here

Santa’s Grotto – 5th – 20th December

The Irish Emigration Museum have created a virtual wonderland. The kids will have a special Zoom call with the man himself. They also receive a gift before they visit the virtual grotto, a ‘Christmas Around the World  Trail’ activity pack to learn about Christmas traditions worldwide, a ticket to any age-appropriate online workshops, and a trip to the museum for 2021. Tickets are €22.50. RSVP – here

Kids Cooking Class – online classes throughout December

Virtual cooking workshops for all ages. Kids Cook Cookery School has a range of online classes that teach kids to cook in a fun and interactive way. A free trial lesson is available, and there are a range of subscription options if your child fancies themselves as the next star baker. Visit their website for more information – here


Drive-in panto and movies

While we’ve concentrated on the online family events, there’s also a number of drive-in shows for all the family, including Ireland’s first drive-in panto. Alan Hughes is back as Sammy Sausages in Peter Pan, a big-screen panto event at Malahide Castle in Dublin. Also starring Jake Carter, Rob Murphy and a host of other stars, you can book tickets at You can also bring the family to see some big-screen Christmas classics at drive-in movies throughout the country. Retro Drive In Movies will be hosting events around the country and details of screenings are available on their website.