Christmas in Dublin really is one of the most special things you’ll ever experience. It’s full of magic and wonder, with bright lights and Christmas songs ringing out above the city. You’ll meet all kinds of people and, if you’re prepared, you’ll have an unforgettable experience. To help you get the most out of it, we’ve put together some handy tips. Enjoy!
Get in Early
Get up and out the door as early as possible to beat the peak traffic and busiest shopping times. Over the Christmas period, even on weekdays, there’s not a lot of wiggle room on the streets of Dublin so rise and shine as early as you can. Sure once you are in and parked you can enjoy some brekkie before you start your spending spree.
Plan Your Route
Plan your route the night before. There are quite a lot of roadworks going on in the city so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to avoid them.
Prepay Your M50 Toll
If you are planning to use the M50 and know you will be passing through the M50 Toll why not prepay for it before you leave the house? Christmas shopping can be hectic enough without having to worry about possibly forgetting to pay.. You can pay up to two weeks in advance! Now that’s preparation.
The LUAS offers a park and ride service at many locations including Balally (Dundrum), The Red Cow, Sandyford and Tallaght. They could come in quite handy at this time of year. Just park up, hop on the tram and let somebody else do the driving.
Take a Break
Avoid trying to do everything all at once and take some time to relax and soak up the festive atmosphere. Take some time out of shopping and grab yourself a nice cupán tae and a scone in one of Dublin’s many cosy little cafés. Believe us, you’ll be glad you did.
Grafton Street and Henry Street might be the busiest thoroughfares in Dublin, and for good reason, but there are plenty of little side streets with hidden boutique outlets all over the city. You never know you might stumble upon an extra special gift.
The City isn’t Everything
Lots of people that come up to Dublin in December to get their bits and bobs head straight for the city centre. While it does offer plenty of variety, there are alternatives. Shopping centres like Blanchardstown and Dundrum have just about everything you need and since they’re not in the city centre, you will avoid most of the madness.
Have fun. Keep calm. Don’t stress
And that’s it. That’s our guide to a great shopping experience in Dublin. We hope you’ve enjoyed it and have a great time. Happy shopping!
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