Going out or staying in, we've got you sorted It's Friday again and only three weeks until Christmas. If that's not a reason to celebrate, we don't know what is. We've been planning our weekends since Monday but if you're struggling to think what to do with all your spare time, we've got you covered. Whether you're planning a night out with the girls or taking to the couch with a bottle of wine, here's five of the best things to do this weekend. Happy Fri-yay folks! Going Out If you’re bored of the same old spots, gather a group of pals and head to the Apres Ski Pop Up Bar at I Believe in Dublin. It's a super cool custom-designed, Scandanavian-themed ski lodge and the perfect spot to pretend you're on hols and to soak up all the festive atmosphere with hot cider and cosy blankets. Ibelieveinchristmas.ie Staying In If your bank balance is running low with the amount of Christmas shopping you’ve been splurging on, then staying in this weekend will mean you’ll catch every moment of the I’m A Celeb final. We’re rooting for George Shelly or Ferne McCann to win, but we reckon Vicky Pattison may have a good shot. Saturday night will see the fourth runner up leave the camp while Sunday will see the King or Queen of the jungle crowned. We’re a little excited! Going to the cinema If you’re wondering what to see this weekend, check out Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, a film that has been getting rave reviews and was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival bagging a number of awards. It’s based on the 1952 novel ‘The Price of Salt’ and sees Carol (Blanchett) stuck in a failing marriage and one with a husband who doesn’t trust her. After making friends with Therese (Mara), the women find themselves getting closer and closer, and eventually finding themselves at risk of losing everything. This one is definitely worth a watch. Feeling Festive Cork’s Glow festival kicked off this week and if you’re in the mood for some Christmas feels, head to the Glow festival at Bishop Lucey Park in the heart of Cork city. The festival takes place each weekend in the run up to Christmas and features a live music stage with carol singers and different musicians performing in aid of a range of different charities. There’ll be some free Irish music sessions in the nearby pubs too. corkchristmascelebration.ie Christmas Markets With over 120 stalls, pop up cafés, artisan food and drink counters, Christmas Bazaar will be one of Dublin’s biggest indoor Christmas markets and is well worth checking out this weekend. It will be taking place from today, December 4th until Sunday, December 6th in Smithfield Square and is the ideal spot to find those stocking fillers. See the event's Facebook page for more information.
Don't miss out on feeling festive It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas– the trees are starting to go up, the Christmas lights have been switched on and we’ve already started cranking up the festive songs at full volume (we’re not even slightly afraid to admit this). Since it’s now officially the month of December, and there's only 24 more big sleeps until the big day, we reckon we should all indulge in some serious festive cheer and milk every single sweet moment of it. So here’s our list of the top things to do this December and they're sure to have your feeling festive. Listen to ChristmasFM. Not only does this station play Christmas related songs only, as well as giving us regular news reports on what happening in the North Pole, but it’s all in aid of a great cause too. This year the station will be donating all funds raised to Make A Wish Ireland. To listen in, check out your local frequency here. We've already programmed it into our cars. Go to a Christmas Carol concert. Every time we watch Home Alone we get a longing to go and listen to some carols in order to feel truly Christmassy and this year we are promising ourselves we are going to do it. Check out the carol concert at St Patricks Cathedral on Sunday, 13 December or the Carols by Candlelight on 23 December at the National Concert Hall. There’s bound to be some carol services in your local town too so be sure to have a Google. Send your Christmas cards. Whether you’re only sending them to a handful of friends or going all out and wishing Christmas cheer on everyone you know, make sure you’re organised and do it early. The last posting date for cards and parcels in Ireland is 21 December. For Europe it’s 12 December (for parcels) and for the USA it’s December 7. Check out more final posting dates at anpost.ie. Do your bit. Dig up some old toys or ask the little people you know for toys they no longer want and gather some gifts for different charities in time for Christmas. If you don't have any toys close by, why not do your bit by donating a monetary gift to the World Vision Toy Appeal instead? The appeal aims to help refugee children who are suffering the traumas of emergency situations and give them a break from their realities by providing play time and toys as distractions. Donating €5 will give a child a new football, €15 will provide a little girl with a new doll and €35 will give the gift of a scooter. See worldvision.ie for more gift ideas and ways to donate. Watch a classic Christmas movie. Cosying up on the couch with hot choc and your dog watching your favourite festive film goes without saying, but if you want to do something extra special this year, go and see a Christmas drive-in movie at Tattersalls Country House in Ratoath, Co. Meath. The drive-in movies run from 27 December until 31 December with daily screenings of The Polar Express, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and It’s a Wonderful Life – among others. See Tattersalls for more information. Go Ice Skating. This is one of our favourite things to do in the run up to Christmas and there are a number of skating rinks set up across the country this time of year. Get your skates on and check out your nearest Ice Skating Rink at familyfun.ie. Check if you’re on the Naughty or Nice list You could go see Santa about this one or do it the modern way, by visiting claus.com. You’re bound to be on the good list and you can subtly leave your wishlist lying around since you’re so deserving. If you’re on the naughty list, however, start spreading some cheer and fast. Treat yourself Buying yourself a Christmas pressie goes without saying but you also need to treat yourself to some festive gear to wear to work on Christmas Eve or to stay cosy over the next few weeks. We're particularly liking this Reindeer take on Kim Kardashian. Now that's what we call a Christmas jumper! See more fab knits at funkychristmasjumpers.com.
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