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District’s Silly Season Directory

Words: Eva O’Beirne

Silly season is back in a big way.

Between all the event announcements, it’s easy to get confused about what is going on over the holidays. To help you navigate the next two weeks, District has compiled this handy events directory of all the essential bits happening in the capital. So sit back, relax, open your diary, and get planning with our silly season directory.

Tuesday

20 December

Hen’s Teeth Big Christmas Quiz – Hen’s Teeth

Round up the gang on for Hen’s Teeth’s last table quiz of the year on Tuesday 20 December. Tickets for tables of two, four or six are available with tickets starting at 22.20 for two people. Click here for more information.

Home Alone – The Light House Cinema

Part of their Naughty or Nice festive cinema season, the Light House will be showing Christmas classics such as Home Alone all throughout the holidays. It simply isn’t Christmas without cheering on Kevin McCallister’s hijinks in a Home Alone double bill. Tickets are 11 euro/9 euro. Click here to check out their full timetable.

Wednesday

21 December

Greg Tisdall Christmas Extravaganza – Bello Bar

Back for a fourth edition, Greg Tisdall’s Christmas Extravaganza features a stellar line-up including Filmore!, Chameleon and Rudy. Doors for the Bello Bar takeover open at 20:00. Tickets are 13 euro, click here to grab some.

Die Hard – The Light House Cinema

Part of their Naughty or Nice cinema season, Christmas movie classic Die Hard will be shown in the Light House over the holidays. One of the biggest films of the eighties, Die Hard was not only a box office smash, but it made a star of its leading man, Bruce Willis, and quickly became considered one of the greatest action movies of all time.

Tickets are 11 euro/9 euro. Click here to get tickets.

Hang Tough: Winter Print Show – Hang Tough Contemporary

This year is the second instalment of the Hang Tough Editions ‘Winter Print Show’ featuring exclusive limited edition prints from over 50 artists, both Irish and international, who were selected from their 2022 Open Call Competition hosted on Instagram. This year’s selection of prints offers an eclectic range of themes from artists practising in paint, photography, illustration and 3D works which considers all artistic tastes. Click here for more information.

Hen’s Teeth Festive Lunch and Dinner – Hen’s Teeth

The festive menu at Hen’s Teeth is mouth-water-inducing. Available until Saturday 24 December, stop by for a delicious sandwich before picking up some last-minute stocking fillers in their Blackpitts store.

Thursday

22 December

Roe & Co Winter Garden – Roe & Co Distillery

Create your perfect hot whiskey cocktail, indulge in festive food offerings from Pitt Bros and come together with your friends in Roe & Co’s immersive, warm, winter garden experience housed in the heart of the Liberties, Dublin 8. Click here to book.

Ethereal Skies presents: TAAHLIAH and Soria – The Racket Space

After their first event hosting Dark0 and Capricorn, TAAHLIAH will be joining Ethereal Skies in the Racket Space on Thursday, 22 December along with support from Dublin’s Soria and Sean Murray. TAAHLIAH made her name as a DJ in the queer scenes of Glasgow and Berlin and since then become a formidable producer traversing the scenes and sounds of techno, hard dance and experimental pop.

Tickets are 17 euro. Click here to grab one.

Chamomille Club – Hen’s Teeth

Chamomille Club will be taking over Hen’s Teeth until late on December 22. Stay tuned to their Instagram for more information.

Index: Sama’ Abdulhadi – Here and Now

Over the last few years there have been few names as prominent where the Middle East and techno meet as Sama Abdulhadi. Her Dublin debut is lining up to be one of the more exciting and intriguing shows Index has ever done. A Palestinian native now living in France – her rise to prominence was propelled by an electric Boiler Room set in Palestine that got really people talking. 

Tickets are from 22 euro, click here to grab one.

Friday

23 December

A Very Workmans Christmas – Workman’s Club and Cellar

Ah Workman’s. A hub for Dublin’s creative scene and music culture, wrapped in a lot of fun, messy and nostalgic memories. What better place to celebrate the festive season, our achievements from this year and our hopes for the next?

Featuring a stellar selection of Ireland’s creative community, District is taking over Workman’s on the 23rd of December for an evening of music, live performances and great sets. Doors open at 21:00.

Tickets are 10 euro, available on Eventbrite.

Strawberries Queer Party #10 – The Sound House

Strawberries’ last party before Santa Comes will take place on December 23 in the Sound House. After a full house for Berlin’s THC in October, Síofra will be playing b2b with our resident Soria to close the party. Resident DJ Bull Horris will heat things up for them before that. Doors open at 23:00, with the last entry at 00:30.

Tickets are 13 euro with the remaining tickets available here.

Tengu Presents: DIP (Cáit, Enda, R.Kitt) – Yamamori Tengu

Tengu invites DIP for a reunion before the year is out! Known for the memorable parties in Jigsaw, DIP consists of Cáit, Enda & R.Kitt. Tickets are from 12 euro, click here for more.

Bella Festa: The Big Christmas Staff Do – Hen’s Teeth

Bella Festa Incorporated and Hen’s Teeth Partners LLC cordially invite you to their first annual ‘Big Christmas Staff Do’ on December 23. Festivities will commence at 19:30 sharp and cease at 02:00. Remember to abide by the employee handbook and that Human Resources will be watching your every move – don’t let one GDPR breach ruin the party for your fellow colleagues.

Tickets are 6 euro, click here for more information.

Monday

26 December

District Presents: St. Stephen’s Day – Workman’s Club and Cellar

A night of banging bars and even bigger bops. District presents a star-studded night featuring friends and supporters in the industry, blending all things hip-hop, techno and Irish culture for a  modern twist on the classic Christmas party. District taking over the entirety of Workman’s for December 26, click here for tickets.

Index x Slither: KETTAMA x TOMMY HOLOHAN – All Night Long – Here & Now

A double collaboration is coming to the Aran Quays on St. Stephen’s Day. Featuring a five-hour set, the two headliners will be backed up by a stellar cast in Room 2 curated by Slither. Tickets start at 20 euro. Click here for more information.

Tuesday

27 December

Niamh Barry: Now & Forever, Interpersonally Queer – All My Friends

Having launched on December 9 in All My Friends pub on Meath Street, Niamh Barry’s new exhibition is free to the public and will be displayed over the Christmas season and New Year. Head into All My Friends for a pint and some culture this festive season.

Howth Castle Christmas Market

This unique Bavarian-style Christmas market will be held until January 9 in the grounds of Howth Castle. With free admission to the Christmas market, as well as rides and fun activities at an additional price, this market is perfect for a post-Christmas family day out. Click here for more information.

Wednesday

28 December

Salvaged: Stardoll Wigwam

Salvaged presents: ‘Stardoll: a night with the gals, gays and theys’. Taking place in Wigwam with a stellar lineup, this club night is inspired by ‘Stardoll’, the iconic 2000’s online game where players choose how to dress their characters in any way they desire.

Much like the game, this will be a night where people can express themselves in true Stardoll fashion, have fun with their style and are encouraged to experiment with their wardrobe. Tickets start at 5 euro via Eventbrite.

Winteryard Streetfood Market – The Bernard Shaw

All throughout the holidays, The Bernard Shaw will be hosting a festive version of their Eatyard market. With Christmas-themed games, movie nights and drag brunches, head down to The Bernard Shaw for a day of good times and great food. Click here for more information.

Thursday

29 December

Nothing Compares – The Light House Cinema

Directed by Kathryn Ferguson, Nothing Compares charts Sinéad OʼConnorʼs phenomenal rise to worldwide fame and examines how she used her voice at the height of her stardom before her iconoclastic personality led to her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on O’Connor’s prophetic words and deeds from 1987 to 1993, the film presents an authoritative, richly cinematic portrait of this fearless artist through a contemporary feminist lens.

Tickets are 11 euro/9 euro. Click here to book tickets.

Welcome Home – Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse has launched its Welcome Home Christmas experience featuring multimedia immersive installations created by Dublin-born award-winning artist, GRIF.

Behind the famous black gates, visitors can expect a state-of-the-art projection-mapped Christmas tree installation in the Guinness Storehouse atrium measuring 16 metres tall, a cinematic film inspired by the iconic surge of a Guinness pint, and bespoke large-scale prints. Click here for more.

Black Boys Blush Two – The Racket Space

A three-phase event in collaboration with Alice Rekab’s Family Lines in support of MASI. Consisting of sound performances, visual installations and a panel talk of some of the most gifted POC artists in Ireland, Black Boys Blush Two is coming to the Racket Space on Thursday 29 December.

The event kicks off at 20:00, with tickets available on Eventbite.

Christmas Cracker Week – Hang Dai

Hang Dai is bringing the party this silly season. With a stacked line-up of DJs, both local and international, there’s no better place to grab a cocktail and dance the night away this December. Go to their Instagram for the full lineup.

Friday

30 December

Negro Impacto + Toshín – Spirit Store

Dundalk neo-soul duo Negro Impacto and soulful live six-piece band Toshín are teaming up for a fundraiser for St Luke’s Hospital on Friday 30 December in the Spirit Store in Dundalk. Tickets start at 12.50 euro. Click here for more information.

The Long Christmas Dinner – The Abbey Theatre

A gift-wrapped seasonal gem, in this meditation on togetherness and separation, birth and death, visit successive generations of the Bayard family at their Christmas dinner table spanning a period of 90 years. Tickets are 18/20 euro. You can find more information here.

AE86 presents: Gracie T – Wigwam

Hope Works resident and Threads London regular, Gracie T will join AE86 for a huge night in Wigwam’s basement. Playing everything from Jungle to Dancehall, this night is going to be special. On support duties is the two-step don M4A4. Fresh off the back of his EP with Eliza Rose, he’s ready to deliver. Also on support are AE86 executives Louis Selecta and Max Rebo.

Tickets start at 10 euro. Click here for more information.

Sleepover Club: End of Year Ball – Workman’s Main Room and Cellar

A whole night taking over The Workman’s Main Room and Cellar, Sleepover Club will be ending the year with a big bash featuring established and up-and-coming Irish acts. Tickets are 5 euro and are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday

31 December

Hen’s Teeth NYE Bash – Hen’s Teeth

Hen’s Teeth is hosting their first NYE hootenanny in the Blackpitts and have invited round some of their nearest and dearest for an evening of great tunes, food & sups. Tickets are 15 euro with doors open from 18:00. Click here for more information.

TENDER – Tara Building

TENDER is born out of the unique and lasting connections that can flourish on a dance floor, and they’re back for one last dance in 2022. Taking over the Tara buildings to bring in 2023 with a TENDER touch, this one is going to be a family affair with their resident selectors and co-founders Bull Horris, Gary & Mercorn on the AUX.

Tickets are 10 euro, click here to grab one.

Index Presents NYE – Here and Now

This will be the first New Year’s party in the newly renovated Here and Now, and Index is going all out to make this one special. DART will lead you into 2023, supported by a massive bill of local acts from around the country.

Tickets are 20 euro, click here to grab one.

Rascals New Year’s Eve Party – Rascals HQ, Inchicore

Rascals are hosting their first-ever New Year’s Eve bash in the brewery! Tickets are 20 euro and include a pint of any Rascals core beer, a pizza, a glass of prosecco and plenty of tunes. Lots of craic absolutely guaranteed. Click here for more information.

NYE with Le Boom & Friends – Centre Point

A massive night to ring in 2023 with Le Boom and friends across three rooms of music. Doors open at 21:00 with tickets starting at 24 euro. Click here for more information.

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