The Dublin new year's eve celebrations continue in fine style once again this year, with concerts, live shows and a range of free, family friendly events to keep the party city buzzing throughout the festive season.
Dublin is a city that embraces a good party at pretty much any time of year so New year's Eve here is really just another excuse. In recent years they've really raised the bar though, with the NYE Dublin Festival holding a series of special events to provide entertainment for all ages.
I've never been to Dublin at new years, but from visits at other times of year I can vouch for the friendly welcome you're sure to receive, and with so much going on it certainly seems a great option so see in the new year.
Dublin also traditionally embraces the New Year with a New Years Day parade, organised in honour of the Lord Mayor. For more details of this event see our New Years Day page.
There were several major events in Dublin on last year - The Countdown Concert, Spoken Word Festival and The Luminosity Light Show. are all taking place on December 31st, although sadly we once again had to make do without an official St Stephens Green midnight fireworks display.
The Dublin Countdown Concert returns again this year to help see in 2018. The concert, known officially as the NYF 3 Countdown Concert takes place at Custome House Key and features as headline performers perennial Irish favourites Kodaline, supported by Hudson Taylor and Keywest.
New year's eve this year also sees the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment taking place at George's Quay. This is a free, family-friendly event and comprises 2 main sections:
Liffey Lights Midnight Moment at Custom House - starting at 11.30pm and leading the buildup to midnight this is described as an aerial and aquatic exhibition featuring a light show with over 100 lights. The Spire will also beam light into the Dublin sky as midnight arrives.
Liffey Lights Midnight Moment: Matinee - aimed at families and starting earlier at 6.30pm, this sees performers in the areas around Custom Quay and the River Liffey including acrobats and aerial and aquatic performers.
The celebrations are a 2 day affair this time around, as there is also a new year's day celebration taking place on January 1st at Custom House, also a free, family-friendly event. More details to follow.
There is an official website for the Dublin new year events this year, which has been rebranded as the New Year's Festival, where you will also be able to buy tickets for the Countdown Concert (on sale from 26 October) get more details on all the official NYE Dublin events here
if you're looking for new year dining options then Dublin offers plenty of choice, from fine dining to a wide range of kebab and burger joints! Top recommended restaurants include the Pearl Brasserie, Sabor Brazil, The Vintage Kitchen and Rustic Stone. Veggie options are limited, but you will get a decent vegan feed at Umi Falafel. See the full range of Dublin restaurants, with customer reviews and online booking options, here.
Places to watch live online - there are several live webcams positioned in key locations in and around Dublin, ideal fo getting a live and candid look at the festivities over the new year period:
Last year there was live TV coverage of the Countdown concert via RTE, if this is the case again this year it should be available to watch online via the RTE Player
For those living overseas there is an international version of the RTE Player but it's not certain a this stage whether or not it will be carrying the new year coverage; RTE International
For reservations and online availability of Dublin hotels, visit local hotels here.
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