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06th Dec 2019

Everything you need to know about New Year’s Festival Dublin


Brought to you by Discover Ireland

New Year’s Festival Dublin certainly sounds like the perfect spot to ring in 2020!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve not only reached the end of the year, but also the end of a decade. The 2010s are starting to come into the rear-view mirror, and now the (roaring?) ’20s are upon us.

The only way to start a new decade is by ending the old one on a high. To that end, we’ve put together a one-stop shop with everything you need to know about New Year’s Festival Dublin, and things to do in our fair capital.

To get an idea of what’s in store, check out the video below!

Things to do at New Year’s Festival Dublin

With two days of spectacular live music and entertainment, the big event on New Year’s Eve is definitely the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment. Complete with a 20-piece orchestra, aquabeams, pyrotechnics, lasers and full “Solar Symphony,” you’d be hard set to find New Year’s celebrations like these!

Irish band Walking On Cars playing live on stage. Thousands of music fans will be flocking to Custom House Quay for what will undoubtedly be a night to remember.

The main Countdown Concert starts at 8PM, with special guests Ash, Aimee and Lisa McHugh. Tickets cost €36.90, and you can purchase them here. This event is strictly over 18s only, and we highly recommend buying tickets before they’re all gone!

As well as that, there is another Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee that would be ideal for people of all ages. Starting at 6PM, it’s a wonderful way for kids to enjoy the magic of New Year’s without having to stay up until midnight.

Rather than have the fun stop after the clock hits midnight, the New Year’s Day Concert is just as worth heading into town for. Headlined by Kila, special guests Wyvern Lingo, Brian Deady and Luz will be taking over Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square for the free event.

Planning your trip to Dublin

Seeing as you would be in Dublin for the New Year’s Festival, it’s only right that you make the most of your stay. It’s understandable that you’ll want to look ahead to your future, but we highly recommend Dublinia as a way to learn more about Dublin’s fascinating past.

Irish whiskey has been becoming more and more popular in recent years, and Roe & Co Distillery is one of the newest players in the game. Opened in honour of a label under the same name that was once the largest exporter of whiskey in Ireland, the distillery tour lets you learn about every step of the process from grain to glass.

Be it your first meal of 2020 or your last of 2019, we highly recommend 101 Talbot restaurant. Located a stone’s throw from the Custom House, their carefully-selected menu is one of the most underrated in Dublin.

If you’re looking to be close to the action, you literally could not do better than Hilton Garden Inn on Custom House Quay. Located right beside where the festival is taking place, the comfort and convenience of this four-star hotel cannot be overstated!

A festival makes your break, so head to head to our Discover Ireland festivals hub to discover even more options to make your break in Ireland something magical. 

Brought to you by Discover Ireland