Travel columnist Anna Farren from Farrenwide has the insider guide to Dublin city at Christmastime.

With only a few weeks ‘til Christmas, many of you may be thinking of a last minute shopping trip to the bright lights of Dublin.

With this in mind, I brought myself to the Grafton Street area to capture the stunning shop front displays (Brown Thomas being a must see) and Christmas lights, which may entice you to the capital to indulge in all things festive.

Following an afternoon amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shoppers, the time came to rest my feet and grab a bite to eat. Managing to secure a booking during this busy season can prove to be quite difficult, so I opted for indulging in the much raved about Mexican cuisine of 777 on South Great George’s street.

777 on South Great George’s Street

777 on South Great George’s Street

TOP TIP: Arrive at 5.00pm on the dot to secure a table – this restaurant does not take bookings for smaller numbers and instead, works on a first come, first served basis, which is perfect for those of you that are making the trip to Dublin on whim!

Having feasted on nachos and tacos (which I’m suddenly craving all over again writing this piece…they were that good), it was time to return to the spectacle that is the Grafton Street lights display, with lesser crowds milling around from 6.00pm onwards.

I would advise strolling from St. Stephen’s Green to the opposite end of Grafton Street for full effect, making sure to look down each of the side street displays which are equally as stunning. From here, turn right around the corner to reach The Porterhouse.

DON’T go through the main door of The Porterhouse and instead go through the more hidden 2nd door down, which leads to the cosiest of whiskey bars. Here you can enjoy a post-shopping beverage, choosing from a wide selection of whiskey or gin cocktails.

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The Dingle Whiskey Bar

Whiskey or gin cocktails don’t tickle your fancy?

Never fear, The Shelbourne boasts a beautiful bar and is traditionally a place people flock to, to enjoy a Christmas drink. This is another feasible and most enjoyable option being only a few minutes from the top of Grafton Street.

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The Shelbourne, Dublin

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