3 family-friendly events to check out at Dublin's New Year's Festival

By Lovin.ie

December 14, 2022 at 5:10pm



Looking to keep little ones occupied this New Year's Eve? Here's a full line-up of family-friendly events to enjoy in Dublin...

Little ones don't need to stay up 'til midnight to soak up the New Year's Eve atmosphere, as the New Year's Festival, Dublin line-up includes a whole host of daytime events that are perfect for families looking to ring in 2023.

From the brand-new festival village to live music, this year's festival is packed with entertainment for every age group, making Dublin the perfect destination for families planning a weekend away to kickstart 2023.

From tiny tots to teens, there's something for everyone looking to see out 2022 in our capital city. With that in mind, here's a full list of family events taking place at the New Year's Festival, Dublin this month...

3. Midnight Family Matinée

On 31 December, the celebrations start early with Midnight Family Matinée - a brand-new festival village for all ages, featuring some stellar family fun to see out 2022.


Headlined by Gavin James with support from Lyra and Brad Heidi, this event features a special early countdown event for little ones, ensuring festival-goers of every age can enjoy some New Year's Eve magic. The family-friendly event will kick off at 4pm at North Wall Quay, leading to the earlier countdown spectacle at 7pm. Pick up some tickets here.

2. New Year's Eve countdown

Later in the evening, older kids and adults can see some top Irish acts take the stage to count down to the new year.

Following their performances at the matinée, Gavin James and Lyra are both lined up to return to the stage for the evening event, with Westlife headlining the event with what's sure to be an unmissable performance. Just bear in mind that anyone under 16 has to be accompanied by an adult. Grab your tickets here.


1. New Year's Day

The celebrations continue with a whole host of New Year's Day events and activities taking place in the city centre, all suitable for families and kids.

On New Year's Day, an afternoon of live music takes place in Temple Bar, coupled with a live marching band and some street performances. Expect performances from the likes of Clare Sands, Cormac Begley, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Lorraine Walsh.

As you stroll around, you can enjoy tasty food from nearby vendors and kids can stop off at the special Resolution Tree, where you'll get the opportunity to add your own New Year's resolution to its branches. This event is suitable for all ages and it's completely free to attend, with no tickets required.


From carnival fun to deadly live gigs, you can browse the full New Year's Festival, Dublin itinerary right here.

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