Make THE MOST OF YOUR DOWNTIME with our glossy roundup of INTERESTING things to do. This weekend we’re meeting FATHER CHRISTMAS, snooping for ANTIQUES and taking a lighthearted look at GROWING OLDER …
CELEBRATE the start of December with a visit to the Powerscourt Centre on Saturday where Father Christmas and Mrs Claus will be arriving at 12 noon. Entry is €15 and includes a photo with Santa as well as a gift, and the Piccolo Lasso Children’s Choir will be on hand to provide festive entertainment. All proceeds go to the Simon Community. www.powerscourtcentre.ie
TAKE the opportunity on Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm to view some of the pieces going under the hammer at Mealy’s Auction House’s final sale of the year. Lots include items from the Gore-Booth family of Lissadell House, period furniture and decorative art from Sir Anthony O’Reilly and various items from the collection of the late Professor Anne Crookshank, emeritus professor of the history of art at Trinity College Dublin. The auction takes place on Tuesday December 6 and Wednesday December 7 and the full catalogue can be viewed online here. Mealy’s Auction House, The Old Cinema, Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny; www.mealys.ie
MAKE the trip to Waterford for the city’s annual Christmas extravaganza Winterval until December 23. From ice skating to horse-drawn sleigh rides, the Elves’ Workshop and a vintage ferris wheel, as well as a market and some very impressive illuminations, it’s a guaranteed good time for all the family. www.winterval.ie
SEE the world-class Guinness Choir perform with special guest Paul Brady at their annual Christmas concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday at 6.30pm. Along with Christmas carols (audience participation welcome!), the set list includes the Choral Suite of the Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, O Magnum Mysterium by Victoria, Gabrieli and Lauridsen and others. There are a limited number of tickets, priced at €15, available on the door. www.guinnesschoir.org
ENJOY comedian Maxine Jones’ honest and refreshing take on ageing in “Now We Are 60” at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Saturday. A former journalist, Jones moved from London to Ireland in 1990 and has lived here ever since. “As I get older I get embarrassed less and less often, though conversely I embarrass my sons more and more,” she says. Tickets, from €12, are available here.
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