WHY: Tomorrow is the first Friday of the month and that means we’re heading to MoLi – the captivating museum overlooking St Stephen’s Green has late opening this Friday December 6 and free admission from 6-9pm. Once you’ve toured the elegant rooms, and absorbed everything from the first copy of the first edition of Ulysses to Anne Enright’s thoughts on the writing process, drop down to The Commons at MoLi for a glass of wine and dinner. Run by the Kemp sisters, the elegant cafe space champions Irish food producers, and is open seven days a week – we love the long, parquet-floored space that opens out onto a secret garden. It’s an oasis of calm in the centre of the city. We’re also very happy that they serve good coffee (by Roasted Brown). This month we went to a pop-up dinner by the brilliant Ciaran Sweeney (ex-Forest & Marcy), and we’re keeping an eye on their Instagram @thecommonsatmoli to catch future events. Membership of the museum (from €40) would make a precious Christmas gift; www.moli.ie.
WHAT: Is it just me or are people putting up their Christmas trees far earlier each year? Consider getting the real thing – a 100 per cent renewable resource, which can be recycled as mulch, compost, or wildlife shelter; some fake trees end up in landfill forever. Did you know real trees also absorb carbon dioxide while they grow, which helps to reduce the impact of climate change? Every acre of Christmas trees growing provides clean air for 18 people per day, as well as supporting the Irish economy. Why not visit the Killakee Christmas Tree Farm nestled in the Dublin mountains near Rathfarnham, off Junction 12 on the M50; christmastreefarm.ie.
HOW: Want to escape the festive throng, then “Crowded Thresholds” is a playful group exhibition which opens at Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin on Friday, December 6 and runs until March 2020. Curated by Fiona Mulholland, the exhibition coincides with the centenary of Freud’s essay, The Uncanny, and explores the idea of “emotional geography”, and the interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression. Pieces across applied art, design and visual art are displayed by established Irish and emerging artists – including Max Brosi, Joe Caslin, Daithi Magner, Niall Sweeney – Pony Print) and Brigitta Varadi; www.farmleigh.ie.
WHEN: Unsure what wines to gift or serve this Christmas … In addition to reading Mary Dowey’s super suggestions in today’s issue of THE GLOSS, then I also recommend a trip to The Corkscrew Wine Merchants on Dublin’s Chatham Street. They are hosting a festive wine tasting in their new event space, Upstairs @ No. 4, on Friday December 6 from 7pm. Their team of wine buffs have selected some timeless classics and some new arrivals to taste. Guests will also enjoy cheese and charcuterie platters from Sheridans on the evening. Tickets for this wine tasting evening are €45. www.thecorkscrew.ie
WHAT: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was first released in 1993 and the award-winning composer, songwriter and “Pumpkin King”, Danny Elfman will be bringing this Disney classic to life at 3Arena Dublin as part of the movie’s 25th anniversary on December 8. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and three original cast members – Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page – will be performing the film’s score, which also features violin soloist Sandy Cameron. For family and music lovers alike, it promises to be an inspiring concert. Tickets are on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide; www.ticketmaster.ie.