One of my favorite parts of Dublin all year round is Ranelagh. However, at Christmas time, this is when Ranelagh comes even more alive. Great pubs, great restaurants, just perfect for cozy nights warm in a pub, chatting and whiling a few hours away with friends. The village looks beautiful all lit up with their christmas decorations and lights and even their Spar looks great - with a christmas tree on it's terrace roof, it was featured in one of their ads a few years back.
And! It is a great place for shopping for lovely special gifts. I like going into Redmonds to buy a nice bottle of wine or champagne for Christmas day and they are always helpful in there...
This year there is going to be a great little pop up event/store in Ranelagh Arts. Ranelagh Arts is conveniently located right at the luas station - which is just two stops away from the Stephens Green stop. They will have a group of artists who are presenting a selection of their curated artwork, Perfect for a gift for a beloved, or heck why not buy yourself the gift of Art (which lasts forever) and get yourself something amazing.
Featured amongst these artists will be local man: PIGSY