Dublin, Ireland, may draw many tourists over the summer months, but the city serves as a wholesome destination for family travelers in winter, with an array of exciting events for the entire family to enjoy. Here are four reasons to visit the historic Irish city this holiday season:
Running Dec. 8–21, Dublin Castle goes all out for the holidays. In addition to a boutique, open-air Christmas market, the castle also hosts different choirs, including Sea of Change Choir, Cantairí Oga Atha Cliath and Garda Ladies Choir. Guests also enjoy on-site food vendors and Christmas drinks from the on-site bar. Stalls feature decorative crafts and artisan products, while kids can ride the vintage carousel.
On Dec. 8, 9 and 10, head to Simmonscourt, located just south of Dublin city center, to enjoy the return of the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck. The experience includes local food vendors, festive experiences and other exciting activities for the family to enjoy. On each day, the event offers two sessions: 2–5 p.m. (session one) and 6:30–9:30 p.m. (session two).
Perhaps one of the most beautiful cafés in Europe, Bewley’s Café anticipates a fun-filled evening on Nov. 25. Open 5–9 p.m., the café welcomes Santa with a unique grotto experience, complete with a special gift for each child who visits. The event also includes a Christmas market and live performance of Christmas songs from Irish singer Kylabelle. Purchase of a ticket also includes complimentary hot chocolate.
Held in the historic Christ Church Cathedral, this concert sees Mornington Singers and Orla Flanagan fill the beautiful cathedral with music. On Dec. 10, enjoy an array of Christmas carols from across the centuries. Book tickets here.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.