5 Queer & Festive Things To Do This December

Christmas is coming at us faster than a runaway train covered in fairy lights, and here are a few fabulously festive and gloriously queer things to do in the lead-up!

Xnto Panto

1. A Fairy Mary Christmas

Outhouse Basement Theatre, Dec 6 to 8, 8pm

Kick off your festive season with a laugh by going to, A Fairy Mary Christmas, Dublin LGBT drama group Acting Out’s evening of sketches and short plays, all of which have a queer twist on Christmas themes! Plus you will be raising funds for Dublin’s LGBT+ centre, Outhouse to continue their great work. Tickets are €12 and €5 (concessions) and you can get them here!


2. Xntho Panto 2: Christmas Cracked!

The Fringe LAB, Temple Bar, Dec 9, 7pm

The presents have been wrapped, the tree is up. The songs are written, the tinsel is unravelling. Like the alcohol-infused steam of the Christmas pud nothing’s gonna stop Xnthony’s rise to the top of the Christmas charts.

This year’s GALAS Entertainer of the Year, Xnthony (pictured above) returns to Dublin with his cult Christmas show, which entertained sold-out audiences last year in Dublin and London during the festive season. Featuring a gaggle of hand-picked guests from across Ireland and the UK, it promises to be an unmissable night of entertainment. Get youre tickets here!


Silver Stars Songs & Stories

Outhouse Basement Theatre, Dec 15-17, 8pm

Check out this acoustic version of the iconic and moving song-cycle, Silver Stars, telling the stories of gay Irish men who came out at a time of mass repression in this country. According to the show’s creator, Seán Millar, who spoke to GCN this month, the show is an antidote to the exclusion people often feel at Christmas.

“I wanted to create a space where for at least an hour or two of your life, you feel like you belong, no matter who you are,” he said.

Tickets are available here!


19th Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service

Unitarian Church, December 9, 8pm

For those of you who didn’t get tickets to the Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus’ Home For Christmas event at Christchurch on December 8, the guys will be belting the carols out at the 19th year of the Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service at the Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green the following night, December 9. It’s always a heartwarming festive occasion, and it raises money for charity too, giving you the chance to spread some Christmas cheer – a win-win by anyone’s standards.

This year’s guest speaker will be ex-RTÉ newsreader, Michael Murphy, who in his capacity as a psychoanalyst recently published Michael Murphy’s Book of Dreams.

The collection on the night will be for Brother Kevin, Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless, and the evening will topped off with mulled wine and mince pies. It’s a free event.


Glória – A Glorious Christmas

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dec 15, 8pm

Oh, holy night! Dublin’s LGBT+ choir, Glória return to their festive home of St Patrick’s Cathedral for their annual, beloved mix of yuletide favourites. Doors open at 7.30pm with the concert starting at 8pm, it’s best to get there early to get sitting near the altar, where all the action happens. Tickets are €15 and available here.

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