Running from December 30th to January 1st, Dublin's New Year Festival 2011 features events across the city that are designed to appeal to both children and adults. With live music, entertainment and food, the New Year Festival 2011 allows visitors and residents to celebrate the new year and enjoy the sights and sounds of Dublin. The festival begins with Solas at Dublin Castle on December 30th at 4:30 PM. Solas is a festival of light that is designed to provide what the Festival's organizers call "enlightened entertainment." Entry to Solas is free and does not require a ticket.
On the 31st, the Dublin Gospel Choir are scheduled to give a concert at the Christ Church Cathedral. The concert is scheduled for 9:00 to 11:00 PM immediately following the traditional ringing of the bells. Tickets for the concert are €30.00, while tickets to the concert along with a champagne reception after the event are €39.00.
For those looking for a less traditional celebration, the New Year Festival 2011 also features New Year Live at Dublin's Guinness Storehouse, scheduled for 9:00 PM on the 31st. New Year Live features multiple floors of live music including Irish, disco, DJ and indie rock acts. The event also features a wide selection of food and desserts as well as a complimentary drink for all attendees. Tickets for the event are £79.00
Dublin will also be home to many street performers and entertainers as part of New Year Festival 2011's It's a Knockout event. It's a Knockout runs throughout the three-day festival and allows festival-goers to vote for their favorite performer. Most of the performers will be concentrated in the shopping district near Henry Street and Grafton Street.
In addition to these major events, New Year Festival 2011 is also set to offer such entertainment as funfairs, several stand-up comedy shows, concerts and art exhibits.
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