It's hard to avoid Shane MacGowan or Maria Carey at this time of year...especially if every radio in the house and car have been retuned by your children to Christmas FM.

The radio station is aiming to raise over €250,000 which will go directly towards Barretstown and you'd have to have a heart of stone not to sing-along. That's what my children keep telling me anyway!

There are also lots of other ways to give back something this Christmas and Leisureplex are hosting a brunch on Sunday with all proceeds going to Children's Health Ireland.

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun!

1) Curry and Hip Hop night at The Bernard Shaw
If you need a break from all things Christmas, check out Tara Stewart's brand new Curry and Hip Hop night at The Bernard Shaw. The 2fm presenter, along with Mango Dassle, will have you dancing the night away along with two very special appearances from Irish rappers Celaviedmai and R3D. 

2) Brunch with Santa | Leisureplex
Come and meet Santa at Leisureplex on Sunday morning with one hour of playtime, delicious brunch buffet for parents and children and lots of goodies and treats for the little elves. All proceeds will be donated to Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin. Booking essential.

3) Rediscover Christmas Fair
The Rediscovery Centre is hosting its own Christmas Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be a large selection of stalls with independent suppliers who sell sustainably made products. There will also be plenty of activities for all the family each day with Christmas movies, karaoke, carols, demonstrations and festive food.

4) Elves Workshop at Delta Sensory Gardens
The Elves' Workshop at Delta Sensory Gardens in Carlow has lots going on including face painting, arts & crafts, games, a selfie with Santa and entrance to gardens to see the lights display. Book your preferred time slot for Saturday or Sunday in advance.

5) 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Inspired by the classic poem, this bilingual show combines storytelling, original live music and puppetry to create a fun and magical festive show for audiences aged 5 and upwards in Pavilion Theatre this Sunday.

6) Forever Young Winterfest
The 80s are back in the INEC on Friday & Saturday

Grab your leg warmers, shoulder pads, double denim and scrunchies, because this festival is for grown-ups who want to let loose for a weekend and party like it's 1985 all over again with Howard Jones, Tony Hadley, Nik Kershaw and more. 

7) Winter Market
The annual Winter Market at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday & Sunday will be full of gorgeous gifts, yummy food and festive cheer. Start off the season by supporting local craft workers, artists and food makers! 

8) Howth Tree Lighting & Free Concert
A fun festive event in Howth for the annual turning on the Christmas Tree lights with support from Main Street Flowers & The Country Market. Live music, entertainment, family fun, carol singing with a special visit from Santa. After Santa's return to the North Pole, you can enjoy a free performance from the Young Dublin Symphonia in Howth Church from 7pm.

9) Christmas @ Playtown
Featuring three popular Christmas experiences on Saturday including Parent & Toddler Christmas Experience on Saturday 7th December from 10am – 12pm, The Christmas Experience at 12pm and 2pm and The Sensitive Santa Experience from 4pm – 6pm. Advance bookings only.

10) Drogheda Christmas Festival
On West Street visitors can expect to meet Mr. & Mrs Claus, enjoy a fabulous Christmas Market and stunning light show on St. Peter’s Church while on the Quays there will be a fabulous Vintage Carousel, a Christmas Cinema, Live Music & Entertainment, a mini Christmas Village and a spectacular Fireworks display on the last night.

11) Christmas Crooners
Now in its 12th record-breaking year, "Christmas Crooners" in the Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday night is jam-packed with festive favourites including the Christmas hits of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself- Frank Sinatra.

A fantastic cast of West-End Singers backed by The Jazz- All-Stars perform over thirty well known Christmas hits. A perfect evening out to get in the Christmas spirit!

12) Hansel & Gretel
It's Christmas Panto weekend in Cork where children can enjoy the CBeebies Christmas Show: Hansel and Gretel on Saturday and Sunday in the Gate Cinemas in Cork City, Mallow and Midleton.

Three things to do next week:

1) Skate with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to RollerJam for his annual skate! Santa will meet all the kids on the rink, and parents can take photos of their little ones skating with Santa!

There will also be a private meet and greet option available (for a small extra cost), where the child will get to sit and chat with Santa and receive a special gift.

2) Santa's Cottage
Santa's Cottage offers a traditional experience, full of Christmas spirit, in a warm and friendly atmosphere in Milltown, Galway. It is a voluntary community project set up to provide a magical, affordable Santa experience and at the same time raise funds for local charities. 

3) A Crafty Little Christmas
Enjoy a weekend of family fun and crafts next weekend in the National Museum of Ireland | Country Life in Mayo. Craft your own Christmas decorations, enjoy choral performances in the galleries, take on a festive challenge with our activity sheets and watch a seasonal classic in our audio-visual theatre.