A Christmas concert and ballet for children

Dublin can be a great place for young children. In December we took our daughter on the Santa train and to Santa's polar palace. Santa made an appearance at her swimming class and during her Irish dancing performance. But one of the most memorable experiences this Christmas season was last night's "Snowman Christmas special" at the National Concert Hall. I was a little nervous about taking a 2-year-old to a symphony and ballet but the people selling tickets didn't raise an eyebrow when we said she was two. Apparently the concert was designed for children. Approximately 1/4 of the audience was under 7 years old. The NCH orchestra, Dex McGloughlin School of Ballet and Stagefright School put on a beautiful performance of Christmas music including Howard Blake's composition for Raymond Brigg's story "The Snowman." The music and dancers held the attention of our daughter and other youngsters. She only cried when the concert ended. I wish there were more events so well designed for children and adults. It was a wonderful way of spending twelfth night.
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