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    Having kicked off the festive season with the Irish Design Pop-Up Shop at the Irish Architectural Archive on the 1st of December, Christmas continues to be celebrated in and around Merrion Square.

    Thursday the 13th December sees a busy evening of Christmas shopping and events, starting with The National Gallery’s Annual Christmas Discount Day. The shop will open at its usual time of 9.30am and will close at 8pm, and shoppers can avail of a 10% discount or 15% upon display of a membership card. Full of beautiful books, notebooks, prints and unique gifts, you could make serious in-roads down your Christmas shopping list in one shop.

    Also on the 13th of December, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland at No 8 Merrion Square are holding a Christmas Sale in their bookshop opening at 9am and staying open late until 8pm so that you can indulge in some of their exquisite architectural and design books.

    There is also a Christmas Concert in St Andrew’s Church on Westland Row at 7pm entitled “An Evening of Christmas Favourites”. Tickets are €15 (children under 12 go free) with all proceeds being donated to The National Maternity Hospital Foundation. Call 01-6373372 to book.

    Finally on the 13th of December, the United Arts Club at No 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street are hosting the launch of Sophie Parkin’s book “The Colony Room Club 1948 – 2008: A History of Bohemian Soho” at 6.30pm, followed by the opening of their annual Members’ Christmas Show at 8pm.

    On Sunday the 16th of December, why not join the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History on Sunday the 16th of December at 3pm for a family tour about Hibernation – The Bear Necessities.