Now in its fourth year, New Year’s Festival Dublin has announced a new and exciting programme of events to ring in 2018.

Dublin city will light up with imagination and wonder over 2 days with 5 spectacular events from 31 December 2017 until 1 January 2018. Gather together in the heart of Dublin with family and friends as The Custom House, Dublin’s iconic landmark, becomes the centre for NYF Dublin’s countdown and New Year’s Day celebrations this year.

For the first time ever,  New Year’s Festival Dublin have created two spectacular Midnight Moment events to countdown to 2018 in style - Liffey Lights Midnight Moment and Liffey Lights Midnight Moment – Matinee.

Both world-class spectacles will be performed against the backdrop of the iconic Custom House with the River Liffey taking centre stage.

Be amazed at the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment. This is a high-flying, aerial and aquatic spectacle with a dazzling light show of over 100 aqua beams and spotlights. The stunning, free event will start at 11.30pm with excitement building to a crescendo as the clock strikes midnight.

New Year’s Festival Dublin have announced a very special family friendly countdown event - Liffey Lights Midnight Moment – Matinee. For the first time, families and friends of all ages can ring in the New Year together. Entertainment will start at 6.30pm building to the earlier countdown celebrations at 7pm. This colourful event features aerial, aquatic and  street acrobats and performers taking to the streets, the sky and the River Liffey.

New Year’s Festival Dublin revellers can celebrate the New Year at the 3Countdown Concert with Kodaline and special guests Hudson Taylor and Keywest. Get fired up for 2018 as Dublin’s national landmark the Spire beams light into space as the clock strikes midnight. Kick-start the New Year at the free, family friendly New Year’s Day Celebrations with award-winning international and national street and acrobatic performers, and the hugely popular New Year’s Day concert.


Watch Liffey Lights Midnight Moment in amazement as the breathtaking, high-flying spectacle of lights and acrobatics takes to the Dublin Sky for two performances on New Year’s Eve. This world-class spectacle will be performed against the backdrop of the iconic Custom House with the River Liffey taking centre stage for a dazzling lighting, aerial and aquatic display.

Prepare to be thrilled by the spectacular symphony of lights as up to to 100 aquabeams and search lights dance across the night sky, performing in time with original music created especially for the event. Watch in awe as Heliosphere’s high flying acrobats spin and spiral through the sky while attached to giant helium balloons and as FLYBOARDERS perform incredible aquatic and aerial stunts in unison across the River Liffey. This performance is not to be missed.

Countdown to Midnight Moment Performance: From 11.30pm