Christmas is in the air as Boots unveils a festive showcase

Dublin’s magnificent City Hall was the venue to launch last week’s ‘Christmas at Boots’.

by Rose Barrett
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Located next to Dublin Castle on Dame Street, I was shocked to realise I had never been inside the historical domed building of Dublins City Hall. Built in the late 1700s, it was once the epicentre of Dublin city trade, originally having been built as the Royal Exchange.

Thursday last saw the City Hall packed with beauty influencers and journalists and celebrities from the world of media, among them Arthur Gourounlian, Clementine MacNeice and Miriam Mullins. And the long-haired unconventionally dressed Arthur was a hit with so many guests. 

Anne Murphy and Rose Barrett with Arthur Gourounlian at the Boots Christmas Showcase in Dublin City Hall

I and my companion Anne were shall we say, among the more mature guests on the day and carried no celebrity status but Arthur chatted away to us and was as entertaining and affable in person as he is on the TV screen.  

I was amused that he commanded more attention than the giant statues of Daniel O’Connell, the Great Liberator or Thomas Davis, Charles Lucas or Thomas Drummond. What would O’Connell make of Boots’ Give Joy stand beneath him, depicting Bellamianta and Sculpted tanning products!

Well, the Liberator might have applauded the fact women have truly come full circle, and carved the main niches in the PR and media industry, and especially across the world of beauty and fashion.  

Chilled Prosecco was served on arrival as singer Erin Dollard delivered some Christmas classic carols accompanied by Bohemian Strings Quartet and festive canapés were served.

Exclusive peek at Boots amazing gift range and value

Guests were treated to an exclusive first look at the Christmas offerings from Boots, which this year includes an extended selection of exclusive gifts from leading Irish brands as well as phenomenal value across fragrance and the No7 range. 

We got to experience gifts first hand with No7 experts, Boots beauty specialists and store staff on hand to answer any queries. With a special focus on local brands, this year Boots has an array of exclusive gifts from Irish brands including SOSU, Kash, Ella & Jo, Spotlight, Bellamianta and Sunkissed.

October may seem a little early to celebrate Christmas but after the weird years of Covid and all its restrictions and lockdown, it was wonderful to enjoy a few hours of frivolity, to enjoy the festive tree, the sensational giftware, all beautifully presented throughout the domed city hall.

On a more serious note, guests were also encouraged to support Hygiene Hub by hanging a gift tag on the Gifting Tree whereby a gift set would then be donated to the charity in their name.  Boots Ireland, in partnership with Hygiene Hub, facilitate the donation of products to help those living in poverty across Ireland.

Camila Munoz, Anne Murphy, Rose Barrett and Amy Murphy McCann at the Boots Christmas Showcase in Dublin City Hall

I have to own I’m a little out of practise with day-time drinking (and wearing high boots) so three gallons of water was consumed thereafter, when we left with a Boots goodie bag bursting with festive gifts including Dripping Gold, Benefit and KASH, and much more. A thoroughly giddy and festive afternoon – and Arthur sharing his photograph with us on his Instagram page gave us serious kudos with the family! Thank you Boots, Niamh and Emma and staff for an entertaining afternoon.

Check out the amazing prices and full range of Boots Christmas giftware now on or in Dublin stores – if you want to Give Joy this Christmas, do it with Boots! 

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