It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and as much as it may be too early for some of us to totally embrace it, others are wasting no time (we’re looking at you Vanessa!). So if you’re ready to head wholesale into the festive carry on, we’ve got lots for you to choose from. We also have our top picks and recommendations for those of you not quite ready for the mince pies, mulled wine and Michael Bublé’s annual month on the radio. Here’s this week’s #WhatTickledAlice, and even a #WhatTickledAlice first!

Out and about

Vanessa went to see the Christmas lights on Grafton Street this week – just magical – and took a leisurely stroll past the gem in the Grafton Street festive crown – Brown Thomas. She was completely enthralled by the iconic festive window displays this year. A perfect way to get you into the Christmas spirit!

On the screen

As it gets closer to Christmas, Vanessa cannot contain her excitement for the upcoming festive film releases! She’s delving right in, already having been to see the new adaptation of The Grinch this week! It was funny, emotional and magical – everything a Christmas film should be!

Niamh has also been getting into the festive spirit and is highly recommending, in a Tickled first, watching TV ads. She has ranked them and coming out on top so far is Sainsbury’s ad. They obviously had a serious budget this year as they enlisted the director of The Greatest Showman specially to direct it! You can watch it here. (Can we have a moment for real star of the show – the plug?)

If you’re not quite here for Macaulay Culkin and co. just yet, you could try out Emily’s top pick this week of Peter Jackson’s documentary, ‘They Shall Not Grow Old.’ The entire documentary is made up of original footage from the First World War. The production uses technology to slow the pace, add colour, and lipreaders have transcribed the actual dialogue between soldiers. It’s a huge technical accomplishment and had Emily blown away. It’s brilliant and she highly recommends it.

Both Niamh and Emily are prescribing ‘Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe Story’ on RTÉ One as essential viewing. It’s a really impressive piece of investigative journalism and what really comes through is McCabe’s authenticity and decency, despite what he and his family have been through. The programme comes highly recommended from both, for the 55% of TV viewers not watching it this week!

On the plate

Hang Dai DublinNiamh ticked Hang Dai off her list this week. It’s a restaurant she’s been dying to try for ages and was really impressed. The menu is authentic Chinese food with a contemporary twist and the place itself is fierce trendy altogether. With its delicious food and swanky surrounds, she’ll be back.

In the ear

Niamh is highly recommending a new podcast called ‘Table Manners.’ It’s hosted by musician Jessie Ware and her mother. They invite celebrities over to their house, cook them a meal and have a conversation about food! It’s completely indulging in both Niamh’s interested in food, and her nosiness in life – so she’s loving it. She particularly enjoyed the episode with Dermot O’Leary – who doesn’t love Dermot O’Leary?

As a confirmed bunch of Christmaphiles, you can be sure to hear about all the best festive activities here so get your woolly hats and scarves at the ready as we ramp up the Christmas cheer in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend!

#TeamAlice

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