Updated: Dec 22, 2022
Tis the season of giving – and being savvy doesn’t mean you should never be less than generous. Especially when it comes to giving presents to yourself and your family! So here’s a guide to some of the savvy deals out there when it comes to staying entertained over the festive season.
No matter how much of a humbug you are, there’s nothing like getting all nostalgic with a classic movie in front of the fire. Sure, you’ve seen it 138 times by now but that’s part of the charm… And besides your brain shouldn’t deal with anything too complicated. This year we’re excited to see what all the mainstream channels have in store – as well as what’s available to stream.
Here’s a list of free/cheap TV deals that you can watch online, through your smart TV or via a streaming device like a Fire TV Stick or Chromecast.
Channel 4’s website and All4 app works in Ireland and contains some great free box sets like Derry Girls, It's a Sin & Shameless. It has classic comedy like Father Ted, The IT Crowd & Inbetweeners. And it has movies as well.
Although the ads can be infuriating, the RTE player is a good way to catch-up on TV that you missed. Boxsets include Love/Hate, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders, Normal People & The Good Wife.
Virgin's Media Player has nearly 200 shows including boxsets of Graham Norton Show, Real Housewives and The Voice
If you have Sky or know someone who does, you might be able to avail of 6 months free Apple TV. Series include Bad Sisters, The Morning Show & Slow Horses.
If you're not already an Amazon Prime member, you get a 30 free trial that includes access to Prime Video which features award-winning box sets like Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Fleabag and Jack Ryan plus thousands of movies.
For some festive sport, you can get 4 months Sky Sports with Now TV for €22 per month. This can be shared between up to 3 different users/households - so it can work out at just over €7 a month each.
If watching Judy Garland or Jimmy Stewart again is getting a bit much for you – then it’s time to get stuck into a good book. The long evenings are perfect for book, robe and slippers moments. Check out these great places for unputdownable book deals:
Amazon Prime customers can get one book (ebook) free every month with first reads. At any given moment there are hundreds of other free ebooks and magazines that you can access. See full list here.
The Readly app contains over 5,000 magazines. Revolut customers can get one months free access. That’s your Christmas bathroom breaks sorted!
If you would rather have books read out, you can get a 2 month free Audible trial. Audible contains lots of well-known books in audio-form plus podcasts.
Want to get the party started without forking out a fortune? These days it’s easy to put together your perfect playlist – and it doesn’t have to cost you… anything really. There are some great music streaming deals out there to get you all rocking around the Christmas tree. In fact of all the deals mentioned on this page – we think these are possibly the best. Spotify – All I want for Christmas is you!
Spotify have a 3 months free Spotify Premium offer (must not have previously used Premium).
Tidal is another great music app. Get 1 month free trial this offer.
We hope your Christmas is full of entertainment.