20 Greatest Christmas Markets in Eire – from cosy moseys to competition enjoyable

Belfast Christmas market within the grounds of Metropolis Corridor

Slane Distillery Christmas Market

Lisnavagh Home

Cork Glow Pageant

Christmas in Kilkenny

Christmas in Kilkenny

Butler Home, Kilkenny, at Christmas

Surfers courageous the chilly at Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Limerick’s Milk Market

Winterfest in Mullingar

Rugby large and proud Carlow man, Sean O’Brien, prepares for Carlow Culinary Christmas with three year-old Iarlaith Flannery at The Arbortetum. Picture: Mary Browne

Enjoyable at winterfest in Mullingar

Stencilize at Dublin Flea Christmas Market. Fb

20 Greatest Christmas Markets in Eire – from cosy moseys to competition enjoyable


Increasingly more Christmas Markets are popping up round Eire yearly, from small and kitschy village festivals to hipster craft purchasing experiences.



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Increasingly more Christmas Markets are popping up round Eire yearly, from small and kitschy village festivals to hipster craft purchasing experiences.

Right here’s our listing of the most effective across the land, the place you may store native for items, decide up a glass of mulled wine and get into the Christmas spirit.

The Large Hitters


Galway Continental Christmas Market

There have been over 350,000 guests to Galway’s Christmas market final yr, dipping between the 50 picket chalets in Eyre Sq.. Galway’s meals sport is powerful, so go together with an empty abdomen and dig into crepes, bratwurst, pretzels and German beer. What says “Christmas” greater than a straining belt, eh?

Particulars: November 16 – December 22, galwaytourism.ie

GLOW – A Cork Christmas Celebration


Cork Glow Pageant

With a large Ferris wheel, choirs singing carols and Christmas lights a go-go, Cork involves life at the moment of yr. There are many market stalls to tempt you, too.

Particulars: Each weekend in December, corkchristmascelebration.ie.

Winterval in Waterford

This Christmas extravaganza takes over the entire metropolis annually, with numerous festive merriment unfold in each nook and cranny. You’ll discover market stalls in just a few places – following your nostril is the most effective guess.

Particulars: November 17 – December 23, winterval.ie



Belfast Christmas market within the grounds of Metropolis Corridor

You couldn’t ask for a prettier backdrop – Metropolis Corridor is festooned with twinkly lights, and the lovable market huts are match to burst with ornaments, items and a hefty quantity of tempting meals from all world wide. Our tip? Sniff out the hog roast.

Particulars: November 17 – December 23, fb.com/BelfastXmasMark.

Limerick’s Milk Market

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Limerick’s Milk Market

This weekly market constantly knocks it out of the park, however it comes into its personal at Christmas. Decide up a festive wreath, a superb stash of chutneys and as a lot native cheese as you may carry.

Particulars: December 14–16, 21–24, milkmarketlimerick.ie/xmas


Après Dublin and the Stephen’s Inexperienced markets might not be going down this yr, however there are many cool little options across the metropolis. You’ll be able to decide up cool items of artwork and crafts in A Fabulous Christmas Market at The George, which is on December 1. The Designer Christmas Markets are being held within the Financial institution of Eire forecourt on School Inexperienced on December 7, too.

Particulars: fb.com/TheGeorgeBar, fb.com/DesignerDublinChristmasMarket

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The Foodie Havens

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Slane Distillery Christmas Market


Slane Distillery, Co Meath

The Boyne Valley is a paradise for artisanal meals, and you’ll decide up a wide selection on the Slane Distillery’s Christmas market (above). The setting, within the distillery’s 250-year-old Georgian stables, is a beaut…. be careful for live performance memorabilia, too.

Particulars: Each weekend November 30 – December 23, slaneirishwhiskey.com

Teeling Distillery, Dublin


The Teeling Distillery Tour. Picture: Pól Ó Conghaile

Nothing kicks the season of jollity into gear like seeing the lighting of a Christmas tree. The one on the Teeling Whiskey Distillery is lit on December 5, with the Spirit of Dublin Christmas Craft Truthful going down on December Eight. The distillery tour is fairly cool too…

Particulars: teelingdistillery.com

Carlow Culinary Christmas

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Rugby large and proud Carlow man, Sean O’Brien, prepares for Carlow Culinary Christmas with three year-old Iarlaith Flannery at The Arbortetum. Picture: Mary Browne

Rachel Allen and Fishy Fishy’s Martin Shanahan can be readily available to discipline your questions on that pesky turkey, comedy Christmas cook dinner offs and a bunch of native meals on the market. Tickets are €19.50, which features a €5 voucher for the Meals Village.

Particulars: December 6 – Eight, visualcarlow.ie

The Indie Favourites


Dublin Flea

The common Dublin Flea market is sorely missed within the metropolis. So till they discover a new house, pop alongside to their Christmas market in The Level. There are over 280 extremely curated stalls over the 2 lengthy weekends – count on to see handcrafted jewelry, glorious classic and swoonworthy house décor.

Particulars: December 6-9 & 13-16, dublinchristmasflea.ie

Strandhill Folks’s Market

From their arrange in Hangar 1 at Sligo Airport, the Strandhill Folks’s Market is a well-liked favorite amongst Sligonians, and their Christmas market isn’t any exception. You’ll discover native crafts, artworks and decadent treats, alongside their common assortment of wholesome juices, sushi and wholefoods.

Particulars: December 2, 9, 14-16, 21-23, strandhillpeoplesmarket.ie

The Lisnavagh Christmas Truthful 2018

Held within the grounds of the attractive Lisnavagh Home, this artful honest is the proper place to select up some items. There are additionally Kids’s Christmas Craft Workshops held within the afternoon, which embody scorching chocolate and a go to from the large man himself (€13).

Particulars: December Eight-9, lisnavagh.com

Household Enjoyable

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Butler Home, Kilkenny, at Christmas


YuleFest Kilkenny

Issues are delightfully bonkers at Yulefest Kilkenny – count on to see Stormtroopers and an Irish Wolfhound known as Fionn (mascot for the third Infantry Battalion) popping up across the metropolis. There’s a robust charitable spirit too, which looks like a much more becoming Christmas theme than tinsel and baubles.

Particulars: All through December, yulefestkilkenny.ie

Wicklow Christmas Market

Held within the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow city, the market brings the same old number of wreaths, crafts and tempting meals. However you’ll overlook about all of that once you discover out that there are precise alpacas on the scene. How we did Christmas with out alpacas for all these years, I’ll by no means know.

Particulars: Each weekend from December Eight, wicklowchristmasmarket.com.

Winterfest Mullingar

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Enjoyable at winterfest in Mullingar

All of the wintery merriment is predicated round a 600-square-metre ice rink in Mullingar City Park, with a Swedish Fika type Christmas market held on December 6-9.

Particulars: November 23 – January 6, winterfestmullingar.ie

Dundalk Christmas Market

Held as a part of Frostival, the stalls in Market Sq. are packed stuffed with Christmassy treats, and there may be lots else to seize the eye of little ones, too.  

Particulars: December 14-15, dundalktown.ie/frostival

Christmas in Donegal

There’s masses occurring in Donegal this Christmas, together with Santa’s Kingdom in Buncrana (November 24 to December 23), a craft and artwork honest in Letterkenny’s An Grianán theatre on December 1, and later in December, Letterkenny’s artisan Christmas market.

Carrigaholt Christmas Market, Co Clare

Some 30 stalls are anticipated promoting artisan meals, handmade items and extra native produce on the Loop Head Peninsula on Sunday, December 7. Learn extra on the group’s sustainable method to tourism on Loop Head right here.

Particulars: loophead.ie;

Westport Home’s Winter Wonderland

OK, so it’s not strictly a market. However with story telling, face portray, crafting, treats, the Santa Categorical Prepare throughout the Property and, in fact, Santa himself, we needed to embody Westport Home’s Winter Wonderland. There are additionally festive films proven within the Drive-In, too, as a result of it aint Christmas till you’ve seen Elf.

Particulars: November 24th to December 23, €14-€28.50, westporthouse.ie

NB: All costs and dates topic to vary.

Learn extra:

High 10 Christmas markets for 2018: Metropolis breaks with festive feeling

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