The Best Christmas Markets in Ireland

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Nothing beats the atmosphere of a good Christmas Market with tempting aromas in the air, Christmas music, cute gifts to browse and nice food to nibble on as you walk around. Here are some of the Best Christmas Markets in Ireland this year:

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#1. Castletown Christmas Village

castletown christmas village

The Castletown Christmas Village takes place at Castletown, Celbridge, Kildare from Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th December 2017. Activities at the Castletown Christmas Market include Santa Grotto, Cinema, Puppet theatre, Christmas Story time, Christmas Fun Photo Booth, Carousel, Big Wheel, craft village and more!

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#2. Galway Continental Christmas Market

Light Up Galway City

The Galway Continental Christmas Market transforms Eyre Square in the heart of Galway City into a magical winter wonderland from 17th November to 22nd December this year. The 32m observation wheel will also make a welcome return.

The atmospheric market features traditional Bavarian and Irish Stalls, with food, beverages and goods from all over Europe, and a Santa’s Grotto.

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#3. Santa’s Magical Winter Wonderland, Buncrana

Santa’s Magical Winter Wonderland takes place Friday 24th November – Sunday 22nd December in Ardaravan Square, Buncrana, Donegal.

The fun kicks off with the 3rd Annual Buncrana Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus himself switching on the Christmas Lights across the town at 6pm. As well as Santa’s Grotto, there will be a Christmas Carousel, live crib with donkeys and other animals, including Santa’s own reindeer, especially flown in from the North Pole! Enjoy Christmas Karaoke, Santa’s Christmas Letterbox, arts and crafts workshops, storytelling with Mrs Claus and her elves, and live music too.

#4. Glow, a Cork Christmas Celebration

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For festive fun in the run up to Christmas, head to Cork City for Glow, a Cork Christmas Celebration, which includes a fantastic Christmas Market and runs during weekends from 1st to 22nd December. The festival has something for everyone, with a free festive installation in Bishop Lucey Park, giant ferris wheel, food markets and entertainment

#5. Belfast Christmas Market

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The ever popular Belfast Christmas Market is back offering a range of unique gifts, gourmet food and drink and don’t forget to pay Santa’s post-box a visit and send off your Christmas wish lists to the North Pole, as each child who posts their letter will receive an individual response from the ‘big man’ himself. Runs from 18th November – 23rd at the Belfast City Hall grounds.

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#6. Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker Market

Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker Market takes place Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th December at The Point Square, Dublin 1. Enjoy stalls with a wide selection of Irish designers, art, books, clothes, jewellery, handmade gifts, as well as music and food.

#7. Après VILLAGE Dublin

This year’s Après VILLAGE at CHQ, Dublin has plenty of family fun, with free admission and plenty of festive activities including Festive family fun every day from 12pm – 7pm, food and market stalls, Santa’s Grotto, carousel and big wheel, VR Ski experience, inflatable snow globe and more.

#8. Winterval in Waterford

waterford illuminates

Winterval is back, for festive fun for all the family head to Waterford for the annual festival which includes Waterford Illuminates, a 3D illuminating light show taking place each evening. There’s also an ice rink, over 45 events (mostly free) and the Winterval Express Train to enjoy.

#9. Christmas Market at Milk Market, Limerick

The Christmas Market at the Milk Market takes place weekly from the 4th Dec with a full week of markets 17th to 24th. Featuring up to 60 stalls & shops with artisan food, craft & gifts, quality festive & speciality foods, collectables, bric-a-brac, toys, books, fashions, seasonal decorations & more!

#10. Strandhill People’s Market

Strandhill People’s Market

Enjoy the annual Christmas celebrations at Strandhill People’s Market in the unique venue of Hangar 1 at Sligo Airport from December 1st – 22nd with artisan food and craft producers, the market runs every Sunday 11-4pm, and night markets are open every Friday in December from 5pm-9pm. The man in the big red suit will also be visiting every Friday and Sunday throughout December, all funds raised from the Santa’s grotto will go towards an all inclusive centre for children and young adults with special needs through local charity ‘Our Voice their future Northwest’.

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Over to you now. Have we missed any fabulous Christmas Markets in Ireland? Tell us in the comments below. 

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