The Best Christmas Markets in Ireland for 2022

Jill Holtz

September 5, 2022

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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. Soak up all the Christmas festivities with a visit to one (or more!) of these fantastic Christmas markets taking place in Ireland this year.

Visit These Christmas Markets in Ireland

Maybe it’s the smell of delicious food and Christmas smells in the air, or maybe it’s just the mulled wine, but I love a good Christmas market! Here are some of the best Christmas markets taking place around Ireland.

Wicklow Christmas Market

Best Christmas Markets in Ireland Wicklow

Dates: November 19th to December 18th 2022

Get ready to hang up the stockings, drape the tinsel on the tree, and sip an Irish Coffee under the mistletoe, because Christmas is coming, and in Wicklow, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the famous Wicklow Christmas Market.

Delight in the magic that the market has to offer for Christmas lovers of all ages, from a brand-new Santa experience for the kiddies, an expanded Eco-Ice Rink, a bigger and better market, and even more lights and trees than ever.

Wicklow Christmas Market is designed to be enjoyed by all, therefore, as always, entry to the Market is FREE. Once inside, you will be transported into an awe-inspiring Christmas wonderland, where you’ll have your choice of delicious, international culinary offerings from local food vendors, 50+ craft stalls to get your Christmas shopping list completed, and of course the markets now legendary fire-show and new covered live entertainment space.

Galway Christmas Market

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Dates: November 11th to December 22nd 2022

The Galway Continental Christmas Market transforms Eyre Square in the heart of Galway City into a magical winter wonderland. The atmospheric market features traditional Bavarian and Irish Stalls, with food, beverages and gifts and goods from all over Europe.

The observation wheel and carousel are always popular and add to the festive atmosphere. Children can also post their letters to Santa in his special post box and pay a visit to him in his grotto.

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Cork Christmas Market

Dates: 2022 dates TBC

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. It usually runs during weekends from end November trough to the final weekend before Christmas. The festival has something for everyone, with a free festive installation in Bishop Lucey Park, giant ferris wheel, food markets and entertainment.

Belfast Christmas Market

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Dates: November 19th to December 22nd 2022

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.

Waterford Christmas Market – Waterford Winterval

Dates: November 18th to December 23rd 2022

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

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Limerick Christmas Market at the Milk Market

Dates: December 2022

The Christmas Market at the Milk Market usually takes place weekly from the 2nd Dec with a full week of markets in the run up to Christmas Day. 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!

Sligo Christmas Market – Strandhill People’s Market

Dates: December 2022 (exact dates TBA)

Enjoy the annual Christmas celebrations at Strandhill People’s Market in the unique venue of Hangar 1 at Sligo Airport. Visitors can enjoy artisan food and craft products. The market runs every Sunday 11-4pm, and night markets are usually open every Friday in December from 5pm-9pm.

The man in the big red suit may also be visiting every Friday and Sunday throughout December, with all funds raised from the Santa’s grotto going towards a local charity.

Mullingar Christmas Market – Winterfest 2022

Dates: December 2022 (exact dates TBA)

Winterfest is back in Mullingar for 2022. Along with an ice-rink and other initiatives, the annual Mullingar Christmas Market will run on select dates in December in Mullingar Town Park.

Kilkenny Christmas Market – Yulefest 2022

Dates: From November 26th 2022

Yulefest Kilkenny is back from November 26th. As part of Yulefest there will be a number of Christmas Markets taking place around Kilkenny which offer the perfect opportunity to purchase local, handmade Christmas gifts for all the family.

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Published On: September 5th, 2022 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: September 15th, 2022 / Tags: , , , , /

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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