The Best Christmas Markets To Visit Around Ireland This Festive Season

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Once again we have circled back to that most wonderful time of year when everything is coated in the soft blur of twinkling light, and the sound of Michael Bublé becomes a familiar comfort as we wander the aisles looking for the perfect gifts.

And what better way to delve further into the festive cheer than to visit some Christmas markets? It’s a fun way to spend an evening with those near and dear and you can even pick up some Christmas presents while you’re at it.

You may find a unique handmade gift your friend would just adore, and if not, at least you get to indulge yourself with the loveliest treats and drinks that only the festive season can bring.

Here’s a list of some of the best Christmas markets around Ireland this winter season, if you fancy hitting any up.

Dublin Castle Market

With many of the markets around Dublin City ceasing to exist, Dublin Castle Market is one of the few returning this year to grant you the joy of aimless wandering through cosy stalls filled with marvelous handmade wonders!

The market is confirmed to be returning from December 8th to December 21st.

Belfast Christmas Market

Taking place inside the grounds of Belfast City Hall, Belfast Christmas Market is running back to full operations this year!

Grab yourself some personally crafted gifts, or a warm cup of mulled wine as you’re accompanied by the glimmer of lights that line the stalls.

The market is opening from November 19th and it’ll run until December 22nd.

Galway Christmas Market

As usual, Galway Christmas Market will take place in the heart of the city, Eyre Square.

Try a pint of German beer in the beer tent, or dance around to the local musicians in the city of culture!

The stalls of the market are filled with tons of gifts and goodies for you to discover. Opening on Friday 11th November until Thursday 22nd December 2022.

Glow Cork


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Cork City is renowned for its magical Glow Cork Christmas market, which offers an array of wonderful rides and attractions for those looking for some fun.

The stalls and stores of the market are jam-packed with delicious treats for you to try out, as well as many different types of trinkets that would be perfect stocking stuffers.

Taking place in Bishop Lucey Park, the market runs from November 22nd and will run until January 8th.

Waterford Winterval 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Waterford Winterval is fun for the entire family with a market, skating rink, and even a ‘winterval’ train.

If you’re spinning down to Waterford the Winterval is on from November 18th to December 23rd.

Which Christmas market is your go-to for some festive fun?

Written By Rebekah O’Reilly


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