5 Dublin Christmas markets to visit in 2017
There is no better time to visit a small, walkable city like Dublin than at Christmas.
Soak up the festive atmosphere in historic Temple Bar. Stroll down Grafton Street adorned with lights and decorated windows. Feeling chilly? Nip into a cosy pub, with an open fire for a hot drink to warm up.
Scrooge himself, couldn’t fail to be enchanted by Christmas in Dublin.
If you have some Christmas shopping to do, there are plenty of Dublin Christmas markets and fairs to pick up a unique, often handmade, gift for someone special. Here are five happening in locations across the city – which one will you visit?
Support local, independent Irish craftspeople by visiting this extensive Christmas market. With over 100 stalls, this Christmas cracker is sure to be a hub of activity. It’s the place to go if you are looking for unique gifts for family and friends, including craft and design, vintage or upcycled items.
Dates: 7 -10 December 2017
Location: The Point Square
If contemporary art and design are your thing, make sure you pay a visit to ‘The Gifted Fair’ in the RDS, not far from Dublin city centre. For 6 days in December it will be home to over 500 of Ireland’s finest creative craftspeople and artisan food producers. With thousands of gift ideas, you may get all your shopping done in one place.
Dates: 5 – 10 December
Location: The RDS
Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park was once home to members of the Guinness family. Now Ireland’s official state guest house, it hosted Queen Elizabeth II on her state visit to Ireland in 2013, and holds an annual Christmas market. It’s a wonderful place to browse the stalls, enjoying a warm drink surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of beautiful parkland with its own herd of fallow deer, only a stone’s throw from the city centre.
Dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December 2017
Location: Farmleigh House
New for 2017, this is the place to go if you need to keep little ones entertained on your trip to Dublin Christmas Markets. As well as a selection of market stalls, the village contains a big wheel, lots of food options, virtual reality skiing, face painting and a Christmas Grotto, with Santa himself there at the weekend.
Dates: Month of December
Location: CHQ Building
Only a short DART ride from Dublin city, Dun Laoghaire is a wonderful sea side town. This year’s Christmas Market is located close to The National Maritime Museum of Ireland for the first time. It is worth combining a visit to the market with a tour of the museum where you will be enthralled by stories of discovery, war, heroism and disasters at sea.
Dates: 21st Nov – 24th Dec 2017
Location: The National Maritime Museum of Ireland