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Top 5 Christmas Markets in 2023 - Ireland Top 5 Christmas Markets in 2023 - Ireland

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Top 5 Christmas Markets in 2023 - Ireland

Published 11th December 2023Read Time 3 min

Although there are more famous Christmas markets abroad, Ireland still has plenty to offer!

The island boasts an array of Christmas markets, each offering a unique blend of festive cheer and traditional Irish warmth. Here are five of the best Christmas markets in the country, cherished by locals and visitors alike. 

1.    Galway Christmas Market

Nestled in the heart of Galway, this market transforms Eyre Square into a winter wonderland. With over 50 stalls and huts, it offers a diverse range of crafts, gifts, and culinary delights. Smells of mulled wine and festive treats mix with the sounds of live music, creating a spirited atmosphere that captures the essence of Christmas. A perfect way to warm up after a festive sea-swim in Salthill maybe?

2.    Belfast Christmas Market

Located in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, this market really is a spectacle. It has an  international twist, and showcases a variety of global cuisines and handcrafted goods. Visitors can make their way through the illuminated stalls, savouring everything from German bratwurst to French pastries and Italian sweets. 

3.    Dublin Castle Christmas Market

Dublin Castle in the perfect fairy tale setting for a Christmas Market in Dublin. It takes place from the 6th to the 19th December. Held in the courtyard, it features all the classic stalls, stands and festive features you would want to see! 

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4.    Winterval in Waterford

Winterval takes place in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. It is a festive extravaganza that caters to all ages. The market is spread throughout the city centre, offering an ice rink, a Christmas train, and a Land of Lego by Brikz 4 Kidz. The market stalls are brimming with unique gifts and tasty treats. The backdrop of historic landmarks adds a touch of magic to the festive ambiance.

5.    Christmas in Killarney

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney’s National Park, this market and events exude real Irish charm. The stalls feature handmade crafts, local products, and festive decorations. Carol singers, street performers and Santa’s Grotto create a lively atmosphere, making it a great destination for families and friends to soak up the holiday spirit.

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