Ultimate Guide To The Best Christmas Markets In Ireland

Christmas markets in 2018 – your festive guide to the best! ? Here is your essential guide on Ireland Christmas markets where you can find remarkable outdoor and indoor Christmas decorations (candles, pillows, rugs, nativity sets, ornaments, x-mas lights), live Christmas trees, artificial Christmas garlands & wreath, handmade crafts and amazing vintage style gifts for your friends and family members! 

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Dublin – Christmas markets you can fly whenever you are. Airlines flying to Dublin are listed on this site. You can view route information for airlines that fly to Dublin, compare the prices of both low cost and traditional airlines which fly to Dublin and book your flights.

Belfast –  German-style Christmas market in front of Belfast City Hall “guarantees a real Irish welcome for all its visitors“. Please, pay attention: prices are specified in Pound Sterlings.

Limerick –  discover truly Irish Christmas markets and events, taste local and seasonal food, buy handmade and Christmas crafts, Christmas décor for your home under reasonable prices.

Bray – all aboard! Christmas Train arrives in Bray! It`s time to travel to the heart of Bray city centre and experience the festive sights and Christmas lights!

Cork – Christmas magic will GLOW in Cork; get your Christmas off to a glowing start this year at Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration.

Derry – Christmas celebration returns to Derry as well! This year festivities will be focused on 4 key weekends throughout the Christmas period. A total budget of almost £100,000 has been set aside with £78,300 for the events themselves and £20,000 for marketing.

Drogheda – ho-ho-ho, Merry Christmas! ? Homemade, Homegrown and Handcrafted…..Over 30 local food and craft stalls are waiting for you in front of St Peter’s Church of Ireland Parish Hall, Peter Street, Drogheda.

Howth – forget shopping malls for your Christmas shopping; shop different – shop local – in Howth! Christmas market featured fantastic rustic style jewellery, local handmade and food! We wish you a Merry Christmas and would love to see you on Howth Christmas market!

Galway – last year Christmas market in Galway received over 350,000 visitors and there were more than 50 wooden chalets! Let`s repeat it in 2018!

Navan – the most magical Christmas market ? in Ireland. Start your gift shopping now and come along to Navan market to find something special. 50 stalls with lots of local crafters are already prepared for the first visitors!

Swords –  St. Nicolas has the pick of the bunch here…  On Swords local Christmas market you can shop for gifts, pick up a glass of mulled wine and get into the Christmas spirit of course!

Waterford – this is where Christmas begins with a selection of local artisan foods, decorations, gifts, workshops and visiting Santa himself at Santa’s Grotto, there will be an abundance of fun and sparkly activities to get you and your family in the Christmas mood!

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Dublin Christmas Markets

A hu-u-u-uge number of Christmas fairs and markets will be held in Dublin this year…

First of all, we would like to invite you to the Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair.  For over 30 years we The National Crafts & Design Fair (The Royal Dublin Society, Main Hall, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin) has been welcoming visitors to say for sure: Christmas starts here! By the way, on Wednesday 5th December there is a special 10% discount on all purchases at the Fair!

  • Adults: €12
  • OAPs: €10

Children under 16 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian: free (this does not apply to school groups)

If you are interested in interior design or just looking for a Christmas gift for those who are, you can`t miss the Dublin Flea Christmas Market! 280+ stalls of the best up and coming Irish-based creative individuals, start-ups and small businesses from artists, designers to craftspeople, retro, vintage and antique collectors.

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market (Dún Laoghaire, Dublin) is also a traditional Christmas Market, perusing the many hand-crafted gifts and decorations, jewellery, metal art, sculpture and photography on offer. Hosted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the festival also features the largest ever display of Christmas lights in Dún Laoghaire and a vintage funfair.

Furthermore, Designer Dublin Christmas Market should not be forgotten! Visit Bank of Ireland Forecourt, College Green, Dublin 2 on Friday 7th December, 10 am to 8 pm for the great selection of fashion, jewellery, craft and furniture.  

Market Arcade is one of the most fabulous places to visit in Ireland during the Christmas period. George’s Street Arcade is Ireland’s first “shopping centre” built in 1881, and one of Europe’s oldest, located in the heart of Dublin

Finally, MART`s Christmas Market is one of Dublin’s leading creative led markets and we invite you to visit The MART Gallery (Old Fire Station, 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6) every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of December from 12 pm to 7 pm.

For further information about extra Christmas markets in Dublin as well as festivals, fairs, Santa & Mrs Claus residences, please visit DublinLive.ei 

We hope you would love your Christmas holidays in Dublin!

What to Buy?

On annual Dublin Flea Market, we strongly recommend you to visitRiona Nolan for Rinoco Handcrafte, Rob Emerson for Boy Bloom Flower, and Elaine Fallon for Brookwood Pottery

Designer Dublin Christmas Market is a unique opportunity to buy Irish made Christmas gifts!

Browse fairytale inspired prints, greeting cards & stationary by Lisa McHugo, luxury 3D printed jewellery inspired by ancient Egypt and astrology, by designer Andrea Mears and many and many other unique things that can not be bought anywhere else!

MART`s Christmas Market aims to provide space to vendors selling food, art, design, craft, fashion and jewellery. Visit MART Gallery to support local businesses!


Gifted Christmas Fest

  • 6th December
  • 7th December
  • 8th December
  • 9th December

Flea Christmas Market

  • 6th-9th December
  • 13th-16th December

The Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival will be anchored by the Christmas Market from 22nd November – till 23rd December

Designer Dublin Christmas Market – 7th December

George`s Street Arcade Christmas Market works from 14th December till 27th December

MART`s Christmas Market

  • 6th – 9th December
  • 13th – 16th December
  • 20th – 23rd December

Market Opening Hours

Gifted Christmas Fest

  • Thursday – Friday: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

Flea Christmas Market

  • Thursday – Friday: 1 pm – 8 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival & Market opening hours are 12.30 pm to 7 pm on Fridays and 11 am to 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Designer Dublin Christmas Market opens from 10 am till 8 pm

Follow George`s Street Arcade Christmas Market opening hours below:

Christmas Market Working Hours 2018

MART`s Christmas Market runs from 12 am to 7 pm each day


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Belfast Christmas Markets

Belfast`s City Hall Continental Christmas Market – a unique and exciting festive feast experience alongside carefully handcrafted goods and artisan products in the grounds of City Hall from 17 November – 22 December. For many years, Belfast’s City Hall has been transformed into a traditional German-style Christmas market, packed to the brim with 90 masterfully handcrafted wooden chalets.

Bring your kids to visit Santa in his magical grotto and support local charity Pretty ‘n’ Pink and giant snow slide (2£ per slide). You can also buy a variety of Christmas decorations and live Christmas trees directly on the market. Visit Belfast during these Christmas holidays and you will never forget this exciting experience!


  • 17th November – 22nd December

Market Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm

(Open 12 noon on Saturday 17 November. Closes at 6 pm on Saturday 22 December)


City Hall Donegall Square, Belfast

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Limerick Christmas Markets

Christmas at Limerick`s Milk Market promises to be awesome, but don`t forget about lots of extra opportunities to feel the spirit of Christmas in Limerick!  Come to Bruree Christmas Fair to get your Christmas gifts, homemade cakes and a wide range of crafts! Tea & coffee for free! Visit Santa in Arthur’s Quay! Head to the Parkway Shopping Centre to see the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck in Limerick, December 7th .  And, certainly, hop on board Toots the Train, travel through the heart of the city and experience the festive sights and Christmas lights: €2 per ride.

Children under 16s are to be accompanied by an adult.

Castle Route

10.30 am – 1.00 pm

Pickup & Drop-off:

Arthur’s Quay

City Center Route

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Pickup & Drop-off:

King John’s Castle & Arthur’s Quay

Castle Route

7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

 Pickup & Drop-off:

Arthur’s Quay


And, of course, authentic Christmas Market on Cruises Street is on every day from Sunday 16th December to Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December

Download for free “Christmas in Limerick Event Guide 2018” following below:

What to Buy?

  • Ugears Ireland produces amazing 3D puzzles and construction models suitable for both children and adults, even Santa himself loves them! 
  • Homeland Candles will be presented on the 15th of December with their beautiful range of candles handmade right here in Co. Limerick. These are beautiful gifts and at Christmas. 

You can buy all these things at the Christmas Market at Mungret College.


  • Christmas Craft Fair (Milk Market) starts at 11 am and lasts until 4 pm 16th December
  • Rockhill/Bruree Christmas Fair opens on 2nd December
  • Christmas Market on Cruises Street works on every day from Sunday 16th December to Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December
  • Christmas Market  (Mungret College) the only day is Saturday 15th December

Market Opening Hours

  • Christmas Craft Fair (Milk Market): 11 am – 4 pm
  • Rockhill/Bruree Christmas Fair: 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Christmas Market on Cruises Street: 11.30 am – 5 pm
  • Christmas Market  (Mungret College):  11 am – 5 pm


  • The Milk Market, Market House, Mungret Street, Limerick City
  • Rockhill/Bruree Community Hall, Bruree, Co. Limerick
  • Cruises Street, Limerick
  • Mungret College, Mungret, Limerick

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Bray Christmas Markets

Christmas Trees, Christmas cakes, turkey and ham…what more would you need? Presents? Welcome to the Boutique Christmas Market at Jim Doyle’s, Bray! With free car parking at weekends throughout December, it makes Bray`s flea market the perfect place to pick up the perfect present at the perfect price!

What to Buy?

Unlock the door to your child’s imagination this Christmas with a magical Fairy Door or Fairy Lantern, Handmade Crochet Toys, Blankets & Clothes – all made with love looking out at Bray head…


  • Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December

Market Opening Hours

  • 12 pm – 5 pm


 Strand Rd, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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Cork Christmas Markets

30-meter Ferris Wheel* offers outstanding views of the city and the Christmas markets below.

*The Ferris Wheel is Closed on Christmas Day and Closing at 4 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

GLOW – A Cork Christmas Celebration 2018 will feature light installations on Lucey Bishop Park, Cork City Hall, Giant Ferris wheel, St. Patrick’s Street, Daunt Square & Cornmarket Street. GLOW is absolutely fantastic this year, we highly recommend you get there before it closes.

What to Buy?

Shopping-wise, stalls lean heavily towards street food and sweet treats to have on the go, but there are options on offer for those who want to combine socialising with their Christmas gift-buying, including Pimp My Pooch dog clothes, a stall featuring fairy-themed crafts and handmade Christmas decorations and wooden crafts.

If you are looking for unique designer gifts, visit the Cork City Hall for Crafts and Design Fair. Thousands of unique gifts from the stars of Irish contemporary crafts and design will be showcased at the biggest-ever City Hall Crafts and Design Fair in Cork from November 23-25. With 85 exhibitors, the traditional opening to the festive season in Cork offers a chance to pick up individual and original Christmas gifts.


  • 30th November – 2nd December
  • 7th December – 9th December
  • 14th December – 16th December
  • 20th December – 22nd December

Market Opening Hours

  • 12 pm – 8.30 pm


Lucey Bishop Park, between Grand Parade and South Main StreetCork

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Derry Christmas Markets

The Winterland Market in Derry welcomes the best of artisan traders, offering visitors a family-friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of speciality Christmas foods and handcrafted products. Tickle your taste buds with homemade jams, chutneys and sauces, artisan bread & cakes, a range of organic meats and of course some sweet treats.

Derry Christmas Market

The Guildhall Craft Fair is also an annual event which showcases a wide range of bespoke craft items created by craft designer-makers and artists throughout Ireland.  Admission fee is £1 per adult and free for children under the age of 14.  A series of workshops, music and events are also programmed over the weekend as part of the Christmas festive experience. New to the offering this year is the addition of a small number of food stalls on the ground floor that will enhance the overall festive experience.

What to Buy?

Organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the Guildhall Craft Fair brings together over 40 high-end craft producers and exhibitors from across the island of Ireland to showcase the best of local and regional craft produce and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional gifts and products.


  • 13th – 16th December – Winterland Market
  • 23rd, 24th, 25th November – Guildhall Craft Fair 

Market Opening Hours

Winterland Market

  • Thursday 13th – 12 pm – 10 pm
  • Friday 14th – 12 pm – 10 pm
  • Saturday 15th – 12 pm – 10 pm
  • Sunday 16th – 12 pm – 6 pm

Guildhall Craft Fair:

  • Friday 23rd November 12 pm – 7 pm
  • Saturday 24th November 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday 25th November 11 am – 6 pm


Guildhall Square, Derry

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Drogheda Christmas Markets

After a 2-year break, Drogheda’s Christmas lights are due to be switched on Friday 23rd November from 5.30 pm – 7 pm on St. Peters Steps in West Street, Drogheda. Mayor Frank Godfrey announced a continental-style Christmas market in Drogheda to build on the positive energy palpable in Drogheda since the Fleadh. “West Street could be pedestrianised from St Peter’s church to the Tholsel, with the street filled with stalls selling everything from crafts to foods to all sorts of Christmas produce“, he said in September. Unfourtantelly there is still no special Christmas Market in the city centre, but other highlights include a traditional singing concert, mulled wine and mince pies in the RNLI Lifeboat Station, Clogherhead on Sunday are available.

Another special treat this year is the Slane Distillery Christmas Market. The market will be opened on Friday the 30th November with a special tree lighting ceremony and will run up until Sunday 23rd of December. Entry to the market is free and visitors of all ages are welcome! 

What to Buy?

This Christmas, Slane Distillery will be transformed into a spectacular Christmas village, complete with log cabins selling a variety of goods. The market cabins of the Slane Distillery Christmas Market, will sit in the courtyards of the 250-year-old Georgian stables and will be selling local produce, gifts, confectionary and more.

Visitors to the Slane Distillery Christmas Market can enjoy some tasty treats as they shop to find the perfect gift this season. 

A selection of food trucks will be serving up delicious offerings such as the Slane Winter Spiced Apple Punch. This warming winter drunk is made with Slane Irish Whiskey and with local Cockagee Cider – perfect to keep you warm as you browse the market stalls.


  • 30th November – 23rd December

Market Opening Hours

  • Friday – 5 pm – 9 pm
  • Sunday – 2 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday – 2 pm – 7 pm


Slane Castle Demence, Drogheda


Howth Christmas Markets

Howth Market is one of Ireland’s most visited markets, catering for both local Dubliners and tourists from further afield. The weekend market takes place from 10 am to 6 pm every Saturday and Sunday (including Bank holidays and on special occasions). We also delighted to welcome the Down Syndrome Centre to Bodega/Howth Market this weekend, they sell Christmas calendars, candles and more. All proceeds go to providing essential services for children with Down syndrome! 

What to Buy?

Something special, unique and locally produced!

Below is an idea of what Howth Market offers or what we want to offer our customers:

  • Horticulture/Gardening tools & seeds
  • Arts/Crafts 
  • Clothing/Fashion 
  • Health & Beauty 


  • Everyday

Market Opening Hours

  • 10 am – 6 pm


3 Harbour Road, Howth

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Galway Christmas Markets

The Galway Continental Christmas Market returns to the city on Friday 16th November.

Amusement rides (including a 32-metre-high Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel) along with living music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events will prepare you to Christmas mood. The 2018 Christmas Market will also feature artisan food products and Christmas gift ideas from both local and European traders.

The Santa Express will take you on a train tour discovering the sights of the city, while the festive cheers continue through the cobbled streets of Galway lined with bustling shops, bars and restaurants. Presented by the Galway City Business Association (GCBA) and supported by Galway City Council, it has become Ireland’s longest running Christmas Market. 

What to Buy?

  • Furniture and interior design by the Faerie tailor and made by natural materials (bark and leaves of trees, moss etc.)
  • Christmas decorations for your home from the Ornament Shop and Honey & Rasberry (their waxed candles have 60 hours burning power!)


  • 16th November – 22nd December

Market Opening Hours

  • Monday – Wednesday: 12 pm – 8 pm
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm Sunday: 10 am to 10 pm

Beer tent open until 10 pm from Monday to Sunday


Eyre Square, Galway City centre.

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Navan Christmas Markets

Spend a great day with your family discovering Navan local food and crafts on Navan Christmas Craft Market located in Newgrange Hotel this year. Entry is free!

You can also join Christmas Party nights at the Newgrange Hotel (the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th of December).  Tickets are only €42 per person. Mulled wine, a festive 4-course meal, full bar extension are included. For more information, please, contact the hotel on 046 9074100 or email info@newgrangehotel.ie


  • 11th November

Market Opening Hours

  • From 1 pm to 9 pm


Newgrange Hotel, Navan

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Swords Christmas Markets

Visit the fantastic Christmas Market in Swords Castle! Over 40 Christmas stalls, festive music and entertainment for the kids! 

This year Swords Castle will be transformed into a magical winter setting, with guaranteed snow and festive lighting to ensure an authentic Christmas experience. The team of merry elves prepared the wooden chalets that offer the perfect Christmas gifts and snacks. Buy tickets here!

What to Buy?

Below are the merry traders that will be making this year’s event so special:  handmade dream candles, Mary Killeen jewellery, Tim Ralph photography, Lucy O`Gorman ceramics etc.


  • Friday 30th November – Saturday 1st December 

Market Opening Hours

  • Friday: 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm
  • Saturday: 11.00 am – 6.00 pm


Bridge St, Townparks, Swords, Co. Dublin

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Waterford Christmas Markets

Coming home for Christmas in Ireland from abroad? IrishCentral.com names Winterval as one of the “biggest and brightest” Christmas festivals to visit this festive season!

Waterford is Ireland’s oldest trading city. Enjoy Christmas markets in Cathedral during Winterval-2018 or visit the Waterford Country Market in St. Olaf’s Hall and tuck into some of the most delicious treats and goodies on offer.

Waterford Christmas Market

What to Buy?

Visit the Vintage Factory is Waterford’s very own vintage clothing store, specialising in men & ladies vintage apparel which is lovingly handpicked.

Waterford Treasures Shop offers 20% discount for all Christmas decorations, don`t miss the chance and shop local!  And of course… make sure to visit Arundel Square this weekend where are some amazing Christmas cabins have been prepared. Irish Celtic Bog Oak have some amazing gifts, we even hear Santa has popped by to pick up some stocking fillers there. 


  • 17th November – 23rd December

Market Opening Hours

  • Every Friday throughout Winterval, 8 am – 3 pm


St. Olaf’s Hall is at the back of City Square, Waterford

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Christmas at the Applemarket, Waterford, is a hub of cafés, bars, shops and restaurants all under one beautiful mirrored canopy, the perfect place to recharge at Winterval, with festive lights, a giant Christmas Tree, Santa’s giant post box, and music and street entertainment every weekend throughout the festival.

Waterford Apple Christmas Market


  • 2nd December; start at 3 pm

A special concert, with a twist, and some surprises, by City of Waterford Brass on the Applemarket, based on those three French Hens.

  • 8th December; start at 1.30 pm

Join the Juggling Maestro’s as they amaze with their juggling skills, using balls, clubs, and, of course, 5 gold rings!

  • 14th December; start at 3.30 pm

Street theatre company Realta perform walkabout performances, with their amazing, beautiful, swan-like costumes.

  • 15th December; start at 2 pm

Waterford Walls host a drop-in workshop on the Applemarket, interpreting in their own dynamic way, the theme of the day – 8 Maids a Milking.

  • 22nd December; start at 3 pm

The De La Salle Scout and Pipe Band will certainly provide 11 pipers piping, as they entertain at the Applemarket.

What to Buy?

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? There are some great places to shop in Waterford. Check them out here!


6 John Street, X91 NT78 John St, Waterford

Didn`t find your city? Visit YourDaysOut.ie and enjoy Santa`s workshop in Carlow or Christmas deer farm in Meath.

Build Me team wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are waiting for you next year with new home extension projects! So let’s all make your dreams come true…

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