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The best Irish Christmas markets to explore in 2023
Enjoy a night of festivities at a Christmas market.
Ireland’s Christmas markets are back for 2023. Whether you’re heading out for gift shopping with the family or plan to share a hot beverage on a unique date night, you have a great spread of markets to explore, from the traditional alpine variety to more modern craft fairs.

Here are 15 markets to take a festive stroll through this Christmas season.

1 | Corkmas, County Cork

Cork city gets a festive glow-up once again this year as Corkmas, a Cork City Council initiative, lights up the county capital. With a brand-new immersive light experience set in Emmet Place, start your festive season with a bang. Watch the lights of the city below as you take a ride on the Ferris Wheel or hop on for a spin around the carousel.

Cork city; November 18 - January 7.

A couple standing infront of the Ferris Wheel that is covered in Christmas lights.
Take a ride on the Ferris wheel and watch as Cork city lights up.

2 | Nano Nagle Place Christmas Market, County Cork

Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street in Cork hosts many markets throughout the year, but their craft-based Christmas market provides a unique opportunity to browse the best Cork creators have to offer and pick up some fantastic gifts. Peruse the outdoor stalls with a hot drink, stay for a live gig or talk, take the kids on a treasure trail and grab a bite to eat across two weekends in December.

Nano Nagle Place, Cork; December 2-3 and 9-10.

Shop for Cork-made crafts at Nano Nagle Place.
Shop for Cork-made crafts at Nano Nagle Place.

3 | Milk Market at Christmas, County Limerick

The bustling year-round Milk Market in Limerick is the oldest of its kind in the country. On December 3, they'll be hosting a special Christmas Art Fair featuring over 30 stalls of local art. But whenever you visit throughout the season, there will be the market’s usual selection of local crafts, produce and baked goods for sale, as well as vintage clothes and antique jewellery in the permanent shops around its edges.

The Milk Market, Limerick; December 3.

Two merchants serving customers at the Milk Market in Limerick.
Pick up local art and Christmas treats at the Milk Market.

4 | Christmas in Killarney, County Kerry

You'll find a balance of parades, delicious dining and other fun at Christmas in Killarney, a festival taking place at different venues in Killarney town through the festive season. The final two Thursdays of November, you can 'Dine in Killarney' at participating restaurants and enjoy a festive three-course menu for €35. Bring the kids to meet Santa at Deenagh Lodge in Killarney National Park, or head out and wonder at the big Christmas parade that runs through town every Saturday evening over the course of the festival.

Killarney, Co Kerry; November 25 - December 22.

Christmas decorations in Killarney, Co Kerry
Stop by the magical parades at Christmas in Killarney.

5 | Galway Christmas Market, County Galway

Join the whopping quarter of a million people expected to visit the Galway Christmas Market in Galway’s Eyre Square this year. Peruse wooden chalets stocked up with everything from local crafts to treats like fresh crêpes, pretzels, bratwurst and mulled wine. Soak in some live music, delight in the giant Ferris Wheel and grab a brew at the German Bierkeller. Santa will also be seeing visitors – and he might just have a gift for you.

Eyre Square, Galway, November 10 - January 7.

An aerial image of the Christmas market in Galway City.
Wander through the sprawling grounds of the Galway Christmas Market.

6 | The Christmas Cottage Market, County Cavan

Christmas festivities in Cavan kick off with the Christmas Cottage Market running down Town Hall Street the first weekend of December. Shop from Cavan's best artisan food, crafts and art at 50 stalls lining the street, and take little ones to explore Santa’s Reindeer Headquarters. 

Town Hall Street, Cavan; December 2-3.

7 | Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, County Cavan

The Slieve Russell Hotel once again plays host to Cavan’s Christmas Craft and Gift Fair on December 3. The ideal activity for a windy, rainy December day, this whole fair is held indoors in the cosy surrounds of the Woodford and Erne Suites in the hotel. Featuring around 60 vendors, there’ll be everything from quirky greeting cards and scented soaps to needlepoint quilts and more, ideal for those looking for artisanal Christmas gifts.

Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan; December 3.

8 | Winterfest Mullingar, County Westmeath

For Christmas fun in Westmeath, head to Winterfest Mullingar on the weekends of December 8-10 and 15-17. There's an indoor Christmas market on Mount Street with 40 stalls of gifts, hand-crafted ornaments and sweet treats. Little ones can meet St Nick at Santa's Grotto, or on December 9 and 10, hop aboard the Santa Express that will take them all the way to Longford and back. 

Caffrey’s Marquee, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath; December 8-10, 15-17.

9 | Strokestown Christmas Market, County Roscommon

Explore over 50 stalls at the Strokestown Christmas Market in Roscommon, where you can pick up candles, knitted scarves and ornaments, as well as homemade cupcakes and vegan treats to keep you going. Enjoy live music, street theatre, and a carol service, or pop by with the kids for an outdoor Christmas movie. You might even catch an appearance from Santa and Mrs Claus turning the Christmas lights on.

Strokestown, Co Roscommon; December 15-16.

10 | Yulefest Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Kick off your festive season in a medieval city with Yulefest Kilkenny. Gear up in your Christmas best for the Medieval Mile Run, or take things easy at the Christmas market set against the inviting backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, where you can pick up everything from home baked treats to affordable art. Santa makes his big arrival for the little ones on November 25.

Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny; November 25 - December 23.

Stroll through Yulefest in Kilkenny.
Stroll through Yulefest in Kilkenny.

11 | Waterford Winterval, County Waterford

Over 100 wooden chalets make up the spectacular continental Christmas market at Waterford Winterval, which are laid out along the spine of the city’s medieval centre. Expect live music and performances across the city all festival long, with 20 free events scheduled. There’s also a nod to the heritage of the city with Déise Medieval, a recreation of a Viking settlement with actors who bring the spirit of a historical Christmas to life.

Various venues, Waterford; November 17 - December 23.

People at the Winterval Christmas event in Waterford city
Stop by the chalets at Winterval.

12 | Wicklow Christmas Market, County Wicklow

The grand Wicklow Christmas Market will be decked out with over 40 chalet vendors selling artisan woodcrafts and handmade ornaments every weekend until Christmas. Grab a bite to eat, whether you fancy a freshly griddled bratwurst or a chocolate cupcake. Take in fire shows, stilt walkers, and live music, bring the kids aboard the Santa Express train or head to the Eco Alpine Skate Trail for an environmentally friendly skate session.

Leitrim Place, The Murrough, Co Wicklow; weekends from November 18 to December 17.

Wicklow Christmas Market 2022
Explore traditional vendors at the Wicklow Christmas Market.

13 | Stillgarden Christmas Market, County Dublin

Dublin 8 is known for its makers, creators and small businesses, and this year their wares will be shown in the Stillgarden Christmas Market at the Stillgarden Distillery in Inchicore. Browse the market’s stalls of artists, jewellers and other designers for creative Christmas gifts, grab a veggie snack or delicious dessert at one of the food trucks, and sip on specialty cocktails and mulled drinks with a Stillgarden twist.

Stillgarden Distillery, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8; December 9-10.

14 | Gifted Fair, County Dublin

Billed as the biggest craft and design fair in Ireland, Gifted is back again for another year with over 400 independent retailers and 100 artisan food producers. Browse organic beauty products and vintage pieces in the sustainability section, or stop by one of the specialty pet supplies vendors for a gift for your furry friend.

RDS Main Arena, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4; December 6 - 10.

A string of crafts with an out of focus Christmas tree in the background.
Browse through Gifted, the biggest craft and design fair in Ireland.

15 | Christmas at the Castle

For this year's Christmas at the Castle, Dublin Castle will be once again transformed into a winter market to rival the best on offer across Europe. The big change from last year? The market is now unticketed, so you can wander up at a time that suits you and take part in all the cheer. Shop from over 25 traditional alpine market stalls featuring an array of decorative crafts and inspiring gifts, sip on mulled wine and hot cocoa and take the kids for a spin on the vintage carousel.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2; December 6 - 19.

Enjoy this Winter in Dublin at Christmas at the Castle, featuring a Vintage Carousel, great food and drink, arts and crafts stalls all in a stunning historic location in Dublin City.
Head to Christmas at the Castle in the heart of Dublin.
More Christmas fun for the family

If you're looking for more ways to spend time with the family this festive season, check out our family friendly guide to Christmas events.

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