For a long time, Dublin wasn’t exactly a city known for its Christmas markets, but the past few years have changed the city’s festive landscape substantially.
From Christmas pop-ups at the Guinness Storehouse to a full-on Christmas market set up at Dublin Castle, these days, the Dublin Christmas market scene has quite a few interesting offers for visitors and locals like.
So, if you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what the Christmas markets in Dublin are like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of Dublin’s Christmas Market scene, with official dates, hotel recommendations, photos & more.
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Dublin Christmas Market Dates
As of November 2023, most dates for Dublin’s Christmas markets still have not yet been announced, but these are the ones we know of so far:
- Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair: Dec 6 – 10, 2023
- Mistletown: Cancelled
NOTE: Because the various Christmas markets in Dublin are organized by different entities, dates for each market will vary. We recommend checking the official websites listed below of each market for the latest.
Dublin Christmas Market 2023 Hotels
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Christmas Markets in Dublin to Visit
Here are some of the usual highlights based on previous years:
Dublin Castle Christmas Market (Christmas at the Castle)
This boutique open-air Christmas market is held at Dublin Castle, and offers a packed program filled with carol singing, horse carriage rides, and even free access to the castle’s State apartments.
With over 30 craft vendors on-site, this Dublin Christmas market is also a great place to pick up gifts for everyone on your list (while of course soaking in one of the most atmospheric slices of the city).
Mistletown (Cancelled for 2023)
Held at the historic City Fruit & Veg Market, Mistletown bills itself as Ireland’s largest indoor Christmas experience, with an artisan food village, craft market, and full entertainment program to offer visitors.
Of course, that’s not all – to guarantee enjoyment from patrons of all ages, there’s also a vintage funfair and on-site bar… you know, to cover all your bases.
Swords Castle Christmas Market
For a family-friendly Christmas market in Dublin, the Swords Castle Christmas Market is a must-visit.
With a wide array of traders and artists, this market focuses on experience as much as it does on selling. Other notable highlights include meet and greets with Santa himself, a kids Christmas cartoon cinema club and several music and magic shows.
Terenure Christmas Festival & Bumper Craft Market
This long-running Dublin Christmas Market takes place at the Terenure Village car park, offering 50+ stalls with crafts, handmade gifts and artisan produce, along with all-day entertainment and plenty of freebies for the whole family.
Guinness Storehouse Winterfest (Formerly Winter Village)
As the most popular tourist attraction in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse is a name known by all.
… Which is precisely what makes it such a great setting for a cozy little Christmas village featuring a “showstopping Christmas tree curated by award winning graphic designer Annie Atkins, pop up music and entertainment, light shows, festive food and more”.
Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival
Along the coast of County Dublin (about a 40 minute drive from central Dublin), you’ll find one of the best Christmas markets in the area: the famous Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival.
This gorgeous coastal market is home to dozens of gift vendors, food stalls from around the world, and (perhaps most weirdly), the ferris wheel featured in Grease.
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