The heart of Dublin comes alive with a vibrant holiday spirit as both locals and visitors immerse themselves in the lively pre-Christmas atmosphere of dining, shopping, and seasonal festivities. The December landscape is enriched by distinctive Christmas markets, each providing a special and festive encounter.
Dublin Castle Christmas Market
With a selection of more than 30 Christmas market booths, children can enjoy the attractions of a sizable carousel and indulge in the various delectable treats offered at the Dublin Castle Christmas market. Featuring an extensive array of Christmas market booths within the Dublin Castle premises, this stands out as one of the premier city excursions. Whether you choose to spend an afternoon or evening, you can delve into the Dublin Castle Christmas Market, where you can shop for unique local artisanal products—ideal for picking up some Christmas presents—while enjoying the harmonious sounds of gospel choirs and festive music.
Guinness Storehouse Winterfest
Immerse yourself in the festive spirit by attending the Dublin Christmas Markets at the Winterfest hosted at the Guinness Storehouse. Spanning five weeks, this event offers a delightful array of Guinness-themed treats, the spectacle of a towering Christmas Tree, and the opportunity to capture memories in front of Dublin’s most renowned doors.
Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair
Renowned for showcasing Irish crafts and artisanal creations, Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair at the RDS stands out as one of Ireland’s iconic Christmas markets. Formerly recognized as the National Crafts & Design Fair, it underwent a rebranding several years ago, adopting the name Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair. Boasting numerous market stalls, the event offers an extensive selection of Irish-produced crafts, including ceramics, food items, and handcrafted woolen clothing. It’s an exceptional destination in Ireland for acquiring truly distinctive and special gifts.
Dublin Zoo Wild Lights
The Dublin Zoo Wild Lights provide an extraordinary way to enjoy a chilly winter night in Dublin. Bundle up and traverse Dublin Zoo amidst a breathtaking exhibition of illuminated sculptures. Each year introduces a unique theme that commemorates the year’s end with a remarkable light presentation guiding you through the zoo. Starting on November 16th 2023 and ending sometime in January 2024, the Dublin Zoo Wild Lights are perfect for the entire family. Adult Tickets are €24.50 and a child ticket is priced at €20. There is a small discount for Zoo Annual Holders.
Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival
Dublin Christmas Markets bring joy and family fun to the nearby suburbs and towns. Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market is usually open on weekends from late November to December 23 and features a Ferris Wheel, the largest Christmas lights display in Dún Laoghaire, stalls selling handmade gifts, and festive foods. Located 40 minutes on the DART from Dublin City Centre, the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire has hosted a Christmas Festival for well over a decade.