“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” – why not immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit at one (or more) of these Ireland’s Christmas markets? There’s one for any type of person and in different cities of the Island.
The grounds of Belfast City Hall transform into a bustling continental village, featuring European treats such as Italian nougat, Belgian chocolate and French tarts.
17th November – 22nd December
Galway’s Eyre Square becomes even cosier at Christmas with warm lights, wooden cabins and a show-stopping Christmas tree on the scene. A music stage for carollers, children’s workshops and a visit from Santa will delight visitors, who can warm up with mulled wine, authentic German sausages and sweet chocolate waffles.
16th November – 22nd December
Christmas on Cork’s Grand Parade is all about the food. Stalls of sweets, artisanal dishes and vats of hot chocolate line the main street, at the base of a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round. Pop across to the English Market to sample some spiced beef, a festive Cork delicacy, before visiting Santa’s wonderland in the Bishop Lucey Park.
30th November – 22nd December
Ireland’s oldest city dives into the festive season in the shape of Winterval. Free and ticketed events range from storytelling in Reginald’s Tower to Yuletide Vikings and, of course, the Christmas Market. If you haven’t yet posted your letter to the man in red, make a date with Santa’s Giant Post Box. For a special treat, hop on the Winterval Express or the Horse-drawn Sleigh.
17th November – 23rd December