It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with selection boxes stocking supermarket shelves and festive adverts blaring on television and radio.
One of the best festive activities has to be going to a Christmas market, where you can peruse a selection of handmade, crafty gifts and stocking fillers and graze for hours on Baileys hot chocolates, pretzels and mince pies.
While far flung European cities are famous for their festive markets, Ireland has quite a few to choose from that incorporate shopping, snacking and entertainments such as live music, bars and amusement rides for the whole family.
With the return of markets after being closed last year, which one is closest to you?
Galway Continental Christmas Market
The Galway Market is retuning, after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The market is famous for its various stalls, situated in 50 wooden chalets in Eyre Square – from foods such as Man of Aran fudge to Santa’s Grotto and the German Bier Keller.
The Big Wheel and traditional Carousel are also expected to return. The market received over 650,000 visitors in 2019, and runs from November 12nd to December 22nd.
Winterval in Waterford
Running from the 29th of November to the 30th of December, Waterford City will be transformed into Ireland’s Christmas Capital this winter as it hosts the biggest festive market in the Republic of Ireland.
This market is famous for it’s live events and entertainment, and this year will promote the theme of Celebrate Together.
This marks the gathering back together of families, friends and communities and the creation of lifelong magical memories for all to cherish post-pandemic.
Mistletown Christmas Festival and Market in Dublin
Ireland’s largest indoor Christmas Market, Mistletown boasts some of the best gift shopping from the most talented independent retailers and artists in Ireland.
Seperated into sections, there is the Craft Market, where shoppers can find a huge range of items, including wooden toys and crafts, handmade Christmas baubles, silver jewellery, Christmas cheesy jumpers, antiques, books, pampering products, knitwear and giftable food like preserves and chocolates.
There is also an artisanal food market where you can enjoy a mix of hot snacks and beverages, or head over to the bar for a mulled wine or hot buttered rum.
The market will run from the 4th to the 23rd of December, at the City Fruit & Veg Market, Dublin 7.
Christmas at the Milk Market in Limerick
Limerick’s Milk Market will soon play host to its annual festive event.
Running from the 28th of November to the 31st of December, the market will have a number of different events on each day. Some key dates for your calendar:
- Sunday the 5th of December – Christmas Record Fair 10am to 4pm
- Sunday the 19th of December – Christmas Antique & Vintage Fair 11am to 4pm
- Friday the 24th of December – Famous Food Xmas Edition 8am to 2pm
Glow – A Cork Christmas Celebration
The Cork Christmas celebration is a little different. While it isn’t a traditional market, it’s an interactive trail around the city to view all the gorgeous Christmas lights and windows in the city centre.
One key element is the famous pantomime windows. With each window representing a traditional pantomime in the artistic fashion of a theatre set, these animated stories are displayed in ten designated shop windows dotted around Cork city centre.
So, between the 29th of November and the 23rd of December, grab a hot drink and take a stroll around the city and shop local. The iconic Panoramic Ferris Wheel and Carousel, located on Grand Parade, will cease on Christmas eve.
Source: RSVP Live