A Walk Through Ireland’s Christmas Markets

 

Christmas markets are an exciting part of the festive season across Ireland, with markets big and small popping up all over the country from late November each year. But what makes Ireland’s Christmas markets so special? In this post, we take our big Irish family to discover the sights, tastes and delights of an Irish Christmas market.

Food 

It is worth taking a trip to Ireland's Christmas markets for the food alone! Normally markets have a selection of local traders, as well as those from further across Europe. Typical offerings include a whole manner of hot street food from hog roast to french crepes. 

Freshly pressed Belgian waffles with Nutella and cream at Belfast Continental Christmas market. 

 

A colourful selection of sweets at Galway Christmas market. 

Look at these pastry slices spotted at Winterval Waterford. 

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Christmas markets tend to have a heavy German influence and often feature bratwurst like this one at Belfast Christmas market.

Cute reindeer cupcakes for sale at Winterval Waterford!

Pizza made fresh in front of hungry market-goers in Belfast. 

Drinks

Drinks can also be the main event of your visit. With offerings such as festive hot chocolate, Irish coffee, mulled wine and hot apple cider. Some markets even have an 'Apres ski' lodge to enhance the feeling of a winter retreat. 

Festive hot chocolate at Winterval Waterford. 

 The lodge is packed with thirst market visitors!

 

Gifts and Crafts 

You can typically find unique and handmade gifts at any Irish Christmas market, as well as decorations, crafts and artisan food gifts. 

Hand-painted baubles for sale at Galway Christmas market

Adorable miniature fairy doors for sale in Belfast. 

Locally made pieces crafted from Irish bog oak. 

Activities 

The opening of the Christmas markets often coincide with a 'Christmas lights switch-on' but there are fun things to do all season long. Ice skating, ferris wheels, carousels, carol concerts and other festivities are typical. 

Waterford Winterval features a ferris wheel and cute Christmas 'tram'. 

Christmas carols being played by a local band at Wicklow market. 

Another fun activity at the Wicklow Christmas market is alpaca petting! Don't they look festive? 

So there you have it, a whistle-stop tour of Ireland's Christmas markets. Let us know over on our social channels what you would do first! 

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