5 Wonderful Places in Ireland to Do your Christmas Shopping
Christmas shopping isn’t for everyone, especially when it involves rushing to the shops last minute. However, what could make it special (and appealing) is when it’s part of a trip away to one of Ireland’s best Christmas shopping destinations. From craft fairs to city streets lit up with Christmas decorations, ’tis the season to soak up the best of Christmas shopping in Ireland and to make sure you get some downtime whilst doing so.
Find below five of Ireland’s best Christmas shopping destinations to visit.
1 Dublin City, County Dublin
Every year shoppers head to the capital for the best of Christmas shopping experiences, particularly along Grafton Street and O’Connell Street. From street lamps strewn with Christmas lights to eye-catching shop windows filled with decorations and buskers singing carols, it is hard not to get caught up in the excitement along Dublin’s popular streets. Throughout the city is a range of shops where Christmas gifts can be picked up for all the family, including the best of toys, clothes and electrical goods. There are also plenty of great cafes and restaurants for a much-needed rest and drink mid-shopping. Plus, in the evening visitors can make the most of Dublin’s many great restaurants and even take a trip to the theatre to see a Christmas-inspired play or pantomime.
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2 Kildare Village, Greyabbey, County Kildare
Kildare Village is transformed into a winter wonderland in the lead up to Christmas with its fairy lights and beautifully decorated shops. The shopping village has a great selection of boutique shops filled with a wide range of gifts that are perfect for any loved ones. Shops stock a great range of reduced designer items, as well as decorations and houseware for any must-have items for your home in the lead up to Christmas.
As part of a visit to Kildare, why not take a trip to Kildare’s stunning St Brigid’s Cathedral and Roundtower, or to Kildare Heritage Centre to find out more about Kildare’s history, which spans thousands of years.
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3 Belfast City, County Antrim
Belfast is fast becoming a popular shopping destination with its various shopping centres and boutique shops dotted across the city centre. The city’s Victoria Square Shopping Centre is well worth a visit during Christmas with its great selection of shops, impressive Christmas decorations and 360-degree views from the centre’s rooftop dome. Not far away is also St George’s Market, an award-winning market that is beautifully decorated over Christmas. Visit the market on the weekend, and enjoy a hot cider or hot chocolate whilst visiting the market’s many stalls. Every year there is also a Christmas market at City Hall, where international food and drink makes for a great post-shopping experience.
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4 Killarney, County Kerry
In the lead up to Christmas, Killarney is a beautiful setting for Christmas shopping amidst its winding streets and festive-inspired shop windows. What’s more, the city hosts a wonderful Festive Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet, an event that showcases the best of local produce and always has a great Christmas atmosphere. Once all the shopping is done, why not cosy up in one of Killarney’s great pubs and enjoy the sound of traditional music and Christmas songs?
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5 Galway City & Spiddal, County Galway
Along Galway’s main street are various shops where unique gifts such as handmade jewellery, local food, clothes and smaller gifts can be found. The whole city lights up over Christmas and hosts not one but two Christmas markets – one in Eyre Square and another at the Spanish Arch – for much of December. In addition to Galway’s city centre is Spiddal Craft Village, a collection of quaint thatched shops situated in the rugged and beautiful Spiddal area. The village will be open in the lead up to Christmas and will be filled with lots of unique handmade gifts for that extra special person in your life.
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