We’re almost midway through November, and this means Christmas is just around the corner. For many of us, this means regular trips to the shops and days out with friends and family. One popular attraction for many when it comes to hitting the shops at Christmas is a visit to Christmas markets. If you’re looking for a pre-Christmas shopping break over the coming weeks, here are six wonderful Christmas markets around Ireland to consider visiting.
6 Irish Christmas Markets to Visit in 2017
1 I BELIEVE Christmas Market, Dublin
Running from 26th November to the 23rd December, the I BELIEVE Christmas Market in Dublin’s Custom House Quarter is a celebration of all things Ireland. The market will showcase the very best in Irish food, drink, crafts and horticulture for 28 days, while a 50-foot Christmas tree is sure to make this a popular attraction for visitors to the capital over the coming weeks.
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2 Galway Continental Market, Galway
With some 50 wooden chalets setting up camp at Eyre Square from the 17th November, the Galway Continental Market is one of Ireland’s most popular festive markets and welcomes huge numbers to the city of the tribes. With a range of food and craft gifts from around Europe on offer, and regular entertainment including live music, storytelling and carol singing, the Galway Continental Market is a great day out for all the family. The great location also allows you to explore Galway City Centre.
3 Belfast Continental Market, Antrim
Recently featured in our five great Irish Christmas shopping destinations, Belfast is a city that has so much to offer visitors planning a short break. With two Michelin Star Restaurants (OX and Deanes EIPIC), and several great shopping centres, Northern Ireland’s capital has quickly become a top shopping destination. When it comes to Christmas markets, Belfast has a selection to consider, with Victoria Square Shopping Centre having a regular Christmas market, and the famous St George’s Market has a wonderful Christmas market that showcases the finest local producers.
Pride of place in Belfast over the coming weeks though will be the Belfast Continental Market, located in the heart of the city within the grounds of the picturesque Belfast City Hall. Now in its 13th year, the Belfast Continental Market begins on Saturday 18th November, running until Saturday 23rd December, and is sure to attract large numbers over the coming weeks. With a range of local and international food and crafts producers, there is a great atmosphere at Belfast’s premier market, although do try to get along early if you’re planning to visit at the weekend.
4 Winterland Market, Derry
Staying in Northern Ireland, and the Walled City of Derry welcomes the four day Winterland Market to the popular Guildhall area of the city. Guildhall Square welcomes the very best artisan traders, offering visitors a friendly shopping experience and something a little different this festive season. The city’s Craft Village is a place well worth visiting if you’re planning a weekend break in Derry over the coming weeks, adding to a memorable festive shopping experience.
5 GLOW in Cork City, Cork
GLOW is a popular Christmas Festival in Cork this Christmas, and the festival will be home to several markets from Friday, 1st December. The GLOW Festival runs every weekend in the lead up to Christmas, and from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd on Christmas week. Regular live entertainment, a Ferris Wheel, and popular food markets have made GLOW a hit in recent years. The famous English Market is a must visit if you’re planning a break to Cork to enjoy the GLOW festivities.
6 Waterford Winterval, Waterford
Last but by no means least is Waterford Winterval, considered by many to be the ultimate Christmas celebration in Ireland. Waterford City is Ireland’s oldest city, and the area transforms during Winterval to provide a variety of free and paid events that are fun for all the family. This year’s festival takes place from 17th November to 23rd December across a variety of locations in the city including, the Merchants Quay, Bishops Palace and Georges Court Shopping Centre.
Some of the highlights of Winterval include the Winterval on Ice, the Winterval Christmas Market, the Horse Drawn Sleigh and the Giant Snow Globe. With over 20 events across the year, Waterford Winterval is a festive celebration and wonderful market space to add to your calendar for the 2017 festive season. A perfect weekend break for the family in the build up to Christmas.
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What’s Your Favourite Irish Christmas Market?
Has your favourite Christmas market made our list or is there a hidden gem out there that we’ve forgotten? Let us know by commenting below.
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