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Christmas Markets in Ireland 2023: 7 Incredible Options to Experience the Festive Spirit

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Christmas in Ireland is a period of magic, where cities are dressed in the joy of festivities and hearts are filled with Christmas spirit. Christmas Markets play a crucial role in the celebration, offering an enchanting atmosphere and unique opportunities to experience the true essence of the season.

In 2023, Ireland is preparing to host a series of Christmas Markets full of magic and enchantment, providing special moments for the Brazilian community that chose this country as their home. With a variety of options spread across several cities, these markets promise to surprise and delight everyone, immersing them in an unforgettable festive experience.From the vibrant Galway Markets to the traditional ones in Belfast, from the magical Winterval in Waterford to the hidden delights in Kilkenny and Wicklow, each market offers a unique experience, showcasing a range of artisanal goods, delicious food and entertainment for all ages.

We invite to explore seven of the most impressive Christmas Markets in Ireland in 2023, providing information on start and closing dates, special attractions and what to expect at each location, so you can plan and make the most of this magical season.Get ready to immerse yourself in the charm of Irish Christmas and explore these incredible markets that promise to not only celebrate the season but also create unforgettable memories for the whole family.

1. Galway Christmas Market: 10th November to 22nd December


Galway’s Christmas Markets are widely regarded as some of the best in Ireland. In their 13th edition, they return once again, bringing with them the true spirit of Christmas. The market will be held in Eyre Square from 6pm on 10th November until 22nd December. Get ready to explore charming stalls, enjoy delicious typical food, relax in lively beer bars and, of course, take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel.

2. Belfast Christmas Market: 18th November to 22nd December


The Belfast Christmas Market is a real attraction that has been around for over 12 years. City Hall transforms into a German-influenced Christmas market with 90 handcrafted wooden booths. Here, you will find a diversity of dishes from 32 nationalities, activities for the whole family and attractions such as the Santa Claus Train and lively beer bars. The market will be open from November 18th until December 22nd.

3. Winterval in Waterford: November 17th to December 23rd


Winterval in Waterford is another highlight of the Christmas Markets in Ireland. In its 11th year, Winterval grows with each edition, with an increasingly impressive festive program. Enjoy everything from the traditional market to the ice skating rink, spectacular Christmas lighting and the famous Waterford Eye Ferris wheel. Celebrations begin on November 17th and run until December 23rd.

4. Christmas Market in Cork: 24th November to 7th January


Formerly known as ‘Glow’, the Christmas Market in Cork is an often underrated gem. The city takes on extra charm during Christmas, and this year, a completely new experience is set to launch. Details will be confirmed in the second week of November, so stay tuned for more information. The confirmed dates are from November 24th to January 7th, 2023.

5. Christmas Markets in Dublin: Varied Dates


The Christmas Markets in Dublin have been a bit erratic in recent years, with several traditional events being disrupted. However, the Christmas Market at Dublin Castle and the possible launch of Mistletown Market bring hope. The former is scheduled to take place from December 8th to 21st (still to be confirmed), while the latter, if launched, has the potential to be Ireland’s biggest Christmas Market. We also look forward to the possible return of the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market.

6. Christmas Market in Kilkenny: Starts on November 25th


The Christmas Market in Kilkenny is an often overlooked gem, but one that deserves to be discovered. Last year the market took place every weekend from 10am to 6pm, offering a variety of festive stalls, with local vendors offering everything from food to crafts. Additionally, numerous events such as open-air cinema sessions, live music, DJ sets and more take place around the market. In 2023, the market starts on November 25th.

7. Christmas Market in Wicklow: 18th November to 17th December


Our final highlight is the Christmas Market in Wicklow Town, a more recent addition to the Christmas Market scene in Ireland. The market takes place on the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town and offers a magical experience. Visitors can enjoy the ‘Santa Express’, interact with adorable alpacas, explore an amusement park, shop at craft stalls, watch fire shows and much more. The dates for the Christmas Market in Wicklow Town are: 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th November, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, and 17th December.


Christmas Markets in Ireland are much more than just places to shop; They are true havens of enchantment, celebration and unity. These events not only offer the opportunity to find unique gifts and indulge in seasonal delicacies, but also to experience authentic Christmas magic.As Ireland prepares to host Christmas Markets in 2023, we warmly invite the Brazilian community to get involved in the festive atmosphere. From Galway to Wicklow, each market offers its own personality and special attractions, ensuring everyone can find something special.With a variety of dates and attractions, there is something for everyone: from families looking for fun to those looking for that special gift and those who just want to soak up the magical atmosphere of Christmas.

Remember to check the specific opening dates and times of each market to plan your visit. Be prepared to embrace the joy of the festivities, soak up the holiday spirit and create precious memories with loved ones.The Christmas season in Ireland is a special time, and these Christmas Markets are the beating heart that keeps the magic and tradition alive. Don’t miss the chance to explore and make the most of these wonderful events that will certainly make your Christmas unforgettable!

Author: Thiago

I moved to Ireland 2012. I work as a business administrator and travel a lot to Europe with my work. I enjoy writing and athletics during my vacation and try to visit friends and family every year in Brazil.
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