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This holiday season’s top Irish Christmas markets for food, shopping, and fun

Galway City Christmas Market,

The Galway Christmas Market is back for the thirteenth year; it opened on November 11 and will be open until Thursday, December 22.
The Galway Christmas Market is Ireland’s largest and most established seasonal market. This year’s market core will be Eyre Square, where you can stroll through traditional wooden huts filled with gift options. Foodies will enjoy German bratwurst and pretzels washed down with a stein of beer, decadent hot chocolate, mulled wine, or all three.

Limerick Christmas Markets,

Limerick Christmas Markets

Limerick will host a variety of Christmas markets across the city and county this holiday season, selling handcrafted items and providing live entertainment to get you in the holiday mood.

Granagh Christmas Markets is a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs on November 27th, including handcrafted jewellery, candles, melts, crochet, Christmas decorations, and other seasonal crafts. On December 11, visit the Ballyneety Christmas Market for a comparable assortment of crafts, as well as food trucks, local choir performances, and a snap opportunity with Santa. Finally, on December 17, get into the holiday mood by meandering around Knockainey Market, where you can do some last-minute shopping while listening to some seasonal musical performances.

YuleFest Kilkenny

Kilkenny is transformed into a winter paradise with activities for the entire family during YuleFest. The Santa City Cycle and the lighting of the Christmas lights kick off the festivities. The Medieval Mile Run, Yulefest Movie Night, the Elf Village, and the Yulefest Bandstand are among festival favourites. The Christmas Market, which is packed with delicious goodies from local food and beverage manufacturers, is one of the food highlights. 
Beginning November 26, wintry wooden huts will open shop at The Parade, selling local goods, great food, and delectable gifts. There’s also family entertainment, live music, and plenty of hot chocolate to keep everyone warm.

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., the market will be open. To find out what else Yuletide has in store for you, go to yulefestkilkenny.ie.

Glow a Christmas Celebration, Cork City

The magnificent Glow festivities take place at Cork City’s Bishop Lucey Park. These activities offer a true family-friendly community vibe and a warm and welcoming ambiance, with performance artists and musicians delighting the spectators. If you bring the kids, they may pay a visit to the elves, who are busy working at Santa’s pop-up workshop.

This market sleighs when it comes to festive fun for the whole family, with live entertainment, amusements, and a Ferris wheel.

Christmas Market at Stillgarden Distillery

On the 10th and 11th of December, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll enjoy a fantastic yule experience at this Christmas market in Stillgarden Village, with charity fashion displays and raffles, as well as a joyful weekend of live music, seasonal beverages, and an abundance of local businesses, artists, and food and drink sellers. So, whether you’re seeking unusual Christmas gifts, want to soak up the wonderful Christmas ambience, or want to dine and drink well, gather your friends and set a date to jingle all the way to this delightful distillery.

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Winter in Dublin

Prepare for a festive winter in Dublin as the city’s streets and venues come alive with a fantastic calendar of events in November, December, and January.

Share unforgettable moments with friends and family while strolling through Christmas markets, wintry wonderlands, and sparkling streets adorned with amazing illuminations. At a performance, dance like no one is looking, delight in the wonderful panto tradition of yelling, “He’s behind you!” and enjoy afternoon tea with Santa and his elves on a vintage bus.

During the festive season, there is so much going on in the capital, from breathtaking animations and decorations to intriguing exhibitions and enticing performances.

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Ballymaloe Craft Fair, Co Cork

The Ballymaloe Craft Fair is a hallmark of East Cork’s Christmas experience, and it returns for two weekends this year, from November 18 to 20 and from November 25 to 27. Every weekend will be a completely distinct shopping experience, giving you even more reasons to return.

The Ballymaloe Craft Fair is open on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Friday night admission is €6, Saturday and Sunday admission is €8, and children under 12 are free all weekend. Tickets are only available at the entrance. Visit ballymaloegrainstore.com for more details.

Gifted at the RDS, Co Dublin

The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, Gifted, will return to Dublin’s RDS from November 30 to December 4. It is a one-stop shop for approximately 500 designers, craftsmen, and food producers who present their items to an estimated 35,000 holiday consumers.

You’re likely to discover a booth that matches your needs, whether you’re shopping for children, family, beauty enthusiasts, or art aficionados.

Gifted will also showcase a range of sustainable presents in the Sustainable Edit this year. There, you’ll find beauty items, vintage apparel, and gift ideas made with the environment and the receiver in mind. A series of handicraft classes for adults and children will also be held during the expo.

Entry is €10, with a 10% discount on the first day, Wednesday, November 30. For further information, visit giftedfair.ie.

Waterford Winterval, Co Waterford

Waterford’s spectacular, immersive festival returns on November 18 and runs until December 23. While there will be ice skating, Santa’s grotto, and even a circus, one of the main attractions will be the Christmas market, which will have craft and food booths, as well as manufacturers and artists from both local and national areas.

The market is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on George’s Street. Keep up with all the festive happenings on The Winterval Times, and visit winterval.ie for more information.

Santa’s Magical Market, Co Cork

Cork’s famed Marina Market is home to a variety of Irish food and gift merchants all year, but Santa Claus is heading to town this holiday season. The Christmas booths will open in a new location within the market, offering everything from sweets and delights to meaningful presents.

The new Santa experience, however, makes it a must-see for families: check how many animals you can identify in the woods, pay the reindeer a visit in the stables, observe the elves at work, or mail your letter to Santa at his post office. Of course, no trip to the North Pole is complete without a stop at Mrs. Claus’ bakery.

Santa’s Magical Market is open from November 19 to December 23.

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