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Dublin Christmas Markets 2024: 7 Likely To Return

Dublin Christmas Markets 2024: 7 Likely To Return

So, there isn’t one main Dublin Christmas Market – there are several!

The capital has been severely lacking when it comes to festive markets, but a few recent additions have given the city Christmassy boost.

And, while the last few years have been a bit of a mess, we can expect several Christmas Markets in Dublin in 2024!

Quick need-to-knows about the Dublin Christmas markets 2024

Swords Castle Christmas Market

Photo left via Fingal. Right via Shutterstock

If you’re looking to visit Christmas Markets in Dublin in 2025, take 10 seconds to read the points below, first:

1. Don’t believe what 90% of websites are saying

So, if you Google ‘Dublin Christmas Market 2024’ you’ll find a load of websites listing off markets that no longer take place, e.g. the Dublin Flea Christmas Market or the market at the IFSC – they’re using very dated info.

2. There’s very few Bavarian-style markets

There’s hundreds of Christmas fairs taking place across Dublin in halls and car parks. Unfortunately, there’s only one (maybe two) Christmas markets in Dublin in 2024 that are even remotely Bavarian-style (e.g. the one in Dublin Castle).

3. The reality

There’s only one ‘main’ Dublin Christmas market and that’s the one in Dublin Castle. The likes of Mistletown (not running), the old Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market (hasn’t run in several years) and the Guinness Storehouse Christmas Market (it wasn’t a market last year) are all unlikely to go ahead.

7 Christmas markets in Dublin returning in 2024

Dublin at Christmas

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Although the dates for the Dublin Christmas markets are still TBC, I’ll tell you what we know based on previous years (there are plenty of Christmas markets in Ireland, too!).

Below, you’ll find the markets that are definitely going ahead along with ones that are very likely to go ahead!

1. The Dublin Castle Christmas Market

Christmas market in dublin castle

Photos by The Irish Road Trip

A couple of years back, the Dublin Castle Christmas market arrived out of nowhere and it went down reasonably well.

It was one of the only Christmas markets in Dublin that went ahead over the last two years and, although small, it’s set in the impressive grounds of Dublin Castle.

In previous years, the castle was finely decked out in fairy lights and the entrance to the castle grounds was lined with 100+ Christmas trees.

The main market is held within the courtyard where there is all of the usual stalls selling festive bits and bobs, a carousel and an open-air bar (more info here).

2. The Swords Castle Christmas Market

Swords Castle Christmas Market

Photo left via Fingal. Right via Shutterstock

If there’s one Dublin Christmas market that’s stood strong in recent years it’s the one in Swords Castle.

It’s usually home to over 50 stalls buckling with gifts, art, crafts, and food all sold by local traders. There’s also a Santa’s Grotto.

Now, this tends to run at the end of November and the start of December for 2 weekends, which isn’t much, but it’s handy if you’re staying/living on the northside of Dublin.

3. Botanic Gardens Eco Christmas Craft Market

Botanic Gardens Christmas Market

Photos left and bottom right: Shutterstock. Top right via OPW

The Botanic Gardens will likely bring back what will be one of several eco-style Christmas markets in Dublin in 2024.

Here you’ll find over 70 stalls offering a range of sustainable gifts, as well as seasonal treats and decorative crafts.

It’s an indoor and outdoor market, set in and around the historic glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.

The venue will have a light sprinkling of festive cheer with performances from a local choir.

4. Bremore Castle Christmas Market

Bremore Castle Christmas Market

Photo left via Fingal. Right via Google Maps

A lot of Christmas markets in Dublin are taking place in the grounds of castles this year!

The Bremore Castle Christmas Market in Balbriggan is held in the walled garden of Bremore Castle, with a range of market stalls selling a variety of arts and crafts, as well as delicious food and drinks.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to ‘support local’ with a focus on local traders, artists, and businesses.

5. Rathfarnham Castle Christmas Market

Rathfarnham Castle Christmas Market 2024

Top right photo via Shutterstock

Rathfarnham Castle Christmas Market is an outdoor market held in, unsurprisingly enough, the grounds of Rathfarnham Castle, an impressive 16th-century fortified house.

Throughout the day, the magical market has a range of stalls selling artisan goods, local art and crafts, plus opportunities for food and festive warm drinks. 

Kids will have the opportunity to post their letters to Santa and there’s also all-day entertainment taking place.

6. The Fumbally Market

The Fumbally Market

Photos via Aisling from The Fumbally

The Fumbally Market is held over several days in December, usually around the 8th, 9th and 10th), with rotating stalls featuring goods from independent artists, crafters, and traders.

It’s one of only a handful of indoor Dublin Christmas markets, which is handy if the weather isn’t playing ball!

You’ll find many a unique gift with everything from notebooks and local honey to hand-made knitwear on offer.

7. Wonderlights


Photos via Wonderlights on FB

Now, this doesn’t really fit alongside the other Christmas markets Dublin has to offer, but it’s well worth a mention.

Wonderlights in Malahide Castle is an interactive attraction with a little alpine food village (see photos above) at the end where you can grab sweet treats and ‘winter warmers’.

This years ‘show’ is the ‘Magic of Winter’ and, as you ramble around the castle grounds, you’ll be treated to Ireland’s largest light show with everything from talking trees to flying fairies.

It runs from from November – January and it is one of several festive things to do in Dublin at Christmas in 2024.

8. Christmas Markets near Dublin

Christmas Markets near Dublin

If none of the Dublin Christmas markets above tickle your fancy, don’t fret – there’s a handful of markets nearby and plenty more a 2-hour drive away, depending on how dedicated you are to getting to one.

Here’s a mix of Christmas Markets near Dublin to choose from:

Christmas events in Dublin in 2024

Dublin at Christmas

Photos via Shutterstock

OK, there are only a few markets above, so I’ve whacked in some other festive things to do at Christmas in Dublin this year.

I’ll add more to the list below when pantos, carols, and other events are announced closer to December (find loads more things to do in the city in our guide on what to do in Dublin).

1. Pantos

Christmas events dublin

Photo By TanitaKo on Shutterstock

If the Christmas Markets in Dublin aren’t you’re cup of tea, you can kick-back with some live entertainment at one of the many pantos taking place.

2. Christmas drive-in movies

Fancy watching the Santa Clause, ELF, Home Alone or Love Actually on a big aul screen from the comfort of your car?

Retro Drive-In is an outdoor cinema that takes place at Leopardstown each year and it usually runs from the start of December.

If it’s lashing rain and you don’t fancy getting drenched while sauntering around a Dublin Christmas market, take refuge in your car and catch a festive flick.

3. Christmas carols

tipping in dublin

Photos via Shutterstock

There’s an absolute tonne of different Christmas carol events you can visit in Dublin at Christmas, with a mix of free and ticketed events on offer.

The National Concert Hall has endless festive events scheduled over the coming weeks.

Christ Church also has several events running. You’ll also find hundreds of other musical events listed on EventBrite.

4. The Christmas lights

Dublin at Christmas

Photos via Shutterstock

Like many of Ireland’s towns and cities, Dublin is completely lit up during the festive period. However, the Christmas light switch on in Dublin has gone a*se ways over the years.

For a number of years, there was a big switch on that people travelled in to see. However, those running the event couldn’t control the crowds, and it was cancelled.

Grab a cup of coffee and take a little stroll around O’Connell Street, Henry Street, Grafton Street and just follow the lights. Finish the festive ramble off with a bite to eat in one of the best restaurants in Dublin.

5. Christmassy pubs

Christmas pubs Dublin

Photos via The Hole in The Wall on FB

Dublin’s home to many a pub, but some go all out during November and December with Christmas decorations.

The Hole in the Wall pub is one of those places that you need to visit at Christmas if you haven’t nipped by already.

The folks here go all out decorating from November, and the result is incredibly special! Find loads more bars to visit in our guide to the best pubs in Dublin.

Christmas markets Dublin 2024: What have we missed?

Although I’ve spent (literally) 7 hours researching what Christmas markets Dublin may have returning to it in 2024, it’s been a pain.

Most websites are outdated and many leave providing further information until the last minute, which doesn’t help visiting tourists. Have a market to recommend? Shout below!

FAQs about Dublin at Christmas

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What’s the most German-like Christmas market in Dublin?’ to ‘Which are free?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Are there any Christmas markets in Dublin in 2024?

The main Dublin Christmas Market is Christmas at the Castle. There is also the Swords Castle Christmas Market, the Botanic Gardens Market, the Rathfarnham Market, the Fumbally Market and the Bremore Castle Christmas Market.

What Dublin Christmas markets are worth visiting?

In our opinion, the only Christmas Market in Dublin we would really make an effort to get to is the one in Dublin Castle. However, the others above are worth considering if you live close by.

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Monday 21st of August 2023

My husband and I have never visited Ireland before and we are debating between Christmas in Dublin in 2023 or Christmas in Cork. Which seems to be more festive?


Thursday 15th of December 2022

Thank you for this article! Really helpful! Cheers!


Sunday 11th of December 2022

Fantastic job, thank you good man, cheers.

Antonina Golovach

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Thank you for this incredibly helpful work!! Now we’re all set for the festive season and fun 🥳🙏🏻


Saturday 5th of November 2022

Just wanted to say that I really appreciate all your work on this! I’ve been trying to research the markets for this year and was struggling to find information

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