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Dublin Christmas Markets 2023: 7 Worth A Visit

Dublin Christmas Markets 2023: 7 Worth A Visit

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 2023!

Quick need-to-knows about the Dublin Christmas markets 2023

Swords Castle Christmas Market

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If you’re looking to visit Christmas Markets in Dublin in 2023, 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 2023’ 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 2023 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 (will 2023 finally be its year?!), 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 only ‘maybes’ at this stage.

7 Christmas markets in Dublin likely returning in 2023

Dublin at Christmas

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Although the dates for the various Dublin Christmas markets are still TBC, we can make some educated guesses based on previous years (there are plenty of Christmas markets in Ireland going ahead, too!).

Below, you’ll find the markets that are very likely to go ahead (we’ll update this guide when we get definite dates).

1. The Dublin Castle Christmas Market: TBC

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

Although the dates are TBC, if this Dublin Christmas market follows the format of the last number of years, the market will run from December 8th to December 21st, 2023.

2. The Swords Castle Christmas Market: TBC

Swords Castle Christmas Market

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

Here, you’ll find over 50 stalls buckling with gifts, art, crafts, and food all sold by local traders. There’s also a Santa’s Grotto open.

If the Swords Castle Christmas market follows the format of the last number of years, it should run on November 26th and December 2nd.

3. The Howth Castle Christmas Market: TBC

howth castle and the ad

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Next up is one of the newest Christmas markets Dublin has to offer – the Howth Castle Christmas Market.

This was first announced in November last year, not long after it was announced that the castle had been sold.

While there was a lot of excitement about the arrival of a new Dublin Christmas market, this sounded more like an ‘add-on’ to the circus that was taking place.

The event was primarily a circus, but a festive market also took place with fairground rides.

If this ‘market’ returns, and if it follows the format from last year, it should run from December 8th to January 13th.

4. Botanic Gardens Eco Christmas Craft Market: TBC

Botanic Gardens Christmas Market

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The Botanic Gardens will likely bring back what is one of several eco-style Christmas markets in Dublin in 2023.

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.

If it follows the format of last year, this Dublin Christmas market should run on the 9th and 10th of December. 

5. Rathfarnham Castle Christmas Market: TBC

Rathfarnham Castle Market

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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 (it’s TBC but it should run on Saturday, December 9th).

6. The Fumbally Market: TBC

The Fumbally Market

Photos via Aisling from The Fumbally

The Fumbally Market is held over several days in December (TBC), 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.

Don’t miss out on the Scéal Bakery’s signature Christmas puddings, minced pies, and festive preserves. 

7. Bremore Castle Christmas Market: TBC

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. We’ll add the dates in here when we know more!

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 2023

Dublin at Christmas

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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

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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 there’s no reason it won’t be back in 2023.

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

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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

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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

hole in the wall 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 2023: What have we missed?

Although I’ve spent (literally) 7 hours researching what Christmas markets Dublin may have returning to it in 2023, 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 2023?

The main Dublin Christmas Market is Christmas at the Castle, which is likely to return in early December. There are also several smaller markets taking place.

What Dublin Christmas markets are worth visiting?

In our opinion, the Swords Castle Market, the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market (hasn’t run in a couple of years) and the one in Dublin Castle, as it’s nice and central.

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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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