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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 (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 2023

Dublin at Christmas

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Although the dates for some of the Dublin Christmas markets are still TBC, a number now have confirmed dates (there are plenty of Christmas markets in Ireland going ahead, 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: Dec 6th – 19th

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).

It has been confirmed that the Dublin Castle Christmas Market will run from 6th December to 19th December from 12:00 to 21:00 daily.

2. The Swords Castle Christmas Market: November 24th – December 3rd

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.

The Swords Castle Christmas market has been confirmed, but it’s sounding like it’ll take place in the park behind the castle this year. It’ll run:

  • Fri 24th Nov: 3pm to 8pm
  • Sat 25th Nov: 11am to 6pm
  • Sun 26th Nov: 11am to 6pm
  • Sat 2nd Dec: 11am to 6pm
  • Sun 3rd Dec: 11am to 6pm

3. Botanic Gardens Eco Christmas Craft Market: December 9th – 10th

Botanic Gardens Christmas Market

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

The Botanic Gardens are bringing 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.

This Dublin Christmas market will run on the 9th and 10th of December from 10:00 – 16:00 each day.

4. Bremore Castle Christmas Market: November 26th – December 17th

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. It has confirmed dates for 2023:

  • Sun 26th Nov: 11am to 4pm
  • Sun 10th Dec: Times TBC
  • Sun 17th Dec: Times TBC

5. Rathfarnham Castle Christmas Market: December 10th

Rathfarnham Castle Christmas Market 2023

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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 has been confirmed that it will take place on Sunday 10th December from 10am-3pm).

6. The Fumbally Market: December 8th – 10th

The Fumbally Market

Photos via Aisling from The Fumbally

The Fumbally Market is held over several days in December 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. Here are the opening hours:

  • Friday: 12:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00

7. Wonderlights: November 10th – January 2nd

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’s running from from November 10th – January 2nd and it is one of several festive things to do in Dublin at Christmas in 2023. 

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

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’s returning from December 2nd to 20th.

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

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 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 (Dec 6th – 19th). There is also the Swords Castle Christmas Market (Nov 24th – Dec 3rd), the Botanic Gardens Market (Dec 9th – 10th), the Rathfarnham Market (Dec 10th), the Fumbally Market (Dec 8th – 10th) and the Bremore Castle Christmas Market (Nov 26th – Dec 17th).

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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Katie

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?

Helen

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Thank you for this article! Really helpful! Cheers!

Leo

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 🥳🙏🏻

Cecilia

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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