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Christmas Markets In Dublin 2021: 5 Worth Checking Out

Christmas Markets In Dublin 2021: 5 Worth Checking Out

Unlike Galway and Belfast, there isn’t one main Dublin Christmas Market – there are several… usually!

And, while last year was a bit of a mess, it’s looking like there’ll be at least one Christmas Markets in Dublin in 2021: the Dublin Castle Christmas market.

There are also a handful of other markets that have run in recent years (Dun Laoghaire, Swords Castle and the Guinness Storehouse) that also have the potential to be going ahead, as you’ll discover below.

Some quick need-to-knows about Christmas markets in Dublin in 2021

Christmas markets in Dublin 2021

So, there are some very quick need-to-knows if you’re looking to visit one of the Christmas markets in Dublin in 2021 (you’ll find info on the ones taking place further down).

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

So, if you Google ‘Dublin Christmas Market 2021’ you’ll find a rake of websites listing off a load of markets that no longer take place, e.g. the Dublin Flea Christmas Market or the market at the IFSC.

2. Update: There’s currently 2 Christmas Market confirmed

Currently, the Dublin Castle Christmas market and the Guinness Storehouse Winterfest are the only two festive markets taking place in Dublin.

3. More may be announced

So, Mistletown Dublin cancelled recently, but it’s likely that other outdoor markets may still go ahead, like the Dun Laoghaire Christmas market.

The Dublin Christmas Markets that are likely to be taking place in 2021

dublin castle Christmas market

Photo by Mike Drosos (Shutterstock)

Below, you’ll find the Dublin Christmas Market that is 100% taking place and a handful of others looking likely to take place.

Later, you’ll find some festive events taking place in Dublin, from drive-in Christmas movies to pantos, concerts and more.

1. The Dublin Castle Christmas market

Christmas in dublin

Photo by The Irish Road Trip

A couple of years back, the Dublin Castle Christmas market arrived out of nowhere (it was first mentioned in the news in mid-December) and it went down reasonably well.

It has been confirmed that the 2021 Dublin Castle Christmas market will take place from Wednesday, December 8th until Tuesday, December 21st.

If you visited this market before, you’ll know that Dublin Castle was finely decked out in fairy lights and the entrance to the castle grounds was lined with 100+ Christmas trees.

Inside the castle grounds, there were 30+ stalls selling the usual stuff you find at Christmas markets and there was also carol singing, drink stands and a vintage carousel. 

Arguably the biggest attraction of this Dublin Christmas market was the complimentary access to the traditionally decorated State apartments in the castle.

2. The Guinness Storehouse Christmas market

guinness winter market

Photos by @alenamelo

The Guinness Storehouse Christmas market is the second Christmas market in Dublin be officially returning in 2021.

If you visited their ‘main’ market last year, you’ll know that it wasn’t great – it was literally a handful of stalls inside the main entrance.

However, this years’ market sounds fairly different, with a show-stopping Christmas tree curated by award winning graphic designer Annie Atkins along with several live performances.

The Guinness Storehouse Christmas market is taking place from Saturday, November 27th 2021 to Sunday, January 2nd 2022.

3. Christmas Craft Market at the National Botanic Gardens

Christmas Market at the National Botanic Gardens

Photo left: Botanic Gardens. Right: Shutterstock

The Christmas Craft Market at the National Botanic Gardens takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December and runs from 10am to 4pm.

Now, this is more a traditional craft fair than a German-style Christmas market, but it’s set in the impressive surrounding of the Botanic Gardens and there’ll be Christmas lights and a festive buzz.

You can expect over 35 stalls selling everything from sustainable gifts to tasty treats. This is one of the better Christmas markets in Dublin for those of you looking to pick up gifts with a twist.

4. Winteryard at the Bernard Shaw

winteryard

Photos via the Bernard Shaw on IG

The Winteryard Flea Market is another fair-style market that’s running in the Bernard Shaw (in their new location over in Glasnevin.

The flea markets here are taking place from December 5th to Jan 30th and there’s 15-20 stalls rocking away. You can expect to find all of the regular trinkets, crafts and food.

They’re also hosting Christmas movie nights too (you can grab tickets here).

  • Thurs 2nd Dec: Home Alone (1990)
  • Thurs 9th Dec: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  • Wed 15th Dec: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

5. The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

Dun Laoghaire Christmas market 2021

Photos via shutterstock.com

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market is one of the longest-running Christmas markets Dublin has to offer. 

Here, you usually find all of the usual stalls offering hand-made gifts, festive treats, gourmet sausages and all of that craic.

However, this year, it looks to be just a Christmas funfair taking place, so it’s probably one more suited to those with kids.

It also has a very random feature: the Ferris Wheel from the movie Grease… yes, Grease! There’s also a vintage funfair, a tonne of lights and Santa’s Post Box.

6. Mistletown (update: now cancelled)

mistletown Christmas market

Photo left: Google Maps. Right: Brian McEvoy from Pictures in Publicity

The recently announced Mistletown Christmas market was set to be the largest Christmas market in Dublin in 2021 and the biggest indoor Christmas market in Ireland.

Held inside the iconic wholesale fruit and vegetable market near Smithfield, the Mistletown Christmas market was due to run over several weekends in December, starting on the 4th and running until the 23rd.

However, it’s just been announced that this market will no longer take place, which is a pain as it was the only market officially confirmed.

Spending Christmas in Dublin? Here are 5 festive things to do!

dublin Christmas market 2021

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. Have a ramble around the city and check out the lights

Christmas lights

Photo © The Irish Road Trip

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.

2. Catch a festive flick on a screen the size of 2 double-decker buses

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

The lads at Retro Drive-In have confirmed that they’re coming back in 2021. Retro Drive-In is an outdoor cinema that takes place at Leopardstown each year.

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. Visit a panto

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.

4. Kick-back to some Christmas carols

There’s an absolute tonne of different Christmas carol events you can visit in Dublin at Christmas, with many confirmed already. Here are three to check out:

5. Visit some Christmassy pubs for a cosy pint and a chat with friends

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.

6. Dublin Christmas lights 2021 switch-on

Christmas lights switch on

Photo by The Irish Road Trip

The Dublin Christmas lights switch-on has been a bit hit and miss for the last couple of years. And that’s putting it mildly. 

In 2017, the Christmas switch-on parade on O’Connell Street had to be cancelled due to concerns of overcrowding. 

In 2018, an event titled ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’ saw 12 different iconic sights lit up throughout Dublin City for 30 days instead.

I can’t remember what happened in 2019, but in 2020 that started getting switched on from November 19th, so we can expect a similar, gradual lighting up again in 2021.

Christmas markets Dublin: What have we missed?

Although I’ve spent (literally) 3 hours researching what Christmas markets Dublin may have returning to it in 2021, it’s been a pain.

Most websites are outdated by 2+ years and getting up-to-date info is near impossible. If you know of one we need to add, comment below.

FAQs about Dublin at Christmas

We get tonnes of emails every year asking about Dublin at Christmas. And, after the last 18 months we’ve all had, it’s nice to see a bit of normality returning.

I’ve popped in the most FAQs below. If you have one that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section.

What Dublin Christmas markets are confirmed for 2021?

The only Christmas Markets in Dublin that are confirmed for 2021 are the Dublin Castle Christmas market, which will run from December 8th until December 21st.

What other Dublin Christmas markets are likely to return?

It’s hard to know as it’s now getting so close to Christmas. The only other market that could be announced is the Dun Laoghaire market.

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Bex

Thursday 21st of November 2019

Where are the best places to eat in Dublin? Any great Thai infusion style Restaurants? What about fine dining? We are there for 2 nights on 20th December and want to book two really great restaurants for our stay there.

Keith

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

My favourite Thai spot is KOH Restaurant. As far as fine dining goes, there's quite a bit. Chapter One and l'Ecrivain are two solid options.

Have a great trip! Have a nosey at our guide to 90 of the best places to visit in Dublin if you need some inspiration on what to do!

Donika Burdette

Monday 18th of November 2019

Heard there's a new Christmas Market this year that just got announced --Christmas at the Castle (Dublin Castle). Probably worth a mention!

Keith

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Cheers! Added!

Caroline Stephenson

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I was going to say the Craft Fair at the RDS!! Especially in the absence of the Christmas Flea Market the craft fair is worth supporting and definitely a Christmas institution in Dublin. Festive and atmostspheric and if you look carefully there are bargains to be had. Should be compulsory Christmas shopping in Ireland as it is supporting irish crafts and goods. And thus a feel good factor for Christmas presents.

Eric K

Thursday 7th of November 2019

There's also the RDS Christmas market in Dublin between Dec 4-8th - over 400 Irish vendors are taking part. I went last year and it was amazing! Theres an entry fee, but all the vendors get complimentary tickets so if you know anyone who is taking part (or even just reach out to some of the exhibitors on the website), they might be able to get you in.

sheena

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

The Made in Stoneybatter Christmas Market is a great one that;s been running for many years now. Now that Time Out has listed Stoneybatter as the hippest spot in Dublin, it should be on your list!

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