Although still TBC, the Dublin Castle Christmas Market 2022 is very likely en route.
One of very few Christmas markets in Dublin that took place last year, the Dublin Castle market is now entering its 4th year.
Below, you’ll find info on the expected dates and what festive features were at the market in previous years.
Some quick need-to-knows about the Dublin Castle Christmas Market 2022
Although a visit to the Christmas market in Dublin Castle is reasonably straightforward, take 15 seconds to read the below points, first:
The Dublin Castle Christmas Market, unsurprisingly enough, takes place within the impressive grounds of Dublin Castle. Usually, Christmas trees line the entrance to the courtyard and that’s where you’ll find the market.
2. Expected dates
So, the dates for the Dublin Castle Christmas Market are still TBC, however, as it went ahead last year and given that things are much more ‘normal’ this year, we expect them to run from around Tuesday, December 8th to Wednesday, December 21st (still TBC).
So, you needed to book tickets to the market last year (you didn’t in previous years). We’d expect this to be lifted in 2022, but we’ll update this when its been confirmed.
4. Nearby parking
If you’re looking to drive to the Christmas market in Dublin Castle, you’ll have to get parking nearby. The nearest car parks are:
- Q-Park Christchurch car park
- Park Rite Drury Street
5. Getting here via public transport
Dublin Castle is well served by public transport and it’s within walking distance of a lot of bus routes, many of which stop at nearby Dame Street, George’s Street and Lord Edward Street. You can also get the Luas to St Stephen’s Green and walk.
About the Christmas market in Dublin Castle
The Dublin Castle Christmas Market came out of nowhere when it launched in 2019, a couple of weeks before Christmas.
The market is contained to the courtyard in the castle grounds and you’d walk around it in well under 20 minutes.
What to expect
In previous years, the Christmas market in Dublin Castle has hosted a wide array of events, with everyone from the Dublin Gospel Choir to local acts taking to the stage.
There’s also all of the usual festive food and crafts, with 26+ vendors in wooden chalets selling everything from burgers and tacos to wooden crafts and jewellery.
Mixed reviews during previous years
People, myself included, visited this market in their droves since its launch and the reviews have been mixed. Many have complained about the cost of food and drink, in particular.
Personally, I enjoyed it. The grounds of Dublin Castle are impressive and the market, although small, brought a lovely festive buzz to the place.
My 2 cents
If you’re looking to visit a market and spend several hours looking around, then the Dublin Castle Christmas Market 2022 likely isn’t for you.
However, if you’re happy to have a wander around, soak up the Christmassy buzz and then head into one of the many restaurants in Dublin for a bite-to-eat (or into one of the many pubs in Dublin) you’ve a decent evening ahead of you!
Our predictions for this year’s Christmas at Dublin Castle
So, nothing has been announced for the Dublin Castle Christmas Market 2022, but we can make some guesses based on previous years.
The below festive features are what we saw at the previous markets held at the castle (I’ll update this when an official announcement is made).
1. The impressive entrance
One of the most notable features of the Christmas market in Dublin Castle during previous years was the entrance – there were hundreds of Christmas trees lining the path that lead towards the courtyard. Visit after dark if you can.
2. The entertainment
There has been a lot of live entertainment at the Dublin Castle Christmas market over the years, with everyone from the Dublin Gospel Choir and Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath to New Dublin Voices and Crux Vocal ensemble taking to the stage.
3. Food and drink
As is the case with every Christmas market in Ireland, food plays a huge part. Many of the wooden chalets at the Christmas market in Dublin Castle sold some form of sweet or savoury treat. There was also a small enough open-air bar. Here are some of the vendors that had stalls in years past:
- Handsome Burger
- Los Chicanos
- Corleggy Cheeses Raclette
- Sweet Churro
- The Crepe Box
- Ciao Cannoli
- Nutty Delights
- Beanery 76
4. Wooden chalets
The courtyard of Dublin Castle is usually filled with 30 traditional alpine market stalls buckling under a mixture of food, crafts and gift ideas. Here are some of the stalls that featured in recent years:
- Michele Hannan Ceramics
- Inna Design
- Oileann Jewellery
- Sweet Jewels
- Precious Amber
- Bombay Banshee
- Glasnevin Glass
- Wildbird studio
- Alphabet Jigsaws
More Irish markets like the one in Dublin Castle
There’s plenty of other markets it the Christmas market in Dublin Castle doesn’t tickle your fancy.
- Wicklow Christmas Market
- Galway Christmas Market
- Kilkenny Christmas Market
- Glow Cork
- Belfast Christmas Market
- Waterford Winterval
FAQs about the Dublin Castle Christmas Market
We’ve had a lot of questions over the last couple of hours asking about everything from ‘Do you need a ticket?’ to ‘What’s on?’.
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.
What are the Dublin Castle Christmas Market 2022 dates?
It’s still TBC but we expect, based on previous years, that they’ll run from aroundTuesday, December 8th to Wednesday, December 21st.
Is the Christmas market in Dublin Castle any good?
It’s small and you’d get around it in under 20 minutes, but it’s well worth visiting if you’re in the area, as there’s a nice festive buzz to the place.
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