The Mistletown Christmas Market: Dublin’s Newest Festive Market Launches This November

mistletown Christmas market smithfield
Photo left: Google Maps. Right: Shutterstock

The recently announced Mistletown Christmas Market is the newest of the many Christmas markets Dublin has to offer.

It’s also set to be the biggest. In fact, the market, which is being held in the very old fruit and veg market near Smithfield, is set to be the biggest Christmas market in Ireland.

From November, it’s set to join the Dun Laoghaire Christmas markets and the Christmas market in Dublin Castle in bringing a festive buzz to Dublin City.

The Mistletown Christmas Market

mistletown dublin Christmas market
Photo via the Mistletown Christmas Market

The Mistletown Christmas market is set to be the biggest indoor Christmas experience in Ireland, thanks to the whopping 6,623m sq of floor space the Fruit and Veg Market near Smithfield offers.

Kicking off on December 5th (hopefully…), it’s set to offer everything from artisan food and traditional crafts to live music entertainment, a bar and more.

Below, you’ll find everything that you need to know about this exciting market coming to the city in December.

Where it’s taking place

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Photo via Google Maps

The Mistletown Christmas market will be held inside the iconic wholesale fruit and vegetable market building in Dublin near Smithfield (not far from Capel St.).

Most of the entertainment and stalls will be undercover so bad weather won’t affect the market much at all, which will be welcome news to anyone who was rained on at the Dublin Castle Christmas market last year.

When it’s starting

The Mistletown Christmas market will kick-off on December 5th and is set to run until December 23rd, if all goes to plan.

The markets won’t run every day of the week, however. Here’s a breakdown of the expected running dates:

  • Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Thursday 10th and Friday 11th: 12 pm – 10 pm    
  • Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Wednesday 16th until Friday 18th: 12 pm – 10 pm
  • Saturday 19th until Tuesday 22nd: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Wednesday 23rd: 10 am – 6 pm

What’s in store for those who visit the Mistletown Christmas market

Dublin Christmas market
Photo by Tony Pleavin via Ireland’s Content Pool

Now, although there haven’t been any photos released outlining how the Mistletown Christmas market will be set up, those running the market have released detailed info on what to expect.

There’s set to be everything from a bar and live entertainment to crafts, a vintage carnival and lots more on offer.

Crafts and a vintage carnival

The traditional craft village is at the heart of the Mistletown Christmas market. There will be up to 80 stalls with gifts for everyone on your list.

You’ll be able up to pick up wooden toys, jewellery, antiques, handmade chocolates, Christmas jumpers and handmade Christmas decorations amongst much more.

You can step back into the Christmas’ of the past at the vintage carnival at Mistletown. The real gem here is the full-size Victorian Carousel which dates back to the 1890s.

You can also enjoy the wooden wheel, junior carousel, fairground games and vintage helter skelter.

Food, food and more food

Like many of the Christmas markets Ireland has to offer, Mistletown is set to boast a solid food offering for those that arrive with an appetite.

In the Artisan Food Village, you’ll find over 20 vendors and stalls to choose from with crepes, bratwurst, mince pies and hot chocolate all expected to be served up.

Festive drinks and entertainment

There will be something new going on every day of the Mistletown Christmas Market with live performances on the main stage. 

The scheduled performances include a Santa visit, bands, choirs, solo performances, school performances and dance troops.

Finely located right next to the stage is the Mistletown Bar. They’ll be serving all your winter and festive favourites such as mulled wine, hot buttered rum, gin and tonic, hot port and port and chocolate.

Is this the Smithfield Christmas market?

Since publishing this article a week or so ago, we’ve had 10+ emails asking if this is going to be the ‘new Smithfield Christmas market’.

So, this Christmas market isn’t actually in Smithfield itself – it’s in the old fruit and veg market building near Smithfield.

We haven’t heard whether or not there’s going to be any Christmas markets in Smithfield this year, but we’ll update this guide when we do.

Elisha is an Australian freelance writer, content creator and blogger, having written for Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.

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