The Wicklow Christmas Market 2023 returned on November 18th!
One of many Christmas markets in Ireland that’s back again this year, this market has gone from strength-to-strength since it first launched.
In 2023, visitors can expect everything from an expanded Eco Ice Rink to a bigger and better market than years past.
Here’s everything that you need to know about the Wicklow Christmas Market 2023.
Some quick need-to-knows about the Wicklow Christmas Market
Although a visit to the Christmas market in Wicklow Town is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.
1. Where it’s on
The Wicklow Christmas Market takes place at Leitrim Place, The Murrough, Wicklow Town (beside the Brass Fox Gastropub).
The dates for the Wicklow Christmas Market 2023 have been officially confirmed and the festivities will take place on November 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th and December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th.
3. Opening hours
The Wicklow Christmas market is open on the dates above on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 7:30pm and Friday, from 2pm to 7:30pm.
4. Tickets/entry prices
Entry to the Christmas market in Wicklow Town is FREE. Just keep in mind you’ll need tickets for the Eco Ice Skating and the Santa Express.
5. Getting here via public transport
If you’re not driving, you can easily take public transport to the markets. Here’s a quick overview of the routes:
- By bus: Bus Éireann’s 133 goes from Dublin City, Bray, Rathdrum, Newtown Mt Kennedy and Arklow and stops outside the Grand Hotel, a 10-minute walk to the market
- By train: Irish Rail will take you to Wicklow Town from the likes of Greystones, Bray, Kilcoole, Arklow and Gorey and the train station is a 5-minute walk from the market
What to expect from the Christmas market in Wicklow Town
There’s plenty to see and do at the Wicklow Christmas market if you’re looking to soak up a bit of a festive buzz!
If you didn’t make it here last year, here’s what to expect with some new additions, like the significantly larger Eco Ice Rink.
1. Eco Ice Skating
The Eco Ice Skating was new to the Wicklow Christmas Markets last year and, after a successful launch, it’s back – 60% bigger!
Lace up your boots and spin around the ring with the sounds of Christmas hits ringing away in your ears.
As the name suggests, this is an ‘environmentally friendly state-of-the-art surface, which gives the feeling of real ice, without the chill‘.
2. The Santa Express
One of the more popular attractions at the Wicklow Christmas Market 2023 is the Santa Express, which transports you and the little ones to the North Pole, to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
You can expect elves, sing-alongs and then a meeting with the man himself. Just make sure to book tickets in advance and this is likely to sell out.
3. 50 twinkling chalets
For those of you that just fancy a nosey around, there’s plenty of stalls selling all of the usual crafts and gifts. There’s even some stalls dishing up mulled wine, too!
Food wise, they have ‘many food stalls featuring mouth-watering cuisine from all over the globe‘. Some of the other stalls in place are:
- One World Creations
- Viking Crafts
- Love Silver
- Top Choice Embroidery
- Red Meadow Woodwork
- Prints of Ireland
- Marian Belliot
4. Alpacas, fire shows and live music
Stalls and main attractions aside, there’s plenty of other bits and bobs taking place.
From an Alpaca experience and a fire show to stilt walkers, live music and a fun fair, there’s something for all ages to enjoy here.
Other festive Irish markets worth considering
If you’re looking to visit some other festive fairs aside from the Christmas markets in Wicklow, you’re in luck – there’s plenty taking place this year:
- Galway Christmas Market 2023
- Belfast Christmas Market 2023
- Glow Cork 2023
- Winterval Waterford 2023
- Kilkenny Christmas Market 2023
- Dublin Castle Christmas Market 2023
- Dublin Christmas Markets 2023
FAQs about the Wicklow Town Christmas Market
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘How do you get here by bus?’ 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 dates for the Wicklow Christmas Markets 2023?
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Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.