An Óige Christmas Market Recommendations

Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year for both the young and those who are young at heart. The streets are decorated with Christmas lights, music is all around and there is magic in the air… the perfect time to get together with a group of friends or relatives.

With one-foot-deep in December, it felt only fair to make a list of the Christmas festive markets, that might get you in the Christmas mood, if you are not in it already…

Dublin

Let us start with the capital, as it actually has more than one market. We have pleasantly discovered many small markets, that have a lot to offer. To give you an example this is the fifth year of the Dublin Flea Christmas Market. The market, sponsored by Dublin City Council, includes stalls showing off Irish contemporary design, hand-made craft, art, books, antiques, collectibles, retro, vintage, furniture, clothes, jewellery, and most important music and food. The organizations say that the Christmas Market has always been about supporting local independent traders at Christmas time, and giving the visitors the best selection of design, craft, vintage, second hand and handmade gifts for Christmas.

Situated outside St. Stephen’s Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, the St. Stephen’s Green Christmas Market offers a wealth of variety in terms of gifts and goods, as well as unique foodie treats and festive drinks to warm your heart! Following the grassroots style of central European festive markets, the market offers a fantastic opportunity to buy artisan standard local produce Irish style.

Galway

A must for food lovers, the Galway Continental Christmas Market is now going into its eighth year. Visitors can munch on tasty treats such as bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels or confectionery, crêpes and waffles. The market spans across Galway City from Eyre Square to Spanish Arch, boasting over 50 stalls.

This year it will feature amusement rides including a Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel along with live music performers, puppet shows, and storytelling. However, that’s not all. There will be performances of school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events.

Once again, Santa’s Grotto will be run by local charities and the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the Market’s duration.

Limerick

Limerick’s Milk Festival has to offer an extend event programme, that has a spectrum of festive music treats for you, combined with local food and drinks. They are putting an emphasis on the fact that the food is from local productions. Everybody can relax and have loads of fun on ice as well, since the market is offering an ice skate area. Limerick On Ice is Ireland’s longest established real ice skating rink and the family friendly venue makes it a great day out.

It’s all Christmas cheer in Limerick as Santa comes to the Milk Market, with themed stalls, competitions, choirs, games, food, promotions and much more. Your young ones can enjoy making crafts all threw the market, seeing different shows and you can enjoy with a warm cup of something.

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