dublin's top 3 christmas markets 2023

Last updated Oct 09, 2023

You might think that a city as rich in history, music and general craic as Dublin would have a long Christmas Market tradition, but you’d be wrong. Christmas Markets are a relatively new festive phenomenon in Dublin’s fair city, but they’ve been embraced with open arms. Twinkling lights, colourful trees and the smell of grilled meats are now an Irish Christmas staple.

These top 3 Christmas Markets have all the trimmings you might expect from authentic German markets (think bratwurst) but on a smaller scale. That means they’re a lot more manageable, with less tourists in the know than bigger European cities. Pick up unique gifts, sip on mulled wine or simply bask in the festive atmosphere. With 6 super central locations in the city, Staycity Aparthotels are the ideal choice for those looking for a home from home in the heart of the action. Whether it’s a romantic weekend away, a family treat or a midweek escape with pals, you’ll find an apartment to suit your needs.


dublin castle christmas market

Dublin Castle is a beauty at the best of times, but it comes alive at Christmastime with horse drawn carriage rides, carollers and even a vintage carousel. 2023 will be this Christmas Market's 5th year running, and it's a must-visit for anyone visiting Dublin over the festive period. With dozens of Christmas trees lining the entrance, the state rooms are free for the public to explore. Find unusual gifts and gorge on festive delicacies at the 30+ outdoor stalls. Located bang smack in the city centre, just a 5 minute walk from Staycity Aparthotels, Dublin Castle, it would be difficult to find a more convenient place to stay.

Dates: 6th - 19th December 2023

Tickets: Free but must be booked from the website below.

Website: Christmas at the Castle 2023 | Dublin Castle


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swords castle christmas market

The ultimate family day out! Santa himself is the main man at Swords Castle this Christmas. As well as plenty of traders and artisanal stalls, you’ll find lots of fun attractions to entertain the kids as you sip on a hot toddy. There’s a kid’s pop up cinema, magic shows, live music and of course the all important meet and greet with the big man. Swords Castle is located super close to Dublin airport, about a 30 minute drive from the city centre.

Dates: 25th & 26th November, and 2nd & 3rd December 2023

Tickets: Free

Website: Swords Castle – Fingal County Council

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dun laoghaire christmas market

Head to Dublin’s coast for a very special Christmas Market. This traditional German-style market is packed with handmade jewellery, ceramics, textiles and food from all over the world. It’s worth a brunch trip for the crepes alone! Kids will enjoy fairground rides including a vintage Ferris Wheel and Chair-O-Planes. Located just 25 minutes on the DART or a 40 minute drive from the city centre, stay for a dreamy walk on the pier with a steaming cup of cocoa. Staycity Mark Street and Staycity City Quay are just a 3 minute walk to the DART station. 

Dates: Various activities and attractions from 10th November until mid-January

Tickets: Free

Website: Dún Laoghaire Town Christmas Festival – DúnLaoghaireTown.ie official website (dunlaoghairetown.ie)


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