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Allie Sherlock turning on the Christmas lights at Bewley’s Café Christmas Market on Grafton Street. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
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Tony McCullagh
December 03 2021 05:00 AM
Now that December has officially arrived, we can finally allow ourselves to feel a bit more Christmassy. Despite the widespread cancellation of office parties, there are still plenty of events taking place to help Dubliners embrace the festive spirit.
Here’s our pick of ten Christmas markets happening around the city this month.
As locations for Christmas markets go, it doesn’t get much better than the historic courtyard surrounds of Dublin Castle. Promising “a cornucopia of festive magic”, Christmas at the Castle will offer a boutique open-air market filled with more than 30 traditional alpine stalls.
Adding to the atmosphere will be performances from the Dublin Gospel Choir, New Dublin Voices, Playlist and the Crux Voice Ensemble.
From Wednesday, December 8 until Tuesday, December 21. This is a free event, but tickets must be booked in advance on www.dublincastle.ie
The iconic Dandelion Market is probably best known as the venue for some of U2’s earliest gigs. These days, it’s enjoying a renewed lease of life as Dublin’s biggest pop-up market.
Located at The Well at St Stephen’s Green, it features more than 60 traders spread over two floors, offering everything from vintage clothing and vinyl, to jewellery and art. There is also a bar and café serving hot food and sweet treats.
The Dandelion Market opens from 12 noon to 5pm every Sunday this month until December 19.
The legendary Dublin institution has just opened a Christmas market on Grafton Street, which sells everything from ceramics and books, to vinyl records and crafts. You can also pick up Bewley’s limited edition Christmas coffee blend while browsing through the stalls.
There is a strong emphasis on promoting local producers and Bewley’s has partnered with a number of well-known Irish companies as part of its Christmas offering. The market space has been described as “a bustling hub” of beautifully created Irish products.
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The market, at the Johnson’s Court entrance, is open throughout December
Now well settled into its new home on the northside, the Bernard Shaw pub has a market running every Sunday in December (excluding St Stephen’s Day), and throughout January, at its Winteryard at Cross Guns Bridge in Glasnevin.
You’ll find everything from vintage wares and bric-a-brac to arts and crafts, food and drink.
Running each Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm
This year’s traditional Christmas craft market at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will be held on the weekend of December 11 and 12. The event, which will take place outdoors, will feature over 35 stalls, selling everything from sustainable gifts and crafts to tasty seasonal treats.
Open on December 11 and 12, 10am to 4pm
Richmond Barracks in Inchicore will open its doors for its first ever Christmas Craft Fair on the weekend of December 11 and 12. Featuring a range of locally produced goods, crafts and Christmas decorations, there will also be food and hot drinks available.
The two-day event is a partnership between Richmond Barracks, Dublin City Council Culture Company, South Dublin Partnership and the Kilmainham/Inchicore Network. All visitors will be required to bring proof of Covid-19 vaccination or immunity, along with matching photo ID.
Open on December 11 and 12, from 11am to 5.30pm. 
The beautifully restored Swords Castle is the venue for a Christmas market this Saturday and Sunday (December 4 and 5). The market, which is operated in conjunction with Fingal County Council, will feature a number of local food and craft producers from the north Dublin area.
Open on December 4 and 5, from 11am to 6pm
Fingal County Council is also promoting a Christmas market in Balbriggan this weekend, which will take place against the stunning backdrop of Bremore Castle. Again, the emphasis will be on promoting local crafts and businesses, with a large choice of food and gift stalls.
The market runs on Sunday, December 5, 10am to 4pm
Baldoyle Community Hall will host a Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 5. The event, run by Baldoyle Forum, will even feature an appearance from the big man himself. Apart from the usual array of Christmas stalls and treats, there is the added lure of free mulled wine and live entertainment.
Sunday, December 5, from 10am to 5pm. Admission to Santa is €5 per child
Wrap up in your winter woollies for the Blanchardstown Christmas Market, which takes place outdoors in the grounds of Scoil Bhríde Cailíní this Saturday and Sunday (December 4 and 5). With a focus on supporting local businesses, there will be a number of food stalls in addition to arts and crafts vendors offering some unique Christmas gift ideas.
Open on December 4 and 5, 11am to 5pm
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