Dublin city centre is buzzing with locals and visitors eating, drinking and shopping in the lead up to Christmas and New Year’s. There is a lot going on and Dublin Christmas Market is one of the most popular events in December and it is known locally as Mistletown Christmas Festival.
Dublin Christmas Market 2021
Dublin Christmas Market is a shorter event than what you might experience in the more traditional markets of Germany and Austria. It only runs in December but it’s busy with family and friends meeting for after work drinks or weekend shopping. It has been confirmed that the Christmas markets in Dublin will go ahead so now is the time to start planning.
Dublin Christmas Market dates: 4th to 23rd December 2021.
Opening times: 10am to 10pm daily (the 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th start later at 12 noon), closes at 6pm on the 23rd December.
Location: St Michan’s Street, Dublin City – located at the site of the indoor fruit and veg market.
Reason to visit: A very family friendly event with a focus on artisan food, arts and crafts.
Specialities: Mince pies, themed woolly hats, cheesy Christmas jumpers and a brass band.
Travel tips: Kids will love the carousel and vintage helter skelter, spiral slide. While adults might enjoy some hot buttered rum or a gin and mistletoe tonic.
Hotels near Dublin Christmas Market: I recommend staying at Zanzibar Locke which is towards O’Connell Street as this is in the heart of Dublin City Centre rather than directly at the Christmas markets in Dublin.
Hotels near Dublin Christmast Market
Dublin has a wide variety of hotels near Dublin Christmas Market that cater to all budgets. In our guide, we list the most convenient and best value hotels for a short stay in Dublin.
What to Expect at Mistletown Christmas Festival
You can find local and international Christmas food and drinks at the Dublin Artisan Food Village within the indoor market. In 2021, more than 20 Christmas food stalls are expected and warming hot drink stations, both alcoholic and chocolate or tea-based.
Along with the Artisan Food Village, Dublin Christmas Market has a Craft Market with more than 80 Christmas stalls. Wooden toys and gifts are very popular and the cheesy Christmas jumpers are great for a bit of festive fun. Handmade Christmas baubles and other decorations, chocolates and preserves all make great gifts.
Things to Do in Dublin in Winter
If this is your first time in Dublin, we recommend taking this City Highlights Tour. This highly-rated tour will introduce you to the city’s sights and main attractions as well as giving you an overview of Dublin’s fascinating history.
You might also consider taking this popular Walking Food Tour to sample wonderful Irish food and experience Dublin’s growing food scene.
Mistletown is located a 15-minute walk from O’Connell Street and a 25-minute walk from St Stephen’s Green. The Red LUAS tram will take you directly to Four Courts and Mistletown. On-street parking is limited so please take public transport, walk or bike if the weather permits.
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