Dublin city centre is buzzing with locals and visitors eating, drinking and shopping in the lead-up to Christmas and New Year’s. A lot is going on and Dublin Christmas Market is one of the most popular events in December. There are actually several Christmas markets in Dublin, including Mistletown and Dublin Castle.
Dublin Christmas Market 2022
Mistletown is the best of Dublin’s Christmas markets but it’s a shorter event than you might experience elsewhere. It only runs in December but it’s busy with family and friends meeting for after-work drinks or weekend shopping.
Update: Unfortunately, Mistletown is not taking place in 2022.
Although Mistletown is cancelled, many festive Christmas events occur around Dublin, and the main shopping streets and squares are decorated with Christmas lights and trees.
3rd to 23rd December 2022. – CANCELLED.
10am to 10pm on the weekends, opens at 12 noon during the week. Closes at 6pm on the 23rd December. – CANCELLED
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. As in indoor fair, you can visit no matter the weather.
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.
Where to stay: Zanzibar Locke for its location near O’Connell Street.
You can find local and international Christmas food and drinks at the Dublin Artisan Food Village within the indoor market.
In 2022, 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, the Christmas Market has a Craft Market with more than 80 Christmas stalls.
Wooden toys and gifts are popular and the cheesy Christmas jumpers are excellent for a bit of festive fun. Handmade Christmas baubles and other decorations, chocolates and preserves make great gifts.
Hotels near Dublin Christmas Market
Given that there are several Christmas markets around the city, I suggest staying somewhere central in Dublin.
I recommend Zanzibar Locke. It’s located on the riverfront, not far from O’Connell Street in the heart of Dublin City Centre. In this area, you’re near cafes, bars, shopping and sights while having easy access to the Christmas markets.
If that doesn’t suit you, my guide to hotels near Dublin Christmas Market lists several convenient and good-value hotels for a short stay in Dublin.
Location of Mistletown – Cancelled
Mistletown is 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.
2. Christmas at the Castle – Sold Out
Dublin Castle holds one of Ireland’s most popular Christmas events, including more than 30 traditional alpine market stalls.
Update: SOLD OUT
Dates: Thursday 8th to Wednesday 21st December 2022.
Location: In the courtyard of Dublin Castle.
Cost: This is a free event but you must order a ticket in advance.
3. Eco Christmas Craft Market
A great indoor and outdoor Christmas market that focuses on sustainable gifts, high-quality products, zero waste packaging and recycled, upcycled and secondhand gifts.
Dates: 10th to 11th December 2022.
Opening times: From 10am.
Address: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.
4. Wicklow Christmas Market
Wicklow is a small coastal town around a 45-minute drive south of Dublin. If you’re travelling around Ireland, you might like to make a stop here to visit the Christmas market.
Dates: 19th November to 18th December 2022.
Opening times: 10am to 7:30pm.
Location: The Murrough & Leitrim Place, Wicklow, Ireland.
Things to Do in Dublin in Winter
If this is your first time in Dublin, I suggest taking this City Highlights Tour. This highly-rated tour will introduce you to the city’s sights and main attractions while giving you an overview of Dublin’s fascinating history.
If you prefer food-based tours, on this popular Walking Food Tour you’ll get to sample wonderful Irish dishes and experience Dublin’s growing food scene.
Sustainable Travel Tips
Our choices have an environmental and social impact on the places we visit. When visiting the Christmas markets, keeping sustainability in mind is important.
Implement some or all of these simple measures to create a positive impact.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you need.
- Walk, cycle and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Stay in hotels. Short-stay apartment accommodation can lead to a lack of affordable housing for locals.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Be open to diverse cultures and experiences.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
- Visit fewer places but stay longer at each destination.
Yes! There are several Christmas markets in Dublin, which are growing in popularity each year. But Mistletown is cancelled in 2022.
The Mistletown Christmas Market is cancelled in 2022.
Mistletown is located at St Michan’s Street, Dublin City – at the indoor fruit and veg market site.
10am at weekends and 12 noon during the week.
10pm daily. Closes at 6pm on the 23 December (the market’s last day).
If you have any questions or comments about visiting the Dublin Xmas market in 2022 or visiting Dublin in December more generally, please leave a comment below.
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