Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Markets and Fairs

There seems to be more and more Christmas Markets and Fairs springing up every year in Dublin adding Christmassy cheer to the city.  

I have already posted a few blogs about some of them i.e. the Craft Fair at the Christmas Winter Wonderland at Ashtown Castle, Phoenix Park Visitor Centre; the Christmas Fair at the National Print Museum; the craft chalets at the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival, Christmas market at FarmleighGloHealth Christmas Wonderland Continental Christmas Market  and the Christmas Market in Dublin Castle.

Other ones I have heard about include the following:-

Christmas Craft Fair, Sean Ennis Centre (December 15th from 10.30am)

Christmas Craft Fair

The ‘Designer Dublin’ Christmas Market - The ‘Designer Dublin’ Christmas Market opens for one day only, on Thursday, December 19th. Up to thirty designers and craftspeople, all based in the capital, will be showcasing their work at the one day fair on Thursday, December 19th, at Bank of Ireland on College Green.    

Grainne 2 Lyons pic 1

Christmas Cracker Flea Market - the Dublin Flea and Block T are once again running the Christmas Cracker special edition. Running from December 13th – 15th, the Christmas Cracker Flea Market returns to Smithfield Square for its third successive year. With over 100 stalls, the market will be a mish-mash of everything from arts & crafts to furniture to vintage clothes. The main focus is on small, local, Irish businesses and individuals.

Christmas Cracker Market 2013

The Dame District Christmas Market – back for its third year, from the 13th to the 22nd December, the Dame District Market will have over 24 stalls with Crafts, Food, Drinks, Fudge, Wooden Toys, Hand Crafted Jewellery and Gourmet Food stalls. Each night free entertainment will take place on its three Christmas Stages. Every Saturday and Sunday is Kids Christmas Day with face painters, children’s disco and over sized games.

Dame District

Christmas Craft Fair at St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham - St. Enda's Park in Rathfarnham is holding a Christmas Craft Fair in St. Enda's Park Courtyard on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December from 11am-4pm. There will be a variety of Irish-made craft work. There will be a children's face painter on Sunday afternoon between 2 and 4pm

Pearse Museum - St Endas Park

Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival - Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival has been running for eight years. Christmas trees, fairy lights, carol singing, traditional Victorian fairground rides, gift shopping opportunities and mulled wine and festive food aplenty. The Market will open from December 12th till December 23rd. This year’s Christmas Festival will take place around Georges Dock and its surrounding area, where there will be loads of Christmas Food and craft stalls situated alongside the traditional Victorian fairground rides, our 1950’s airstream bar and performances on stage every night.  Kids might like the Dig And Reveal Treasure, (DART), which is the Festival's family fun treasure hunt starting on the DART line with two clues that can be seen in the last two stations as you approach Connolly.

The market, now in its fourth year, is located indoors in the 12th century crypt in the Cathedral, the oldest structure in Dublin. The Christmas Market will run for 3 dates this Christmas over 3 consecutive Saturdays, beginning on Saturday 7th December and will continue on the 14th and 21st December. Trading times will be 11am - 4pm. Santa will also be visiting Christ Church Cathedral in December and you can take the whole family to visit him in his Grotto.

Inaugural Christmas Markets at the Harbour Playhouse  - you can sample some of the Christmas bakes with a cuppa or a glass of mulled wine and feel the festive cheer at the Christmas Markets in the Harbour Playhouse in Portobello. Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December from 10am-6pm. There will be some kids entertainment too.


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