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4 events for... Christmas market lovers looking for festive fun

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas…

Image: Waterford Winterval/Facebook

WHILE MANY OF us are familiar with the extravagant Christmas markets on offer across Europe, those on our own doorstep deserve equal recognition. 

With dozens of markets taking place around the country in the run up to the 25th, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – even if you’re more like Scrooge than Buddy the Elf.

From vintage finds at flea markets to a Ferris wheel overlooking Cork city, we’ve rounded up four of the most impressive Christmas markets around Ireland…

1. Dublin Christmas Flea Market

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When: 6-9 December, 13-16 December

Where: The Point Square, Dublin Docklands 

Running over two weekends, the Dublin Christmas Flea Market will host more than 140 different stalls each weekend. No two stalls will be the same, with Irish-based start-ups, artists, designers and collectors filling Point Square for the event. From up-cycled cocktail glasses made from Dublin’s pub waste to jewelry made from 5,000-year-old bog oak, you won’t find offerings like these anywhere else.

Find out more information here.

2. Waterford Winterval

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When: Friday to Sunday until December 19, then December 19-23

Where: Cathedral Square

From a festive light show to an igloo stage, Winterval has it all. Take a ride on the express train,  hit the ice rink and enjoy a hot chocolate at the Christmas market for a day out that all members of the family will never forget.

Find more information on event times here.

3. Christmas village at Slane Distillery

When: Every Friday from 5pm-9pm, Saturday from 2pm-7pm and Sunday from 2pm-7pm until December 23. 

Where: Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath

Recently opened on the grounds of Slane Castle, Slane Distillery has been transformed into a Christmas village this December. A selection of giftware, local artisan produce and locally produced confectionery will be available from traditional log cabins, while food trucks will keep hungry stomachs satisfied. If you fancy a tipple, spiced apple punch and cocktails will be available too. 

Find out more information here.

4. Glow – A Cork Christmas Celebration

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When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 16, then December 20-22

Where: Bishop Lucey Park, Grand Parade

With an ice tunnel, Ferris wheel, a North Pole scene and a children’s carousel to name but a few of the attractions at Glow, you might need to visit more than once to soak it all in. There’s also a Christmas food market, as well as carol singers and musicians. 

Find out times and more information here. 

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