What to Do in Dublin to Get You Into the Christmas Spirit

Words by Emma Tiernan
December 7th, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It is officially December which means it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. With the evenings getting darker, a chill in the air, and twinkling fairy lights lighting up the city, it’s hard not to feel festive. Of course, there is also plenty of festive fun happening around the city this month to help you embrace all things Christmas from ice skating to foodie markets. We’ve rounded up some of the best of these seasonal activities happening around Dublin throughout December to get you in the festive mood.

Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market

Get your Christmas Market fix with the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market where you will find festively decorated huts selling authentic hand-made gifts and delicious Christmas treats. But that is not all, the market also hosts the iconic Ferris wheel from the movie Grease, a vintage funfair and a Santa Post Box with elves on hand to collect the letters every Sunday at 5 pm.

The markets are open every weekend from now up until the 23rd of December and are open from 12.30pm to 7 pm on Fridays and 11 am to 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Definitely fun for all the family and a good excuse to get out of the madness that is the city centre in December.


The famous food market, EatYard, has partnered with Carlsberg to bring you hygge Danish Yule vibes this winter. The market will be filled with festive food vendors serving up all your favourite Christmassy foods. Once you are filled up on mince pies, heat up with a hot whiskey or mulled wine in the Winter Warmers bar. Sounds like the perfect way to put you in the Christmas mood!



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Designer Dublin Christmas Market

If you are looking for a more unique gift for a loved one this Christmas, you are sure to find one at the Designer Dublin Christmas Market. There will be stalls selling everything from fashion and jewellery to toys and other handcrafted delights. Plus, everything that is sold at this market is made in Ireland which makes it that extra bit special. In case you feel peckish from all the shopping, there will also be various food stalls serving all the usual Christmas delights.

The market takes place this Friday, 7th December, from 10 am to 8 pm at Bank of Ireland Forecourt, College Green.

Ice Skating 

Ice skating tends to be a very Christmassy activity with rinks popping up from early November right through to Christmas. So, why not test your skills on the ice at one of the multiple ice rinks around the city? Head down to Funderland’s iSkate on Ice, Ireland’s only outdoor ice rink covering 1000 sq. meters, or if it’s too cold for the outdoors, head over to Dundrum or Liffey Valley for some indoor skating but just as much fun.

Dublin Christmas Flea Market 

Situated in the Point Square on the weekends of the 6th-9th and the 13th-16th of December is the Dublin Christmas Flea Market. Nab some amazing Christmas gifts from some of the 280 stalls that will be there. The market will house some of the best up and coming Irish-based creatives along with small businesses selling their wares. Here, you will find everything from art, handcrafted gifts, vintage and antique collections along with artisan food producers serving up all the Christmas treats.

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Fun for all the family, Dublin Zoo is back this year with its magical light display with a new theme, Ocean of Light. Expect to see illuminated giant silk lanterns in the form of giant squids, polar bears, penguins, blue whales and seahorses. Not only are there beautiful lanterns to see but there will also be traditional Chinese performers, a craft market and an array of Asian food which should make for a truly unforgettable night.

Take a City Stroll 

Lastly, why not take a stroll through the city? With the Christmas lights now on, the centre bustling with shoppers, and the shop windows adorned with Christmas displays, it’s hard not to feel the spirit of Christmas just strolling through. Dublin City Council has launched a new project called Winter Lights, where they have lit up 12 iconic locations across the city in various Christmas scenes. Buildings such as the GPO, City Hall, Liberty Hall and the Customs House have all been placed under the spotlight, as well as Samuel Beckett Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Parliament Street. So, why not grab a hot chocolate from Butler’s and take a stroll through Dublin’s fair city at night to get into the Christmas spirit?

photo: Images vis Dublin Town