Take a short trip to Ireland and immerse yourself in the festive spirit. When you’re there it’s easy to hire a car and take a short road trip, visiting magical Christmas markets along the way.
These traditional markets are the essence of winter in Europe. They have their origins in Germany during the Middle Ages. Composed mostly of charmingly decorated wooden chalets offering festive shoppers all types of goods, such as Christmas decorations, regional products, delicacies and much more. Now they have evolved into something unique and special to the host country and the Irish Christmas Market is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys Christmas.
Galway Christmas Markets
Known as the best Christmas markets in Ireland and now entering their 13th year, they’re officially the longest-running! What can you expect? More than 50 wooden chalets located in the heart of Eyre Square along with the Big Wheel, Carousel, Santa’s Grotto, the German Bier Keller and more.
Now entering its 10th year, Winterval marks the return of lots of the original attractions like Santa’s arrival to Waterford, Winterval on Ice and the Winterval Carousel. It also boasts the introduction of new events like the Winterval Circus, Magic at the Apple Market and Winterval’s Wizards & Dragons. This charming market reimagines so many of the festival favourites including an elevated and immersive multi-dimensional Winterval Illuminates light show, European-style Winterval food and craft markets, plus a packed programme of live music and performances.
The Yulefest programme of events has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a festive staycation or family fun-activities, Yulefest in Kilkenny has something for you. With great shopping and food as standard, come celebrate the magic of Christmas and the wonders of winter in Kilkenny’s beautiful Medieval city and county.
Why not hire a car when you arrive and take the opportunity to discover more of Ireland’s magical countrysides and landscapes? Combining a visit to the Irish Christmas markets with exploring the outskirts and smaller villages further afield makes for the perfect long weekend.
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