Our Dublin Christmas Top 10

Dublin has it all, charm, character, history, culture and the legendary craic! There's so much on offer that it's impossible to discover everything in just one visit so we've put together a Christmas Top 10 to get you started!

1. Smithfield Christmas Flea Market
Over the last number of years, the Dublin Flea Market has become a fixture of Dublin, with its monthly installments offering customers treasure troves of goodies to rummage through. Running from December 14th – 16th, the Christmas Cracker Flea Market returns to Smithfield for its third successive year. With over 120 stalls, the market will be a mish-mash of everything from arts & crafts to furniture to vintage clothes.
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2. Dublin Pubs
Lining Dublin’s cobbled streets is a variety of pubs to wine and dine in. From quaint hideaways to buzzing hotspots, Dublin has every type of pub you can imagine. Whether it’s to get away from the throngs of Christmas shoppers, catch up with old friends or simply to soak up the atmosphere of the city, a visit to Dublin’s pubs should be atop your Christmas to-do list.
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3.The Risen People

This Christmas the Abbey Theatre marks the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout with a new version of James Plunkett’s The Risen People, the inspiration for Plunkett’s best-selling novel Strumpet City. Set in the shadow of the Lockout, this epic story of struggle and solidarity is told through the familiar characters of Annie, Fitz, Rashers and Hennessy. This is the perfect way to cleanse your cultural palate this Christmas.
Venue: Abbey Theatre
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4. Powerscourt Town Centre
The Powerscourt Town Centre is a hub of Christmas energy; the grand building boasts an even grander Christmas tree within, and the stairwells are a hive of activity. Choose to join the busy bees in the shops – both high street and boutique, or relax with coffee and cake, drinking in the grandiose architecture and luminescent decoration.
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5. Dame District Christmas Market
This Christmas market entered the fray last year to the delight of Christmas shoppers. With an abundance of stalls selling handmade crafts, jewelry, toys and food, as well as entertainment from top Irish music and comedy acts, the Dame Court Christmas Market offers shoppers an oasis of sorts in the heart of Dublin city.
Venue: Dame Court, Dublin 2
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6. Christmas Deer Talks @ Phoenix Park
Some two hundred fawn are born every year in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Each Christmas, the park offers members of the public the chance to meet some members of Bambi’s herd and to listen in on a talk given by the park’s keepers. Sure to warm the heart of even Ebenezer Scrooge.
Venue: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
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7. George’s Arcade
An enclosed Victorian redbrick market in Dublin City Centre, George’s Arcade is a must-stop shop for unique gifts and stocking stuffers. With everything from coins to vintage clothes to records available at the market’s myriad stalls, this is one arcade you’ll be happy to drop cash in.
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8. Christmas Lights
While wandering the streets of Dublin, admire the strings of festive lightbulbs hanging overhead. Whether they resemble snowflakes or read, “Baile Atha Cliath”, Dublin’s Christmas lights transform the likes of Grafton Street or Henry Street into a winter wonderland.
Dublin’s Christmas lights will be officially switched on November 24th.
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9. Christ Church Cathedral Christmas Market
Inside the ancient walls of Christ Church Cathedral this Christmas, one will find an intimate holiday market with stalls selling a variety of crafts. Held inside the church’s historic 12th century crypt, one of Dublin’s oldest structures, you will be hard pressed to find a more unique shopping experience this Christmas.
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10. Christmas Day Swim
This annual event sees hundreds of courageous souls brave the elements and dive into the Irish Sea at The Forty Foot. Located just outside Sandycove, The Forty Foot is a popular swimming haven and this unconventional tradition is a favourite among Dublin’s denizens.
Venue: The Forty Foot, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
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