From mid-November, the island is awash with twinkling lights and festive spirit as Christmas markets begin to emerge in cities like Galway, Belfast and Dublin
. You can indulge in mulled wine in the wood cabins in Galway after some fun on the seasonal ice skating rink, or explore the exotic foods on offer in the continental village in Belfast City Hall.
After you’ve warmed the body and soul at the markets, definitely enjoy a night on the town. Don your sparkly dress or your warmest jumper and divulge in the great nightlife these cities guarantee. We’d be very surprised if you didn’t hear the tune of Fairytale of New York at least once during your evening out! For an Irish twist, hunt down some traditional tunes at The Cobblestone Pub in Dublin
, An Sailfin Finch in Cork
or the Duke of York in Belfast
Over the festive season most high street stores are open late on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays so retail therapy is at your fingertips. Dublin’s Grafton Street is illuminated by a spectacular light display from mid-November, while Belfast’s Victoria Square twinkles with fairy lights and good cheer.
Festive time in Ireland is family time, too, when all the people who’ve left this island for foreign shores return home for huge hugs and hellos. Even the airports get in on the magic of families reunited, with gatherings of people and plenty of smiles. So be prepared for when you land… there’ll be a buzz wherever you go. And it’s truly something special.
Any Community members out there want to share more information about the lead-up to Christmas in Ireland?