Christmas time in Ireland

Christmas time in Ireland

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Posted Wed 15 May 2024 3:42 PM
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My wife and I are thinking about visiting Ireland in early December. We would rather stay away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin during the holiday season. Looking more toward Galway or, Belfast Also, could be amenable to other smaller areas of the island to visit. We knew there are Christmas markets throughout Ireland. Any advice --- good or bad --- about traveling at that time of year and where may be good places to stay and visit?
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How fun that you are looking to spend some time during the holidays in Ireland, Tom!

Christmas time is one of the cosiest times of the year in Ireland. The fires in the pubs are lit, the smells smell like turf in the evenings, there's not a lot of tourism this time of year, so it's a good chance to have the 'craic' with the locals and it's the perfect time of the year for amazing stargazing.

There are Christmas markets all over Ireland, of course in Dublin and Galway, but also in Kilkenny for example or Waterford, both lovely smaller alternatives to the big cities. Kilkenny is a cute town with a lovely castle, and the Christmas market is on every weekend form the 23rd of November. The Winterval market in Wicklow has several locations throughout the city, and if you visit that time of year there are festive city quarters, live performances, and Christmas markets. Waterford is also decked in lights that time of year. The market usually starts on the 17th of November.

If you go to any smaller town in Ireland, you will have a lovely time in the pubs with lots of live music, and small town Christmas markets.

You could go Doolin in county Clare for example, right next to the Cliffs of Moher and known for legendary music sessions this time a year, and explore from there by car. Perhaps Dingle in county Kerry, where there are Christmas markets in the church gardens, and lots music sessions and performances by choirs. The town is also decked in cute lights this time of year. As I mentioned before, Kilkenny and Waterford could also be great options.

Have fun planning!


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Hi Tom,

You mention that you would consider visiting Belfast during your winter vacation in Ireland and also maybe take in some of the smaller spots on the island.  If you decide to go to Belfast, from there you can take the Causeway Coastal Route, heading north out of the city, towards the scenic Causeway Coast and Glens region.  There you will find miles of sandy beaches, ancient castles, the Giant's Causeway, Game of Thrones film locations, traditional music in cosy pubs and Christmas markets such as the Causeway Coast and Glens Speciality Market.  There are plenty of craft shops and lots of great places to eat out.  

There is a wide choice of hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering premises in the area.

To find our more about the region, please take a look at our web site: https://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com 

Hope you both have a memorable trip!
Anne


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