The best Christmas markets this week (and where to eat and drink in between)
All weekend: The Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market
All weekend: Decemberfest Festive Beer Lodge
All weekend: Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair
If you really want to focus on buying Irish this year (as we are here at IMAGE), then there are a number of brilliant, sustainable-focused gift festivals happening around the city. The Craft & Design Fair at the RDS has become something of an institution in the past few years, always offering some of the most interesting Irish designs all in one place. Great way to browse gifts without the hell of the city centre at this time of year.
All weekend: Yuleyard
Eatyard is always a good shout for a weekend feed, but Yuleyard is a different story entirely, with everything you’re used to from the Bernard Shaw favourite, with a few new additions. The likes of Box Burger & The Big Blue Bus will be there, but with mulled wine, hot whiskeys and wood-burning stoves to complete the atmosphere. Open Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm.
All weekend: Dublin Flea Christmas Market 2018
Another on the list of brilliant Irish-sourced gift fairs, the Christmas Flea Market in the Point Village is an absolute treasure trove of Irish produce, hand-made gifts, beautiful vintage clothes and jewellery and plenty of not-on-the-high-street beauties. At the time of writing, I’ve already been once and will probably head again before the weekend is out. Takes place this weekend and next weekend from 1-8pm (Thursday and Friday) and 11am to 6pm (Saturday and Sunday). Be sure to take a look at their website to see when your favourite vendors will be appearing.