Sound the alarm! Lizzo and Chris Evans are flirting online again
Sound the alarm! Lizzo and Chris Evans are flirting online again

Sarah Finnan

Disney’s attack on Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit is incredibly gendered
Disney’s attack on Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit is incredibly gendered

Jennifer McShane

All things seaside, from shells to starfish, are making a splash
All things seaside, from shells to starfish, are making a splash

Holly O'Neill

‘I did it for me’: Simone Biles triumphantly takes Bronze at Tokyo Olympics
‘I did it for me’: Simone Biles triumphantly takes Bronze at Tokyo Olympics

Jennifer McShane

DreamWorks has just hired their first female composer – and she’s Irish
DreamWorks has just hired their first female composer – and she’s Irish

Sarah Finnan

WIN a Fitbit Sense health smartwatch, with tools for stress management
WIN a Fitbit Sense health smartwatch, with tools for stress management

IMAGE

Tom Ford’s new leather scent is as sophisticated as they come
Tom Ford’s new leather scent is as sophisticated as they come

Holly O'Neill

How to deal with failure: 4 tips on how to recover from a setback
How to deal with failure: 4 tips on how to recover from a setback

Colette Sexton

The ‘Friends’ cast just launched their first official limited-edition merch collection
The ‘Friends’ cast just launched their first official limited-edition merch collection

Sarah Finnan

A shared gold medal and an Olympic knitter: The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics so far
A shared gold medal and an Olympic knitter: The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics...

Sarah Finnan

Image / Editorial

The Christmas markets and pop-ups to hit up for Irish gift ideas


by Lauren Heskin
08th Nov 2019
blank

Whether you’re in Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Cork, Limerick or Waterford, here are the pop-ups and markets to check out for gorgeous Irish gift ideas.


Listen, I don’t have a problem with the fake-snow-festooned Christmas markets that take over most Irish cities in November. I love a mulled wine and a few Christmas carols as much as the next gal. But they’re not really the place for all-out shopping. A Christmas decoration there, some homemade fudge here. But buying Irish Christmas presents for all your loved ones can be difficult, especially without the Dublin Flea Christmas Market this year.

Thankfully, so many makers are coming together in the build-up to Christmas to bring their beautiful, Irish-made wares to you. Festive markets and pop-ups are happening all over the country to show off the breadth of creative talent and help you to #shopIrish this Christmas.

So whether you’re in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast, Limerick or Waterford, get these dates in the diary ASAP.

Conscious Christmas Store, Dublin
WHEN November 6-December 24
WHERE Fade Street, Dublin

TICKETS Free Entry

In the space that formerly held Hen’s Teeth, Irish eco brand Jiminy has teamed up with sustainable lifestyle store The Kind to create a Christmas pop-up with a difference. Featuring toys, games, crafts and gifts for all the family that are all kind to the environment, you’ll also be able to pick up eco-friendly wrapping and cards, crackers and even recycled Christmas trees.

Makers Market, Dublin
WHEN November 7-December 31
WHERE Om Diva, Drury Street, Dublin
TICKETS Free Entry

Om Diva will be busy as ever over the coming weeks as it welcomes 28 local and Irish makers into the Drury Street shop for Makers Market. You’ll find glassblowers Glint Glass, 29 Bride Street’s linen homeware and Kopper Kreation’s lighting, alongside the shop’s permanent design labels. Expect to pick up presents for others, and yourself.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Om Diva (@omdivaboutique) on

Union Café Pop-up, Dublin
WHEN November 24, 10-6pm
WHERE Union Café, Mount Merrion, Dublin
TICKETS Free Entry

 

With the absence of Dublin Flea Christmas Market this year, former vendors are coming together to help fill the void. Encouraging people to continue buying Irish, Kate Fine of Kate’s Sample Sale has organised not one but two pop-ups in the coming weeks. The first on November 17 in Ukiyo from 11am to 6pm, which will feature the likes of children’s toys from Guadalupe Creations, jeweller Shock of Grey and lifestyle brand Stencilize. For the second, Kate is working with silk scarf designer Debbie Millington to curate a one-day pop-up featuring fellow small businesses including jewellery designer Vivien Walsh, children’s fashion and accessories online shop Chaos + Harmony, beloved fashion brand Electronic Sheep, Kaiko Studio and so many more. 


Three Hills Soap Company will be part of Union Café’s pop-up.

Crafts Christmas Craft Fair, Waterford
WHEN November 29
WHERE Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
TICKETS Free Entry

The fair is just one part of Waterford’s wider Winterval festival, which runs from November 23 to December 23 with plenty of events for all the family including Christmas markets, tree lighting, musical soirees and tastings. One of the longest-running Christmas craft fairs, Waterford’s iteration celebrates its 36th year this year. Featuring 40 local makers selling handmade gifting options, you’re sure to find something here.

Food & Craft Gift Fair, Galway
WHEN November 30-December 1
WHERE Black Box, Galway City
TICKETS Free Entry

Kicking off the 8th annual Food and Craft Fair in Galway’s Black Box, this free weekend event brings together a wide variety of local food producers and stalls, as well as plenty of craftspeople from leather goods and ceramics to jewellery and decorations. There are also a number of workshops for children, including a Christmas card workshop and drop-in art classes.


Resin artist Ciara O’Neill will also be in attendance at the Black Box.

The Glucksman Craft + Design Fair, Cork
WHEN December 8-10
WHERE The Glucksman, University College Cork
TICKETS €5

Renowned as a hub for Irish craft and design, The Glucksman becomes a festive funhouse for one weekend before Christmas, welcoming craftspeople and shoppers into its award-winning gallery space. Attendees can expect the finest Irish designer gifts for a range of budgets and participating makers will be part of a special awards section, to be announced in The Glucksman on opening night.

Turf & Grain Christmas Market, Belfast
WHEN 7-10pm, December 12
WHERE St Thomas Parish Church, Belfast
TICKETS To be confirmed

The Belfast-based creative magazine is launching their own one-night Christmas market in Belfast on Thursday, December 12, and it’s a lovely way to spend a Thursday evening. It will include the likes of Kathryn Davey‘s naturally dyed homeware and accessories, linen clothing designer Kindred Collection and will include the launch of Sew Sadie, Kerri Todd’s collection of floral embroidered hoops, which she creates using her grandma Sadie’s needles.

While the event is free, it will be raising money through donations for Flourish NI, an anti-human trafficking charity. Kindred Collective will release a linen bag in collaboration with the charity and each Sew Sadie hoop sold will share proceeds with Shared Threads, a charity that sews reusable sanitary towels for girls in India.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Turf and Grain Magazine (@turfandgrain) on

Eight Days of Christmas, Milk Market, Limerick
WHEN December 14-17, 21-24
WHERE Milk Market, Limerick
TICKETS Free entry

If you’ve ever walked through this famous food market in Limerick on any weekend, you’ll know how magical it can be. Now, they’re sprinkling a little bit of festive cheer over proceedings in the build-up to December 25 with plenty of fashion, food and children’s events running and a special craft fair on December 17 featuring artists, makers and creatives from across the county.

Ballymaloe Craft Fair, Cork
WHEN December 15-17
WHERE Ballymaloe, Co Cork
TICKETS €5, under 12s go free

Well established as a favourite Christmas fair, the Ballymaloe Craft Fair only gets bigger and better every year. As well as many wonderful Irish food and drink producers, mulled wine and children’s events, the event also hosts an impressive array of textiles, glassware, sculptures, art, woodwork, jewellery and leather goods in the Big Shed.

Featured photo: Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash


Read more: 5 faves from last year’s Dublin Flea Christmas Market and where to find them

Read more: The bathroom accessories to buy if you can’t afford a total revamp

Read more: Inside Dublin’s newest – and most stylish – Indian restaurant

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
This is what happens when you hypersexualise young girls growing up

Who is demanding the fetishization of young girls anyway?”When I was working in my early twenties, and even my late...

By Amanda Cassidy

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES, RELATIONSHIPS
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

blank
EDITORIAL
The Howth train attack represents a lawlessness that makes me fear for my daughters

I fear the true fallout of Covid on our cities is just getting started, writes Amanda Cassidy As the pandemic...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
‘We have not heeded the warnings sufficiently’: The health emergency we’ve ignored while focusing on the pandemic

The climate change debate has been going on for so long its become white noise. But this week, the effects...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
Nutritionist Daniel Davey’s harissa squash with giant couscous

This is a perfect lunch recipe, and the harissa does an incredible job of bringing the squash and chicken to...

By Meg Walker

Nóra Quoirin
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
Inquest ruling changed to open verdict in Nóra Quoirin’s death

A Malaysian judge has overturned an inquest verdict of misadventure in the death of 15-year-old Nóra Quoirin, changing it to...

By Jennifer McShane