7 of the best foodie Christmas Markets

These Dublin Christmas markets have some joyous food and drink options, writes Ali Dunworth 


If one good thing has come from the demise of the much-loved Dublin Flea Christmas Market, it's that everyone else seems to have pulled their Christmas socks up. There are new markets and events galore and it’s wonderful to see so many with local and sustainable as a consideration, especially when it comes to food.

Here are seven festive markets to look out for where you’ll find ethical stocking-fillers galore, along with some joyous food and drink options.

The Fumbally Christmas Market

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Die-hard Dublin Flea fans should seek out The Fumbally Christmas Market running the weekend of December 13th - 15th where they’ll have a delightfully sustainable array of festive food, fun and shopping with 20 independent Irish businesses taking over the two floors with stalls added in The Fumbally Café on Sunday.

Fill food-lovers’ stockings with jars of Fumbally ferments and goodies from White Masu. Scéal Bakery will have their famous puddings, mince pies and preserves along with sourdough starter kits and Christmas cheese fans can stock up from Corleggy's splendid spread.

Dec 13th - 15th, Friday 1pm – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm

Christmas at the Castle, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 

Head to the historic Dublin Castle for classic festive feels this season. For the first time, the courtyard of Dublin Castle hosts a Christmas market that includes a tasty line-up of food and drink from Handsome Burger, Sweet Churro, Olea Flatbreads and mulled wine, cider, hot whiskeys and craft beers from The Carlow Brewing Company.

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Expect plenty of carolling, a vintage carousel, and at weekends, horse and carriage rides around the Castle grounds and gardens. 

December 12th to the 22nd from 12-8pm each day

Hen’s Teeth Bazaar, Blackpitts, Dublin 8 

Over three weekends in December, the newly opened Hen’s Teeth in Blackpitts, Dublin 8 will host a Christmas bazaar of over 30 local makers selling gifts, homewares, art, and fashion.

Browse their very cool selection of framed prints or book into make-your-own gift workshops knowing you can be well fed and watered from the uber-hip Hen’s Teeth Diner. Here they serve filling sandwiches, natural wines, spiced mulled wine, festive bites, and Bengal Kati Rolls.

Keep an eye on their Instagram for pop-ups and times.

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Friday evenings from 6pm-10pm and 12-8pm Saturday and Sunday from December 6th, 13th and 20th

Honest 2 Goodness Market, 136a Slaney Close, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 

On December 12th head to Honest 2 Goodness market in Glasnevin for a Christmas version of their Thursday Twilight Market, a weekly evening that has gained quite the foodie reputation this year.

The H2G Pantry & Wine will be in full swing serving artisan cheese and wines along with treats to take home or gift and advice on Christmas day drinking.

The Vegan Sandwich Company will be serving their Christmas Fillet Roll and the Ross Geller Vegan Special. They’ll have foodie gifts galore and an all-round festive buzz.

Thursday December 12th from 5pm

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Made in Stoneybatter Christmas Market, Lilliput Stores, 5 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

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On Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December, the legends that are Lilliput Stores showcase the best in Irish food, drink and gifts just in time for your last-minute shopping.

There will be mulled wine, music and kids entertainment. But best of all... their hampers and gift packs made up of independent Irish artisan foods are hampers you’ll actually want to devour. They’ll have some other craft and design gifts there too.

December 14th & 15th, 11 - 5pm 

Guinness Winterfest at Open Gate Brewery, 53 James’s Street, Dublin 8 

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The Open Gate Brewery will open their gates for two weekends, 5th - 8th and 12th - 15th December to bring you a winter wonderland full of beer, food, gifts and entertainment.

John Mahon (The Locals, Luckys) has booked a host of cool, yuletide music to keep you entertained as you munch on Clanbrassil House toasties, The Cupcake Bloke mince pies, Brotchen pretzels and more. The Guinness brewers and beer sommeliers have also created some special winter brews to be enjoyed with the tasty dishes.

€10 entry. December 5th - 15th, Thurs & Fri 4-10pm, Sat & Sun 1-7pm

Yuleyard beside The Bernard Shaw, Cross Guns Bridge, Dublin 9

 

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Moving house hasn’t stopped Christmas at Eatyard and The Bernard Shaw. Yuleyard, their annual festive makeover, is in full swing at the new location by Cross Guns Bridge in Glasnevin each week from Thursday to Sunday.

The Eatyard food vendors La Cocina Cuevas, The Saucy Cow, My Goodness and Buttercream Dream all have Christmas specials. There is a pop-up Baileys Treat truck with chocolate-filled reindeer cocktails, winter warmers and mulled wine from the Shaw and Hop House 13 have settled into a secret cosy, Christmas snug with games.

Look out for carolling and Crimbo karaoke scheduled too.

From Nov 29th – Jan 5th, Thursday – Sunday 12pm – 10pm

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