Christmas at the Castle

by Gazette Reporter
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The Office of Public Works (OPW) is pleased to welcome visitors to the magical Christmas at the Castle, a festive Christmas market in the historic courtyards of Dublin Castle presented in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Climbing up the Castle’s hill through a forest of Christmas trees, visitors will discover a boutique open-air Christmas market in the heart of Dublin which offers something for everyone: alpine chalet-style stalls selling decorative crafts, inspiring gifts ideas and delicious food, musical entertainment and the added bonus of access to the beautifully decorated State Apartments of Dublin Castle and the Neapolitan Crib in the Chapel Royal.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said: “Christmas is such a wonderful time of year and it is truly magical at Christmas at the Castle. There is something for everyone this year with more attractions, live music and stalls than ever before, the atmosphere is truly memorable. I’m urging everyone across Dublin to come along to Dublin Castle and immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit that this magical market has to offer.

Two-year-old Eveline Morrisroe and mom Libby, right, from Castleknock with auntie, Katie Morrisroe (National Historic Properties OPW) at the opening of the magical Christmas at the Castle, a festive Christmas market in the historic courtyards of Dublin Castle.
Pic: Mark Stedman

For the duration of the Christmas market, the Castle’s historic upper courtyard will transform into a little village of traditional alpine market stalls selling an array of decorative crafts and inspiring gift ideas along with mouth-watering treats. Visitors to Christmas at the Castle can indulge in traditional fare by artisan producers, soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy the vintage funfair on site.

Evening music performances ranging from bouncy choral arrangements to festive rock music will add to the Christmas atmosphere and get visitors into the festive spirit.

Megan Delahunty and Corey Flynn from Drumcondra with ‘Peanut’ at the opening of the magical Christmas at the Castle Picture: Mark Stedman

On December 17 and 18, the indoor craft market will once again take place in Castle Hall in the Bedford Tower, showcasing the very best of Irish design and craftsmanship for sale. 

Christmas at the Castle will run until December 21, from 2pm to to 9.30pm daily, with a minimum of two and a maximum of three sessions per day. 

This is a free, ticketed event.

While online tickets are all booked out, the event aims to facilitate a small number of walk-ins, as capacity allows. 

For more information about stall holders and musical acts, go to Cashless transactions are preferred on site.

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