Christmas Markets open across Dublin City

by Alison O'Hanlon
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The Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste has this officially launched the traditional Henry St/Mary St Christmas market, Moore Street market and a makeover of the Temple Bar food market. 

The Henry St market will feature 51 stalls this year. The market runs 7 days per week, from 10am to 9pm and finishes on Christmas Eve.  

Shoppers can expect to see Christmas gifts, decorations, toys, and much, much more when they visit the market this year. Dublin City Council welcomes the return of this much-loved Christmas tradition. 

“The Henry St/Mary St market has almost become as much a part of Christmas as the tree!” said the Lord Mayor. “It’s great to see all the traders back again. They’ve been here as long as I can remember and always help create a lovely festive atmosphere at this time of year. They’re a very important part of the city-centre Christmas shopping experience. As the oldest Christmas market in the city, it boasts a rich history that spans generations and is a lovely tradition for many Dubliners. Long may it continue!”

Speaking at the launch Dublin City Council’s City Centre Manager. Frank Lambe said, “It is wonderful to see these city centre markets continuing to offer great produce and gifts for everyone, especially at Christmas with a brilliant programme of entertainment and bringing colour and character to the city.”

Temple Bar Food Market, one the country’s longest running outdoor food markets, is also getting a makeover this festive season with the addition of new traders, outdoor dining spaces for customers, festive entertainment and much more.

This iconic market, which based in Meeting House Square, has been serving people both local and international for almost 30 years in the heart of Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar.

Enjoying themselves at Temple Bar Market are John and Larissa McDonnell from D12 with their children Rory(2) and Edie (4).

The relaunch of Temple Bar Food Market is being overseen by local resident and former pastry chef, Niamh Murphy. “Our vision for the Temple Bar Food Market is to create a dynamic and diverse culinary destination that reflects the rich tapestry of flavours found around the globe. From artisanal delicacies to street food delights, there’s something to tantalise every palate, ensuring an unparalleled experience for food enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.  If any new food traders would like to join the market we would be delighted to hear from them.”

A programme of Christmas entertainment has been announced for the Moore St Market, including the Garda Band, the Discovery Gospel Choir, the Ukulele Orchestra and the ‘Christmas at Moore St Market Live Show’ (see below for details). The Christmas at Moore Street Market will be a 4 week run, every Wed – Sat from 29th Nov until 23rd Dec. The market will open 11am – 5pm each day

The Temple Bar Food, Craft & Book Market and the Moore St Market are both managed on behalf of Dublin City Council by The Temple bar Company.

Christmas at Moore Street Market Programme of Entertainment: Santa will be on Moore Street along with a Christmas scene for you to take photos

2nd December – The Garda Band – 2pm – 3 pm

9th December – Discovery Gospel Choir

15th December – Ukulele Orchestra

23rd December – Christmas at Moore Street Market Live Show

Photos: Fennell Photo

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