December has arrived in a blizzard of snow! It is finally OK to talk about Christmas and for once we here in Ireland aren't! Distracted by the Winter Wonderland outside we seem to have forgotten that it is just 24 days until Santa arrives! Today on The Top Tip for Trips Blog I want to refocus our attention on the festive season and one of my favouite aspects of it.....shopping!
Heading to your nearest big town, city or shopping centre to buy the token gift, stock up on seasonal goodies and soak up the festive buzz is an integral part of Christmas. But high street and multi-storey are not the only shopping opportunities available to us. Although still a relatively young trend for Irish shoppers, Christmas markets are popping up around the country and growing in popularity!
Christmas markets have thrived in Europe for centuries, with Germany holding the crown when it comes to the sheer size, quantity, standard and atmosphere atmosphere. A visit to a German Christmas market is a true Yuletide treat that every enthusiastic shopper should experience at some time in their lives! But if time, finance and the snow is against you this December, you can enjoy the Christmas market experience a little closer to home! With a wide selection of gourmet and speciality foods, hand crafted decorations and accessories, one off art pieces, unique gifts, the personal touch and a whole of of Christmas cheer, it is certainly worth paying a visit to your local Christmas market this year!
Below is a list of the larger Christmas markets taking place around Ireland this year! If I have missed any and you want to add it to the list just let me know :)
12 Days of Christmas' Festival at Dublin Docklands
Open From 12 Dec 10 to 23 Dec 10
Christmas in Killarney
Open From 25 Nov 10 to 09 Jan 11
Cork, Christmas on the Grand Parade
Fridays to Sundays only, Open From 26 Nov 10 to 22 Dec 10
Dublin Fitzwilliam Square Christmas Market
Open From 03 Dec 10 to 23 Dec 10
Galway Christmas Market
Open From 19 Nov 10 to 19 Dec 10
Limerick Christmas Market
Thursdays to Sundays plus 7, 8, 15, 21 & 22 December, Open From 25 Nov 10 to 24 Dec 10