Make the most out of the festive season & check out the Energia Christmas Map for some of cheap & free things to do this Christmas 🎄
From Christmas Festivals to Christmas Markets, we have something for everyone 🎅🏼
Merry Christmas from all at Energia!
DATE: 20th November - 23rd December, 2021
For over eleven years, Belfast’s City Hall has been transformed into a traditional German-style Christmas market, packed to the brim with 90 masterfully handcrafted wooden chalets. The display will inspire you to taste the best local and international food and drinks products. With warm, welcoming, festive bars offering a toasty place to enjoy a selection of beverages including Glühwein, mulled cider, hot chocolate and an excellent variety of continental beers, you’ll not want to leave!
While wandering through the festive craft stalls, enjoy the best of local manufacturing, attend performances by great chefs, take part in cooking classes for children or simply be dazzled by the Christmas lights. And of course, you can’t miss a photo opportunity with Santa Claus! Although it’s the beguiling Belfast City Hall all lit up for the occasion that makes this experience even more magical.
🎄 LOCATION: Cork
TITLE: GLOW – A CORK CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
DATE: 26 November 2021 - 09 January 2022
Also known by locals as Glow Cork, the market takes place in Bishop Lucey Park and includes a phenomenal light installation and a giant ferris wheel. The festive market offers a wide variety of crafts and entertainment. This iconic event actually has many focal stages to peruse. In fact, before you start to throw yourself entirely into this enchanting atmosphere, you should witness the switching-on of the Christmas lights from Patrick St, just to pre-taste the ravishing and exciting atmosphere prior to setting foot in the market.
Visitors to Glow in Bishop Lucey Park will enter the market via an ice tunnel, before strolling through the streets of a Medieval village. It’s possible to take a peek through the windows of Santa’s house and visit the Old Post Office (Padaí the Postman greets and shows kids where to post their letters to Santa).
🎄 LOCATION: Galway
TITLE: Galway Christmas Market 2021
DATE: 12 Nov - 22 Dec, 2021
For Christmas 2021 the City of the Tribes to be sparkling with the magnificent Galway Christmas Market from 6pm on Friday 12th November until Wednesday 22nd December 2021.
Although cancelled in 2020, the Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 650,000 visitors in 2019 and there were more than 50 wooden chalets located Eyre Square along with the Santa’s Grotto, the German Bier Keller numerous other theatrical delights throughout the four week fair.
🎄 LOCATION: Waterford
TITLE: Waterford's Winterval
DATE: Oct 6th - Dec 23rd
Celebrating 9 years of festive magical moments, Waterford City will be transformed into Ireland's Christmas Capital this winter, integrating the old and the new - with festival favourites that everyone knows and loves, and a new mix of exciting programming to elevate Winterval to a whole new level.
Brought to you by Waterford City and County Council, expect a round-trip non-stop journey to a world of Christmas celebration, festive city quarters, delicious food & creative craft markets, not-to-be-missed family attractions and immersive hero events, live performances, seasonal surprises and a plethora of free and ticketed programming for all ages over 19 magical days & nights - all at the heart of Ireland’s Oldest City.
Promoting Christmas values of togetherness, family, joy, thankfulness and wonder, Winterval’s 2021 theme of ‘Celebrate Together’ marks the gathering back together of families, friends and communities and the creation of lifelong magical memories for all to cherish.
🎄 LOCATION: Wicklow
TITLE: Wicklow Christmas Market 2021
DATE: Nov 27th -Dec 21st
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Pull out the stocking caps and mittens, grab a steaming mug of mulled wine, and get ready to immerse yourself into the festive spirit, because the Wicklow Christmas Market is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever!
We know that last year was a challenge, so it’s our goal to bring back the magic of Christmas to you and your family. With a new, larger location, you’ll be able to experience all the glitter and sparkle of the most magical time of year, while being safe and socially distanced.
Entry into the Wicklow Christmas Market is Free - browse local, artisan craft and food stalls, and soak up the Christmas atmosphere. New for 2021, is our Eco Ice Skating Rink, and of course our popular Santa Express experience is back! Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
🎄 LOCATION: Kilkenny
DATE: 4th/5th/11th/12th/18th/19th Dec
Christmas is all about music and Kilkenny’s Yulefest is bringing the 'ceol and craic' centre-stage with their brand new Yulefest Bandstand on the Parade in the heart of the city centre. All weekend enjoy free live performances from some great Kilkenny musicians, up and coming talent and local choirs and performers.
Located in a gorgeous bandstand on the Parade in the heart of our festive Winter Market, this Yulefest event is one for all ages. This event is outdoors, free and un-ticketed just come along and enjoy some great music!
DATE: 4th/5th/11th/12th/18th/19th Dec
Nothing shouts Christmas markets more than a small, cosy and welcoming town all embellished with Christmas lights and decorations. Newport, Co. Tipperary, is one of those towns. Every Christmas, the Chapel Lane Community organises many alpine-style stalls where handmade crafts and local products are sold. This local non-profit organisation aims to raise funds every year for their Christmas market.
Raising awareness for local producers, promoting and developing local business and creating community spirit with fun events throughout the year, are what their goals look like. Jump on the Santa Experience during 7-8 December to experience some festive spirit, drink mulled wine and hot cider while visiting the Nativity crib.
🎄 LOCATION: Kerry
TITLE: Christmas in Killarney
DATE: 22 Nov - 22 Dec, 2021
The Christmas in Killarney community run festival aims to bring magic to Killarney. With lots of festivities offered from our Magic Parades to Santa in Killarney, Christmas Markets and much more!
DATE: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December & Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December
Check off your Christmas list with a trip to the Walled City Markets this December. Nestled in the Guildhall Square, the markets will take place on the first two weekends of December offering unique handmade crafts, mouth-watering local artisan food and scrumptious, tasty treats. Support your local traders this Christmas and Shop local!
🎄 LOCATION: Dublin
TITLE: Christmas at the Castle 2021
DATE: Wed 8th – Tues 21st Dec
Come and join us this festive season to experience a cornucopia of festive magic of Dublin Castle at Christmas. Set in the heart of the nation’s capital, Christmas at the Castle will have something for everyone, with a boutique open-air Christmas Market, with music from the Dublin Gospel Choir, New Dublin Voices, Playlist, Crux Voice Ensemble and others among the festive gatherings.
The historic courtyard of Dublin Castle will be filled with over 30 traditional alpine market stalls featuring an array of decorative crafts and inspiring gift ideas. Come and indulge in traditional fare sold by artisan producers and soak up the festive atmosphere. There will also be a vintage carousel on-site for children.
🎄 LOCATION: Limerick
TITLE: Christmas at the Milk Market 2021
DATE: Every Friday - Sunday from 3rd - 19th December | Wednesday 22nd - Friday 24th December
Sample some wonderful local Christmas fare with a range of themed markets, handmade crafts and gifts, seasonal foods, vintage chic and festive fun for all the family!
🎄 LOCATION: Roscommon
TITLE: Roscommon Christmas Festival
DATE: 11th, 12th December
This festival with Music, Street Performances, Christmas Market and Food Stalls will take place at the newly regenerated Town Square on the 11th and 12th December 2021 from 3pm to 8pm.
This event has been supported by Roscommon Town Team, Roscommon Chambers, Roscommon Leader Partnership, Roscommon Christmas Lights Committee and Roscommon County Council under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.
🎄 LOCATION: Westmeath
TITLE: Christmas at Clonard House
DATE: 4 December - 23 December 2021
An interactive family experience in the beautiful grounds and courtyard around Clonard House, Mullingar.
Meet the Elves, pay a visit to the post office to get those all important letters stamped for special delivery to the North Pole. Follow the trail to Santa’s beautiful house where you will ring the Christmas bells in the music room before a quick spot of Jingo Bingo with the Elves.
Photo in Santa's House, your visit to Clonard House would not be complete without a visit to the man himself and have your Christmas chat and a photo if you’d like.
Meet Lofty the Giving Elf, after meeting Santa, Lofty will be waiting at the top of the slide with a gift for each of the special visitors and Mallow the chef elf will have a s’more for you ready while you enjoy some traditional Christmas games in the Courtyard and browse the Christmas Market
🎄 LOCATION: Kildare
TITLE: Santa's House Express
DATE: 26 November - 23 December 2021
Santa's House Express Drive-Thru Christmas is a magical self-driving Christmas experience where families can meet Santa in his grotto, see the elves in elftown, visit the Christmas funfair and get some tasty festive treats in the Woodland Village.
Santa’s House Express Drive-Thru Christmas is a magical experience! Each family bubble will travel in convoy together safely in their own car while enjoying the Festive Fun with Santa and his merry helpers.
The route takes you past Elf Town, Santa’s Toy Factory and the Reindeer Stables, followed by a visit to the awe-inspiring Twinkle Avenue and The Enchanted Forest, before meeting Santa in his Grotto - the big man himself will have a gift for each child and time to chat with the family.
Wave at the elves at Candy Cane Lane where the true magic of Christmas comes alive and get a professional family photo on Santa's Sleigh afterwards! Festive treats and the Christmas funfair wait for you in the Woodland Village at the end of your visit!
🎄 LOCATION: Fermanagh
TITLE: Christmas Lights Festival
DATE: 20 November 2021 - 5 January 2022.
The festive season will officially begin in Fermanagh and Omagh on Saturday 20 November 2021 with the opening of the ‘Christmas Lights Festival’.
Organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the ‘Christmas Lights Festival’ will see the facades of a number of buildings across the district transformed with custom light displays and projections from 6 pm to 11 pm each evening until 5 January 2022.
There will also be the traditional Christmas lights displays in Enniskillen and Omagh as well as a festive programme of entertainment in each town centre plus a range of Christmas activities and events across many of the Council facilities.
Christmas lights shows will take place nightly at the Intec Centre, Enniskillen and the Court House, Omagh from 6 pm – 11 pm from 20
🎄 LOCATION: Meath
TITLE: Twinkle Christmas Market Athboy
DATE: Each Sunday to 20th December
The Twinkle Christmas Market runs in ‘Twinkle Lane’ at the Lawrence.
in Athboy each Sunday to 20th December. The market itself has 15 artisan, food and gift stalls, and community stalls offering a local Christmas magazine, Athboy gift vouchers which have just been launched by Athboy Credit Union, live Santa window grotto and a Christmas Emporium. There is a click and collect shop located where the front bar would normally be operating.
Donnacha Geraghty will be offering a range of artisan food produce under The Black Bites label and there is a forthcoming offer of a Festive Food Box.
The Athboy Care and Share group is the main charity for the market.
Each week there is a cooking workshop demo by Jeff Norman, former TV 3 presenter, Arun, chef/owner of the Arun Indian Food produce, while Alan Krauss and Pauric White will also cook up a treat showcasing the Killua Castle Range of foods. There will also be a twinkle Gastro food menu to go and festive coffee beverages showcasing another local Trim based company, Essence Coffee.
🎄 LOCATION: Sligo
TITLE: Achonry Christmas Market
DATE: 4th/11th/18th/22nd of Dec
Achonry farmers market is being transformed into a Christmas wonderland this December with 30 food and craft stalls along with Santa’s Grotto, Live Music, Alpacas and lots more festivities to celebrate Christmas. It’s sure to be fun for all the family!