So the festive season is upon us (whether we like it or not!). One thing I do enjoy about this mad… I mean merry time of the year are the local Christmas markets and celebrating and supporting locally (and avoiding cities at all costs!).
There are so many fantastic community events and markets popping up in villages and towns around Ireland that there is no excuse to not buy and shop locally. It is also just a perfect way to get out and meet some of the people behind the crafts and foodie things, enjoy the festive hubbub without the frantic-ness that you may encounter in the larger areas or in the high street stores.
Also you are likely to find some really special and unique gifts for your loved ones and have you ever heard that “everytime you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance”? What more could you want at this time of the year?
It’s a really wonderful way to spend a few hours, pick up a steamy mulled wine and mozie around chatting with the vendors and also your fellow shoppers and see what little gems you can find.
Here are some of the markets coming up around Ireland next month.
When Dec 2nd 10am
Where The Green Door Market
I’m delighted to see the Zero Waste Festival is back again in Dublin, and this time with a Christmas edition.
We all know the importance of reducing our waste, plastic, packaging and unnecessary purchasing! Christmas may be one of the worst times of the year for this. How many Christmases’ can you remember where there were bags of packaging after a few minutes of present opening?
This is a great opportunity to perhaps buy a gift that will not only be less of an impact on the environment but will also be a positive addition or inspiration to someone (or yourself) in moving towards a more Zero waste-style life.
There will be talks and swap-shops and workshops here. You can meet Santa himself, but not only do you get to meet with him and chat with him – you also get to plant a tree and take it home with you!
There are two areas for talks and workshops and some of the workshops include: ‘Alternative Gift Wrapping’, ‘Decluttering before Christmas’, ‘Learn to Crochet toys’ and ‘Zero Waste with Kids’. Check the info page for a full list and to purchase a pass. HERE (Admission to the main festival and drop-in talks and workshops is FREE, but €3, €8 or €10 for specific workshops in the mezzanine areas.)
If you are looking for some other places to eat or Dublin spots you can find where I like to do so in my Yoga Travel Guide: Dublin
When 14 Dec at 17:00 – 16 Dec at 19:00
Where Pot Duggans, Ennistymon
Okay – am I just new to the Ennistymon party or is this little spot in Clare a best kept secret by those in the know ? It is one of the best towns I’ve visited recently- and I have been to a lot of towns! (Ennistymon travel guide coming soon) For now I’ll share a Christmas market that is coming up in December which may just be a perfect excuse/ opportunity for you to make your way down here and see what this market and town has in store for you.
I’m excited. Pot Duggans is hosting this Christmas market over two days. There will be handmade goods, vintage clothes, Christmas movies in the background (kiddies rejoice), hot cider (hoorah) and I’m sure there will be some of that famous live Clare music on the go and well just a great ol’ time for all.
Pot Duggans are also showing Christmas movies every week on the run up to Christmas, which is as good a reason as any to pop in for a bit of festive cheer if ya need a bit !
You can check out some of my other favourite spots in my Yoga Travel Guide: Clare
(While you’re in the area sure!)
When Dec 8th- 9th & Dec 15th -16th
Where Kinvara Community Hall
Another favourite spot of mine – Kinvara. It is just the right distance from Galway to have the County Clare feel about it but still be close enough to make a quick trip out there (from Galway) when you have a few hours but not as much time as you’d like for a whole day out.
Sooo – there will be a Christmas market over two weekends prior to Christmas (hosted by the Kinvara Farmer’s Market) and I just know it will be a great one – also their 2018 theme is ‘Plastic Free Christmas’ , another reason to get on board and support a local market that is also promoting sustainable and more conscious Christmassing. (Is Christmas a verb these days?)
There will be some of the beautiful hand-made pieces by Rockin’ Elf who up-cycles and creates sustainable, slow fashion (you may know this lovely lady and her beautiful clothes from the Galway market). There will be some magic potions from the Herbal Pharmacy, hand-made woollies, handmade porcelain bottles …. and well I just can’t wait to see what else will be on show here and to have another trip down to Kinvara.
You can also take a walk around the Burren while you are in the neighbourhood or pop into the Burren Nature Sanctuary, which is just out the road from Kinvara village.
If you are going to be doing some Christmas shopping, I say make it an experience and a joy and soak it all up and get out into the wonderful nature we have at every corner here. Even if it is winter, it is still a real joy. That is what this season is about, I think anyways.
When Dec 14th & 21st (5pm-9pm, Friday). Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th & 21st (11am – 4pm, Sunday)
Where Hangar 1, Sligo Airport, Strandhill
Sligo, my love. Again – another reason to pop along to one of the treasures of the Wild Atlantic Way. Strandhill People’s Market has , according to a recent post by Knock Aiport, “been recognised as one of the best markets in Ireland”. I would believe it, a market that takes place in an Airport Hangar in Strandhill with some of the best that Sligo and surrounds have to offer?
Well if you are curious by the sounds of this then I say get up to one of these market days and check it out. It is it’s fifth year and it is going to be the one of the Christmas markets to be at.
So yes, this will be a winner!
So shop and support local is what I say, and actually what I also say is make a whole experience or maybe even a night out of it! Why not!
Each of these towns have so much to offer and it is a great way to join in and connect with the various wonderful communities we have around Ireland and if you are going to be sharing that hard earned money of ours, why not do so to some of the small and fantastic businesses we have here. So much talent and creativity.
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