CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE

Come and join us this festive season to experience the 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, evening carol singing, a Neapolitan crib and complimentary evening access to the traditionally decorated State apartments among some of the festive offerings.

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 with evening carol singing.

There will be a vintage carousel on site for children  and at weekends a horse and carriage rides around the Castle grounds and gardens.

With over 1,000 years of history in Dublin Castle and plenty of festive food, crafts, music and entertainment – there will be something for everyone to enjoy this festive season

Boutique Open – Air Christmas Market
Festive food and drink
Artisan craft stalls
Neapolitan Crib
Carol Singing
Vintage Carousel
Complimentary evening access to the State Apartments
Meet characters from the Nutcracker
Carriage Rides (weekends)
Special events programme

Christmas at the Castle - Boutique Market Vendors

From the 12th to the 22nd from 12-8pm each day more than 30 Craft Vendors will be housed in traditional style wooden chalets, offering artisan products produced by Irish artists including:

  • Ceramics
  • Wooden Crafts
  • Jewellery
  • Paintings/Wall hangings
  • Skincare (artisan/handmade gifts)
  • Stained glass
  • Clothing
  • Pet gift products
  • Children’s toys and décor
  • Artisan edible gifting (cheese and hampers, herbal infusions, Christmas orientated condiments; chutneys, brandy butter etc)

For a full list of vendors see below.

A Christmas Adventure at the Castle 14th December - SOLD OUT!

Calling all children under 10! Dublin Castle’s Christmas fairy has arrived to take you on a magical adventure through the State Apartments. The Castle elves have told us Santa might even turn up!

The Christmas Adventure at the Castle will be an immersive journey for children. Written by Caoimhe Creed – this is a festive experience like no other in one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings.

11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Adults: €10

Children: Free

Click here to book.

Christmas Evenings at the Castle 3rd, 5th, 6th, 16th, 18th, 19th December - SOLD OUT!

Our much-loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neapolitan Crib and festively decorated State Apartments. Guests will also be invited to attend a reception in the Gothic Room. 

Suitable for Adults

Time: 6.30pm

Ticket Cost: €20

Click here to book.

Free Family Entertainment at the Weekends

Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd ) 

Experience the magic of the Castle with a horse drawn carriage ride from the Lower Courtyard, taking in Dubh Linn Gardens. 5pm to 8pm on a first come first serve basis departing from the Lower Courtyard.

No Strings Theatre Puppet Shows (Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd)

Performances of The Gruffalo at 2pm and The Little Lost Bear at 4pm will take place at the weekends leading up to Christmas. The shows will be held in Bedford Tower on a first come first serve basis.

 

Craft Vendors

Michelle Hannon Ceramics – michelehannan.com

An exclusive range of contemporary ceramics, including one-off, sculptural vessels, decorative bowls, wall pieces, awards and presentation pieces. Each piece is individually handmade using slabs of white stoneware or porcelain clay, which are manipulated and modelled. The work is then decorated combining glass and volcanic glazes. 

Ollie Mawn olliemawn.com

Handcrafted ceramics and wine glasses imported to Ireland. Available in a range of brightly hand painted colours and selected designs to offer you the best choice at the highest quality standards.

Tracy Gilbert Designs tracygilbertdesigns.com

Tracy Gilbert creates jewellery designs that are meticulously handcrafted in Dublin with love of Irish roots, history & folklore. Tracy enjoys designing contemporary pieces of jewellery that capture the essence of Ireland’s Celtic past. Her use of translucent materials and precious metals – silver and gold – is a striking feature of her designs. It is Tracy’s attempt to recreate the magical experience of watching the sunshine through Newgrange during the Winter Solstice.

John Cullen Jewellery

Hand made jewelry, such as earrings, leather bracelets and pendants with Celtic influences. Together with natural crystal earrings and Chackra bracelets.

Oileann Jewelleryoileanjewellery.com

Bespoke designs drawing and unique pieces combining very different techniques and metals. These collections are inspired from the landscapes of Ireland, encompassing the beauty of the coastline and rugged mountain ranges.  

Precious Amber Jewellery & Dog Accessories preciousamber.com

Precious Amber -Traditional & modern amber jewellery and souvenirs for the entire family. Dedicated to private customers and the owners of other businesses. Precious Amber Pets – A group of humble animal-lovers sharing our love for dogs, cats and more with you, our fellow pet – lovers! Laboratory certified protective amber collars for dogs & cats that looks & feels like a dr

Inna Designs innadesigns.biz/

Art and jewellery inspired by life and captured in metal and glass.

Bombay Banshee Jewellery: www.alittleidea.ie

Asian inspired jewelry handcrafted with semi precious stones set in brass and silver

Little Ideas alittleidea.ie/

Little Idea’s designs are fun and colourful laser cut acrylic jewellery, hair accessories and greeting cards made by Ali in her Dublin 8 studio.

Ogowna Sculpturesogowna.com

Exquisitely detailed pieces of sculptures that depict Celtic cultures. These Irish handmade gifts range from bronze sculptures, chess sets, Ogham wall art, wall clocks and Christmas fairy doors.

Living Earth Photographylivingearthphotography.ie

This photography collection creatively captures the wonder, emotion and unique beauty of the Irish landscape. All photography is printed on professional grade papers and front mounted within conservation grade acid-free mounts and frames are custom made professionally from natural wood.

Woodcraft by BmacD by Brendan Mac Donnell

Specialist in Hand crafted Wood Pens including Twist pens, roller- ball, Fountain pens. Each wood pen is unique as only natural Irish grain wood is utilized. Each pen comes with a Gift Box or Leather pouch and Exotic wood and acrylic on selected styles is available. 

The Craft Nest thecraftnest.ie/

The Craft Nest promoting Irish design, unique handmade crafts. Our dedication to natural materials is reflected in our strong use of wood, natural fabrics, seeds and grains, creating products to stand the test of time. We aim to provide a product range that attracts broad range of customers from the choice of personalised woodcraft,  toys for children and signs for those with sense of humour and fun.

Alphabet Jigsawsalphabetjigsaws.com

Alphabet Jigsaws design and produce original Irish handcrafted wooden jigsaw puzzles for children of all ages. All of our wooden jigsaw puzzles are durable, hand painted in vibrant colours, and wonderfully detailed. We also have a beautiful range of wooden animal magnets for kids. 

Wildbird Studioswildbirdstudio.ie

Stained glass artist specialising in Irish clear glass seeing through to the solder lines at the back. These exquisite products range from prints and cards to wall hangings and bespoke jewellery items.

Jill and Gilljillandgill.com

Jill & Gill is a brand of award winning Irish illustrators and printmakers working across fashion, design and fine art. Our apparel is made with respect, is uniquely illustrated and is hand printed here in Dublin. 

The Truffle Fairy – trufflefairy.ie

Multi Award winning handmade Irish fine chocolate truffles, bars and many other chocolate products. Truffle Fairy use only the highest quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients when available to make their products including gift sets for the festive season.

Bend in the Barrow bendinthebarrow.ie/

Craft producer of handmade soaps, oils and balms. Our ethos since inception in 2012 has been Earth friendly and Vegan. We have always said no to palm oil and plastics and you can take comfort from the fact that we seek to make products that do as little damage as possible to Planet Earth.

Olis Skincare orlden.com

Our 100% natural skincare will be your number one gift this Christmas, as it has been for all of our fantastic customers who have filled us with pride and gratitude with their thanks and praise.

Machado Men’s Grooming machado.ie

Machado Men’s Grooming are producers of high-quality men’s grooming products only using the finest natural ingredients. We offer men world-class grooming essentials thus empowering them to look and feel their very best.We formulate and produce a range of natural products including Beard oil, Beard Balm, Shaving Oil, Shaving Soap, Gift Sets and Accessories.

Glasnevin Glass Glasnevin Glass on Facebook

Established in 2012, Glasnevin Glass offers fun, colourful, quirky pieces of Glass Art which has been handmade for you in Glasnevin. From kiln fused glass to copper foiled stained glass, Glasnevin Glass offers high quality pieces that customers worldwide have brought into their homes and hearts.

Clayotic clayotic.ie

Clayotic, all but Chaotic! A non-messy and air-drying modelling clay, Clayotic is the perfect gift for the artists in your life. Loved by kids and adults alike, Clayotic is a unique art product and toy rolled into one! Our range of brightly coloured sets and accessories provide endless opportunities for you to mould and create to your heart’s content.

Dublin Puzzle Company dublinpuzzles.com

Wooden puzzles & gift sets.

Corleggy Cheeses corleggycheeses.ie/

Artisan raw milk hand made cheeses and hampers. Ranked in the top 2% of world cheeses, after taking a Super Gold accoldate at the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastian.

Nature’s Elixir herbaltea.ie

Herbal Tea Infusions and hampers.

Simply Liquorice

A selction of gourmet liquorice sweets including sugar and gluten free options

 

Food and Drinks Vendors

Handsome Burger handsomeburger.com

Award-winners from Galway. Irish beef and vegetarian options including The Bhaji a veggie delight of spinach and chickpea bhaji, tandoori onions, feta cheese, cucumber and mint raita, chillies and Handsome chutney all served in a brioche bun.

Olea Flatbreads – innovative street food, offering warm flatbreads with fillings such as free-range lamb kofta, spicy chickpeas, grilled halloumi, and fresh vegetables and herbs. Olea is based in Portobello, Dublin, and run by Ballymaloe Cookery School graduate Jack Rainey and Holly Traynor.

The Saucy Cow

Gourmet Vegan Food with a festive menu.

Kono Pizza – Pizza – Reinvented! – konopizza.ie

Pizza cones, created to provide consumers with authentic Italian pizza made from only high-quality ingredients, with mobility in mind! Creatively designed to enable mess-free take away pizza.

Swing Grill – The Smoke & Grill House – traditional German-style distinctive swing grill – a grill suspended over hot coals to create a distinctive smoky taste for traditional sausages & burgers.

Beanery76 – Housed in a little French van (originally built as an ambulance in 1973!), Beanery 76 serves barista coffee hot chocolates and festive snacks such as mince pies and candy canes.

Sweet Churrosweetchurro.ie

Made to an authentic (secret) Venezuelan recipe, Sweet Churro promise to add ‘crunchy clouds of deliciousness’ to any food event. Serving from their own distinctive cabin.

Arctic Stonearcticstone.ie

Ireland’s first and multi award winning hand-rolled ice cream specialists based in Blackrock. Arctic Stone offer artisan ice cream created to order and customised to each individual taste.

The Crepe Boxthecrepebox.com

French style creperie, based in Greystones. Offering ‘amazing crepe creations’ using fresh local ingredients.

The Donut Trike – A regular feature at outdoor events and festivals throughout Ireland, donuts are freshly prepared and served from a quirky and distinctive trike unit.

The Brew Crew Café – Event barista specialists, the Brew Crew will serve from a distinctive re-imagined horse box. Offering hot drinks including their own recipe non-alcoholic mulled wine.

Roasted Nuts

Operated by Arctic Stone. Roasted nuts on an open fire are one of the most festive foods you can eat!

The Carlow Brewing Company carlowbrewing.com/

Mulled wine, mulled cider, hot whiskeys and a selection of craft beers.

Lolly and Cooks lollyandcooks.com/

Lolly and Cooks will be serving their infamous jewel like display of cupcakes, cake pops and energy balls including a range of gluten free, dairy free and sugar free options.

Bedford Tower Market 14/15 and 21/22 December Only

ARTISAN FOOD

Chocolatey Clare chocolateyclare.com

Chocolatey Clare produces luxury dairy-free chocolate bars in six elegant flavours to suit a variety of tastes. Richly satisfying with a fine balance of sweetness and depth of flavour, our chocolate is handcrafted in Ireland using organic and ethically sourced ingredients. Our aim is to produce superbly indulgent confectionery.

Living Earth Photography livingearthphotography.ie/

This photography collection creatively captures the wonder, emotion and unique beauty of the Irish landscape. All photography is printed on professional grade papers and front mounted within conservation grade acid-free mounts and frames are custom made professionally from natural wood.

Sean Curran Art  seancurranart.com

Seán Curran is an Irish artist from Naas, Co. Kildare. While living in Canada, in the 90’s, Sean attended Art College at night and developed a love for watercolour. When he returned home in 1997 he set to work on recreating famous Irish scenes in the style of the North American artists. Time is spent on detail, and a sense of nostalgia is present in his work, for an Ireland that is disappearing in the countries new wealth and prosperity.

CLOTHING/TEXTILES

AAMcEvoy Clothing aamcevoy.com/

AAMcEvoy is an award-winning luxury Irish organic clothing brand for babies and children. All of our products are designed and crafted in Ireland using super soft certified organic cotton. We focus on quality, craftsmanship and super soft cloth. AAMcEvoy are future heirlooms.

Jill and Gill jillandgill.com/

Jill & Gill is a brand of award winning Irish illustrators and printmakers working across fashion, design and fine art. Our apparel is made with respect, is uniquely illustrated and is hand printed here in Dublin.

Pearl Reddington pearlreddington.com

An multi award-winning contemporary knitwear designer based in Ireland. Born and bred in Dublin, Pearl comes from a family of artists, makers, and entrepreneurs and has been crafting beautiful objects since a young age. As a rising star in the Irish fashion landscape, Pearl is known for her instantly recognisable graphic knitwear, and a penchant for neon yellow. Pearl started her brand in Ireland to fill a niche in contemporary knitwear. Her design philosophy puts the wearer at the centre of each design, with no compromise to her strong aesthetic.

Fresh Cuts Clothing freshcutsclothing.com/

A fashion lifestyle brand based in Dublin. We produce simply designed, sustainable clothing. From Limited Edition designs to simple basics we cover it all. With mens, womens, and kids apparel available we cover everyone! We are part of a growing movement of companies focused on the future with a strong emphasis on social responsibility and sustainability. We push sustainable practices in all our clothing production with all our clothing produced ethically and under fair working conditions.

Due South Clothing duesouth.ie/

Sustainable clothing that features minimalist hand printed designs of Irish Landmarks, on t shirts , sweatshirts and hoodies.

TonnStore tonnstore.com/

Luxury Irish t-shirts for men and women.

Clare O’Connor clareoconnor.net/

Clare O’Connor will have her full collection of wearable art accessories which includes luxury scarves & pocket squares for men & women.  Her stunning scarves are designed in Ireland and made in Como in Italy. She uses her vibrant colourful paintings as the basis for her designs.  She has a range of 100% silk & ranges of Cashmere, wool, modal & silk blends. The variety of fabrics means there is something for everyone.  Clare will also have a selection of multilayered intaglio prints, vibrant mixed media works on paper & some small paintings on aluminium, MDF & canvas.

JEWELLERY

Edge Only edgeonly.com

Ethical luxury jewellery brand Edge Only create solid gold and sterling silver jewellery in edgy designs for men and women. Designed, ethically made and hallmarked in Dublin Castle, this is the cult brand favoured by celebrities and rock stars. There new collection Megastars will be on show at Dublin Castle Boutique Christmas Market alongside their best selling designs. Founder by former RTE 2fm rock DJ Jenny Huston, this is a luxury brand for individuals and black sheep.

Button Studio buttonstudio.ie/index.html

Button Studio makes handmade Jewellery and Pictures and exclusive christmas decorations from reclaimed buttons and clear resin. Each piece is unique colourful and creative, a little piece of history and a story in each piece. All materials used are source in Ireland , all our packaging is plastic free, each piece comes in a handmade gift box and all decorations come presented in a coloured paper bag topped with a mini wooden peg. Decorations include trees, teddys, angels ,gingerbread men ,jelly babies ,santas and reindeer.

Tilted Anchor Jewellery tiltedanchorjewelry.com/

One-of-a-kind jewellery fashioned from silver, gold, and (semi)precious gemstones of unique cut and hue combined with hand-fashioned textures and effects to create memorable pieces of unique character and style. Inspired by the sea, its beauty and power, and her brand, Tilted Anchor, reflects that love through the image of old anchors put to rest on land, their surfaces weathered from a lifetime of maritime experience. Also inspired from the Japanese artistic philosophies of wabi-sabi and kintsugi which revolve around the natural cycles of the seasons and the beauty that objects accrue from age and experience.

Ali Peter Jewellery tiltedanchorjewelry.com

Gold, silver & gemstones.

CHILDREN’S ART PIECES

Denyse Hanrahan artwork

Children’s hanging wall pieces.

BOOKS

AT IT AGAIN! atitagain.ie/

Bringing Irish literature to life through our literary travel books, literary cards and travel prints.

ACCESSORIES

Wild by Water wildbywater.com/

WILD BY WATER is an Irish brand of funky and functional bags for people who love the outdoors. Two sisters and designers, Jacki Parker and Nicole McKenna are behind this venture and it is their love of water and the environment that has influenced not only the design and style of these bags but also in how they are ethically and sustainably produced.

Wild by Water is about marrying form, function and style with sustainability as our platform.  Each Wild by Water bag features an original image or photo taken on our travels or inspired by our wild and natural environment.  Wild by Water bags are extremely light and strong and are designed with the active user/wearer in mind, so there is an emphasis on “water-tight and rainproof” and this is what sets these bags apart.

Mocaberry Leathers

Leather accessories.

COSMETICS

Bridgets Mantle bridgetsmantle.ie/

Organic Skincare Products including hampers.

CANDLES

Zoe Zoe zoezoe.ie/home

Artisan Hand made candles.