Christmas at the Castle 2021

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.

Event now fully booked!!

Boutique Open-Air Christmas Market

Festive Food and Drink

Artisan Craft Stalls

Neapolitan Crib

Festive Music Acts

Vintage Carousel

State Apartments



Boutique Open-Air Christmas Market

More than 26 Craft Vendors will be housed in traditional style wooden chalets, offering artisan products produced by Irish artists, including ceramics, wooden crafts, jewellery and much more. Diverse and delicious range of food and drink available with everything from burgers to tacos, to chocolate to churros.

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Michele Hannan Ceramics: Handmade unique ceramics including sculptured vessels, wall art, bird sculptures, plates, porcelain boats and jewellery.

Inna Design: Handmade jewellery and wildcraft art.

Oileann Jewellery: Handcrafted bespoke jewellery.

Precious Amber: Healing gemstone Amber jewellery and pet collars.

Bombay Banshee: Handmade Asian and Celtic inspired jewellery.

Glasnevin Glass: Handmade glass ornaments including Christmas tree and nativity set decorations. 

Wildbird studio: Handmade Christmas decorations, dried flower prints and wall hangings.

Bend in the Barrow: Handmade shaving brushes, soaps, shampoo bars, shaving oils and shaving kits.

Orlden: Herbal cosmetics.

DakiDaki Design:  Bum bags.

Peter Gordon Photography: Award winning fine art, books and calendars.

Alphabet Jigsaws: Handmade wooden jigsaws and puzzles for children.

Allypals:Books and stationery sets for children.

Brook & Shoals: Award winning candles and diffusers.

Threegates Wreaths: Handcrafted Christmas holly wreaths, table centres, window arrangements, gift arrangements, door swags and Christmas garden plants.

Ogowna: Handcrafted personalised Christmas collection of sculptures including Santas, nativity sets, gingerbread houses, fireplaces, fairy doors and teddy bears.

My Irish Books: Irish language books for children:

Corleggy CheesesFinest quality raw milk handmade cheeses

Shannonbridge Pottery: Ceramics including Christmas tableware range ‘The Swan Garden’ and ‘The Robin’.

The Craft Nest: Handmade crafts including oak wooden cutting boards, cheese boards, kitchen utensils and coasters.

Chocolately Clare: Handmade organic, vegan and gluten free luxury chocolates and truffles in bars and gift sets.

Soapissed: Handmade natural soaps, body scrubs and oils.

Leelo Natural: Hand crafted soya wax candles including candles in vintage Irish teacups with exclusive Christmas scents. Christmas-themed gift boxes including candles, bath salts and wax melts.

Nollaig Shona: Handmade Christmas tree decorations, wreaths and personalised gifts.

Inspirations 4 U: Handmade wooden decorations toys and games.

COB Creates: Designer linen cushions sewn and woven in Ireland.

Kokoman Krafts: Beautiful leather accessories.








Live Festive Entertainment

Dublin Castle is delighted to host an array of local musical talent with performances from different groups each night featuring  Dublin Gospel Choir, New Dublin Voices, Playlist, Crux Vocal Ensemble and many more. Expect bouncy choral arrangements filled with seasonal cheer and festive rock music to help get you into the Christmas Spirit! Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as night falls and the lights begin to twinkle in the historic upper courtyard.

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Dublin Gospel Choir

DGC are a group of performers with a shared love of music and the joy it can bring. Versatile, passionate and vibrant, they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies. They have shared the stage with music industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, Dermot Kennedy, Kodaline, Take That, Duran Duran and Ennio Morricone to name but a few. This season they bring the spirit of Christmas to life with beautiful gospel renditions of all your festive favourites.


New Dublin Voices

New Dublin Voices was founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in October 2005. The singers who make up New Dublin Voices come from many backgrounds but share in common high levels of experience and musicianship, a commitment to attracting new audiences, and above all a love of performing excellent choral music.



A fun-filled band  with four brilliant vocalists and musicians that have performed nationwide and abroad and are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit!


Crux Vocal ensemble

Crux is a gathering of voices on the Atlantic fringe of Europe in the historic city of Dublin.
Directed by Paul McGough, the ensemble interprets old music for new audiences with a focus on Medieval and Renaissance chant and polyphony.


Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath,

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath are an established female voice choir based in Dublin under the musical direction of Brian Dungan. With a diverse range and repertoire, they have won many competitions at home and abroad, including the Grand Prix at the 2019 Festival Internacional de Coras in Portugal.


Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir, was founded in October 1995. The choir’s repertoire is wide ranging; from musicals to madrigals and from classical to camp. The songs are chosen sometimes to surprise, sometimes to challenge, but always to entertain!


Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath,

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath are an established female voice choir based in Dublin under the musical direction of Brian Dungan. With a diverse range and repertoire, they have won many competitions at home and abroad, including the Grand Prix at the 2019 Festival Internacional de Coras in Portugal.

Continuum Youth Choir An award -winning choir made up of young people from across Dublin City. Directed by Blanaid Murphy, the choir enjoy singing a broad range of music from classical to contemporary and sacred to pop.




Irish Designers Market

Bedford Hall, Upper Courtyard 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18, 19 Dec 

Showcasing the very best of Irish design and craftmanship. Shop for beautiful Irish design and handcrafts and buy directly from local artists, designers and makers.

full list of designers


George Horn: George Horn are third-generation master glove makers based in Dublin. Founded by George in the 1940’s. Infused with a passion for quality, authenticity and a respect for their craft and art, George Horn produce the finest hand sewn leather gloves.

Sian Jacobs: Luxury cashmere knitwear and scarves, an established boutique brand known for it’s painterly colour palette, twisted seams and eye to detail on fit, feel and function. 

Edge Only:   Luxury jewellery with an edge. Men’s and women’s jewellery in sterling silver and 18ct gold vermeil. Designed, ethically made and hallmarked in Dublin Castle. Ireland. 

Jennifer Rothwell: Award winning Irish Fashion Designer Jennifer Rothwell specializes in designing and celebrating Irish art, folklore, legends and traditions in fashion and textiles through modern and contemporary design. 

Tilted Anchor Jewellery: Tilted Anchor Jewellery is hand crafted, bespoke, wearable art using traditional techniques using precious metals and gemstones to create one of a kind pieces inspired by the effects that time brings to materials. 

Clare O’ Connor Designs :Original Abstract Art, Limited Edition Prints & Luxury Irish Designed Scarves full of colour & energy using natural fabrics like Silk, Modal, Bamboo & Linen

Aoife Slattery Ceramics: Aoife Slattery handcrafts her vibrant contemporary ceramics from her studio at Ballymorris Co. Clare. Her energetic tableware is created by a printing process making each piece unique.

Emma Higgins: Dublin based artist, selling bright and colourful contemporary Art prints, Paintings and Homeware to add a splash of Joy to your home .  

Clover Woodcraft :Quality Irish wood turned gifts made using sustainable sourced Irish wood. Reveal the beauty behind the bark, showcasing our stunning wooden gifts. 

Sandia Dublin: Irish made award winning jewellery brand. Inspired by the Caribbean Sea and all things retro. Light, bright and bold pieces made of expanded rubber, wood and metals. 

Sean Curran Art : Award winning Irish artist, selling fine art prints of his original artwork, including scenes of Dublin city and the Irish countryside

Living Earth Photography: Professional photographs of the Irish landscape. Various sized mounted prints and natural wood frames, plus calendars. Premium materials with emphasis on quality and value.

Bluebridge House Sustainable Textile Studio:  Blue Bridge House is a Liberties based textile studio run by Laura Mallett, creating handmade ethical products with sustainability at the heart of its practice.

Tonnstore:  Organic hand drawn garments designed by our team in Dublin who use Ireland as their inspiration. Dyed using colours that protect you from chemical sensitivities and individually screen printed in Dublin. 

Maria Dorai-Raj: Designed for the modern woman, Maria Dorai-Raj creates jewellery that is confident and strong while retaining a sleek femininity. Maria’s eclectic designs are informed by art and design culture and the powerful beauty of nature. Through her exploration she creates brave new silhouettes that complement the body and seek to embolden and empower the wearer.  Each piece is designed and crafted by Maria in Ireland using precious metals and a fusion of traditional and modern jewellery making techniques.

Elke Westen: Glass design, cutting-edge techniques and ecological sustainability. Elke Westen’s work plays with the manipulation of colours and reflections to bring spaces to life.







Event now fully booked!!

Covid-19 compliance measures
This will be a mixed status event. Sanitizing stations will be provided throughout. Event attendees will be
required to wear face coverings at all times while circulating and browsing. Numbers permitted will be limited and monitored on a continuous basis.

Covid-19 contingency measures
Cognisance is being taken of the current situation in relation to the prevalence of Covid-19 in the community
and any potential restrictions that may be implemented by the Government. Contingency plans have been
drawn up to deal with ticketholders and information to the public.

The ticket terms and conditions for Christmas at the Castle

Christmas at the Castle (the “Event”) – Ticket Terms and Conditions.

  1. The “Organiser” The Commissioners of Public Works, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
  2. By booking an Event ticket and/or attending the Event using a ticket (a “Ticket”), you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set out herein.
  3. A valid Ticket entitles the holder to attend the Event on the relevant date and at the relevant times as stated on the Ticket.
  4. A ticket is required for every attendee, including children and infants.
  5. It is the Ticket holder’s responsibility to check his or her Tickets at time of booking, as mistakes cannot be amended in anyway, and the Organisers shall not be responsible for any lost or stolen Tickets.
  6. When booking a free ticket online, you may only book a maximum of eight tickets per transaction for a specific day and time. This policy is in effect to discourage and prevent unfair ticket-booking practices. Dublin Castle reserve the right to cancel any order(s) for Tickets booked in excess of the relevant limits without notice. This may also affect your ability to make future bookings.
  7. Tickets are Free and shall not be sold or exchanged.
  8. Tickets shall not be used as prizes in competitions without the prior written consent of the Organiser.
  9. Re-entry to the Event is not permitted without a valid re-entry ticket.
  • Tickets are issued subject to the Organiser’s right to alter, vary or cancel the programme due to events or circumstances beyond their control.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to refuse admission to any Ticket holder and may on occasion conduct security searches to ensure the safety of visitors. The Organiser shall be entitled to remove anyone from the venue who is under the influence of drugs or excessive alcohol or who, in the reasonable opinion of the Organiser, is conducting themselves in a manner inappropriate to their continued attendance. There shall be no admittance without a valid Ticket.
  • Proof of age may be required. Please ensure that you have ID with you in case you are asked. Failure to provide such ID may result in you being asked to stop consuming and purchasing alcohol and/or leave the Event. If you look under 18 you may asked for proof of age when you buy alcohol.
  • Entry to Christmas at the Castle will be via a gate on Palace Street, Dublin 2 and exit will be onto Castle Street, Dublin 2.
  • All stallholders operate with Cash, Debit or Credit cards at the point of sale.
  • Last admission is 30 minutes before end time specified on the ticket.
  • Food and alcohol cannot be brought into the Event. There are fully licensed bars available for you.
  • You will not be allowed to bring any glass bottles of any kind into the Event. There are no exceptions.
  • No animals are allowed at the Event, other than assistance dogs (such as guide dogs).
  • All sound and moving or still picture rights including, without limitation, on the internet, vest exclusively with the Organisers and any material filmed or recorded at the Event may only be used for the personal, non-profit making enjoyment of amateurs. By entering the venue, Ticket holders consent to being photographed, filmed or recorded as visitors attending the Event, and for their likeness, mannerisms and/or voice to be included in any content from such filming, photographs and/or recording (and edited) without compensation and/or credit, which content may be communicated and/or exploited in any and all media worldwide in all perpetuity.
  • The Organiser, its servants or agents, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Minister or Finance and the State will not be liable for any loss, compensation or expenditure for injury or damage of any kind howsoever caused to the bearer of this Ticket.
  • On entry, you agree to accept and abide by any venue rules of Dublin Castle (and any other regulations provided on entry to the venue).