The lights, the decorations and the shop window displays around Dublin city all add to the thrill of a big day out, throw in a panto or a special cinema screening and you have a recipe for a fantastic trip to the capital. What’s more, there are some great Christmas markets which will be happening around the city as well, so you can get into the spirit of things with special stalls and attractions catering to all your Christmas needs!

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One of the biggest Christmas fairs in the country takes place on the Docklands and the amazing surroundings of the Custom House Quarter and the chq Building. With a huge amount of space, specially designed for holding large trade and public events, the area becomes a perfect setting to host the wide variety of specialty crafts, toys and quality Christmas food that will be on offer. The festival runs from 8 – 23 December so is something to definitely take in during any short break.

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Another Christmas market with a more literary theme is the Poetry Ireland Pop Up Christmas Shop in their beautiful premises on Parnell Square. Take a wander up from O’Connell Street or Henry Street and support local Irish artists by browsing through a wide array of publications, books, prints, cards and albums. Christmas nibbles will be available along with mulled wine to make this cosy and unique experience all the more enjoyable. It will be happening on the weekend of Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 December.

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Dublin’s very own flea market is in line for a bumper Christmas edition as well this year with over 100 stalls and traders offering vintage, craft and design, antique, and upcycled wares. Taking place at the Point Village from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 December the market offers a huge selection that you won’t find anywhere else in the country, making it a great and unique experience for the whole family and avoiding the problem of getting the same type of present as last year!

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With everything Dublin has to offer over the Christmas period you’ll definitely want a place to dump your shopping bags and relax like it’s your very own home. What better place to stay then than our luxury self-catering apartments in the city. With the great discounts we offer when you book direct at Your Home From Home you will be paying only a fraction of the price of a hotel and have more to spend on the ones you love!