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Docklands Christmas Market

The 6th annual Docklands Christmas Market takes place from 3rd – 22nd of December at the George’s Dock in the IFSC.  Originally this market gave people an opportunity to buy essentials at the beginning of the cold season. Over time, it has developed and is nopw part of the festive tradition. The Christmas market draws its inspiration from German traditions which create a special festive atmosphere.

The winter markets of Munich, Nurnberg and Berlin are the most famous of these winter markets and attract thousands of international visitors each year.

The organisers wanted to emphasize the authentic German ambiance of the event, with many German traders taking part. Contributing to the mixture of cultures taking part, there are also many Irish and African stalls to be seen.

The stalls are heavily decorated to create the illusion of a winter wonderland. Many stalls offer decorations as well as Christmas stocking fillers such as craft jewellery and art. Visitors also get the chance to taste traditional German specialities such as roasted nuts, raisins and bratwurst (German sausage) from The Swing Grill.

One of the most popular stalls is the one offering mulled wine, which is sure to warm up shoppers in the freezing winter conditions.

In the evening time the market is light up with hundreds of Christmas lights and the crowds are entertained by storytellers, carol singers and bands.

The children will also get a chance to meet Santa, at the weekends, and tell him their wishes for Christmas. There is even a galloping horse carousel which makes the festival even more suitable for all the family.

This Christmas Market offers its visitors the opportunity to enjoy a festive atmosphere and have a good time. It not only attracts German people living in Dublin but also a lot of Irish people.

By Eva Bauerschmidt and Anne Wahl

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