Merry Christmas from Dublin: Nollaig Shona Duit!


We’d like to wish all our awesome readers a very Merry Christmas from Dublin that is filled with love! If Christmas isn’t your holiday we’d also like to take this opportunity to say that we hope your days are filled with peace and joy.

Below are some photos of Dublin at Christmas. Bewley’s cafe has its window decorated with “Little Christmas”, by Paddy Campbell, which is a peak into everyday Christmas life. ‘Little Christmas’ has been on display since December 8th and runs until the 6th of January. Bewley’s cafe is a Dublin icon that has been around over a century and the original location can be found on Dublin’s famous shopping street, Grafton Street. Grafton has been lit up lovely this Christmas season, and as always, was a mad house of shoppers this December.

Bewley's Christmas Window, Dublin

Grafton Street Dublin, Christmas time

IFC Christmas Market
 We also enjoyed the 9th Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival put on at the dock of the IFSC. While the market lacked in beautiful Christmas ornaments compared to the fantastic Christmas markets of Germany, it was still a fun time. Along with some great food, there were also several carnival style attractions, including a Ferris wheel and merry go round.

IFC Christmas Market
We enjoyed warm spiced cider and apple juice with rum. Along with these options mulled wine was also available. The food selection could have been a bit more Christmasy though- the location of the Christmas market is the same venue where Dublin’s Oktoberfest is held, and many of the food options were similar. While hamburgers, hot dogs and steak sandwiches can be delicious (and the steak sandwiches from the Argentinian grill are awesome and we highly recommended eating one at any Dublin festival) there should have been more in the way of Christmas cookies and deserts available. The festival ended December 23rd but we’re sure it will be back next year if you’re in town.

Roast Chestnuts


IFC Christmas Market

Hot cider - Christmas Market
 For Christmas this year we picked up a wild venison roast from the butcher as this isn’t something we typically come across. The package has a warning telling us that our roast may include a bullet inside (fingers crossed!). We hope that it turns out well and we hope that whatever you’re enjoying this Christmas is also delicious. Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know what delectable dishes you had. A very big cheers to you from the emerald island!

Merry Christmas, Dublin


  • Alex&Bell

    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

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6 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from Dublin: Nollaig Shona Duit!

  1. Christmas day in Aus was a delightful 31 and there was an abundance of food, especially seafood as the weather is more suited to seafoood and salads. Another year is about to close, Happy Christmas and I look forward to your next year adventures.

    1. Oooo very warm! I think we got our living room up around there at one point between the fire, the oven and the stove top 😉 Happy New year mum and we look forward to sharing our adventures too!!

    1. Thank you Dariece! It was a little quiet this year as some good friends recently relocated and others went away for the holidays. Since travel is more expensive during the holidays we decided to stay home and save for trips in January and February. It’s been quiet, but also relaxing, and we’ve made the most of it. We hope you guys are having a great holiday season and have a great New Year! 🙂

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