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Christmas Market Hen Party Ideas in Ireland

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With the festive holiday season slowly but surely making its way, it goes without saying that a Irish hen party involving a Christmas market will certainly not disappoint!

Around every corner you can expect tempting hot toddy’s, craft stalls full of magical gifts and sweet treats to leave everyone in high spirits! To help you plan your festive hen weekend we reveal our top 3 locations in Ireland for you to consider:

Belfast

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Why not gather your ladies and head to the lively city of Belfast to mark the festive season in style? The Belfast Christmas Markets offer a traditional Continental atmosphere guaranteed to make your experience both unique and personal! Situated on the grounds of Belfast City Hall, the Christmas Markets will be opened each day from Saturday 19th November to Thursday 22nd December.

You and your ladies can explore all the wonderful cultures and experiences from countries such as Germany, Spain, France and Italy to name but a few! Here the girlies will have the chance to taste many different dishes and delights such as cheeses, olives, Belgian chocolate, French tarts and many more, to tingle the taste buds! Your ladies will also love the large beer tent which offers many unique alcoholic beverages including strawberry beer and cranberry mulled wine along with a selection of local Belfast beers! When it comes to Christmas markets, a Belfast hen party is guaranteed to tick all the boxes!

Why not make a weekend of it with a lavish stay in the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast or the Malmaison Belfast? A great way to top the Christmas celebrations!

Dublin

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For a truly magical experience, be sure to check out Ireland’s capital, the vibrant Dublin city! Opening Thursday 8th December to Friday 23rd December at St Stephen’s Green, be sure to organise a suitable date for all the girls to go visit! With more than 60 stalls located in traditional wooden chalets along St Stephen’s Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, you and your ladies will have the time of your lives making your way through the markets!

With a fine selection of handcrafted gifts, accessories, jams and preserves as well as festive food and drink, everyone is sure to be super impressed! Not to mention, for the fashionable hens of the group, the Designer Dublin Christmas Market in the Bank of Ireland forecourt also offers a selection of fashion, jewellery and furniture stalls! The most perfect opportunity to snatch yourself a trendy and glamorous must-have!

Why not go all out and enjoy a stylish overnight stay at The Morgan or The Beacon in Dublin city centre for a second to none Dublin hen weekend!

Galway

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Galway in the West of Ireland offers Ireland’s largest and longest running Christmas Market! Why not book a Galway hen party and watch this vibrant city turn into a Winter Wonderland with your nearest and dearest by you side?

Situated around the Spanish Arch, near Quay Stree you and the girls can browse the wooden chalets jam packed with crafts, jewellery, cosmetics and other stocking fillers! For those that are looking to ditch the diet for the night, Galway Christmas Markets also offer a grand selection of tasty bites including French pastries and Belgian chocolate! Or perhaps, you may decide to sample a stein at the German Bierkeller!

Why not make the Christmas hen weekend one to remember with a luxurious overnight stay and spa treatments at The Shearwater Hotel, it will certainly not disappoint!

Things to do at the Christmas Markets:

1. Christmas Jumpers

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When heading to the Christmas markets, be sure to wear a Christmas jumper to mark the celebrations in style! You may even decide to buy a unique handmade Christmas jumper on one of the many stalls to make your trip memorable! With all the ladies looking the part, everyone is sure to be in merry spirits!

2. Mulled Wine Tasting

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With mulled wine being a popular alcoholic drink during the festive season, it is only tradition to take a glass of it at the Christmas markets! Not only will it warm your hens up, it will also tingle the taste buds! Choose from a vast array of flavours including spiced or cranberry mulled wine!

3. Beer Tasting

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Why not taste all the different beers that the different countries across Europe love? One of our personal favourites is strawberry beer and it is available at almost every Christmas market! From Spanish beer to German beer, there is sure to be something to suit all the adventurous hens! Or perhaps, if beer isn’t your thing, there is also a generous selection of French and Italian wine as well as Bailey’s hot chocolate!

4. Festive Treats

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From French crepes to Dutch mini pancakes, festive treats are a must when it comes to the Christmas markets! Not to mention, with the wide range of candy carts and popcorn machines around the market you will want to release your inner child!

5. Sample different cultures

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When it comes to Christmas markets, sampling the different cultures is a great way to get everyone in the holiday spirit as they try something new! With many unique dishes such as Spanish paella, Hungarian goulash or a good old-fashioned hog roast, don’t miss out on the amazing array of food because it only does come once a year!

6. Ice Skating

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Often at larger scale Christmas markets you will find an ice skating shrink which could make the perfect hen party activity! Ice skating will help bring the fun factor as the girls let their hair down for the evening!

When visiting Dublin why not check out Ireland’s largest ice shrink in Dublin City Centre? Located at the Citywest Hotel, it could be the most fun you will have this winter!

So there you have it, Christmas market hen party ideas in Ireland that will help get the festive season underway! All you need to do now is plan your trip away with your ladies to start exploring the top continental stalls in the country!

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