Ireland’s largest ever Christmas market arrives

Ireland's largest ever Christmas village, I Believe, was officially opened with the lighting of a 53 foot Rockefeller-inspired Christmas tree at Dublin's Docklands

Organisers aim to rival famous European Christmas markets by 2018



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30 November 2015

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Ireland’s largest ever Christmas market, ‘I Believe’, has officially opened in Dublin, complete with a 53 foot floating Rockefeller-inspired Christmas tree lit up with over 20,000 lights.

The organisers of the market undoubtedly have confident plans for the brand, with’s Padraic O’Kane stating: “Our vision is to develop and grow this initiative into one of most iconic and successful Christmas markets in Europe within a three to five year period. From 2016, the I Believe team, working closely with the city authorities and business organisations, intend to expand the market to a number of ancillary locations throughout Dublin with ambitions to rival European cities such Cologne, Brussels, Paris and Prague by 2018.”

With a total of 56 individual traders selling 100% Irish food products and 90% Irish craft, I Believe will run for 28 days until Wednesday, 23 December at Custom House Quarter, which includes George’s Dock, The CHQ Building and its surrounding area.

Children will also be able to enjoy 30-minute group sessions with the former Clery’s Santa and his elves in their custom-built workshop. Meanwhile adults will be able to enjoy a unique Scandinavian lodge experience at the dedicated Aprés Ski pop-up bar, which will accommodate Christmas parties. Impressively, the 50ft Christmas tree was home-grown and donated to the people of Dublin by Coillte.

What’s more, The I Believe Charitable Fund, chaired by Senator Feargal Quinn, will financially support numerous charities each year, such as Temple Street Foundation and Simon Communities Ireland. 

To reserve places at the Aprés Ski venue and Santa’s workshop, visit



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