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Christmas Shopping

Henry Street.

Henry Street is one of the principal shopping streets of Dublin City Centre. Located perpendicular to the middle of O'Connell Street, it begins at Dublin's Spire and stretches west as far as Liffey Street, where it becomes Mary Street. It is a fully pedestrianised street and has over 200 shops. During Christmas this impressive boulevard takes on a festive transformation. The annual lighting of the outdoor Christmas decorations takes part this year on 17th November at 5.00pm. The street will be illuminated with sparkling decorations and the Christmas Shopping Season can officially begin.

One of the unique quirks of this thoroughfare is that, during the last couple of weeks of December, the street is a hub of bustling market sellers and their Christmas stalls. Adding to the wonder of the festivities you can delight to hear the real Dublin market sellers call and of course, the great bargains are sure to tempt the keen shopper as well.

Two of Dublin's main shopping centres, Ilac and Jervis (see shopping centres) are situated on the further end of Henry Street. These will also be flooded with the merriment and charm which the seasonal trees, bells and baubles will bring and Father Christmas and his helpers have their work cut out for them, as they feature in both malls meeting all the girls and boys to hear their wish lists.

Grafton Street.

Grafton Street, located between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green, is by far Dublin's most famous shopping street and has been mostly pedestrianised since the 1980s. Always known for it's higher market shops such as BT2, Laura Ashley, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, etc, it is still home to some of the more reasonable priced shops such as A-Wear, Marks and Spencers and Monsoon. Brown Thomas, one of Dublin’s most famous and prestigious department stores, is also located here, and is well known for catering for many designer showcases, both foreign and local.

During the Christmas season, people from all over Ireland have been known to flock to their window just to see what beautiful seasonal display is on view this year. Another of Grafton Street's well known tenants is Bewleys Cafe. Another timeless classic to visit in the winter time, they also construct a winter wonderland scene within their window to delight all that pass. To add to the ambience, Buskers, including musicians, poets and mime artists commonly perform on Grafton Street to the shopping crowds. Some of the more notable musicians who have performed here include, the Script, Paddy Casey, Glen Hansard, and Damien Rice. And of course, there will be regular carol singers during the Christmas period to bring some cheer and a spring to your step.

Outside the City

Dublin has many excellent shopping areas throughout the city centre, however if you do wish to try something further afield, we also have an impressive array of suburban shopping malls dotted around the outskirts of Dublin, some of which are so big they are town centres in themselves. They are all very accessible as we happily boast efficient transport routes to our outer suburban areas. The Luas tram line is an excellent service and also there are many equally accessible bus routes which take you direct from the City Centre.
The Square in Tallaght, Blanchardstown Centre, Liffey Valley Centre and the Dundrum Town Centre are to name but a few. For more information on these and others, take a look at our Shopping Centres Blogs.
All in all,  Dublin is one of Europe's top destinations for Christmas Shopping.