6 Christmas Markets in Ireland (and two surprises)

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Take a seasonal trip to six of Ireland's most festive Christmas markets for fine foods, sleigh rides and, yes: Santa Claus.

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Santa's Cottage, County Down: Nestled in the Mourne Mountains, Santa’s Cottage is a snug, 19th century retreat, with whitewashed walls, stone floors and open fires. Between the orchard, hen house, and trout-filled lakes, Santa never goes hungry. Visitors are welcome to pop into the elves’ workshop, meet Rudolph or grab a bite in Mrs Claus’ café.

Days of Christmas Past, County Tyrone: Over in Omagh’s Ulster American Folk Park, Santa has another task on his hands as he and Mrs Claus take visitors back in time and along the journey of a traditional Ulster family at Christmas. An outdoor museum, toymaker’s workshop and sing-along session are the icing on the Christmas cake.

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