Christmas in the Crypt

One of Ireland’s most beloved churches is taking its Christmas underground for the second year in a row. Christ Church Cathedral Dublin is hosting its second-annual Christmas market in a very unique location: the cathedral’s 12th century crypt.

Christmas items on sale at the Christ Church market

Courtesy photo.

Spawning off the success of last year’s market, which saw numerous visitors opting for the Christ Church market as a warm and cosy alternative to the many outdoor markets around Dublin, this year the cathedral hopes that proceeds from the market will be enough to help save its belfry, which is in dire need of repair. 15 stalls in the market are offering jewellery, arts, crafts, sweets and goodies, most of which are made exclusively by local Irish designers and artisans – a good option if you’re still on the lookout for unique Christmas gifts.

This year will also see the addition of food stalls located outdoors on the cathedral grounds.

First founded in the 1000s, the cathedral, which is entirely privately operated with no state funding, uses all of its income from ticket entrance sales and other events like the Christmas market, to fund repairs and the daily operating costs of the church. This year, all proceeds from the Christmas market will go towards the cathedral’s recently launched €2 fundraising campaign.

Photo by William Murphy

Photo: William Murphy

The Christ Church Christmas market operates for four dates this Christmas over four consecutive Saturdays, beginning on the 26th November and continuing on the 3rd, 10th & 17th December. Stalls are open from 11am-4pm.

This is a great chance for visitors and locals alike to get a look inside the stunning medieval cathedral and its lovely restored crypt, while also supporting a worthy cause and finding some unique, handcrafted gifts.

Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Place, Dublin 8
+353 (0)1 677 8099

About Megan Eaves

Travel writer and wanderluster, Megan Eaves is the author of two travel guidebooks and runs the Irish travel website Having traveled to 25 countries and lived in five, she is an expert on Ireland, China and the American Southwest, where she grew up. She also often writes about her adventures around Europe, especially London, where she is currently living.


  1. Maggie Costello

    I am watching Pillars of the Earth for the second time this week on REELZ. now, reading this story of the crumbling belfry, I find it amazing how the cathedrals were built in the middle ages without the help of any machinery. Most of the time the architeect who began the structure never lived to see it completed. Gave me a very different view of Churches, and keeping them vital for our descendants! Hope they make lots of money @ the Christmas market!

  2. Thanks for sharing that, Maggie! Yes, many of the churches that were built so long ago are nothing short of a miracle. They are worth our utmost attention in care and preservation.

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