My nine-year-old daughter is a big shopper and she wanted to know more about Christmas Markets so I decided to search out some yuletide cheer close to home. We cajoled my friend Catherine and her daughter Alice into taking the trip with us across the border for a night to see what Belfast had to offer.
We were pleasantly surprised with the continental market finding all the atmosphere and ambiance that a trip to Cologne or Prague would usually require. But we had it all only two hours drive from Dublin. Beerkellers and stalls selling traditional German sausage and French Tarteflette sat next to handcrafted French soap and Italian chocolates.
The girls had even more fun next day when we visited Winter Wonderland. With a real ice-rink and enough fairground rides to amuse the girls for the afternoon it was a massive hit.