Fingal Festive Season

See details of Christmas lights and market and Free Parking days

‌Christmas Lights

Fingal’s festive season begins in earnest in late November as the Christmas lights are switched on.


This year, Balbriggan is being lit up on Friday, 23 November at 7pm (George’s Square).


Blanchardstown is coming alive on Thursday, 29 November at 6pm (outside Bank of Ireland, Main Street).


Finally, Swords enters the festive fray on Friday, 30 November at 6pm (Swords Castle).


Swords Castle Market

The Swords Castle Christmas Market will take place on Friday, 30 November from 12pm to 8pm and on Saturday, 1 December from 11am to 6pm. 

The Christmas Market will feature over 45 traders, with an emphasis on local products, producers and artists. Families will be entertained heartily by various attractions including Santa Claus, face painting, balloon modelling and Christmas characters. Entertainment will also be provided by various local choirs and musical groups in the Chapel Room of Swords Castle on Saturday, 1  December.


Free Parking

Free parking will be provided in Swords for the public on the weekends up to Christmas as follows:

1 and 2 December: Seatown Car Park, beside Seatown Roundabout, Swords.

8 and 9 December: Executive Car Park, Seatown Road, Swords, near County Hall.

15 and 16  December: Executive Car Park, Seatown Road, Swords, near County Hall

22 and 23 December: Executive Car Park, Seatown Road, Swords, near County Hall.

Free Pay and Display

Free pay-and-display parking will also be available in Swords, Balbriggan, Skerries and Rush this year on

8 December

15 December and

22 December.

Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “The Christmas period is a wonderful time for our families and communities in Fingal, and we’re delighted to kick off the celebrations and support businesses and the public in making the most of the festive season.”