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Your county-by-county guide for Christmas shopping centre opening hours across Ireland

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When you add in those last-minute gifts for hard-to-please friends, hard-to-buy-for family members and Secret Santas who are near strangers, it can feel like a list that’s never-ending.

To make Christmas shopping a little bit easier, the Irish Independent has compiled a list of opening hours for the key shopping hubs and major shopping centres in all 26 counties.

Carlow

Fairgreen Shopping Centre

Customers would need to check the festive opening hours with individual stores located at Fairgreen Shopping Centre as times may vary.

Regular opening hours of the shopping centre are 9am-6pm Monday-Tuesday, 9am-9:30pm on Wednesday, 9am-9pm Thursday-Friday, 9am-8pm on Saturday, and 12pm-7pm on Sunday.

There more than 40 stores available in Carlow’s biggest shopping hub.

The full details are available at the shopping centre’s website here.

Cavan

Cavan town

Christmas shoppers will have to check with individual stores on Main Street and Bridge Street in Cavan town for their specific opening hours this festive season as times may vary.

There are a variety of small boutiques, shoe shops and gift shops in the town centre, while the farmer’s market takes place on Fridays and Saturdays.

Clare

Shannon Town Centre

The regular opening hours for Clare’s biggest shopping venue are 9am-6pm, therefore shoppers are advised to check the Christmas opening hours with individual shops.

While visiting Shannon Town Centre, customers can also visit Santa’s Grotto every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 4pm.

Every Thursday, they have a chance of doing Christmas shopping at the Farmer’s Market.

Cork

Mahon Point Shopping Centre

Shoppers can take advantage of extended opening hours for Mahon Point Shopping Centre this festive season, with hours extending from 9am to 10pm in the week before the big day.

The centre opens from 8am to 5pm on Christmas Eve.

Normal hours resume January 2, with shoppers able to enjoy longer hours from December 3.

The full schedule is available here for shoppers to plan their visit.

Wilton Shopping Centre

Customers can usually shop at Wilton Shopping Centre in Cork from 9am to 6pm on Monday-Wednesday and Saturday; 9am-9pm on Thursday-Friday; 12pm-6pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Tesco located in the shopping centre is open from 8am to 10pm.

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Families might also stop by Santa’s grotto on a walk-in basis as Santa will be at Wilton until 4pm on Christmas Eve.

The full opening hours schedule is available here.

Merchants Quay Shopping Centre

Another primary shopping location in Cork is open for Christmas shopping from 8am-6pm Monday-Wednesday, 8am-7pm Thursday-Saturday and 12pm-6pm on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Marks & Spencer is open to all customers from 9am-6pm Monday-Wednesday, 8:30am-7pm Thursday-Saturday, and 12pm-6pm on Sunday.

Christmas hours may vary, therefore customers would need to check times with individual stores.

The full opening hours schedule is available here.

Blackpool Shopping Centre

The regular opening hours for Cork’s shopping hub are 9am-7pm every day, except for Thursdays and Fridays when Christmas shoppers can enjoy longer shopping as it closes at 9pm.

On Sundays, the Blackpool Shopping Centre opens later at 10am.

Dunnes Stores opens at 8:30pm to 7pm Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30am-9pm Thursday-Friday, and 9am-7pm on Sunday.

Times vary between different stores, therefore customers might need to check times with individual retailers.

The full opening hours schedule for each store located at Blackpool Shopping Centre can be found on their website here.

Donegal

Letterkenny Shopping Centre

The biggest shopping centre in Donegal, Letterkenny Shopping Centre is open for Christmas shoppers from 9am until 6 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and the weekends.

The centre is open until late at 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Meanwhile, Tesco will open earlier at 8am, and close at 10pm every day.

While doing their Christmas shopping, customers have a chance to visit Santa’s grotto.

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Some Christmas opening times may vary, therefore customers are advised to check the exact Christmas hours with the shops they wish to visit.

The full schedule is available here.

Dublin

Liffey Valley

December starts at Liffey Valley with extended festive opening hours from December 4.

The week leading up to Christmas Day sees the centre open from 9am until 10pm from Monday to Friday, 8am until 10pm from Saturday 23 December and from 8am until 6pm on Christmas Eve.

It closes on Christmas Day to reopen from 11am until 7pm on St Stephen’s Day.

The full schedule of extended hours is available here.

Dundrum

Dundrum Town Centre is open late for Christmas shoppers from December 2, opening from 9am until 10pm in the week leading up to Christmas.

Customers can also visit from 8am until 6pm on Christmas Eve before returning from 9am to 7pm on St Stephen’s Day.

The centre notes that individual store times may vary, including Brown Thomas which opens from 8am from December 21 until 23.

Penney’s will also open at 8am on December 23 and 24.

Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

Blanchardstown Shopping Centre will remain open for longer since December 20 allowing customers to do Christmas shopping until 10pm every day.

This will continue until Christmas Eve when the shopping centre will close at 6pm, followed by closing on Christmas Day and reopening on St Stephen’s Day until 6pm.

The centre advises the festive opening hours might vary between stores, such as Dunnes Stores, Marks & Spencer, and Smyths.

On New Year’s Eve, Blanchardstown will close at 6pm.

The full Christmas opening hours schedule can be found here.

Jervis Shopping Centre

Jervis Shopping Centre will extend its opening hours for Christmas shoppers from 9am to 8pm starting Friday, December 8.

In the run-up to Christmas, the shopping centre will open even longer until 9pm Monday-Friday and 8pm on the weekends from December 14.

Customers will be able to shop at Jervis from 8am until 6pm on Christmas Eve.

While Jervis will remain closed on Christmas Day, the shopping centre will reopen on December 26 from 9am until 6.30pm.

The full schedule of Jervis Christmas opening hours is available here.

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Galway

Galway Shopping Centre

Shoppers can pop into Galway Shopping Centre from 9am until 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and from 9am until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Sunday opening hours are from 12 noon until 6pm.

However, Penneys and Tesco have different hours to the rest of the centre – with Tesco opening from 7am until 11pm each day – so shoppers should be prepared to check in advance.

The full schedule is available here.

Kerry

Killarney Outlet Centre

Individual store times may vary in Killarney Outlet Centre, therefore customers are advised to check the times directly with the shops they wish to visit.

The centre is usually open from 10am until 6pm from Monday to Saturday.

On Sundays and Bank Holidays, it opens from 12pm until 6pm.

Christmas customers can also visit Santa in his cosy corner on December weekends.

Full details are available here.

Kildare

Kildare Village

Kildare’s biggest shopping hub Kildare Village will extend its opening hours until 9pm in the run-up to Christmas starting December 18.

On Christmas Eve, the Village will remain open until 5pm.

The full festive opening hours schedule is available here.

Kilkenny

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

Customers would need to check the opening hours with individual stores as they may slightly vary.

Regular opening hours of the shopping centre are 9am to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 9am to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 12pm to 6pm on Sundays.

Meanwhile, Dunnes Stores will be open from 9am to 7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 9am to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10am to 7pm on Sundays.

Kilkenny’s shopping centre offers free Festival Musical Performances in the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas shoppers can also visit Santa and his elves every weekend leading up to Christmas. The visit has to be booked online in advance.

The full opening hours schedule is available here.

Laois

Laois Shopping Centre

Portlaoise’s shopping hub has some Christmas family-fun to offer as it invites for Festive Family Fundays on December 11, 18, and 23.

As opening times may vary, customers would need to check the times with individual stores.

Regular opening hours of the shopping centre in Portlaoise are 9am-9pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 10am-6pm on Sundays.

Full details can be found on the Laois Shopping Centre website here.

Leitrim

Rosebank Retail Park

The opening times of Rosebank Retail Park are 9:30am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 9:30am-8pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 11am-5pm on Sundays.

These times may vary, therefore customers are advised to see the opening times for individual stores.

Full details are available on the retail park website here.

Limerick

Crescent Shopping Centre

Crescent Shopping Centre will be open for all shoppers until 9pm during weekdays and will extend its opening hours until 8pm on weekends.

The centre will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and will remain closed on Christmas Day.

It will reopen from 10am until 6pm on St Stephen’s Day.

The full Christmas opening hours schedule can be found here.

Longford

Longford Centre

Longford’s primary shopping location opens regularly at 8am-10pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and 10am-8pm on Sundays.

For Christmas opening hours, customers are advised to check the time with one of 13 individual retailers as times may vary between stores.

Louth

Marshes Shopping Centre

Louth’s shopping hub located in Dundalk usually opens at 9am-7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 9am-9pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 11am-6pm on Sundays.

For festive opening hours, shoppers would need to check with individual stores as times may vary.

During their visit, Christmas customers might bump into Santa who will be in Marshes Shopping Centre until Christmas Eve.

Full details are available here.

Mayo

Westpoint Shopping Centre

Mayo’s shopping venue opens at 10am to 6pm Mondays-Saturdays, and 11:30am to 6pm on Sundays.

Individual opening hours may vary, therefore Christmas shoppers would need to check times with different stores.

Meath

Navan Town Centre

Navan Town Centre’s opening hours are as follows: 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 9am-9pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 12pm-6pm on Sundays.

Navan’s shopping hub advises customers that individual times might vary between stores.

Christmas shoppers might also stop by Santa’s Grotto which is open every day and will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve.

The full opening hours schedule can be found here.

Monaghan

Monaghan Shopping Centre

Shoppers will see Monaghan Shopping Centre open from 9am to 6pm from Mondays-Wednesdays and Saturdays. The centre is open longer from 9am until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9am until 6pm on Sundays.

The shopping centre is extending its opening hours in the run-up to Christmas on December 18, when customers will be able to shop until 8pm on Monday and Tuesday, 9pm from Wednesday until Saturday.

On Christmas Eve, Monaghan Shopping Centre will close at 6pm, and then will remain closed on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.

It will come back to its regular opening hours from December 27.

Christmas opening hours for Monaghan Shopping Centre are available here.

Offaly

The Bridge Shopping Centre

The Bridge Shopping Centre in Tullamore is usually open 7 days a week.

Regular opening hours are 9am to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 9am-9pm on Thursdays and Fridays; 11am-6pm on Sundays.

Times may vary between stores, therefore Christmas shoppers are advised to check times with individual shops.

Santa is visiting the Bridge Shopping Centre this Sunday, December 10. Shoppers can meet him from 1:30pm until 4:30pm.

Full details are available here.

Roscommon

Harrison Centre

Customers would need to check the festive opening hours with individual stores located at Harrison Centre.

While shopping at Harrison Centre, customers might stop by Christmas markets with craft, food and festive stalls from December 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24.

Harrison Centre shoppers can also meet with Santa at his grotto.

Sligo

Johnston Court Shopping Centre

Sligo’s biggest shopping hub will extend their opening hours during the festive period from 9am to 8pm starting Monday, December 18, to Friday, December 22.

On Saturday, December 23, customers can shop from 9am until 7pm, and on Christmas Eve from 9am until 5pm.

The shopping centre will be closed on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.

All details are available on the Johnston Court website.

Tipperary

Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Last-minute shoppers can visit the Showgrounds in Clonmel until 6pm on Christmas Eve, with extended opening hours available in the lead up to the big day.

The centre opens from 8am until 9pm during Christmas Week, with extended hours also keeping the doors open later in the lead up to the Big Day.

The Showgrounds reopens following Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at 9am on December 27.

The schedule of extended Christmas trading hours is available in full here.

Waterford

City Square Shopping Centre

In the run-up to Christmas, the City Square Shopping Centre is open from 9am until 6pm throughout the week with the exception of a 9pm late-night shopping option on Thursdays and Friday.

On Sunday, it is open from 12pm until 6pm while shoppers can also enjoy a visit to Santa’s grotto.

Full opening hours are available on the website here.

Westmeath

Athlone Town Centre

Westmeath’s biggest shopping venue is extending its opening hours for the Christmas period.

Since December 11, Christmas shoppers will be able to visit Town Centre from 9am to 7pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, and from 9am to 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Since December 18, the centre will open every day at 9am and close at 9pm.

On Christmas Eve, customers will be able to shop until 5pm.

Individual retailer hours may slightly vary, therefore customers would need to check the opening hours for the shop they wish to visit.

The full opening hours schedule is available here.

Wexford

Gorey Shopping Centre

Wexford’s shopping primary location is advising its customers to check exact trading hours with individual stores as times may vary.

Gorey Shopping Centre and Dunnes Stores are extending their opening hours from December 18 in the run-up to Christmas as they will be open to shoppers from 8am until 10pm.

Meanwhile, since December 21, they both will open one hour earlier at 7am.

They will close on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day, and will go back to normal opening hours from December 27.

The opening hours schedule is available here.

Gorey Shopping Centre also hosts annual Christmas Craft Fairs every Saturday in December.

Wicklow

Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Wicklow’s shopping hub in Arklow will extend its opening hours until 8pm starting December 14, except from the following weekend (December 16-17) when it will close at 7pm.

The centre will open even longer until 9pm starting December 18.

Customers can do some last-minute shopping until 6pm on Christmas Eve.

The shopping venue will be closed on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.

It will come back to its regular opening hours after St Stephen’s Day.

Dunnes Stores within the centre will usually close one hour later than the shopping centre.

The opening hours schedule for Bridgewater Shopping Centre and Dunnes Stores is available here.

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