It’s the most magical time of the year… and if you’re lucky enough to be in Galway, here’s what this city can offer you!
Connacht Rugby Captain, John Muldoon, Mayor of Galway Cllr Noel Larkin and Santa pictured at the opening of The Christmas Market Galway
Photo by: Boyd Challenger
Light up Galway City

The Galway Lights will mark the start of the Christmas season! So, come down and watch the big turn on! Perfect for all the family. Backed by Galway City Council, The Light Up Galway ceremony starts on

Friday 15th November in Eyre Square at 5:30pm.

This is not one to be missed as the entire square and city will be glowing! Some have said Santa and Mrs Claus will be making an appearance, so keep your eyes out!

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Light up Galway
Christmas Markets

Everybody’s favourite Christmas market is up and running in Eyre Square until Saturday 22nd December. Santa’s Grotto is perfect stop for the kids but don’t worry grownups, there’s plenty of mulled wine, hot toddys and steins to be had!

Take a spin on the ferris wheel, wander the stalls or dance the night away in the beer tent! There is something for everyone at this Christmas market.

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Elf Town Galway

Fancy something a bit different to Santa’s Grotto? Why not hit up Elf Town at Ballybrit Racecourse. Staring November 29th, Elf Town will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday up until the 23rd December, so there is no excuse not to attend!

This is an experience a like no other – it is fully interactive and set over 4 floors, this is something the kids… and adults won’t be forgetting.

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Oliver TwistS

The Blue Teapot Theatre Company are bringing Galway an adaptation tale of Oliver Twist on Wednesday 5th December from 11am-12pm.

If you want to keep warm indoors and treat yourself to a play this Christmas, then this is for you. Plus, you can bring the whole family along!

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Oliver Twists
Galway Skates

Ready to get your skates on? Then you need to get down to the ice rink in Leisureland in Salthill between Saturday 16th November and Sunday January 5th.

This experience is perfect for the entire family. It includes a special designed kids ice rink too.

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Galway Skates

Christmas Day Swim

Fancy giving something back this Christmas? Why not join hundreds of swimmers and get in the cold waters of Blackrock, Salthill this Christmas day for COPE Galway. This year marks their 30th anniversary.
All funds raised help the homeless, domestic abused and older people who need support in Galway.
If you think you’re able to handle a cold dip then book yourself, friends and family in!

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