The cobbled streets of Galway are always romantic and a lovely place to be, but it is during the Christmas season they show their true charm. The lights, the smell, and the cheerful atmosphere all come together to create a unique feeling of festiveness.

Discover below what Galway has to offer during the festive season and let yourself be enchanted by the city's magic.

Galway Christmas Market

Friday, 16th November - Saturday, 22nd December

Located on Eyre Square, the Galway Continental Christmas Market is made up of more than 50 chalet-style stalls and features various other entertainments, like a ferris wheel, live music, puppet shows and much more.
Food lovers can indulge in various delicacies; from bratwurst to confectionary and waffles, there is something for every taste. Additionally, there is a German Bierkeller serving not only various German beers but also ciders and mulled wine.

Market Opening Hours:

Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 8pm
Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Galway Skates

18th November 2018 – 14th January 2019

Galway Skates is the perfect activity for the whole family. Until the middle of January, the Leisureland in Galway is home to a 600m2 real ice rink housed in a large marquee to protect you from every weather.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday (during school term): 1.30pm – 9pm
Saturday/Sunday: 10.30am – 9pm

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Elftown

24th November – 23rd December

Santa and his elves are visiting Galway again this year and will be staying in Elftown at the Ballybrit Racecourse. This interactive Christmas experience lets your children become trainee elves and help Santa with his important duties leading up to Christmas.

You can find opening hours and prices here.

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COPE Christmas Day Swim

25th December, 10am - 1 pm

Are you spending Christmas Day in Galway and feeling brave? Brave the cold Atlantic Ocean so that others do not have to. The traditional COPE Galway Christmas Swim is held every year to rise funds in support of isolated men, women and families in Galway.

To register and for more information, click here.

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