You cannot beat the warm, fuzzy festive feeling at this time of year. Galway goes all out, and with lights and decorations and with extra lights this year – we simply cannot wait here at the Residence Hotel Galway.
Make the most of our City Centre location on Quay St. and explore the Christmas Markets or plan a Christmas Shopping Break. There are so many unique, boutique shops where you will find the perfect gifts this Christmas.
We are super excited to see the market returning to Eyre Square – Oh….the anticipation of what is to come! Opening from the 15th December this year. I think we all revert to our childhood and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a stroll through the Galway Christmas Market in Eyre Square.
Explore the unique stalls and crafts, savour a warming mulled wine or hop on the Big Wheel for a bird’s eye view of the Christmas lights!!!! Explore a host of new events and attractions at this year’s market, including vintage carousels and amusements, pantomimes and festive performances, Santa’s grotto and pop-up shops at various locations throughout the city.
Galway really goes ‘all out’ at Christmas time, with decorations and lights everywhere you turn. The shops of Galway have spectacular window displays full of Christmas scenes. In particular, the Brown Thomas store on Shop Street is a window display always to look out for.
Wrap up in your woollies in the crisp winter air and explore the weekend Galway Market around the corner, near St. Nicholas’ Church. This is the place to pick up local produce, Galway goodies, gifts and cheese!! The Traditional Christmas Market by St. Nicholas’ Church, runs every day, 9 am to 6 pm from the 14th to the 24th of December with lots of homemade Christmas foodstuffs and a lovely atmosphere with all the decorated stalls lit with lights and candles.
Get away for a night, and experience the infectious atmosphere in Galway – that vibrant and friendly atmosphere that is so evident as you stroll through the cobbled stone streets.
We’ve teamed up with Hector O’hEochagáin, our adopted Galwegian – to try an capture what is so unique and lovable about Galway – especially at Christmas time.