It’s no secret that Galway gets festive for the Christmas-time festivities. While each season in the City of Tribes has its own unique magic to spin, there’s nothing quite like winter in the West of Ireland. From twinkling lights to holiday season cuisine, and more, you have a big list of choices to enjoy from. So, follow us as we unwrap this list – and see what gifts it has to offer you during your visit this December…
Savour a Festive Lunch
There are loads of places to enjoy a Christmassy lunch in Galway this Christmas. Whether you’re looking to enjoy some al fresco festive foodie delights or a cosy indoor meal, you’re in luck. Our very own 1520 is well-known for its chef-inspired treats, so you should definitely check out their lunch menu throughout December. Alternatively, stroll to the Galway Christmas Market and grab a hot dog, or go full sugary-sweetness for a non-lunch lunch with a glorious couple of crepes. How’s that for festive Galway done right?
Go for a Festive Galway Walk
Residence Hotel is a great place to stay during December. Comfy rooms and a friendly atmosphere make it ideal in many ways. Plus, you’re only a few steps away from Quay Street which is always lit up between November and the New Year. So, pop on your festive gear and go for a stroll. Whether you’re with a group of mates or enjoying a solo winter walk, it’s so easy to get lost in the festive Galway magic. Pssssst…it’s even better if you’re sipping a delicious coffee or piping-hot hot chocolate!
Grab a Hot One and Sit in Cozy Comfort
Because you’re in Galway, why not embrace the Irishness of your stay and order an Irish coffee? The team at 1520 will be more than happy to make one of these famous drinks just for you. Alternatively, sample a hot whiskey to warm yourself from the winter snap outside – the Galway Hooker signature blend whiskey is a good one to try. After that, why not get adventurous and sample some others to keep the festive Galway vibes flowing?
Browse Festive Local Gifts
As you meander through our cobbled streets and quaint laneways, you’re sure to stumble upon more than your fair share of craft boutiques, fashionable outlets, and tourist bazaars filled with amazing and eye-catching wares. Whether you’re on the high street or ambling down the West End where lots of intriguing gems are hidden, you’ll be enchanted by the treasures on offer.
Visit the Bier Keller
Of course, the Galway Christmas Market is one of the best attractions to enjoy in Galway this festive season. It’s jam-packed full of stalls where you’ll find expertly crafted pieces, gift ideas, and of course delicious holiday treats you’ll love devouring. But the Bier Keller tent is one of the most amazing aspects of the market. Here, you can sink steins of German beer as you soak up the unrivalled Christmassy ambience. It’s a great way to round off a fun day of adventuring around the one-of-a-kind market.