December 8, 2023

As we feel that November chill, there is so much happening this Friday, November 18th in Galway that it deserves a post of its own. Above all, Salthill will officially light up with fireworks streaming across Galway Bay this evening. It’s set to be a magical night. To find out more, read on. 

6pm: Official Opening of Christmas Lights with Fireworks at Palmers Rock, Salthill

It’s time for the Village Salthill community to light up, as they switch on a special Christmas installation at Palmers Rock.  Mayor of the City, Her Worship Clodagh Higgins, will perform the official honours at the event, taking place at 6pm this Friday, November 18th. The festive lights are the first step towards a magical season for the Salthill community, brightening the darker evenings and bringing cheer to the shores of Galway Bay.  It’s set to be an evening to remember with goodies, craic, and the chance of fireworks if the weather is permitting. Let the merriment begin, as the people and businesses behind The Village Salthill are pulling out the stops in the run up to Christmas.

The Galway Continental Christmas Market

‘til 10pm. You can’t miss it. The Galway Continental Christmas Market is here with more than 50 wooden chalets, under the watchful view of the Big Wheel, carousel, and Santa’s Grotto. It’s a magical feast of music, theatre, food and drink. For food lovers, there’s a host of international delicacies, from bratwurst and French pastries to confectionary and crêpes. Walk through the enchanted light gardens and sample the Christmas atmosphere in the heart of the city of the tribes. And there will be a host of artisan products available to buy as the ideal gifts this season.

Christmas Market Opening Hours

Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 8pm (bar until 10pm)

Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm

Sunday: 10am – 8pm

An Taibhdhearc

2:30pm and 7:30pm: Fionn and the Salmon of Knowledge

By Bridget Bhreathnach         

Fíbín sa Taibhdhearc’s Christmas pantomime takes place at Galway’s favourite Irish speaking theatre in the heart of the city centre – An Taibhdhearc.  Here, you can travel back to ancient Ireland for a magical adventure with Fionn agus an Bradán Feasa. With brave heroes, crazy poets and an extremely clever fish, it’s a hilarious madcap adventure!

7:30pm: Paddy Keenan & Steo Wall – Songs from an Open Road                  

Join Paddy Keenan & Steo Wall for Songs from an Open Road. This is an opportunity to look at the influences of world music on the modern stage.

Róisín Dubh

8pm: Allen Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra – Songs from An Open Road

Allen Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra is set to ignite the stage of the Róisín Dubh this evening as part of the celebration of world music that is Songs from an Open Road with their bold and brassy ensemble. Followed by DJ Dave Club Sandino Donovan – who returns to Galway for the first time in over 30 years. And the Club Sandino performance fee will be forwarded to the Ukraine Red Cross Appeal.

Monroe’s Tavern

4:30pm: The West Sessions

From the slow and lyrical to the lively and upbeat, expect the unexpected at the West Sessions.  You may come across world renowned trad musicians, such as Sharon Shannon, on their home turf performing with talented friends. Or spot a certain Mr Monroe on the bodhran. It’s all happening this Friday afternoon.

10pm: Feedback

10pm: Ollie Keogh and the crew of Feedback will take to the stage at Monroe’s Tavern tonight.  Always guaranteed to have you up on your feet, Feedback will take you from Aslan to Tina Turner in style with their take on the very best of covers and classics. And it’s free.

Feedback at Monroe's Tavern in Galway's Westend

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