December 1, 2023

Eyre Square will be transformed into a seasonal spectacle as The Christmas Market Galway returns on Friday, November 10th. Savour delicious food, traditional mulled wine and a host of original gift ideas with over 60 wooden chalets lining the square.

The festive atmosphere comes alive with a vintage carousel, twinkling lights, and you can catch a birds-eye view of the city on The View Wheel. On crisp winter days and nights, the Christmas Market Galway is the perfect meeting place. 

Now in its 13th year, it will once again fill the city centre with joy and laughter, opening on November 10th, right up until Friday, December 22nd.

The amusements will continue to operate until Christmas Eve and on December 26th, a scaled back version will re-open to January 7th.

Food lovers can feast on everything from German bratwurst, traditional crepes, Irish handmade fudge, Chimney cakes and other indulgent treats as well as a range of hot food at the charcoal grills.

Browse among the broad range of artisan traders showcasing handmade food and crafts, or toast your friends and family with beer served in steins at the Bier Keller.

For the young and young at heart, this is your chance to visit Santa, enjoy festival games, interact with local charities and stroll through the enchanted light gardens, where a traditional sleigh provides the ideal backdrop for a Christmas Market photo.

All the Deets:

The Christmas Market Galway runs from Friday the 10th of November to Sunday January 7th with varying opening days and hours to accommodate  the Christmas Holiday period:

  1. From Friday the 10th to 22nd of December, from 12 noon to 10pm Mondays to Wednesdays, from 10am to 10pm Thursdays to Saturday and 10am to 8pm Sundays (bars til 10pm every day). 
  2. The Bar will be open on Saturday 23rd as will the  vintage amusements and The View Wheel (until lunchtime on Sunday 24th December).
  3. On December 26th, a scaled back version of the Christmas Market will re-open on both Eyre Sq North and on the Plaza in Kennedy Park until January 7th.  This will include the ever-popular Christmas Market Bar until December 31st. 

For more information and to book a Santa visit see

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