The Galway Christmas Market
17th November – 22nd December 2017
The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city again this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numberous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.
more info: www.galwaychristmasmarket.ie
18th November 2017 – 07th January 2018
Galway Skates brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2017. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Leisureland transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m2 ice rink.
more info: www.galwayskates.com
25th November – 23rd December 2017
Treat your children to an experience unlike any other and let them become Trainee Elves at Elf Town this Christmas. Santa will host this wonderful Christmas journey at the Galway Race Course in Ballybrit where he and his Elves have been very busy building Elf town.
more info: www.elftowngalway.com
Lunchtime recital @ St. Nicholas’ Church
First Tuesday December 2017
Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month at 1.10pm in St. Nicholas’ Church, the Lunchtime recital @ St. Nicholas’ Church is a popular and long-standing event which caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music.
more info: www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie
Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden
03rd – 23rd December 2017
Conjure up the real magic and wonder of Christmas with Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden! This year Elfie and Santa will be joined again by Mrs Claus to make a full Santa experience with the professional show as the delightful highlight of the day.
more info: www.brigitsgarden.ie
Christmas Day Swim for Cope
25th December 2017
The COPE Galway Christmas Day swim is now in its 28th year and is held each year on Christmas morning between 10am and 12noon at Blackrock, Salthill, Galway. Support COPE by taking a dip while and raising funds to help vulnerable and isolated men, women and families in Galway.
more info: www.copegalway.ie
Loughrea Icebreakers Christmas Day Swim
25th December 2017
The annual Christmas Day Swim takes place on Christmas morning at 11.30 am at the Long Point Loughrea. proceeds are in aid of CASA LOUGHREA in association with Loughrea Lions Club.
more info: www.casa.ie/christmas-day-swim-for-casa-loughrea
Fields of Athenry 10km
26th December 2017
The 13th running of the Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen’s day, December 26th at 11am. Over the last number of years this has has become of of the leading road races in the country, and this year it aims to raise the bar higher. The race returns to its now traditional route, finishing under the medival arch in Athenry.
more info: www.athenryac.com/news/fields-athenry-10km
Connemara 4 Seasons Winter Walking Festival
27th – 29th December 2017
Explore Connemara in wintertime with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey who provide an insight into the unique cultural/archeological/historic heritage of the area. The walks are suitable for beginners through to advanced… all you need is a good pair of walking boots!
more info: www.connemara4seasonswalkingfestival.com