News Release

The Christmas Market Galway opens on Friday the 11th of November, bringing Christmas cheer to Eyre Square right up until Wednesday 22nd of December. 

Now in its 12th year, The Christmas Market Galway will once again fill the city centre with Joy and light and laughter, with over 50 wooden chalets lining the square offering scrumptious seasonal treats and a large variety of crafts.

Food lovers can feast on everything from German Bratwurst, Traditional Crepes, Irish handmade fudge, Chimney cakes and other indulgent confectionery from over 60 traders as well as a range of hot food at the charcoal grills.  For those who fancy a sociable tipple there will be traditional mulled wine and beer served in steins in the Bier Keller.  For the perfect Christmas Gift browse among the broad range of Artisan traders showcasing handmade food and crafts.

Festive visitors, kids and adults alike, can get in the Christmas spirit with a visit to Santa plus a spin on both the traditional Carousel and the hugely popular 32m observation wheel, offering a stunning birds-eye view of the lights of Eyre Square, right out to Galway Bay.

Back on terra firma, families and friends can enjoy festival games, interact with local charities and stroll through the enchanted light gardens, where a traditional sleigh provides the backdrop for a Christmas Market photo.

Maria Moynihan Lee of Milestone Inventive, the producers of the Christmas Market Galway said “We are delighted that the annual Christmas Market continues to deliver the spirit of Christmas and record visitor numbers to the city centre each year to the benefit of both the traders and the retail and hospitality sectors.  The positive economic impact of the market to the city is huge, with thousands of Irish visitors and shoppers coming to Galway for the event.  Our research consistently shows that for every €1 spent in the market, a further €3 is spent in local shops, bars and restaurants.”

The Christmas Market Galway runs from Friday the 11th of November to Wednesday 22nd of December, from 12 noon to 10pm Mondays to Wednesdays, from 10am to 10pm Thursdays to Saturday and 10am to 8pm Sundays. 

For more information and to book a Santa visit see

Facebook: @ChristmasMarketGalway