Galway Christmas market returns for its 13th year

Galway’s beloved Christmas Market is returning for its 13th year next Friday, 11 November.

Eyre Square will be lit up and packed with Christmas cheer from 12 pm to 8 pm Mondays to Wednesdays, 10 am to 10 pm Thursdays to Saturdays and 10 am-8 pm on Sundays.

Galway City Councillor Eddie Hoare said: “It’s great to see the Christmas Market returning to Galway again this year. The market creates a lovely atmosphere and attracts visitors from all over the region.”

After a year of absence due to the pandemic in 2020, the market made a triumphant return to our city last year. The 350,000 visitors that passed through in 2021 proved how much the traditional market was missed.

With more than 50 unique businesses from all over the world operating out of festively decorated wooden chalets along Eyre Square, it’s always an event that adds a festive feeling to the City of Tribes.

A foodie’s dream

The market is a foodie’s dream, with stalls serving anything from bratwurst and pretzels to the most popular stall of all, chimney cakes.

The traditional Hungarian street food snack, known as Kürtőskalács, is an ever-present stall that returns to Galway year in and year out.

The sweet treat is made from raised dough, spun and wrapped onto a cone-shaped baking spit.

It is rolled in sugar and roasted over charcoal while basted with melted butter. Once cooked, it can be served plain or with even more tasty toppings.

As well as this, you can enjoy a spin and take in some amazing views on the 32-metre-high big wheel or meet the man himself in Santa’s Grotto, which is to be run by local charities.

The market is also a wonderful place to find special gifts for your loved ones from local and European traders.

With all this fun and many more attractions over the sound of Christmas classics, you will surely have a merry ol’ time.

“It is suitable for people of all ages with lots of artisan stalls and areas to enjoy a mulled wine and a beer if you wish,” said Hoare.

“The most anticipated attraction for those over 18 is always the Beer Tent. Each year is as busy as the next, and I am sure this year will be no exception. The tent is the perfect spot to nestle yourself in from the cold and enjoy a few classic German steins.

“I hope that the market will continue to be a success this year”, finished Hoare.

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