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Galway is getting a festival of light and colour this Christmas

By Sarah Finnan

November 3, 2019 at 9:12am


Galway at Christmas is pure magic.

The whole city comes out of hibernation, despite the cold, and flocks to Eyre Square to enjoy the festivities.

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Two weeks until the Christmas Market Galway is open.🎄

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Highlights each year include food from one of the many tasty food stalls, the Ferris wheel with views to rival even those of the London Eye and of course the legendary beer tent.

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The Christmas Market Galway makes its return to the City of Tribes on Friday 15th November, running right through until Sunday 22nd December, and we cannot wait. There will be a number of festive attractions including the highly popular 32m observation wheel, Après Ski Bar, Santa’s Express Train and a traditional Carousel. Santa will be in residence and gifts and stocking fillers will include wooden toys and jigsaws, paper stars, jewellery and accessories, wood sculptures and ceramics and all manner of seasonal and indulgent treats. Festival goers can take pleasure in a wide variety of entertainment with carol singing and live music throughout the five-week market fair. Families and friends can enjoy a walk through the enchanted light gardens providing the backdrop for a Christmas Market photo, stop off at Santa’s postbox, interact with local charities and much more. Open from midday to 8pm Monday to Wednesday, and 10am through to 10pm Thursday to Sunday, Christmas may still be some weeks away, but this will have you counting down the days.🎄

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2019 will see the Festive Light and Colour Experience return to Galway once more. Think large lighting installations and projections on well-known local buildings.

Like I said before, pure magic.

The lights will act as beacons and attraction points to guide visitors throughout the festival, providing interactive photo opportunities along the way.

And don’t worry, they’re more energy-efficient as they’re LED lit.

The one-off early evening extravaganza will take place on November 15th at 5:30 pm with live music, face painting, a magician and balloon modelling amongst the entertainment on the day.

Santa and Mrs Claus will arrive on the Santa Express Train, just in time to officially turn on the lights along with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Peppa Pig, Giant Elf and Snowman. A star-studded lineup to say the least.

Organised thanks to the support of Galway City Council. Galway City Business Association and local business owners, it promises to help celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the most wonderful way.


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