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21st Dec 2021

5 best things to do along the Wild Atlantic Way this Christmas

Lovin' Media

Spending Christmas along the Wild Atlantic Way? Here are some fun festive events to get you into the Christmas spirit…

With Christmas just around the corner, a lot of us are getting ready to head home for the festive break.

And if you’re hoping to catch up with any friends or family in the coming weeks, you’ll probably be looking for some festive activities to keep you busy.

And if you are travelling in or around the Wild Atlantic Way counties this Christmas, you can take the hassle out of your journey with Expressway.

Expressway have a number of different routes running along the North-West this Christmas, connecting the likes of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway.

For added comfort, Expressway coaches have some handy perks such as onboard Wi-Fi, charging ports and reclining leather seats, plus you can book and reserve your seat in advance using MyExpressway.

You can reserve your seat HERE.

With that in mind, here are our top picks for things to do along the Wild Atlantic Way this Christmas…

Galway Christmas Market

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the Galway Christmas Market, and it’s the ultimate spot to kickstart your festive spirit this year.

This year’s market has all the popular festive attractions we’ve come to expect such as food and gift vendors, the 32 metre high Big Wheel, Santa’s Express Train, live music performers, school choirs and, of course, Santa’s Grotto.

Winter Wonderland at Westport House

Winter Wonderland is back at Westport House for its eleventh year running, and it’s well worth a visit if you’re in or around Westport this month.

The eighteenth century house and grounds have been transformed into Tinsel Town, with loads of stunning festive décor for you to enjoy on your visit. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet Santa in his magical grotto, enjoy some delicious toasted marshmallows and make your own Christmas decorations to take home.

Donegal’s Lapland

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Donegal without paying a visit to Donegal Lapland.

The ultimate festive outing, you can expect some stunning decorations and special effects, plus a live Christmas show featuring Santa and his elves. Plus, if you’re visiting with kiddies, the Donegal Lapland experience also includes a visit to Santa’s Village and his toy factory.

Strandhill Christmas Markets at Sligo Airport

If you need to pick up some last-minute gifts and want to support local, Irish businesses while you’re at it, Strandhill Christmas Market is the perfect spot.

Running every Sunday until Christmas from 11am to 4pm, the Strandhill Christmas Markets have a huge selection of local crafts, foods and textiles available, making it a very handy place to pick up some presents and support local this Christmas.

Christmas in Killarney

If you’re spending the holidays in Kerry, a day-out in Killarney enjoying their magical Christmas Parade is not to be missed.

While the whole town has been decorated in festive magic, the centre-piece of Christmas in Killarney is their stunning parade, with 15 incredibly designed and decorated festive floats, illuminated by over 20,000 lights, making their way through the streets. The final parade takes place this Saturday, 18 December and it’s not to be missed!

You can reserve and guarantee your seat with Expressway HERE.