Christmas in Galway

Galway, the city of festivals, does not disappoint  during Festive season either! Christmas in Galway is absolutely magical time with markets, buskers, cheeky mulled wine mug and stunning decoration all over the city. This year, you should not miss:

Christmas Market

Who doesn’t love browsing the stalls while sipping on the mulled wine? There is no better place to get all the stocking fillers for your loved ones or grab some treats for yourself. To explore Galway by train aboard the Santa Express and discover the sights of the city, where the yuletide ambience continues through the cobbled streets of Galway lined with busting shops, bars, hotels and restaurants all sharing the magic of Christmas in Galway. Hop to this page for more info! 


Walk down the Shop street on a way to Barnacles hostel in Quay street and you will pass buskers of all sorts – there will be bands, carols, dancers and more, performing under canopy of Christmas lights. It’s gorgeous! 




Connacht Rugby have 2 fixtures in Galway this December, proper rugby feast for all the fans! On 16th of December they take on Brive in EU Challenge Cup, followed by match against Ulster on 23rd of December in Guinness Pro14. 

Connacht rugby


There is loads of gigs you can check out in Galway in December! Some of our favorites are performing. Check out King Kong Company, Otherkin, Imelda May, Mick Flannery or Gogol Bordello for some of awesome music, and keep an eye on listings here and here for more info on the gigs. There is more than music, as some of top comedians will be visiting Galway this season as well! 



Some traditions are here to stay, as looks like 12 Pubs of Christmas  is quickly becoming one of the most popular ones! You are very likely to finish just next to our hostel in Quays Pub, so if you need a bed to rest your (spinning?) head, book ahead now 🙂 This is good list of pubs to visit when you have your Christmas jumper on and on your merry way… 



Christmas Day Swim

Christmas Day Swim takes place in Salthill at the Blackrock diving boards. This is tradition in many places around the country, so if you find yourself in Galway head down to Salthill prom for a walk or, if you feel especially brave, plunge as well! This is charity event so you are defo encouraged to go! 

If you find yourself in Galway this Christmas Season, stay in the heart of it all in Barnacles Galway hostel. We are located right on the Quay Street, so you will always be in the center of everything that is happening.  Breakfast and free WiFi are included because of course! Book now!