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Festive Craic, Sweet Shtuff and Merry Pints – The Galway Christmas Markets are Back in 2018

galway Christmas market 2018
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Galway City is a cracking spot regardless of what time of the year it is.

The city’s forever abuzz with a relentless giddy atmosphere that tends to infect the soul and leaving you constantly craving more.

The Galway Christmas markets just add another layer of brilliance to the city.

If you’ve decided that 2018 is the year that you’re going give into the wanderlust pangs and actually visit the markets yourself, here’s all the info you need!

Debating visiting a Christmas market in Ireland in 2018, but not sure which one? Have a gander at our guide to Ireland’s best markets here.

Can’t be arsed reading? Click play below! 😉

OK, OK, OK – I’m sold! when do the 2018 Galway Christmas Markets start?

After being visited by over 350,000 people in 2017, the 2018 markets are set to kick-off on Friday, November 16th and will run until Saturday, December 22nd.

The city’s festive markets are a fantastic excuse to spend a couple of days rambling around one of the friendliest cities in the world, while soaking up the sights, smells, and craic that accompany a Yuletide market.

Galway Christmas markets 2018
Photo by Gareth McCormack

What festive goodness can be expected?

Ireland’s longest running Christmas market spans across Galway City from Eyre Square to Spanish Arch, boasting 50+ stalls buckling under a fine selection of food and drink.

For those in search of a Bavarian brew or two, you’ll find a beer tent pitched in the middle of the markets in Eyre Square.

Christmas market in galway
Photo by Gareth McCormack

Some of the other features the markets boasts are

  • Amusement rides including a Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel along
  • Live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, and carol singing
  • Santa’s Grotto

Get the festive spirit flowing

Still on the fence about whether or not to visit?

Here’s another video of the markets from a couple of years back to get you buzzing.

And that's a wrap!
Are you planning on visiting the Galway Christmas markets this year? Or have you visited them before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!