The countdown to the Galway Christmas Market 2023 has begun!
Arguably one of the most popular Christmas markets in Ireland, the Christmas markets in Galway are now entering their 13th year.
Taking place in Eyre Square and boasting 50+ wooden stalls, the markets give the already buzzy city of tribes an added layer of atmosphere.
Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Galway Christmas Markets 2023, from the dates and what’s on to where to stay and more.
Some quick need-to-knows about the Galway Christmas Market 2023
Although a visit to the Christmas markets in Galway in 2023 will be fairly straightforward, take 20 seconds to read the below points:
In recent years, the market has been scattered across Galway City. However, it sounds like this years event will be contained to Eyre Square.
The Galway Christmas Markets will run from 18:00 on Friday, November 10th and will run until Friday, December 22nd 2023.
3. Opening hours
The markets are open for a good chunk of the day. Here’s the most up-to-date opening times:
- Monday to Wednesday: 12 midday – 8pm (bar until 10pm)
- Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 10pm
- Sunday: 10am – 8pm
4. Make a weekend of it
Personally, I wouldn’t visit Galway just for the markets, as you get through them in under an hour. However, there’s plenty of things to do in Galway that make it a great spot for a festive weekend away. See our Galway hotels and our Galway bed and breakfast guides for places to stay close by.
About the Galway Christmas Markets
The Galway Christmas Markets are now in their 13th year and they attract visitors from far and wide.
If you’ve visited in previous years you’ll know that there’s the usual mix of festive stalls along with live entertainment, a 32m ferris wheel, beer tents and more.
Last year, a whopping 450,000 visited some spend some time in Galway at Christmas – expect similar figures for this year!
What’s on at the Galway Christmas Markets in 2023
1. Over 50 chalets
Visitors to this years markets can expect to find over 50 wooden chalets dotted around Eyre Square.
You can expect all of the usual festive bits and bobs here, from arts and crafts to hand-made gifts, food and plenty more.
2. Activities for families
Families visiting the Christmas markets in Galway in 2023 have plenty to look forward to. Here’s a taste of what awaits:
- Santa’s Express Train
- The traditional Carousel
- A 32m ferris wheel
- Santa’s postbox
3. The beer tent
One of the more popular features of the Christmas markets in Galway is the Eyre Square beer tent.
The Galway beer tent is back again in 2023 and it’s likely to be open from 17:00 – 22:00, Monday to Sunday.
Note – in recent years (basing this on experience) this has gone to the dogs and is more like a kids disco (there’s plenty of great pubs in Galway that have a festive buzz to them!).
Are the Galway Christmas Markets worth visiting?
So, if you live in/near Galway then yes, absolutely. Personally, I head to them from Dublin most years.
Now, if you’re visiting from abroad, note that the Christmas markets in Galway won’t match up to the likes of the German markets – you’ll get around them in an hour.
However, if you pair a visit to the markets with some of Galway’s other attractions, e.g. Connemara, then they are well worth a visit!
FAQs about the Christmas markets in Galway
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from the dates of the Galway Christmas Markets 2023 to where to stay.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.