Christmas Market Getaway

The Hardiman is in the heart of the shopping district

If you’re thinking of taking a pre-Christmas shopping break, then come to our beautiful city. Galway is a popular destination for Christmas shopping in Ireland - we have the largest Christmas market in Ireland right on the doorstep of The Hardiman on Eyre Square, an additional weekly Galway market by St Nicholas Collegiate Church, colourful shops on winding pedestrian streets and plenty of covered shopping centres too.  

Galway is the perfect choice for a midweek break this festive season - stay at The Hardiman and be within a stroll of all the shops for fabulous Christmas presents and last minute stocking fillers!

Galway Christmas Markets

(15th Nov - 21st Dec 2019)

The Galway Continental Christmas Market makes its return to the City Of The Tribes from 6pm on Friday 22nd November until Sunday December 2019 

The Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 350,000 visitors last year and there were more than 50 wooden chalets located Eyre Square along with the Santa’s Grotto, the German Bier Keller numerous other theatrical delights throughout the four week fair.

The 2019 Christmas Market is the nineth year of the market in Galway and visitors can expect to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and stalls located in Eyre Square in Galway City centre. This year will feature amusement rides including a 32 metre high Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel along with live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events will feature. Once again, Santa’s Grotto will be run by local charities and the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the Market’s duration.

Food lovers can feast on a bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels or confectionery, crêpes and waffles, while beer lovers can sample a stein at the German Bierkeller, offering a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine.

The 2019 Market will also feature artisan food products and Christmas gift ideas from both local and European traders.

For more information see

Christmas Market Opening Hours

Monday - Wednesday: 12 noon - 8pm

Thursday - Sunday: 10am - 10pm


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