Festivals

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Galway has so much to offer; so much that there is something happening in the city of the tribes every single week of the year. We have put together a calendar of festivals and events as well as a list of attractions for you.

Galway Comedy Festival

The Galway Comedy Festival runs from October 19th to October 25th 2021 and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. This hugely popular festival features 45 shows over 7 fun filled days and nights, making Galway the place to be. Check out www.thegalwaycomedyfestival.ie for details on tickets and call the hotel directly or book online for fantastic room rates over this busy festival period.

Galway Races
The Galway Races is an annual horse-racing festival. It takes place on the last Monday of July for 7 days. It is the longest horse race meet in Ireland. The Galway races take place at the Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway. The Galway Races is a festival for everyone. Some of the highlights of the Galway Races include Ladies Day, Friday’s Fair Lady and Family Day.

Christmas Market Galway

Ireland’s longest running Christmas Market, the Galway Continental Christmas Market, is back this year and runs from November 12th 2021 and runs until December 22nd 2021.  Now in its 11th year, The Christmas Market Galway will once again fill Galway city centre with Joy and plenty for all to see and do, with over 50 wooden chalets lining the square offering scrumptious seasonal treats and a large variety of crafts.

Food lovers can feast on everything from German Bratwurst, Traditional Crepes, Irish handmade fudge, Chimney cakes and other indulgent confectionery from over 60 traders as well as a range of hot food at the charcoal grills. For those who fancy a sociable tipple there will be traditional mulled wine and beer served in steins in the Beer Keller. For the perfect Christmas Gift browse among the broad range of Artisan traders showcasing handmade food and crafts.

Festive visitors can enjoy a wide variety of entertainment with carol singing and live music throughout the five-week market fair, and kids and adults alike can get in the Christmas spirit on board Santa’s Express Train, the traditional Carousel, or by taking a spin on the highly popular 32m observation wheel, offering a fabulous birds-eye view of Eyre Square and all the vibrant decoration and lights.

Back on the ground, families and friends can enjoy a walk through the enchanted light gardens providing the backdrop for a Christmas Market photo, stop off at Santa’s postbox, interact with local charities and much more.