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What to expect from Galway Christmas Market as an iconic festival makes its return.

The colourful event is due to be set up even earlier this year to make up for a lost time, with the market set to be welcoming visitors from November 12 right up to December 22.

Source: Irish Mirror

After being postponed last year due to the pandemic, the iconic Galway Christmas Market has been given the green light to return in November for the holiday season.

Galway City Council is allowing the festival to return to Eyre Square and festival-goers will once more be able to enjoy the beer tent, ferries wheel and much more to come for this year’s festivities.

The colourful event is due to be set up even earlier this year to make up for a lost time, with the market set to be welcoming visitors from November 12 right up to December 22.

While it may only be October, Christmas-lovers are already keen to see what the return of the festival will bring.

Galway Christmas market 2016

Nearby Oranmore Lodge Hotel has revealed details about what to expect from this year's market, with many favourite stalls returning for 2021.

"Once again, this year will feature amusement rides including a 32-metre high Ferris wheel and traditional carousel, Santa’s express train, live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs and of course, we all know that it’s not Christmas without a visit to Santa’s Grotto, run by local charities".

"Food lovers can feast on a bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels or confectionery, crêpes and waffles, while 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 post-box and much more".

"For those that enjoy their beer, you can buy a stein at the German Bierkeller which also offers a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine".

Christmas market

The Galway Christmas Market has been a staple of the festive season in Galway since 2010 but had its run cut short last year in the interest of public health.

At the time of the cancellation, Galway City Council said: "Following the public health guidelines and the release of the governments ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’ framework, Galway City Council has taken the difficult decision in the interest of public safety to cancel activities and events in Eyre Square in the coming months including the Christmas Markets and comedy festival.

"We understand this news will come as a disappointment to the general public, event producers and traders as well as the local businesses".

"Galway City Council would like to acknowledge efforts of the various event producers in adjusting their plans to comply with the latest and changing guidelines".

"However, Galway City Council has decided that in the interests of public health, there will be no organised events in Eyre Square for the foreseeable future".

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October 18, 2021
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