Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you will be well aware of the beautiful Christmas market that has taken over Eyre Square. Christmas cheer is truly in full swing here in Galway city, with the stunning lights, music, and markets; even though it is only November.
Some would say that November is far too early to begin the Christmas celebrations, and I hate to say that I would agree. December is a long month, we have 24 full December days to bask in the Christmas spirit before the big day, so why would anyone want to get the decorations down from the attic and begin the stress of gift shopping so early? I am self admittedly a grinch when it comes to celebrating in November. It just seems too early. That was until I saw the hustle and bustle of Christmas merriment that has taken over Galway, I suppose this grinches heart grew (3 sizes).
I have noticed that there is one part of the Christmas markets that is particularly popular with students, the infamous beer tent. A place of drinking cold beers, singing, and dancing on tables. If you haven’t gone yet, I would highly suggest it. It is a great night out that will allow you to finally wear that ugly Christmas jumper that is sitting in the back of your closet. The only downside to this fabulous night on the town is that it closes at 10pm, and let’s be honest, nothing to do with a cold beer should end at 10pm.
On ‘Christmas Day,’ I decided to take a walk through the beautiful square, and I couldn’t believe the amount of people who travelled so far to enjoy the Christmas cheer. It was so busy, and yet not a mask in sight. I was shocked. COVID-19 has apparently disappeared in the face of Galway’s Christmas. I think it is irresponsible to not be wearing your masks in such a packed social place, where are those now who were telling people to wear their masks and get vaccinated?
Put those masks back on please, the number of cases is only growing.
Lucky for you, I have already scouted out the best food in the markets, and, I will admit, I went straight to the food on my visit to Eyre Square. I would highly suggest the Cajun chicken at the Mexican food stall for a pre beer tent snack and end the night with a very tasty chimney cake, (with Nutella and mixed nuts, trust me). Delicious, you will not find better.
The Galway Christmas market is not to be missed, there is a magical element in the air between the stunning lights, wonderful music and Christmas cheer that can be seen spread throughout Eyre Square this Christmas. Over the past two years we have not been able to enjoy the regularly scheduled Christmas celebrations, so I am so glad to see the stalls and decorations back, even if there are extra precautions that need to be taken to ensure everyone’s safety.
So, get out and enjoy this spectacular Christmas wonderland right on your doorstep.