Christmas Activities for the Family

Christmas can be a busy time for the family with so much to do, people to see and fun to be had! If you’re planning a family Christmas trip to Galway, you may be thinking, what is there to do in Galway at Christmas? Thankfully Galway has plenty to offer the family over the holidays and with its cobbled streets, jolly locals and magical charm it is the perfect place to get into the festive spirit.

The Maldron Hotel Galway is a top family-friendly hotel allowing you to enjoy a memorable and magical family holiday while exploring the city and surrounding county. And Christmas in Galway is certainly not one to be missed.

Galway Christmas Market

Every year Eyre Square in the city centre is transformed into the magical Galway Christmas Market which is a wonderful attraction for all ages. Bursting with loads of great stalls, selling everything from sweet treats to crafts, there is something for everyone waiting to be discovered. Between the market and Eyre Square shopping centre just around the corner, it’s a great spot to get in some Christmas shopping too! Here you will find Santa’s Grotto alongside loads of exciting entertainment including storytelling, festive choirs and puppet shows.

Galway Christmas Market Dates 2023

Date: Friday 10th November until Sunday 7th January 2024

Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 8pm (bar until 10pm)
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm
(Times and dates are subject to change)

Elf Town

Arguably the most important question is, where to see Santa in Galway? Well, for a truly magical Christmas experience look no further than Elf Town. Greeted at the gates of the town by Santa’s very own Head Elf, you will get to explore a world full of wonder. Highlights include real reindeer, Mrs Clause Kitchen where you can decorate a cookie and Santa’s Toy Shop where children can exchange their gold toy coin for any toy they like! Plus do not forget your private family visit with Santa himself!

Turoe Pet Farm

Home to a variety of animals, Turoe Pet Farm is loads of fun anytime of year however during the Christmas period it becomes a wondrous place for a family day out and one of our favourite things to do with kids at Christmas. Spend the day feeding the animals in the stable or jumping around in the Inflatable city and make sure to visit Santa in his Grotto.

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and head down to Leisureland in Salthill to have some fun on the ice! A 600m squared enclosed ice rink with real ice and its own festive market to enjoy will be sure to provide fun for all ages. Leisureland is situated along the Salthill promenade and overlooks spectacular Galway Bay so make sure to put on your warmest coat and enjoy the view.

Discount Codes

Make sure to ask at Reception for discount codes to local attractions in the Galway area which are exclusive for Maldron Hotel Guests! We have discount codes for attractions across Galway such as Busy Bees in Oranmore and Brigit’s Garden in Connemara!

Festive Dining

Whether you are looking for a Jolly Afternoon Tea or a Festive Meal with friends and family – the team at Maldron Hotel Galway can take care of your every need! With options to suit a small, casual gathering or meals fit for a corporate event, be sure to celebrate Christmas with us at the Maldron!


Festive Accommodation

Be sure to check out our Special Offers page to find our latest deals and packages perfect for you and your group over the festive season. With packages that include bed & breakfast, plus dinner, we can ensure you have a truly memorable and special time in Galway. Plus all of our guests get access to all of our facilities including leisure centre, swimming pool and games room! Book direct with us for the best rates by calling 091 792 244.

Looking for a festive accommodation? Check our Galway Christmas Breaks offers.

Book a room

minus 1 night-plus 1 night+