10 things to do in Galway this weekend

The best of events, hot spots to eat and drink, and all the craic for the weekend in Galway, all in one place.

Galway

Visit a Christmas market

Alright, you Scrooges out there, it’s time. Embrace the Christmas. There’s only a week-ish left of the Continental Christmas Market in Eyre Square and once you’ve had your fill of funnel cakes and mulled wine, you can check out the Creative Makers pop-up Christmas market in the Cornstore. It’s full of beautiful handmade gifts from local designers and makers and you can definitely cross a few off your list there.

Féile Lebowski 

To celebrate 20 years of dudes abiding, Monroe’s Galway are hosting a Big Lebowski-themed table quiz, followed by tribute acts from Creedence Reawakened and Midnight Shimmy. Themed fancy dress is encouraged, with prizes on the night.

Friday, 14 December // Monroes // Table Quiz

Frankie’s Guys

This fast-paced, energetic production paying tribute to the legendary music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is coming to Galway following a sold-out run in Dublin.

Friday, 14 December // Town Hall Theatre // Live Music

LAOISE

Electropop queen and Galway native LAOISE is playing a Christmas hometown gig this weekend. She’s rocketed into the Irish charts this year and we’re so excited to see her live this weekend!

Saturday, 15 December // Roisin Dubh // Live Music

Spanish Tapas & Music

The Slieve Aughty Centre are serving up a beautiful spread of organic Spanish tapas, paired with Spanish wine and Eastern European Gypsy & jazz music from Aranos!

Saturday, 8 December // Pálás // Food & Drink

Flea Style Market

The best thrifting grounds in Galway and a great place to pick up a few bits and bobs for Christmas, as well! Find handmade gifts, amazing vintage stuff for your wardrobe and local art!

Saturday, 15 December // Aras na nGael // Markets

The Knights Before Christmas

Now in its fourth year, the A Capella Knights will give a wonderful Christmas concert in the Galway Cathedral, all in aid of Galway Simon Community. Festive music, dance, and instrumentals make it a fun Christmas concert to get you in the spirit, and all proceeds go to a great cause!

Saturday, 15 December // Galway Cathedral // Christmas

Live Forever: Oasis Tribute

Love Oasis? Here’s your chance to see them in concert (sorta) with one of the best tribute bands around coming to Galway. They’re heading to the Loft at Seven Bar, which is a great spot for dancing and cocktails so that’s your Saturday sorted!

Saturday, 15 December // the Loft // Live Music

DNA’s Late Late Toy Show

Get on the Nice List this year by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to DNA on Saturday night and get into the club for free! They’re donating all toys to the children’s ward at University Hospital Galway to bring some Christmas cheer to the children there. There will be prizes and that kind of craic on the night at DNA! 

Saturday, 15 December // DNA // Clubbing

Eat-Drink

O’Connell’s Bar and Yes Beverages

Nowhere better for some Christmas bevvies than O’Connell’s as they team up with Yes Beverages to deliver hot toddies, spiced G&Ts, boozy hot chocolates and more from the heated beer garden, properly decked out for Christmas. Get more here. 

Pasta Factory Galway

Cold grey days make us want pasta, and lots of it. Pasta Factory is the place to go for all your carbo cravings, best enjoyed with a glass of wine and followed up by a slice of cheesecake! They even have vegan pasta options. Get more here. 

Ground & Co

They’ve just celebrated one year in Salthill so call in for a cup of coffee, a slice of cake and wish them happy birthday! If you’re feeling brave you could go for a stroll along the Prom first and work up an appetite. Get more here.