You already know that Galway is THE place to come for the festive party season with a huge range of pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and hotels in which to celebrate. If you fancy something a bit different this Christmas, however, here are our tips. Whether it's a staff party or a long overdue family get-together, you're sure to have a ball at these alternative Christmas parties...
A FUN FESTIVE ADVENTURE
Create an unforgettable, bespoke adventure for you and the gang at Wildlands adventure centre in Moycullen, located just 10 minutes from Galway city. Choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor adventures for groups of all sizes including Zip ‘n’ Trek, Fun Walls (indoor climbing walls), Archery, Disc Golf, Bushcraft, Yoga and more, then refuel afterwards with a delicious meal in the Olive Tree Kitchen! Christmas party packages with festive dinner menus created by Head Chef Richard Casburn can be tailored to suit the needs of your group, inclusive of a mulled wine reception, cocktails and seasonal novelties. You can book their private event space which holds up to 200 guests or dine in the Olive Tree Kitchen while enjoying a panoramic view of the park’s ziplines and aerial trekking courses overhead. Return bus transfers to Galway city centre can be arranged, too... When we say Wildlands can cater for pretty much any event, we really mean it!
Visit www.wildlands.ie or email email@example.com to book!
DREAMING OF A WINE CHRISTMAS
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city this festive season and spend some time at the Connemara Wine Hub that is The Lamplight Wine Bar. They've got enticing Christmas Party packages that can be tailored to suit you, and you can even add on accommodation to make it a really special trip away. Start with a Christmas Aperitif in their cosy bar then move on to a Wine & Food Matching Experience followed by a mouth-watering dining experience with access to the hidden gem Terrace & Fire. On their menu you'll find dishes such as Smoked Duck with Cherry Chili Sauce, Grilled Fish with Honey Parsnip Purée and lots more. with a minimum of 10 people you can get all this for €65 per person or add an overnight stay for €105. They've also got private function rooms available to hire for small parties!
Visit their website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (095) 30863 to book your Christmas party at The Lamplight
'TIS THE SEASON FOR TEAM SPIRIT
2 hours of sporting fun, physical activity, craic and team bonding (or battling, perhaps!) at Pure Skill Ltd sounds like an absolutely class staff party to us - hint, hint boss! They are now taking private bookings for birthdays, clubs, stags and corporate shindigs and it makes for an ideal Christmas get-together if you're trying to cut back on the drinking, eating and general gluttony that this time of year brings! You compete against your colleagues, friends or family on an indoor circuit arena that features 10 major sports. The state-of-the-art ball collection systems in each area mean that you can pack your time with as much action as possible, whether you’re playing golf, football, baseball, basketball, rugby, tennis or anything else.
Call 091 515 510 to book!
If you're after the more traditional Christmas party, there are loads of fantastic bars and restaurants with space to book private parties. So grab a pint and some grub with your mates or work-colleagues before strolling down to the Galway Christmas Market. You couldn't get much more festive than that!
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