Now that Christmas is finally around the corner, it’s time to dive headfirst into the festive season with a bit of reckless abandon. Christmas cheer never goes amiss, so we’ve put together a little Galway guide of the best spots to help you deck the halls and get into the swing of things. Discover how to prepare yourself for the 2023 festivities right here.
Put up the Decorations
The focal point of every home around the festive season has got to be that big old shining tree. Whether you’re dusting off an age-old fiber optic from the attic or picking out a fresh one from Galway Christmas Trees, decorating the Christmas tree is always a fun family activity. Once your tree is up, be sure to visit Yes Flowers to shop their gorgeous array of Christmas decorations. Not only do they provide some of the most beautifully fragrant bouquets, wreaths and Christmas compositions in all the land, but they also have a selection of charming decorations to hang from the fine fir. From satin bows to silver bells, thanks to Yes Flowers you’ll have the best-looking tree in town. In addition to this, check out Standún's amazing Christmas Shop that has everything from Christmas ornaments, homeware to tableware. We can guarantee your home will be lovely and festive before you know it!
Create a cosy home environment
Following on from the Christmas décor, remember that relaxation is paramount at this time of year. From lounging around in your pajamas all day to nights spent in front of the television, you’re going to want to make sure your coop is as cosy as possible well in advance. Cuddle up under a cashmere throw from The Sheep and with some 100% natural wool felt slippers from Coffeewerk + Press on your feet, that winter chill will stay at bay. With one of Kilkenny Design's cinnamon and clove candles setting the scene, the tingle of cloves and fiery spices will infuse your home with festive smells, creating a warm cosy atmosphere. Kilkenny Design also have some stunning Christmas lights and decorations so be sure to check their Christmas range out the next time you are in town.
Stock up the Kitchen Cupboards
While Christmas is all about kindness, togetherness and generosity, we can’t ignore the fact that it’s also a time for falling into food comas and sipping on some winter warmers! Late night snacks and early evening tipples are the orders of the season, so you better get those shelves stocked! Get all your artisan foods and boutique wines at McCambridge’s, while Ernie’s is the spot for all your local produce. Fill up the fridge with high-quality pork from Hickey Meats, because you already know there’ll be a whole lot of fry ups on the horizon. For all you vegans and vegetarians out there, The Light House's Christmas Shop is now open with all your festive vegan treats. Goodies include delicious Christmas Wellington's, mince pies and spiced shortbread dough. All vegan and all homemade, so get your orders in asap. For the sweet toothed among us, Aunty Nellie’s have everything from traditional treats to modern mouthfuls and are an essential movie night accompaniment. Throw in some crafty cans from your local boozer and you’re laughing!
above: photo courtesy of Hickey Meats
Enjoy some Family Activities over the Holidays
When we finally get the time to sit down together as a family, a little bit of absent-minded jigsaw making is the perfect vehicle for conversation and discussion. Wooden Heart has a gorgeous range of puzzles varying in complexity for all the kiddies that will have they busy mulling over it all evening. Similarly, Dungeons and Donuts have a wide range of board games that will bring out a bit of friendly competition around the coffee table. There is also loads of fun to do outside of the home; Head over to Pálás Cinema to watch all your favourite Christmas movies on the big screen. See the pantomimes at An Taibhdhearc and Town Hall Theatre. Start new family traditions by taking part in the Christmas Day swim. visit local traders at Galway's Christmas markets and enjoy scrumptious seasonal treats while you browse a variety of crafts. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to see Santa Claus in the gorgeous winter wonderland setting of Baile Beag at Wildlands, so don't forget to book your slot before it's too late!
Get Christmas all wrapped up with these Unmissable Vouchers
Make your Christmas magical with a getaway to the enchanting Lough Rea Hotel & Spa with their incredible festive offers, such as festive afternoon tea, New Year's Eve parties, Christmas lunch with Santa and much more. Find all their amazing offers here. Voted in the top 5 Irish bars to go to at Christmas, give someone a chance to experience an unforgettable Christmas at John Keogh’s, and get them a gift voucher that they can use on the day here. Additionally, The Hardiman are running some fabulous Christmas deals up until the New Year and if you've got a hard to please person in your life we guarantee these vouchers will do just nicely, shop them here.
Don your Glad Rags
While it’s all too tempting to stay in your pajamas, treating every day like a snow day, you’re going to have to brave the elements at one point or another. You’ll want to be wrapped up tight, so pull on a uber cosy Aran Sweater Jumper from Louis Copeland & Sons, a sturdy, sustainable winter coat from Aplomb Menswear and fill up a genuine leather bag from Mishnóc with a hat, scarf and umbrella - because it’s always better to be safe than sorry! While the glitz and glam of festive nights out may be few and far between, you can still get dressed up to the nines for dinner and drinks. A three-piece suit from Wolf & West Menswear, a cocktail dress from No.8 and a sprig of mistletoe are all you need to bring the festive feeling wherever you decide to party. To discover how you can keep yourself dressed to the nines while also staying nice and warm, tap here for This is Galway's ultimate guide to a winter wardrobe.
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