This is Galway’s Guide to your Essential Christmas Viewing

This is Galway’s Guide to your Essential Christmas Viewing

It's finally Christmas season in Galway! The best way to spend these winter evenings is by watching some of the best Christmas films. It's time to make your Christmas movie list, and check it twice! Here at This is Galway we put together a list of our favorite Christmas classics! From streaming services to the big screen, here is what we'll be watching this holiday season... 

A Christmas Story

In this traditional family comedy we go back to the innocent days of 1940s America to a time when all a young boy wants for Christmas is a BB gun. Young Ralphie has his heart set on getting one and sets out on a full-scale offensive to make sure his wish comes true.
Stream on Amazon Prime Video

The Santa Claus

On Christmas Eve, divorced dad Scott Calvin and his son discover Santa Claus has fallen off their roof. When Scott takes the reins of the magical sleigh, he finds he is now the new Santa. He now has the task of convincing a world of disbelievers, including himself.
Stream on disney+.

Home Alone

When Kevin McCallister is left behind while his family dashes off on a Christmas trip, he is left to defend his families home from two bumbling burglars until the relatives return.
Screening at Pálás Cinema on Dec 9th + 17th. More here. 
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The Holiday

A woman plagued by man trouble finds her fortune improves when she befriends an Englishwoman while on vacation.
Screening at Pálás Cinema on Dec 6th. More here. 


With its Christmas lights and dusting of snow, Kingston Falls is an idyllic small town. It’s home to Billy Peltzer, a teenager who has just received an unusual present from his father with a specific set of instructions. In order to look after the strange, furry creature known as Gizmo, Billy has to follow three simple rules: keep him away from water, bright lights and, most importantly, never ever feed him after midnight...
Screening at Pálás Cinema on Dec 20th. More here.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch is a grouchy green monster who lives high up on a mountain overlooking the town of Whoville. The Grinch hates happiness, hates merriment, and most of all, hates Christmas. So one year, as the festive season approaches, he decides that enough is enough and draws up plans to steal all the decorations and all the presents from the poor, unsuspecting citizens below.
Stream on Amazon Prime Video
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A primary school teacher, who was once a failed actor in a former career, is given the task of directing the school's Nativity play, which doesn't have a positive track record. Attitudes change however, when it transpires that a Hollywood producer is coming to film the play.
Stream on Netflix.

So This is Christmas

Illuminating the challenges often unseen beyond the toys, trees and tinsel, characters in a small Irish village reflect on their difficult relationships with Christmas.
Screening at Eye Cinema this December. More here.

Christmas with the Kranks

The Kranks scandalise everyone when they declare that they won't be celebrating Christmas. But, when their daughter decides to visit home, they get off on a mad rush to organise a spanking Christmas.
Stream on Amazon Prime Video.

It's a Wonderful Life

Beset with personal and professional problems, George Bailey finds his previously happy life falling apart around him on Christmas Eve. Seeing no way out, George considers suicide from the edge of a bridge - but Clarence, his guardian angel, intervenes and shows George what his beloved hometown of Bedford Falls would be like without him. Shocked by what he sees and at the unforeseen circumstances of his absence, George reconsiders and begs Clarence to return him to the problems of the present and the loving community he has fostered throughout his life.
Screening at Pálás Cinema on Dec 17th. More here. 

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Die Hard

Policeman John McClane is visiting his estranged wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for, however, the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.
Screening at Pálás Cinema, on Dec 12th. More here.

Love Actually 20th Anniversary

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David, a handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer. Sarah, a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry, a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.
Screening at Eye Cinema this December. More here. 


Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots.
Screening at Pálás Cinema, on Dec 1st-4th. More here. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppet cast tells their version of this classic tale. Scrooge, an old miser who dislikes Christmas, is visited by spirits who foretell his future and share secrets from his past and present, which helps change his view on life.
Screening at Pálás Cinema, on Dec 3rd+10th. More here.

Fionn and the Giant's Causeway Pantomime

Follow the pantomimical story of Fionn McCool, the hero/giant of ancient Irish lore and his encounter with Scottish Giant Benandonnar. While Fionn had hoped to meet a kindred spirit, Benandonnar and his less than bonnie buddies had other ideas. Can Ireland’s true hero survive this (literally) earth shattering encounter?
Showing at An Taibhdhearc, on Dec 7th-23rd. More here.

Puss in Boots Pantomime

Get ready for an adventure of nine lifetimes as Renmore Pantomime Society return for their 44th production to date. This is a wonderful fairytale about a loveable, smooth-talking rogue with a large thirst for adventure. Through trickery and charm from an amazing talkative cat, watch their characters undertake a fight for justice to save their king. Come along and see if this clever cat and his friends land on their feet in the end!
Showing at Town Hall Theatre, from Dec 29th. More here.

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