Rugby star Robbie Henshaw will be the guest of honour at the official opening of the Galway Christmas Market, turning on the city’s festive lights at 6pm today, Friday.
The launch ceremony will begin at 5.30pm with a carnival style parade commencing at the Spanish Arch on Quay Street. Robbie Henshaw will be joined by the Mayor of Galway City Councillor Frank Fahy, the Town Crier, St. Patrick’s Brass Band, Claddagh School Choir, festive elves, animated characters and of course, the man in red himself guided by the Santa Express train through Shop Street before reaching Eyre Square for the official switching on of the market lights.
Now in its sixth year, the Galway Christmas Market will operate from 6pm Friday 20 November until Tuesday 22nd December. This year the Christmas Market experience will also extend to the Spanish Arch, where a new festive hub similar to Eyre Square has been created for market goers complete with Windmill House bar.
Presented by the Galway City Business Association (GCBA) and supported by Galway City Council, Galway has become Ireland’s longest running Christmas Market and last year alone attracted over 600,000 visitors.
The market is open Monday to Wednesday from 12noon to 8pm and Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm (bars opened until 9pm). Keep up to date on all the details of the market by visiting www.galwaychristmasmarket.ie, like ‘GalwayChristmasMarket’ on Facebook, follow @GalwayXmasMkt on Twitter or connect with ‘GalwayChristmasMarket’ on Instagram.