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How Galway offers a feast to your five senses at Christmas - Visit Galway
Monday, December 22, 2014

How #VisitGalway offers a feast to your five senses at Christmas


Galway at Christmas - Visit Galway - Sleepzone Hostels


The squeals of laughter at the Santa Village, the waft of Nutella gently steaming from crepes at the Christmas markets, the gentle cold turning your nose as red as Rudolph, the sparkle of lights illuminating Shop Street, the taste of homemade brown bread with a coffee in McCambridges. They’re all quintessential reasons why people #VisitGalway at Christmas.


What does the hustle and bustle at this time of year mean to you? The inward groan at the thought of buying gifts for those who are impossible to please?  Traffic? The stress of “getting it all done on time”? That’s why you need to #VisitGalway. There is such a sense of magic that befalls the city over Christmas that a chore turns into a treat. If you’re looking for a quirky gift, there is an abundance of small, local, family run shops all around Quay Street.


If you want to find an old reliable in the chain stores, you can do all you need in the Corrib Court Shopping Centre. If you want to support a one-person business in a pop up shop, you can meander through the continental Christmas markets on Eyre Square where each stallholder greets you with a smile and story about how their product is made.


We all need sustenance throughout a busy day. Maybe, as you wind down from work, you want to indulge in a large cappuccino and a book for an hour. Perhaps you want to catch up with a couple of friends over lunch and talk about all that’s happened in the year gone by.


Among the many things we love about Galway here at Sleepzone Hostels, it’s the range of coffee shops and places to eat during the day. The French experience in Java’s is a place to revive your joie de vivre. Blake’s is great for a large group to catch up over some food and a sneaky glass of wine. If you just want to sit back and people-watch, Galway rivals Boston! There is an abundance of cafes with outside seating on Eyre Street, where you can wrap up warm whilst wrapping your fingers around the comfort of herbal tea and watch as the festive season unfolds.


In Sleepzone, people come to #VisitGalway from all over the world; from Canada to China, Belgium to Brazil, UK to US, Spain to Singapore. Our hostel is a real melting pot of cultures, geographies and stories. We love to chat to our guests and ask them their favourite thing about the city. The #1 answer we get each and every year is the width and depth of entertainment on offer as soon as the sun goes down.


Let me take you on a walk through this experience.


From Sleepzone, you turn towards the blaze of lights, holly and all things of Yuletide cheer in Eyre Square. After feasting on all five senses, you slowly saunter down through Shop Street which is a cross between the X-factor live shows and a sitting room where passionate up-and-coming musicians are “jamming”. You pop into the any one of the three stalwarts Taaffes, Tig Cóilí and the King's Head to hear some fantastic live Irish music before going to O' Neachtain which acts a time warp back to an Ireland that is almost forgotten. To finish the night off, you walk down by the Spanish Arch as the Corrib whooshes fearlessly underneath the bridge that takes you to Monroe’s for a nightcap as a different sort music fills your soul.


If you want to gear up for a fun-filled day, slow down to rejuvenate or treat each one of your five senses this festive season, while staying in the best location at a value price, check out our offers today at and give yourself the gift of Galway this Christmas.


Enjoy the festive season


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