What’s On: Top 10 live events this December in Galway

The 10 Best things to do in Galway this December.

Galway is a seaside city located in the west of Ireland. As the European Capital of Culture in 2020, it comes as no surprise that there is a hoard of fun things to do, to keep your visit varied.

Music and theatre bounce in abundance, whilst events, tours and festivals pepper the social calendar. Whilst you may argue that there is no better time to visit any city than in December – the most magical month of the year – nowhere is this truer than in Galway.

Check out our top 10 round up of things to do in Galway this December.

10. Friday Food Tours 2018

Hosted each Friday throughout December at 10.30am, this foodie tour around Galway is bound to get your appetite going!

The two-hour walking tour gives participants a behind the scenes look into a city bursting with flavour and lots of free samples along the way, too. The small group of only 12 enables lots of one-on-one talking time with the guide, as well as group members and artisanal producers.

This culinary tour is also veggie-friendly, just remember to notify Galway Food Tours in advance.

When: Every Friday in November @ 10.30am
Where: Meeting point: McCambridge’s Of Galway Ltd, 38-39 Shop St, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €53.79
Tickets: Click Here

9. Oliver TwistS

This December the award-winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company brings to us an adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale of Oliver Twist.

Performed by a sterling cast with intellectually disabilities, the story of criminal Fagan and big-hearted Oliver is one for the ages, and will certainly have the town talking!

When: Wednesday 5 December 2018 @ 11-12pm
Where: Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Munster Avenue, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €10 – 12
Tickets: Click Here

8. Deluxe Whiskey Experience

The Deluxe Whiskey Experience in Galway is the ultimate indulgent event for those with a taste for the finer things.

This exclusive tour, hosted by Galway Whiskey Experiences comes seasoned with a splash of handmade local chocolates and Irish artisanal cheeses paired with top-shelf aged Irish whiskeys.

This is a perfect pre-Christmas gift for those who want to explore and share their love for whiskey!

When: Every Sunday in December @ 2pm-4pm
Where: Forster Street, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €69.00
Tickets: Click Here

7. Villagers

The Villagers playing at the Black Box in Galway this December is bound to be one of the top highlights in music during December.

The Irish indie folk-rock band have been steadily climbing their way to worldwide success with a stream of unforgettable hits. Nab tickets to this one whilst they’re still on the go!

When: Thursday 13 December 2018 @ 7.30pm
Where: Black Box, Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €29.20
Tickets: Click Here

6. Disco Drag Brunch at Electric

Don your finest drag rags for of the most electric experiences of December. This show-stopping disco brunch will be one to remember with a merry hoard of revellers by your side.

Fabulous hosts Miss Taken and Miss Roots will be on hand on the day to provide endless entertainment alongside a two-course meal, prosecco and dancing.

When: Saturday 29 December 2018 @ 2.30 – 5pm
Where: Biteclub Streetfood Discotheque, 36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €27.55
Tickets: Click Here

5. Talos

One music gig not to be missed this December in Galway has got to be Talos. Taking place in Róisín Dubh, this Cork native is bound to set the night alight with stunning vocals, ethereal melodies and alternative rock rhythms to impress.

When: Saturday 22 December 2018 @ 8pm
Where: Róisín Dubh, Upper Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €20.90
Tickets: Click Here

4. Galway Skates

What better way to get into the holiday spirit this December than on the ice? Galway Skates is sure to be one of the most-fun filled seasonal excursions for the entire family.

Taking place throughout the month, this activity will certainly heat up closer to the big day (25 December), so book in advance, and try going earlier in the month to avoid the masses!

When: Throughout December 2018
Where: Galway Skates, Leisureland, Rockbarton Road, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €10 – 15

3. Elf Town Galway

Get ready for a Christmas experience to remember this December with Elf Town Galway. This unique interactive experience offers children and adults a fully-immersive 4-floor Santa visit like never before.

From Elf Grove through to the workshop and Santa’s Grotto, this will be an experience to never forget.

When: Until 23 December 2018
Where: Ballybrit Racecourse, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €5.95 – 26.95
Tickets: Click Here

2. Galway Christmas Markets

December in any stunning city wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the much-loved Christmas markets, and here in Galway, they’re some of the best.

Expect hot toddy’s and gingerbread for the kids, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Needless to say, this is the ultimate all-in-one Christmas shopping experience. Oh, and don’t forget the live music, school choirs and Santa’s Grotto!

When: until Saturday 22nd December 2018
Where: Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland

1. Damien Dempsey

As an Irish icon, this is the ultimate December experience in Galway. Taking place in Monroe’s Live, Damien Dempsey is bound to set the night alight with stunning vocals, world-class music and unforgettable showmanship.

When: Thursday 06 December 2018 @ 8pm
Where: Monroe’s Live, 14 Upper Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
How Much: €27.50
Tickets: Click Here

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