An iconic, family-focused festive experience is coming to Galway this Christmas! The Festival of Light and Colour will include an official light-up ceremony, large lighting installations and projections on iconic buildings which will navigate visitors throughout the city while providing interactive photo opportunities in some of the most photographed city centre landmark locations.
‘Light Up Galway’ is made possible by a significant grant of €150,000 from Galway City Council. The members of Galway City Council agreed to enhance the experience of Christmas in Galway for residents, visitors and shoppers alike across the city from Salthill, through the West End, the Latin Quarter, the Heart of Galway, Woodquay, Prospect Hill and the East Village around Eyre Square and Forster Street. At the launch of ‘Light up Galway’, Cllr. Niall McNelis commended all the local business groups for coming together and expressed sincere thanks to his councilor colleagues for supporting this event.
The Christmas Ceremony and tour of the city will take place on the 16th of November from 6 pm in Raven Terrace, moving on to the Latin Quarter where there will be a 20-minute stop. The parade moves up Shop Street and stops outside Hartman’s on Williams Street, for another 20 minutes then follows on to Woodquay for a further stop and finally back to the finale at Eyre Square.
The Santa Express Train will be leading the city tour. Santa and Mrs. Claus will follow on Santa’s Sleigh, headed by the Ice King and Queen and surrounded by a whole host of Christmas themed characters including world famous Micky and Minnie Mouse.
This year’s events will see a collection on the night for Rosabel’s Room to help raise awareness and support for those suffering from loss of a loved one.
To get in touch or to volunteer on the night, email