It is the last few days before Christmas, which means this time next week you will be enjoying all the festivities that come with this merry holiday. We have put together a list of the top things to do this weekend that will help speed up the countdown.

 

1. Experience ‘The Heart of Winter’ in Merlin Park

The Friends of Merlin Woods, as part of their Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas project, are hosting The Heart of Winter in Merlin Park. This is an event that celebrates the woods and remembers all that has passed in the preceding year and looks forward to the year ahead. Enjoy a classical music performance by the Corrib String Quartet, which will be live-streamed from the woods. And as the sun goes down, the lights will come up on the wood’s very own Christmas Tree! It takes place Sunday 20 at 2pm.

 

2. Go on a Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Take a guided virtual tour of the holy cities where it all began. See the sites relevant to Christmas, including the Church of the Nativity as well as the four quarters of Jerusalem’s old city. The tours take place on Sun 20, 4pm – 5:30pm

 

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3. Join in on Some Winter Solstice Yoga

Join Lisa Berry, Galway Yoga Instructor, in a seasonal practice to celebrate the Winter Solstice and the season of new beginnings and fresh starts. What better way to send off 2020 and usher in the new year. Come along Friday, 18 December, 6pm at Lisa Berry’s studio.

 

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4. Shop Local at the Galway Market

The market, which takes place every Saturday at St. Nicholas’ Church, has plenty of delicious seasonal produce to choose from, and there’s no better place to source fresh and tasty goods that are sure to please everyone at Christmas dinner. You might even find some local crafts that would make for great last-minute gifts!

 

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5. Enjoy a Few Festive Treats

When making your Covid-conscious rounds visiting loved ones, what better way to spread the Christmas joy than a gift of tasty homemade treats. There’s something about holiday-themed desserts that brings a smile to people’s faces.

 

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