A festival of light and colour kicks off tomorrow night

Galway will light up tomorrow night for the festive season when the city gets lit like never before. As the Christmas Market opens in Eyre Square, the city lights will be turned on at various points through the heart of the city, bringing an unique experience.

The magnificent lighting features through the city will act as beacons and attraction points. They will navigate visitors throughout the city while providing interactive photo opportunities in some of the most photographed city centre landmark locations. These are spectacular Christmas decorations that are all LED lit, making them very energy efficient.

Light Up Galway” is made possible by a significant grant of €150,000 from Galway City Council. This was approved unanimously by the Mayor and Elected Members of Galway City Council at its most recent meeting.

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.The event is being organised by all quarters of the city - The Galway City Business Association, West End, Latin Quarter, Woodquay Village, East Village and Salthill Village with the full support of Galway City Council.

St. Anthony & Claddagh and St Columba’s Crédit Union have joined as corporate sponsors for the 'Light Up Galway' Christmas Festival which visitors can expect to witness a one off, early evening extravaganza which brings Galway to life, in a fun, creative and colourful way.

The Christmas Ceremony and Tour of the City will commence at 6pm tomorrow Friday in Raven Terrace, pass on to the corner of Cross Street and Quay Street in the Latin Quarter where there will be a 20-minute stop. The parade moves up Shop Street and stops outside Hartmann’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 love one.

For more information please follow social media Visit Galway City Facebook and Instagram pages. To get in touch or to volunteer on the night please email - [email protected]


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