Meet Jade — a NUI Galway Ambassador and an MA in International Contemporary Literatures and Media student. In this blog, she tells us why the holidays are particularly special in Galway and why you should consider NUIG as your study abroad destination…

The holiday season is well and truly upon us and while some students are fortunate to be able to go home during Christmas break, those who have to stay in Ireland are also entitled to some much deserved rest. Whether you want to spend your break underneath a cozy blanket, take advantage of the extra time in your hands to sightsee or book a spontaneous trip to a new city, Ireland in general is a great country to be during the holiday season. Check out my top reasons why Galway is one of the very best places to be…

Christmas markets

Like Christmas? How about good food? If you said yes to either, then the Galway Continental Christmas Market should be on the top of your sightseeing list! Situated in Eyre Square it offers great food, Christmas lights, a choir, carousels, workshops, local crafts and a ferris wheel that overlooks the market. Definitely worth of one of your evenings, or more.

Galway Skates

Is your idea of fun consists of spending some time on the ice? If so, Galway Skates in Salthill is the place for you. It is an ice rink and market!

Pálás Christmas Films

Tired of being outside? What about a good Christmas film? The Pálás has a great selection of iconic Christmas films and “must-sees” during the holidays. From “It’s a Wonderfull Life” to “Elf”. Definitely worth your time, specially on the days when the Galway weather is just absolutely crazy!

Light up Galway Festival

Who doesn’t love Christmas lights? Bright, beautiful, colourful lights are spread around key points in Galway bringing even more joy! This year they have some beautiful fixed features —  great for pictures!

Connemara Four Seasons Winter Walking Festival

How about some exercise? If walking is your thing, then you are going to love the Connemara Four Seasons Winter Walking Festival. It’s a great opportunity to explore the beautiful sights of Connemara while learning about Ireland’s culture, archaeology and history.

Now that you have your sightseeing list set, all you need is a nice and warm sweater, some tea, waterproof boots and coat and you are good to go! Hope you love Galway as much as I do!