Galway is in the full schwiiing of Christmas now.

The countdown has begun but who’s counting!!  Eyre Square has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland with 50 wooden chalets selling all kinds of gifts for the Season.  So here at Swuite we have done some investigation for our students and are happy to bring you Our top 5 picks for shopping local in Galway this Christmas on student friendly budget.

Why it’s important to shop local?

By shopping local we help to Improve the local economy jobs and wages in Galway. There’s the added element of a personal connection and a friendly exchange you may even get to know the person who created your gift. It’s a comfort knowlingly buying fresh vegetables from a local who tended to and  handpicked them in his own garden that morning before bringing them to the market!! The food will be much fresher for you to enjoy.  You can expect a diverse range of items uniquely crafted one off pieces for you dear ones at Christmas time. So give it a try shop local and enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas in Galway instead of those pesky impersonal shopping centres where the stock is sourced from who knows where. We hope you enjoy it 😊

So here goes our top 5 picks for Galway local suppliers:

The Big Ferris Wheel has parked itself outside Supermacs which means it’s only the Galway Continental Christmas Market in Eyre Square!!!! Who’s wheeley excited to see it? Well not the taxi drivers but I know I am.  There’s over 50 wooden chalets sited in Eyre Square along with the Santa’s Grotto, the German Bier Keller and numerous other theatrical delights throughout the four week fair.

The 2018 Christmas Market is the ninth year of the market in Galway and visitors can expect to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and stalls located in Eyre Square in Galway City centre. For those daredevils there’s Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel along with live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events will feature. Once again, Santa’s Grotto will be run by local charities and the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the Market’s duration.  Food lovers can feast on a bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels or confectionery, crêpes and waffles, while beer lovers can sample a stein at the German Bierkeller, offering a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine.  The 2018 Market will also feature artisan food products and Christmas gift ideas from both local and European traders.

Tiny Traders Village- Sráidbhaile Trádálaithe Beaga. Craft Market –Áras na nGael Courtyard 45 Dominick St : Saturdays 10-6

Our second recommendation is the Tiny traders village. This hidden gem is definitely worth checking out tucked away off the beaten track on Dominic Street.  It houses some conscious food vendors, vegan and gluten free food handcrafted jewellery, handmade art & gifts and local culinary delights.

Tiny Traders Village Market began in 2017. The focus of the market is providing space and resources to vendors of all sizes, where they can connect with the public in a welcoming and positive space. At Tiny Traders, with emphasis on eco friendly packaging and processes, championion by a range of conscious food vendors,  local grassfed meats ,a  multitude of vegan and gluten free offerings. At Tiny Traders, shopping and dining is student firendly, surrounded by authentic, handmade local crafts, creatively repurposed materials, and vendors whose choices align intentionally with both individual and eco-wellbeing in mind. From local Irish traditions and language to international artists sharing their skills, Tiny Traders is an amazing community of vendors, and a perfect place for a Saturday shopping trip in town we highly recommend you make the trip from Swuite Bohermore. 

The Wooden Heart

3 Quay St, Galway City, Ireland. Phone: +353 (0)91 563 542

“Treat me nice, treat me good treat me like you really should” Wooden Heart is not just old Elvis classic but a beautiful wooden crafted store on Galways bustling Quay street. If you are looking to add a bit of whimsy to your life then this is your shop. Stockists of toys and wooden knick knacks. Handcrafted beautiful pieces suited for early learning and the inner child or quirky adult. Craft materials are available and washi tape for those creative types.  There’s everything from Bicycle bells, Fish Eye Camera, Matroyska Dolls, Hand wound Musical Instruments so you will not be stuck in finding a unique gift for your dear ones. Check it out and enjoy a hot port in one of the locals after all the shard work shopping! We know you’ll enjoy it.

My Shop……Granny Likes it

This is an amazing little diverse and innovative arty farty shop located on 30 Abbeygate Street Upper,and if its good enough for Granny then it has definitely got our stamp of approval also. My shop.. granny likes it prides itself in stocking the best of Irish Local produced products and designs.  Have a gander at all the unique jewellery, prints and quirky cool stuff for that notoriously fussy person to buy gifts for this shop is worth checking out.  All locally produced artists have made all the pieces in the shop so you will be supporting your local community.  Treat a loved one to a print of one of Galway’s iconic landmarks, the 40foot in Blackrock to the Spanish Arch.  My Shop has been so successful that The Irish Times named them as one of the Top 50 Shops in Ireland! NO excuses now you know exactly where to go to treat that someone special in your life. There was  a van parked outside when I went to take a photo for you so that didn’t work instead enjoy the window display.

Powells Music Store 53 William Street

A real Galway institution serving Irish Musicians since 1918!!  So it’s definitely worth considering shopping here for the Christmas mellifluous musician in your life. Purveyors of a  great range of Irish Music CDs, Music Books, Irish Gifts and Souvenirs, Art Supplies and Stationery, even Walking Sticks and Smoking Pipes, you name it you’ll find something for the lover of traditional Irish gifts this Christmas! Last but not least, Powells offer Instrument Rentals, Specialised Repairs and selected Trade-ins.  You could trade in an instrument and upgrade from a tin whistle to a tuba which I’m sure will delight the family this Christmas ! The sky is the limit. We hope you enjoy perusing this gem of Galway city. 

P.s. Our Christmas Jumper party is happening this week on Wednesday December 4th from 7pm. We ask you all to join us for free food & drink & Swuite lil’ Christmas Charity Jumper Party. We ask everyone to donate €3 in aid of  Cope Galway. Check out all they do in the local community a very worthy cause and we look forward to helping them with this small but philanthropic gesture from all the Swuite students.