Cork City Council is delighted to announce that Cork City will light up for Christmas next week. As Cork is at Level Five Restrictions, there will be no official public event to mark the lighting of the city’s Christmas Lights.

Since November 1st, 6 Cork City Council Staff Members and a crew of 17 electricians have being undertaking the task of lighting the lights of Cork and the city’s and suburbs Christmas Trees with 115, 440 low watt energy efficient LED Lightning. In total, 6.8 km of lights will glisten throughout the city this Christmas. Cork City Council continues its commitment to decorating in an energy efficient manner and all Christmas lighting in Cork is now low wattage energy efficient LED Lighting.

Cork City Council will install over 45 Christmas Trees throughout the city centre and its suburbs as Cork begins to celebrate the festive season.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh said:

2020 has been such a challenging and difficult year due to COVID-19 and the impact the virus has had on people’s lives. We would like everyone to stay safe, stay local and to support Cork businesses this Christmas. Businesses in Cork are offering so many creative ways to shop including shopping online, take away, home delivery services and click and collect. A comprehensive listing of Cork Businesses can be found on, a new website which is supported by Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association.

The lighting of the city’s Christmas Lights will kick start the city’s seasonal celebrations and people are being encouraged to shop in Cork and to shop locally for Christmas. The festival GLOW is being reimagined this year and will feature a Creative Festive Windows Installation in the city centre.

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