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It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Christmas Lights to be switched on, and the beginning of the GLOW – A Cork Christmas Celebration 2019.

Dare we say it but Christmas will soon be upon us. We’ll be covering events happening throughout December as they approach us, but for now we’ve got the date the lights are being switched on in Cork this year.

Sunday, 17th November is the date and the event runs from 6pm – 7.30pm. The switch on will take place on St. Patrick’s Street as previous years.

Due to the large volume of people who annually attend the Switch On of the Christmas Lights, members of the public are being asked to give themselves plenty of time to come into Cork City on the Sunday. Please comply with instructions from stewards as to how to move into and out of the event area safely. With road closures and lane restrictions in place in place in the city centre on the day, patrons are recommended to use public transport for ease of movement in and out of the city.

Visit the festive installation in Bishop Lucey Park, soar high above Cork on a giant Ferris wheel and indulge in the festive market and entertainment on the Grand Parade this Christmas. Access to the markets is free.

Glow will take place on:

  • Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December
  • Friday 6th December to Sunday 8th December
  • Friday 13th December to Sunday 15th December
  • Friday 20th December to Sunday, 22nd December

Opening Hours – Park Installation & Market:

  • Opening hours of the Market: 12noon to 8.30 pm each day
  • Opening hours of the Park: 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm each day

Ferris Wheel:

  • Opening Hours: 12.00 – 9.00pm from Friday 29th November, to Sunday 5th January 2019.
  • The Ferris Wheel will close on Christmas Day, and close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
  • Pricing: Adults: €4 | Child (Age 3+) €3 | Child (Age 2 and under) €2

Bishop Lucey Park

No trip to GLOW is complete without a visit to Bishop Lucey Park which will be magically transformed into an historic Christmas wonderland based on the theme of ‘The Night Before Christmas in Old Cork’.

Prepare to be amazed – enjoy a nostalgic and engaging experience in a traditional Christmas atmosphere. Visitors will enter Bishop Lucey Park through an ice tunnel where they will be greeted by a Chirpy Snowperson as they stroll through streets reminiscent of a Medieval village.

Visitors can look through the windows of Santa’s house where Santa Claus will be sleeping in preparation of his trip to Cork with Rudolf contently dreaming at his feet.  Make sure to visit the Old Post Office “Teach Phadaí Fear an Phoist” where Padaí the Postman will show children where they can post their important letters to Santa Claus.

Bishop Lucey Park has been magically transformed into ‘The Night Before Christmas in Old Cork’ by Triangle Productions, a well-known Cork based event creation and management company. Triangle Productions specialise in artistic creations design and architecture, sets for theatre as well as major event planning and safety throughout Ireland.

Some information has been taken from the 2018 Christmas Celebrations and will be updated as required.

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