Experience the festive season on the Grand Parade as the much-loved festival GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration which is organised by Cork City Council opens this Friday November 30th.  Attended by over 160,000 people in 2017, GLOW will run every weekend in the build up to Christmas, and also Christmas week from Thursday December 20th to Saturday December 22nd. 

As part of GLOW, enjoy fantastic views of Cork City on the 30m Ferris Wheel, sample delicious food at the Christmas Market and listen to beautiful music by Cork choirs and bands on the Grand Parade.

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. 

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said:

“Cork is a special place at Christmas and we are encouraging everyone to come into the city and to shop locally. With fantastic Christmas food markets, choral performances, a 30-metre Ferris Wheel and illuminations in Bishop Lucey Park, there is so much to see and do this year at GLOW, Cork’s Christmas Festival. “Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow”

A host of wonderful musical performances will take place on the Grand parade throughout the event. Organised by Cork City Council and in partnership with Music Generation Cork City, these will include amongst others Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir, Cork City Male Voice Choir, Cork City Musical Society, GLÓ Trio and Barrack Street Youth and Junior Band.

GLOW will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday 30th November to Sunday, 2nd December
  • Friday 7th December to Sunday, 9th December
  • Friday 14th December to Sunday, 16th December
  • Thursday 20th December to Saturday 22nd December

Bishop Lucey Park will be open on these dates from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. The Christmas Food Markets on the Grand Parade will be open from 12noon to 8.30pm. The Ferris Wheel will be open each day from 12noon to 9pm. See www.glowcork.ie for full details.

The opening of GLOW this Friday, kick starts the city’s seasonal celebrations, and with them a promotional drive by Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association to encourage people to come into the city centre and to shop locally in the lead-up to Christmas. 

The media sponsors for GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration are Cork’s 96FM, C103 and the Evening Echo.