GLOW – A Cork Christmas Celebration
Visitors to Cork city can get their Christmas off to a glowing start this year at Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration. This Christmas Festival will take place in the city of Cork on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 27th November to 20th December.
Visitors will experience the magical glow of Christmas as they wander through a free family-friendly wonderland in Bishop Lucey Park, located in the heart of the city on the Grand Parade. For the duration of the festival the park will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop and children will be transported to a world of wonder as they watch elves working and playing, and enjoy the interactive and live toys on display. Children will be further enchanted as they post their letter to the North Pole, and watch the North Pole express toy train. The Santa’s Workshop themed park, presented by Cork’s own Dowtcha Puppets, will open from 4pm-8pm Friday to Sunday for the duration of the festival and the walkthrough takes approximately 20 minutes.
Visitors can also take a seat on Ireland’s largest Ferris Wheel for a 30 metre high ride with stunning views of the city’s skyline. Their will also be a vintage carousel, perfect for children, families and couples alike.
A seating area outside the park on Grand Parade is the perfect vantage point to take in the atmosphere and you can treat yourself at a number of local food stalls which will be located here. The English Market, Cork’s famous food market, is also just across the road. This is the perfect spot to sip hot chocolate and pick up a range of gifts and Christmas nibbles, like Tom Durcan’s famous spiced beef, O’Connell’s smoked salmon, artisan cheese and delicatessen items. Cork is widely regarded as the culinary capital of Ireland so visitors are encouraged to savour some of the city’s fantastic restaurants and local Cork produce while there.
There will be a live music stage at Glow throughout the festival with carol singers and musicians entertaining in aid of a range of charities, and there will also be free Irish music sessions in pubs throughout the city.
Cork is a fantastic compact city to get all your Christmas shopping done, as you can find high street shops, boutiques and quirky gift shops all within a short walk of each other. It also has the most individually owned shops in the country, which means you have a better chance of finding something unique.
Families will also enjoy a visit to one the city’s two pantomimes – Aladdin at the Everyman Theatre or Beauty and the Beast at the Cork Opera House.
Glow Cork is presented by Cork City Council. Commenting on this year’s festival Director of Corporate and External Affairs at Cork City Council, Paul Moynihan said, “Cork City Council is delighted to present Glow again this year, a festival that captures the hearts of children and adults alike…The free attraction in Bishop Lucey Park is always a great draw, as is the 30 metre Ferris Wheel, which has become an iconic part of Cork’s Christmas glowing skyline.”