Night before Christmas will be brought to life

The magic of ‘the night before Christmas’ will come to life for children visiting the festive wonderland at Cork’s Bishop Lucey park this winter.

This living story is just one of the many events planned as part of Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration, which runs every weekend from November 28 to December 21 on Grand Parade.

The event is expected to attract 150,000 people into the city and generate €12.5m worth of business for city centre traders.

This festive 3D attraction is free and will have a full postal service directly to Santa Claus in the North Pole. The park opens from 4pm to 7pm, Friday to Sunday, for the duration of the festival, and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes.

The Grand Parade will also see the return of the 30m ferris wheel, which had a successful inaugural outing last Christmas.

Valerie O’Sullivan of Cork City Council said: “The free attraction in Bishop Lucey Park is always a great draw, as is the 30m ferris wheel. We are delighted to also have a crafts element to the Christmas markets this year.”

The markets will include festive food stalls, local crafts, ceramics, and jewellery, as well as nibbles and hot drinks.

There will be live music throughout the Glow festival. The lights will be turned on by a special guest on Thursday, November 13, on Patrick St, with music provided by the Academy of Popular Music at CIT School of Music and children from the Christmas SING programme.

A Carols by Candlelight event will take place on Thursday, December 18, in St Augustine’s Church on Washington St. Entry is free and donations can be made in aid of the Cope Foundation and the Braveheart Choir, made up of cancer patients and survivors.

Cinderella and Snow White are also coming to town, with pantomimes in the Everyman Theatre and the Cork Opera House respectively.


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