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Cork Switches On for Christmas - Grand Parade to Light up for Christmas as Cork Gets in Festive Mood


Cork City Council announced details of the upcoming ‘A Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade, presented by Cork City Council in association with Bord Gáis Energy’ today (Thursday, 19th November).

Thousands of lights will be turned on to light up Cork next Friday, 27th November to kick start the festive season in Bishop Lucey Park. Christmas Markets will take place on the Grand Parade across four weekends from the 27th of November running up until the weekend of the 18th of December. 45 market stalls will line the Grand Parade and down onto the New Boardwalk at Nano Nagle Bridge. Artisan food producers will showcase their locally sourced produce ranging from crêpes and sausages to gourmet sausages and sushi. There will be a variety of crafts for sale which include paintings, jewellery and glass.

Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy said: “Last year over 75,000 visited A Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade over eleven days across three weekends. Building on the success of 2008, we have extended the events to a fourth weekend and expect an even bigger crowd this year. We encourage everybody to come in to Bishop Lucey Park, watch the lights being switched on and enjoy the Christmas Markets and entertainment next Friday”.

Mr John Mullins, CEO of sponsor Bord Gáis, said: “Fundamentally we want to see Cork City looking its best this Christmas.  We believe that a spirit of optimism and transforming the city into a magical festive experience, with its fantastic array of shopping and new developments, can bring shoppers into the heart of the retail areas.  We at Bord Gáis know that many of these businesses are our customers and we want to help drive trade this Christmas and are happy to support this fantastic initiative by Cork City Council”.

“We are delighted to be supporting A Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade and what better way to do it than by helping to enhance the energy that flows through Cork and getting involved in the Big Switch On this Christmas. Challenging times are when Cork as a city can really come to the fore and I urge everyone to visit this Christmas to enjoy and experience the city at its best”.

Valerie O’Sullivan, Director of Services of Recreation, Amenity and Culture, said: “In keeping with our recent designation as one of the top ten destination cities in the world, we continue to provide this festive event for free to the public over this Christmas period”.

The theme for the event is Letters to Santa with Peter Kelly of Weddings and Events by Franc producing the decorations and displays in Bishop Lucey Park. Some of the highlights include walkabout characters, bird boxes for letters to Santa and make a wish in the fountain. The Christmas Markets which showcase some of Cork’s best locally produced food and crafts and range from homemade fudge and hot chocolate to jewellery and art.


Stiofáin MacDháibhéad,
Bord Gáis Energy
Tel: 01 6021116
Mobile: 087 7991206

Karl O’Flanagan / Michelle Mangan,
OMF Publicity
Tel: 021 496 5000
Mobile: 087 6502509 /
087 7533343