Cork is glowing!
The Glow Festival is taking place on Grand Parade every Friday to Sunday until 21 December
2 December 2014
Cork City is the place to be this Christmas, with an estimated 38,000 turning out for the official opening of the annual Christmas festival, ‘Glow’ – A Cork Christmas Celebration last weekend.
The festival, which is taking place on Grand Parade every Friday to Sunday until 21 December, is capturing the hearts of children and adults alike.
The highlights this year are the return of Ireland’s largest Ferris Wheel, which has views all over Cork City, a new Cork Crafts element to the markets, and the free walkthrough attraction in Bishop Lucey Park.
The Park has been transformed into a Victorian-themed lifesize pop-up storybook of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and is magical. It has been decked out with seasonal decorations and lights showcasing stunning scenes and live characters from the story, including Melody Patience, the Choir Mistress, Jimmy Sweeper, The Chimney Sweep, and Hugo & Hetty Gossip. There are also plenty of festive photo opportunities. The park opens from 4pm-8pm for the duration of the festival, and is a must-see.
Choirs and groups will also perform Christmas carols, authentic nativity arrangements, traditional hymns as well as family favourite festive jingles, in aid of their chosen charity, for the duration of the festival on the main stage at the food markets, and there will also be some trad music for international visitors.
The increase in numbers coming into the city is set to boost business in Cork significantly. Commenting, director of Services of Corporate and External Affairs at Cork City Council Valerie O’Sullivan said: “Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration is multi-generational, and brings out the magic in the hearts of children and adults alike. It is fantastic to see so many people flock into the heart of the city, and judging by the crowds at the opening weekend, we anticipate the festival will provide a real boost to retailers in the run up to Christmas.”
Presented by Cork City Council, in association with Cork’s 96fm, C103 and Cork Business Association.