Cork City Council in association with Bord Gáis Energy present award winning festival A Cork Christmas Celebration
Experience the festive season as A CorkChristmas Celebration, the most loved free festival organised by Cork City Council in association with Bord Gáis Energy, returns to Cork for its forth year. Last year the festival attracted over 140,000 visitors making it Cork’s most successful festival in 2010. It is expected that the festival will attract even greater numbers this year.
City Manager Tim Lucey welcomed the event, remarking “Cork is coming alive with festive cheer. Christmas is a time to share and we offer this freely, as a gift to citizen and visitor alike. Combined with the efforts of hospitality and business sectors, we see these events as underlining that Cork is the centre for culture, tourism and retail in the south of Ireland.’
Cork City Council are pleased to announce that title sponsors Bord Gáis Energy are once again involved with the event this year.
Bord Gáis Chief Executive John Mullins said “
“ This Friday November 25 sees the official opening of A Cork Christmas Celebration. From 6pm onwards (this Friday November 25) the City of Cork Male Voice Choir will perform various Christmas songs on the Nano Nagle Boardwalk. This will be followed by speeches from The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Terry Shannon and John Mullins CEO of Bord Gáis before the festival is officially opened and its Christmas Lights turned on by renowned comedian Maeve Higgins at 6.30pm.
The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are the official designated charity for the opening weekend of the festival and various guide dogs will be on site to help with the switching on of the Christmas Lights.
A Cork Christmas Celebration sees BishopLuceyPark being magically transformed into a beautiful illuminated park by global event specialists Arcana. The theme of the Park is ‘Christmas Wishes’ and prepare to be mesmerised as you enter the wonderful Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory inspired garden with Gingerbread Men, Chocolate Log Cabins and Snowball Shrubbery under a Van Gogh inspired starry night.
The Grand Parade will also be transformed by VSC Events into a wonderful haven of Irish and International craft and food stalls. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere as local choirs and bands play popular Christmas Songs or pay a visit to Triskel Christchurch who in the lead up to Christmas will be showing much loved Christmas Movies including Scrooge, Home Alone, White Christmas and A Nightmare Before Christmas.
To mark the opening of A Cork Christmas Celebration, the English Market Traders are staying open until 8pm this Friday November 25 for one magical Christmas evening. Choirs and musicians will perform in various locations in the Christmas themed English Market while hot seasonal food including spiced beef, mince pies, mulled wine, fish and chips, pizzas, soup in bread bowls and venison stew and much more will be on sale.
Due to popular demand A Cork Christmas Celebration will take place for fifteen days and will run every weekend until December 21.
The Dates and Times of A Cork Christmas Celebration are as follows:
Friday 25-Sunday 27 November
Friday 2- Sunday 4 December
Friday 9- Sunday 11 December
Friday 16-Wednesday 21 December
The Christmas Markets will open from 10am to 8pm while the magical atmosphere of BishopLuceyPark can be experienced each afternoon from 4pm -8pm.
For further information see www.corkcity.ie