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A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade

Experience the festive season as A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade, the most loved free festival organised by Cork City Council in association with Bord Gáis Energy, returns to Cork for its third year.

A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade was recently named Festival of the Year by Chamber Ireland’s Local Government Excellence Awards and the Festival is pleased to announce that sponsors Bord Gáis Energy are once again involved with the event this year.

Beginning Friday November 26, A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade sees Bishop Lucey Park being magically transformed to an illuminated Christmas wonderland by Peter Kelly from Weddings by Franc. The theme of the Park is ‘Rockin’ Robin’ and three wonderfully friendly robins will be there to meet greet and dance to children and visitors alike. Throughout the Park special robin nests will be located where children can leave their letters and notes for Santa. Festive atmospheric music, mistletoe, bubbles and snow will fill the air further creating the magic and high spirits of Christmas for everyone to enjoy. 

The Grand Parade will also be transformed into a wonderful haven of traditional fun fairs, musical performances and locally produced food and craft stalls.

Lovers of local artisan food and crafts will not be disappointed as over 50 stalls will display their products at the biggest ever Christmas Market that Cork has ever seen. The market will feature stalls from Poland, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Japan, the Caribbean, Israel, Australia, England and Ireland. 

A new addition to A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade is the Beamish and Crawford Site. The site will also be transformed by Peter Kelly from Weddings by Franc into a secret Santa village with snow covered trees, stunning lighting, and all the magical elements that make for a unique Christmas experience. A beautifully lit walkway will guide you past elves working in their snowy houses getting all the toys ready for Santa for Christmas night and of course the most important person - Santa will be there!

Due to popular demand A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade has been extended from 12 days to 15 days and will run every weekend until December 22. In 2009 the event alone attracted in excess of 120,000 visitors.

The Dates and Times of Christmas in Cork 2010 are as follows:

Friday 26th– Sunday 28th November

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th December

Friday 10th – Sunday 12th December

Friday 17th – Wednesday 22nd December

The Christmas Markets will open from 10am to 8pm each day ,while the magical atmosphere of Bishop Lucey Park can be experienced each afternoon from 4pm -8pm, with the Beamish and Crawford site open from 12 noon to 8pm.

Be entertained by singing, music, dance and festive fanfare as Cork prepares to celebrate Christmas in style on the Grand Parade.


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