The countdown is on to Christmas in Cork as the city center Christmas Lights will be turned on at 7.15pm this Sunday November 13th by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Des Cahill and Cork’s Olympic rowing heroes brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan. There are rumours of a special guest appearance by Santa Claus to mark the start of the festive season in Cork.
Presented by Cork City Council, the evening kicks off at 6.30pm with live music from the Academy of Popular Music who will perform a host of Christmas favorites including All I want for Christmas is you, I wish it could be Christmas every day and Santa Claus is coming to town.
Students from The Academy of Popular Music, which is based in the Cork School of Music, have previously performed on the Late Late Toy Show, the Voice of Ireland, RTE’s Daniel O’Donnell’s Christmas Special, Teen Idol Cork and Cork’s Got Talent.
Large crowds are expected at this wonderful and very popular event and there will be ISL Irish Sign Language Services on offer throughout the evening. Cork’s 96FM and DJ Emmet Kennedy will host a special outside broadcast in Eason’s on Patrick’s Street from 2pm to 7pm encouraging people to come into Cork for the switching on of the Christmas Lights.
Due to the large volume of people who annually attend the Switching on of the Christmas Lights, members of the public are being asked to give themselves plenty of time to come into Cork City on Sunday. Normal Sunday parking restrictions will apply and traffic wardens will be on duty. Park and Ride will operate every 15 minutes from 11am-8.30pm from Black Ash to Lapps Quay.
Bus Éireann wishes to advise customers that all northbound and southbound bus stops on Patrick’s Street will be closed on Sunday from 12pm-10pm as a result of the Christmas Lights being switched on on Patrick’s Street. See www.buseireann.ie for full diversion details.
There will also be some road closures in the city centre. From 12noon to 10pm the road will be closed at the junction of Merchants Quay/St. Patrick’s Street to the junction of Academy Street/ St. Patrick’s Street. From 6pm to 8.30pm the road will be closed at the junction of Lavitt’s Quay/ Half Moon Street to the junction of Academy Street/ St. Patrick’s Street.
The switching on of the Christmas Lights will kick start the city’s seasonal celebrations and a big promotional drive by Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association to encourage people to come into the city centre and to shop locally in the lead up to Christmas.
Cork will be transformed into a festive wonderland with the opening of GLOW, A Cork Christmas on the Grand Parade on November 25th, which will run for four weekends in the build up to Christmas. Cork’s 96FM, C103 and the Cork Independent are the media sponsors of GLOW 2016.