Emmet Place final weekend of performances

Emmet Place to be filled with colour, live music and festive entertainment this weekend

Presented by Cork City Council, this is the final weekend of festive performances and live music at the Corkmas Stage on Emmet Place. From choirs to brass bands, from circus acts to DJs, this really is an event for everyone to enjoy - all for free in Emmet Place. 


From 4pm to 8pm, Friday (December 15) sees performances from the Surgeon Noonan Choir, The Academy of Popular Music, the Butter Exchange Brass Band and the Scrubs choir. At 8pm the talented crew from DOSE will get your Friday night off to a flying start with DJ performances in the enchanting setting of the Solas Light Installation.


Beginning at 4pm, Saturday (December 16) is one for the families with Walk-a-bout performers and Mr Gusto’s Circus Show running amok around Emmet Place while the The Mahon Community Concert Band entertain from the Corkmas stage. From 5pm to 6pm, Starlight Entertainment present their Christmas Sing Along, with live performances of Christmas favourites, guided by members of the Cork Singers Collective. There will be lyrics on the screen at Emmet Place so the audience and passers by can join in and sing alongside the professional singers.

At 6pm, the Swing bandits band, with rhythm and brass sections, along with a vocalist will perform well known swing, jazz, pop songs and Christmas songs for all to enjoy at SOLAS! The evening will finish with Naomi and Traolach (7pm) who will captivate with their unique brand of soulful Christmas Jazz.


On Sunday (December 17), beginning at 4pm, enjoy live musical performances on the Corkmas Stage from The Voiceworks Studio, The Leeside Suzuki Violinists and Eve Clague. Keep an eye out for The Ice Queen and Tiny the Elf who will entertain from atop their stilts and members of the Boggle Circus who will be giving free Circus Skills Workshops during the afternoon at Emmet Place.


The stunning colours of the magical lighting experience of SOLAS, remains open every day  from 4pm to 11pm until December 21st. Visitors are invited to try the control panel to adjust he light and sound display themselves. 

There is also still ample time to enjoy amazing views and to count how many Cork buildings you can see from the top of the 30ft Ferris Wheel on the Grand Parade. The Ferris Wheel is open daily from 12noon to 9pm and will run until early January.


Solas and the Ferris Wheel are the centrepiece of Cork City Council’s ‘Corkmas’ festive campaign aimed at growing the number of people who avail of its retail, hospitality and cultural offering by ultimately making the city a destination at Christmas. Corkmas is about supporting local and celebrating, discovering and re-discovering the many experiences, and traditions, new and old, that make Christmas time in Cork so unique.