Cork Lights Up for Christmas

Cork City Council is delighted to announce that Cork City will light up for Christmas this week.

Although there will not be a public event to mark the Switch On, Cork City Council staff have been busy preparing to illuminate the city for the festive season.


The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher said:

“The Switching on of the Christmas City Lights officially marks the start of the countdown to Christmas in Cork. I am delighted to see Cork look so festive this year in what has been a very challenging 12 months as Covid 19 continues to impact on all our lives.

I would like everyone to stay safe, to support Cork businesses and to shop locally this Christmas.”


Since early November, 8 Staff Members and a crew of 10 electricians have been placing lighting around the city and suburbs, along with erecting and decorating up to 50 trees Christmas Trees, using 117,320 low watt energy efficient LED Lightning units.

In total 7.4 km of lights will glisten throughout the city this Christmas. Cork City Council continues its commitment to decorating in an energy efficient manner and all Christmas lighting in Cork is now low wattage energy efficient LED Lighting.

The lighting of the city’s Christmas Lights will kick start the city’s seasonal celebrations.

To coincide with the switching on of Cork City’s Christmas Lights, a new video showcasing the illumination of Cork City Centre in all its sparkling Christmas glory, has been produced by Cork City Council. The video will launch across Cork City Council’s and Glow’s website and social media channels at 6pm on Friday 19 November – it is sure to get you in the spirit as we see the magical Christmas atmosphere come to life.


The much-loved festival GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration returns to Cork and will take place on the following weekends:

  • Friday 26th November to Sunday 28th November
  • Friday 3 December to Sunday 5th December
  • Friday 10th December to Sunday 12th December
  • Friday 17th December to Sunday 19th December

Experience the magic of Bishop Lucey Park as it is transformed into a festive wonderland, which this year will focus on The Twelve Days of Christmas. As part of GLOW, enjoy fantastic views of Cork City on the 30m Ferris Wheel – remaining in place until early January. Pre-booking is required for both the Bishop Lucey Park experience and the Ferris Wheel. 

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