Presented by Cork City Council, Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration returns this weekend and sees Bishop Lucey Park and the Grand Parade transformed into a hive of activity with choirs, food traders, pantomime characters and elves.

Bishop Lucey Park reopens at 4.30pm on Friday and prepare to be enthralled by various characters from Narnia including Mr Beaver, Mrs Beaver and Fr Fox as you wander through the park. To celebrate the magical world of Narnia, a special Make Your Own Narnia Mobile Children’s Art Workshop will take place on Saturday at 2.30pm in the Children’s Library on the Grand Parade. The workshop which is being facilitated by Fiona Boniwell is suitable for children 6 plus and booking is recommended on 021 4924903/4924913.

Throughout the weekend beautiful choral singing will take place on the Grand Parade as choirs from all over Cork sing festive songs to raise money for charity. Friday sees The Bodhran Bookhills and Choral Con Fusion perform while the World As One Multicultural Choir, Sound Out, the Butter Exchange Band and St Nicholas Brass Band will perform on the Grand Parade on Saturday.

Sunday is World Choral Day and to mark the occasion, Cork International Choral Festival are bringing together a great number of voices to GLOW. Beginning at 1pm children from the Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní, Java Choir, Forte Choir, SCRUBS-CUH Workplace Choir and An Cór – Cork County Council Staff Choir will perform on the Grand Parade.

At 3pm on the Grand Parade meet Dowtcha Puppets Tinkerbell and Fairygoodmother who are performing in Sleeping Beauty, Cork’s first ever puppet pantomime. Presented by Dowtcha Puppets, Sleeping Beauty runs in the Village Hall on Patrick’s Quay during December.

The GLOW festival is going green this Christmas and special green elves will be in Bishop Lucey Park and on the Grand Parade throughout the weekend to advise the public on recycling and composting and to help people choose the right bin. All the food traders at the Christmas Food Market are supporting the green initiative and are serving their food in compostable containers. A waste audit carried out this week by Cork City Council found that 26% of the waste generated at GLOW last weekend was either recycled or composted. This was an improvement of over 7% over the first weekend of GLOW thus highlighting that there is a better understanding of what can be recycled and what can be composted.

To encourage people to come to GLOW and the city centre and to shop locally Bus Éireann are running special late night buses this weekend Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th. Buses will operate to Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigaline and Midleton from Patrick St. at 01:00, 02:00 & 03:00. Buses will take the public to Bandon from Patrick’s Street at 01:30 and 03.00am.

The times and dates of GLOW this weekend are:

Friday December 9- Sunday December 11

  • Bishop Lucey Park: 4.30pm-8.30pm
  • Grand Parade Food Market: 12noon-8.30pm
  • Ferris Wheel and Carousel: 12noon-9pm


Telephone: 021-492 4344

Cork City Council,
City Hall, Cork