Christmas Lights

The countdown to Christmas truly begins with the switching on of the Cork City Christmas Lights.

This year the Switch On will take place* on Sunday, 17th November 2019 on St. Patrick’s Street. Celebrations will run from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

The Switch On of the Christmas Lights will kick start the city’s seasonal celebrations, and large crowds are expected at this wonderful and very popular event.

Due to the large volume of people who annually attend the Switch 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. Please comply with instructions from stewards as to how to move into and out of the event area safely. With road closures and lane restrictions in place in place in the city centre on the day, patrons are recommended to use public transport for ease of movement in and out of the city.


Road Closures

The following road closures will take place on Sunday, 18th November, 2018:

St. Patrick’s Street: 12:00 noon – 22:00hrs

Academy Street: 17:00hrs – 20:30hrs

Daunt Square & Cornmarket St. from St. Patrick’s St.: From approx. 15:00hrs until the event finish.

Lane restrictions will be in place during the day on Merchants Quay, Grand Parade and Washington Street


Bus Éireann  – city services –

Bus Éireann have advised of some changes to some Cork City services and bus stops to facilitate the Switch On. These maybe found here.


Park and Ride

On the 18 November, the Cork City Park and Ride service will operate Monday to Friday frequency – every 15 minutes – with the last bus departing Anglesea Street at 20:10.

The usual fee applies: €5

To take account of the road closures in place, the Park and Ride will operate as normal up to the road closure, and then:

Inbound: To Eglinton Street then Anglesea Street

Outbound: Last bus outbound leaving from Anglesea Street at 20:10



ISL Irish Sign Language Services will be on offer throughout the evening, with an area reserved in front of the stage for those who require sight of the signer.

Patrons with mobility issues or other disabilities will also be accommodated close to the stage. Space is available on a first come first served basis. In event of high demand, the space may be limited to the person who needs to access the space plus one companion only. People requiring access to these areas are particularly advised to arrive early at the stage and follow directions of stewards.

* Subject to licence.


Telephone: 021-492 4344

Cork City Council,
City Hall, Cork