Christmas Lights

Thanks for attending the Switch On of the Christmas Lights – See you at GLOW on the Grand Parade, starting Friday 29 November at 4:30pm


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 6.30pm 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, 17th November, 2019:

12 Noon to 9.30pm – Full closure northbound from Washington Street (access to Coal Quay retrained)

12 Noon to 9.30pm – Junction of Patrick Street to Academy Street

3.00pm to 9.30pm – Academy Street from Half Moon Street (Taxi access to Drawbridge St. until 5.00pm)

4.00pm to 8.30pm

  • Oliver Plunkett Street/Parnell Place
  • Maylor Street/Parnell Place
  • Smith Street/South Mall
  • Pembroke Street/South Mall
  • Phoenix Street
  • Morgan Street/South Mall
  • Cook Street/South Mall
  • Marlboro Street/ South Mall
  • Princes Street/ South Mall
  • Grafton Street/South Mall
  • Perry 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 will be advertised at your usual bus stop.

Cork City Park and Ride

Cork City Park and Ride (Route 213) service will operate Monday to Friday frequency – every 15 minutes. the service will operate:

Inbound to (City Hall) Eglinton Street bus stop from 11:00

Depart from (City Hall) Anglesea Street bus stop to Black Ash, with last departure at 20:30.

The Park & Ride site at Black Ash will remain open until 21:00hrs approx.



ISL Symbol 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