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The Ferris Wheel on Grand Parade. Pic Darragh Kane
The Ferris Wheel on Grand Parade. Pic Darragh Kane
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Cork will GLOW again this Christmas as festival dates are confirmed

CORK’S Christmas festival will return on November 29 along with its annual Ferris Wheel installation, City Hall has confirmed.

In 2017 and 2018, over 160,000 people attended events as part of the GLOW Festival at Bishop Lucey Park and Grand Parade.

Dates for events have now been confirmed for November 29 and 30 and December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, concluding on December 22.

GLOW has become a popular attraction in recent years with markets, performances by local choirs, school groups and bands and light displays.

City Hall acting chief executive Ruth Buckley said: “The festival will comprise of a family-focused spectacle in Bishop Lucey Park, funfair elements including Ferris wheel, and a food and crafts market on Grand Parade. It is anticipated that the festival will attract audiences of up to 130,000 over the 12 days of the event."

The holding of the festival was subject to a public consultation. No submissions were received from the public consultation. The HSE did make some observations but City Hall has said these will be taken into account.

A young couple take in the sights of Cork City on board the Ferris Wheel on Grand Parade Cork that forms part of “Glow - A Cork Christmas Celebration” presented by Cork City Council and runs on weekends until the 22nd December. - Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger- Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger
A young couple take in the sights of Cork City on board the Ferris Wheel on Grand Parade Cork that forms part of “Glow - A Cork Christmas Celebration” presented by Cork City Council and runs on weekends until the 22nd December. - Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger- Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger

The theme for this year’s Glow festival has not yet been confirmed, but in recent years it has been a recreation of Narnia, and Santa’s Cork Workshop.

Since 2017, GLOW has been an environmentally friendly festival All food packaging, cups, and plates supplied by market traders are compostable, and in 2016 over 30% of all waste produced at GLOW being diverted away from landfill to the more environmentally friendly composting and recycling routes.

The city’s Christmas lights will be switched on this Sunday.

Due to the large volume of people who annually attend the event, members of the public are being asked to give themselves plenty of time to get into Cork city on Sunday. Road closures and lane restrictions will be in place in the city centre on the day.

For more information on dates and times for the GLOW festival and to book tickets log onto http://corkchristmascelebration.ie.