THE countdown to Christmas in Cork will begin this Sunday evening with the switching on of the Cork City Christmas Lights on Patrick Street.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Mick Finn will perform the task at around 7.15pm, officially launching Cork’s Christmas season.
The festivities will begin at 6.30pm when a host of music and entertainment will be on display.
“Cork’s Christmas starts here,” said the Lord Mayor.
“I would encourage people to come into the city to experience this wonderful free family festive event and to shop local for Christmas and help keep jobs and shops alive in Cork,” he said.
Ireland’s leading pop music school, The Academy of Popular Music will perform a selection of much-loved Christmas songs including ‘All I Want For Christmas’, ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ and ‘Fairytale of New York’. They will be joined on stage by the Cork Deaf Choir who will sign and sing a selection of Christmas Songs.
Throughout the evening Irish Sign Language Services will be on offer, and patrons with additional mobility needs will be accommodated close to the stage.
Some additional road closures and lane restrictions will be in place from 12 noon to 10pm on the day, so drivers are advised to check the website.
Park and Ride will operate from 11am to 8.30pm from Black Ash to Lapps Quay, with the last bus leaving the city centre at 8.10pm.
See www.corkchristmascelebration.ie for details on parking in the city.
Meanwhile, GLOW, the festive wonderland on Grand Parade, will start on Friday, November 30, and run for four weekends in the build-up to Christmas.