CORK'S Christmas festival on Grand Parade begins tomorrow with more than 160,000 people expected to attend the event over the next four weeks.
Each weekend from Friday to Sunday for the next three weeks the market on Grand Parade will open from 12 noon to 8.30pm while Bishop Lucey Park will open from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.
The Ferris Wheel will be open each day from 1 2noon to 9pm.
On the final week, the festival will run from Wednesday, December 20 until Friday, December 22.
Organised by Cork City Council, GLOW sees Bishop Lucey Park transformed into a winter wonderland by Cork’s Dowtcha Puppets. The theme this year is Santa’s Cork Workshop.
Dowtcha are bringing their puppets and performers to the people this year. The lit-up trail through the park features ten superbly costumed performers, six elf puppets, two reindeer puppets and a giant Santa, all set to original Christmas themed music commissioned by Edel O’Sullivan.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “Cork is really a special place, and this Christmas and we encourage everyone to come into the city to experience the wonder of GLOW, and to shop locally."
"With fantastic Christmas food markets, choral performances, a 30-metre Ferris Wheel and Santa’s Cork Workshop in Bishop Lucey Park, there is so much to see and do this year at GLOW, Cork’s Christmas Festival.”
Christmas also comes to the northside tomorrow when the Christmas lights get switched on in Fairhill and Gurranabraher.
The first ever switching on of the lights on the Community Christmas tree takes place in the Fairfield. Local volunteer John Sexton will turn on the lights joined by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald.