Thank Cork It’s Christmas 2021!

A Christmas video highlighting what makes Christmas in Cork special has been released to launch Cork City Council’s ‘Thank Cork Its Christmas’ campaign to support the city’s retail, food producers, hospitality, arts and culture sectors.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher said, “it is heartening to see, in line with public health guidelines, the return of ‘Glow – a Christmas Celebration’ to Bishop Lucey Park, the ferris wheel on Grand Parade, various festive artisan markets and pantomines at Cork Opera House and the Everyman. These experiences make up our collective Christmas in Cork and this #ThankCorkItsChristmas video speaks to the traditions, sense of belonging and inclusivity that makes our city what it is. It will follow the journey of a busy city council worker, as he finishes up for Christmas and makes his way home through the city. You will see some characters who appeared in our earlier ‘Switch on of the Christmas lights’ video”.

Chief Executive, Ann Doherty said, “the past 20 months have challenged us repeatedly but the city’s retail, food producers, hospitality, arts and culture sector have been resoundingly resilient and agile in response. Therefore, Cork City Council is leading another ‘Thank Cork its Christmas’ campaign to encourage people to support local, to increase awareness of the safe and unique experience available to anyone visiting our city and to welcome back family, friends and visitors who may not have been in Cork since 2019”.

Cork’s outdoor dining experience will be further transformed in in the run-up to Christmas as bespoke winter hospitality offerings are unveiled on Union Quay, Caroline Street, Beasley Street and Pembroke Street. New parasols, awnings, festoon lighting, windbreaks and purpose-built planters will provide a pleasant and safe dining experience for residents and visitors. This year, tens of thousands of visitors to the city availed of the weatherproofed dining facilities at restaurants and bars on Princes Street.

As families and friends return to Cork from around the world, Cork City Council is delighted to launch its ‘Thank Cork it’s Christmas Roulette Wheel Competition’ in conjunction with Cork Airport and Cork’s Red FM. Aimed at encouraging everyone to support local while celebrating the best of Cork retail, hospitality and culture, from Friday December 10, once a day, a Red Patroller will hand pick an incoming airline passenger at Cork Airport who they will ask to spin the ‘Thank Cork It’s Christmas’ roulette wheel to win an exclusive prize. Radio advertising encouraging people to support local will run from 10-21 December.

The much-loved festival GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration returns to Cork and will take place on the following weekends: Friday 3 December to Sunday 5th December, Friday 10th December to Sunday 12th December and Friday 17th December to Sunday 19th December. Experience the magic of Bishop Lucey Park as it is transformed into a festive wonderland, which this year, will focus on The Twelve Days of Christmas. As part of GLOW, enjoy fantastic views of Cork City on the 30m Ferris Wheel – remaining in place until early January. Pre-booking is required for both the Bishop Lucey Park experience and the Ferris Wheel.

Following the success of the inaugural ‘Magic Nights By the Lee’ series last summer, The Good Room, in association with Cork City Council, are running ‘Magic Nights By The Lee – A Winter Solstice’, a series of live music and entertainment events over three nights at Cork’s Fitzgerald’s Park, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme (LLPPS). The outdoor shows, which begin on the winter solstice, Tuesday December 21 will showcase some of Cork’s finest music, comedy and drag performance talent for three nights until Thursday December 23.

To support residents, visitors and business in the lead up to Christmas, Cork City Council has introduced a number of parking initiatives – free parking all week at Black Ash Park and Ride for the month of December, free parking at the Park and Ride at County Hall for the next three weekends , free on-street parking at Douglas on Saturdays and free evening parking at Paul St and North Main St multi-storey car parks on Thursday and Friday for those that enter after 18.30.

Source: Cork City Council

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