GLOW will be returning to Cork later this month

Christmas is just around the corner!

Cork City Council will be kicking off the GLOW 2022 festival later this month, but they’ll be doing things slightly different this year.

The Cork winter festival takes place each year from the end of November to the start of January, and typically features Christmas stalls, a winter wonderland experience, and everyone’s favourite Ferris wheel and carousel.

Park Experience

This year’s festival will be kicking off at Bishop Lucey Park rather than City Hall. Due to planned works for the redevelopment of Bishop Lucy Park, initial plans were to move location to City Hall, however the redevelopment has been pushed back to January so the council has reverted back to it’s original location (hurrah!)

The park is expected to transform into a Winter Wonderland experience for the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’, complete with Christmas lights displays, Santas Grotto and elves.

Christmas Lights

Unfortunately there will be no official switching-on date for the Christmas lights this year due to overcrowding concerns in the city. There was no date announced for the last two years due to Covid concerns, and it was decided by the council to continue that decision this year.

The council funds the Christmas lights on Patricks Street and also give grants to various traders associations, who are also funded by the Cork Business Association. All Christmas lighting put up by the council will use energy efficient LED lights, which require around 75% less energy than traditional bulbs.

Ferris Wheel & Carousel

The Ferris wheel and carousel are both expected to make a return this year. They will be erected at the usual spot on Grand Parade, and pre-booking is advised via the Cork City Council website.

GLOW 2022 will be kicking off this year from November 25 until early January. For more updates, keep an eye on the Cork City Council website.

Cover photo via Darragh Kane

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